Two Ways Apologetics are Good for the Believer
by Jassen Bluto
Last night I had the opportunity to speak with an amazing group of college students, the rarest of the rare, they were both Christian and headed to the Military as Officers. This was a mixed group of both mature believers, new believers, returning upperclassmen and freshman. When the group was asked how many had heard for Christian Apologetics only a few hands went up which surprised me. When I got a chance to speak there were two things I wanted to leave this group with regarding why Christian Apologetics are important for us believers.
Apologetics is not just about arguing with Atheists, its presenting evidence for the truth in what we believe. As Christians we must first gather the necessary intellectual evidence to prove our beliefs to ourselves before we can convince others. This means we must be able to provide evidence that truth is knowable and that we know the truth. Once we are comfortable in our knowledge of truth and the evidence that; the Bible, Creation, the Resurrection, and other core beliefs have sufficient evidence, we can benefit in a couple ways.
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1. Apologetics assists in pre-evangelism. Sometimes the topic of pre-evangelism can be like pulling the pin on a live grenade in a room full of Christians. Some Christians would say that we cannot argue someone to Christ that this is the work of the holy spirit alone. Others may argue that the sufficiency of scripture alone allows us to reach a person and that the gospel is enough. I would agree with some of both points however, I think there is a need today more than ever for Christians to handle tough legitimate questions to try and open the minds of skeptics to the gospel . This is also a stance that Paul took, in Acts I7:23, Paul appealed to the intellect of those in the meeting of the Areopagus. Paul argues that they were ignorant of what they worship and that he knew the truth about God. As Paul in this passage, today we must sometimes tear down false ideas and faulty logic before we can share the gospel truth.
As Christians we find ourselves in a relativistic culture and in the information age. Many college students today are not raised in a Christian culture but indoctrinated in relativism…