Apologetics: Apologizing for Believing in God?
by Sheri Bell
Our directive: “Have a ready answer for what you believe.”
Contrary to what the world thinks, Jesus did not ask His followers to believe with “blind” faith. Because He didn’t need to. He wasn’t a swindler, a magician, or a con artist. He was God. He spoke the truth, and demonstrated it time and time again.
We know, both from Scripture and the high volume of secular and Christian historical documents uncovered by scholars so far, that Jesus walked this earth, performed amazing miracles, willingly hung on the cross, and talked with hundreds of witnesses after He rose from death.
Historical documentation validates Jesus’ claims of who He says He is. Your faith, then, can be based on the strong foundation of this proof. You can toss out blind faith, like yesterday’s dinner!
Jesus wants us to be active, engaged followers; to believe in Him, but to know why we follow Him. Because if we don’t “know that we know,” as the old phrase goes, we stand a good chance of faltering at the lies our increasingly secular society packages as truth. “God is a myth,” it assures us. Its biggest lie of all, perhaps? “If God did create this mess, He walked away.He doesn’t care.”
During this blog series, let’s journey through the evidence highlighted in Evidence That Demands a Verdict, the newly revised and expanded apologetics classic by Josh and Sean McDowell. In knowing that our faith need not be blind, because it’s substantiated by fact, we gain the power to confidently show the world who God is: our Creator, who loved us so much that He willingly endured the cruelty of the cross to reconcile us to Himself. That’s Good News!
~ Apologetics: Defending, Not Apologizing! ~
The word apologetic does not mean that you’re sorry. Rather, it refers to your defense of what you believe to be true.
In the Christian arena, then, an apologist is any believer who defends Christ’s message against criticism and distortion by giving evidence of its credibility. We’re talking about a rational defense — not the belligerent, take-no-prisoners response, “God said it, that settles it, you should believe it!” that many Christians default to when challenged by skeptics. That is certainly not the tactic Jesus used when answering the Jewish leaders of His day…
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