Why Should We Practice Apologetics?
A Narrow-Minded Woman
Apologetics is to give an answer, to explain, to clarify a position. As Christians, we are called to practice apologetics, but why? What is the reason(s) for being able to answer people? Like a little child asks about everything…”but why?”
The first and most important reason to practice apologetics is because God has commanded us to do so. I’ll let God’s Word speak for itself on this point.
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, (1 Peter 3:15)
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:5-6)
The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools. (Proverbs 15:7)
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2)
Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be wise in his own eyes. (Proverbs 26:5)
Examples in the Early Church
In addition to the straightforward commands in Scripture to be able to explain Christianity and the Gospel, God has blessed us with examples of wonderful apologists in Scripture.
Paul is probably the first person most people think of when talking about apologists from Scripture. His most famous apologetic speech his addressing Athenians on Mars Hill.
In this speech, Paul pointed out all the idols that were about the city. He recognized that they were a very religious group and even had an idol for “the unknown god.” Paul used this as an opening to tell these people about the true God…
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