Why it’s important to defend your faith
by Dawn Klinge
“[The laws of logic] were placed in our minds by the Creator during the act of creation. We speak because God has spoken. God is not the author of confusion, irrationality, or the absurd. Furthermore, his words are meant to be understood by his creatures, and a necessary condition for his creature’s understanding of those words is that they are intelligible and not irrational.” — R.C. Sproul
Defending Your Faith, by R.C. Sproul, is a book I recently read. It’s an introduction to apologetics, something I wish I had read years ago (and why I included it in my recent booklist for teens). A simple definition of apologetics that it’s a defense of the Christian faith. The book struck a chord with me because it approached the subject academically, with solid logic. This blog is all about faith and trusting in God, and I like to explore why God is trustworthy. I have written often about the work of the Holy Spirit, in speaking to our hearts and revealing his truths- and about how this work is essential to knowing God. But that is not to say that we should ignore logic or dismiss the task of defending the faith in a way that breaks down the barriers between those of us who believe and those who do not.
At its core, Christianity is rational. The task of apologetics is to provide an intellectual defense of the truth claims of the Christian faith. Since this is only a short blog post, I can’t possibly present a whole defense of the Christian faith right here, but I can encourage you to do some study on your own. I recommend Defending Your Faith, but there are also many other great resources available.
1 Peter 3:14-16 says,
“Have no fear of them (those who would harm you), nor be troubles, but in your hearts regard 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, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame (emphasis added). “
I hope I have convinced you why the study of apologetics is important for anyone who follows Christ. I also want to give you a sample of how apologetics works. For instance, one of the first tasks is to ask some questions…
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