A Case for Christianity: Was the Apostle John an Apologist?
by Teri Dugan
“I am totally convinced the Christian faith is the most coherent worldview around.” – Ravi Zacharias
What I love about Christian Apologetics is that many people I meet, and share with, tell me that they never knew there was more to Christianity than just basic religious teachings, or politics and blind faith. I love it when people get that a-ha’ moment like I have so many times. There are so many great Christian Apologists today like Ravi Zacharias, Greg Koukl, J. Warner Wallace, Frank Turek, Lee Strobel, Sean McDowell (and his Dad Josh), William Lane Craig, and J.P. Moreland just to name a select few that I’ve read and studied under.
My newest favorite Apologist is former Muslim, now Christian, Nabeel Qureshi. If you haven’t read his book I highly recommend it: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.
However, my favorite Christian Apologist of all time is the Apostle John. You might say, I thought Christian Apologetics was a modern day field of study. In previous posts we have looked at the fact that the Gospel writers gave eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus and if you look closely you find that they are using apologetics all over the place, proving who Jesus was.
The early first century Church was under attack right away by those who wanted to add to, take away from, or correct the teachings of Jesus. There are many today who do the same and there have been many over the centuries. The New Testament as a whole was written, at least in part, to defend against these types of attacks and to keep the teachings of Jesus intact.
Last week I recommended reading the Gospel of John to get to know Jesus and what it means to believe and follow Him. John wrote quite a few years after the other Gospel writers later in the first century because, as common to human nature, people were beginning to twist the teachings of Jesus. John, a close companion of Jesus and probably the only remaining original disciple, saw the need for a clear and specific description of Jesus’ identity and ministry…
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