7 Reasons Why Apologetics is Needed
By Phil Fernandes, Ph.D.
Though more reasons could be listed, these seven will suffice to demonstrate that Christian apologetics is a necessary discipline in the church.
Having discussed the definition, biblical basis, and history of apologetics, the issue of why apologetics is needed must now be examined. In this chapter, seven reasons why Christians need to defend the faith will be given. Though more reasons could be listed, these seven will suffice to demonstrate that Christian apologetics is a necessary discipline in the church.
GOD CREATED MAN TO THINK
Man was created by God to think. Man was created a rational being.1 God wants man to use all that He has given him for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). God has given each man a mind; God wants him to use his mind. God calls out to the unsaved and invites them to reason with Him that they might be saved (Isaiah 1:18). But God also commands the believer to love Him with all his mind (Mark 12:30). Whether saved or unsaved, God wants man to think and use his mind. For this reason, believers are to reason with others concerning the gospel (Colossians 4:5-6). God never meant for His gospel message to be considered “anti-intellectual.” Therefore, the first reason why apologetics is needed is that God created man to think; He wants people to use the minds He gave them.
TO CONFIRM THE FAITH OF BELIEVERS
A second reason why apologetics is needed is to strengthen or confirm the faith of believers.2 It is necessary to answer the many intellectual doubts that believers often have. Our society enthusiastically promotes such ideologies as atheistic evolution and moral relativism. Because of this, Christians are often ridiculed. Born-again believers are often called old-fashioned or dull. It is often said that Christians believe outdated myths or fairy tales. This type of verbal persecution and peer pressure often lead believers to doubt their faith. For this reason, apologetics is needed. It helps answer the doubts a believer may develop in an anti-Christian society.
TO PERSUADE NONBELIEVERS
A third reason why apologetics is needed is that it can and has been used to persuade nonbelievers to accept Christ.3 This is done by removing intellectual stumbling blocks that often keep a person from Christ.4 Some believers disagree with this particular point. They are quick to point out that arguments cannot lead people to Christ…