The Backfire of Apologetics

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The Christians that study the topics of apologetics understand the massive benefit it has in our spiritual lives. We’re able to intellectually push ourselves deeper into the material. Oftentimes, we become addicted to learning about this stuff. For me, I never wanted to learn about anything else. I read everything I could get my hands on. I watched every debate I could find. I listened to as many podcasts as possible. This happened for years, and is still happening to a large degree. Christian theology, philosophy, science, and history have become a daily part of my studies. The Lord has led me greatly in this area. I consider my studies as a form of worship.

However, have we ever examined whether or not our apologetic studies could potentially backfire on us? Is it possible to become so consumed with apologetics that we overlook the reasons why we’re doing it in the first place?

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For example, I wanted to become fluent enough in my Christian faith to answer the ‘hard questions’ so that I could effectively communicate my faith with others and to protect me from squandering any evangelistic opportunities due to ignorance. Now that I’ve gotten to a place where I’m fluent enough in my faith to intelligibly speak on these issues with confidence and persuasion, I’m still seeking God through my studies. However, am I letting it negatively affect my relationship with Christ?

Dr. William Lane Craig often warns us of getting too ‘caught up’ in worrying about arguments that we fail to work on our relationship with God. As apologists for the Lord, we should never become so focused on looking for evidence that we look beyond our personal relationship with God…

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