What Apologetics is and isn’t
Blaine and a Pen
One troubling issue within the Christian community is their lack of knowledge about their own beliefs. I certainly have no problem with people who are confident in their faith and don’t need additional assurance. What troubles me, is that people aren’t usually prepared for attacks. Your average Christian would have nothing to say when even the most common atheistic memes are throw at him or her.
This, I think, is where apologetics becomes handy. You should be able to defend your faith. If you’re best answer is “because the Bible says so” you won’t really gain much footing. Defending your faith and having reasons for your faith is in itself a Biblical principal.
15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: – 1 Peter 3:15
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Now, your method of defending your faith may differ from others. You may want to use philosophical ideas or even science at your disposal. It is important to know who you are speaking to and what answers they are looking for. You may just want to express your joy and talk about your spiritual life. In my opinion, this would be better for someone who is doubting rather than a full fledged atheist, but you never know how God will choose to use you or what words He will give you when the time is right. I can say, quoting scripture to a hardened atheist will likely appear as circular logic to them. This is not to say they don’t need to hear scripture, but you’d need to be more ‘strategic’ with how you use it.
So, in my humble opinion, apologetics should be used specifically for defending your faith. If you plan to start studying it, keep in mind that it is just one of many tools. It won’t in itself bring someone to Christ. It can, however, be very useful is softening someone’s heart and showing them that Christianity is very much a reasonable faith. The idea is to get their mind churning. If you can offer good answers to their questions, they may consider looking into it. They may even pick up a Bible. They may even attempt to pray. That is when God is given the opportunity to work on their heart…