How To Get Started In Apologetics
by Jonathan Kotyk
Have you even been in a conversation or overheard one when someone says something about God that you know is a lie? Did you remain silent because you did not know how to respond?
Pretty much every Christian has had that experience. I remember one incident when someone in class spoke up and said, “I do not believe Jesus was real, or if He was, He was not some kind of superhero.” I wanted to respond, but did not know how or where to begin, so to my shame, I remained silent.
What that incident did was build a resolve in me to never be without an answer to those who raise objections to the Christian faith. So I started studying apologetics and I found that once you get past the basic learning curve, it is really very easy to do apologetics and it gets easier the more you learn and practice.
The concept of apologetics comes from the verse 1 Peter 3:15, “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.”
It means to defend the faith from a position of knowing what you believe. Apologetics, when you get right down to its core is, simply knowing what you believe, why you believe it and being able to communicate it in a clear and understandable manner.
My studies have reveled that the apologist’s toolbox is made up of a few things..
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