by Phillip Larsen
Apologetics is important. Apologetics codify what we believe in. They allow for us to answer the question “Why.” The answer to the question “Why” is where apologetics lie.
Answering “Why” allows us to have our beliefs engrain themselves into our being. If we can answer the question “why do I believe what I believe?”, then I am able to defend those belies against doubt, disbelief, and even attack from the enemy.
Apologetics do not lie within the “what we believe” because if we answer “what” without knowing the “why”, then what we believe is an arbitrary set of facts that have no application in our lives. Like in our middle school algebra, showing our work on how we got to the right answer is just as important as the answer itself. Knowing how to get the answer is just as important as the answer itself.
That is why I love apologetics so much. Scripture has modern application to our lives, and failing both to recognize that and to teach that is detrimental to our individual walk with Christ and the corporate gathering of believers each and every Sunday. Teaching people to strive for the
reason behind their beliefs as much as the target of their belief has created and will create a foundation for vast spiritual growth that will sustain the turbulence of indecision and doubt that has written about time and again as the millennial generation has come of age.
An example of the practicality of Scripture is demonstrated in a study of general economic principles that was written about on the three things that, if done, usually result in economic stability. The part of the story that does not get written about is that the three principles discussed are scriptural in their nature.
The first general principle is to graduate from high school. A high school diploma is incredibly important when it comes to finding a job that not only pays well on the outset but also has a career track that will result in a greater income in the long run. The lack of a high school diploma typically means that the individual will be stuck in the lowest quadrant of the socio-economic division. This is further demonstrated by the fact that most studies show that a college diploma is typically worth $1 million more than a high school diploma in the course of an individual’s working life.
What we sometimes forget is that God wants us to thirst for knowledge and wisdom. The natural and developed intelligence of Jesus during the incarnation is something that we can hardly fathom…