Why the Apologist Should Be the First to Ask Questions
Real Life Apologetics
Hope While Suffering
Undoubtedly, the most referenced apologetics verse I have seen is 1 Peter 3:15. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (NIV).
In many instances, this verse has been plucked out of the context in which it was intended to be read. The focus is toward having well-reasoned answers to questions about or objections against Christianity. Why I agree that this verse does instruct us to be prepared, what was Peter’s original audience facing that would prompt him to write those words?
The terms harm, suffer, threats and frightened appear in verses 13 and 14. In other parts of the letter, Peter tells his readers that they will face trials. It was in the midst of those trials, when the Christians were suffering for doing what was right, that Peter was encouraging them to revere Christ as Lord. Just as it was then, Christ’s followers today are called to live in a manner different from the world around us. We have an eternal hope that supersedes the afflictions we face in our time-bound lives. As we act in reverence to our Lord during our struggles, we shall also be ready to tell everyone why we remain hopeful through difficulty.
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