The Sower’s Apologetics Profile – When is Apologetics Effective?
By Arthur Khachatryan
What is the effectiveness of apologetics? The Holy Scriptures tell us that God has revealed himself to mankind but that humanity as a whole does not want God (Romans 1:18-20). This leads people to create crafty ways in which to avoid God. Jesus also revealed the inner depths of the human psyche in this exchange of God’s wooing and the human response to that truth in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3-23, Mark 4:2-20, Luke 8:4-18). In this parable, the sower (one who relays God’s truth) scatters seeds (the truth of God) and the seeds fall on four different kinds of ground (types of human dispositions).
There are very persuasive reasons to believe that Jesus is God incarnate (this is how I was convinced), and if that’s true, then what Jesus has to say about the condition of the human heart and our reaction to God’s wooing cuts at the very heart of why some, given the same external evidence, do not believe in Him, while others do.
The Role of the Heart in Response to Apologetics
It is extremely important to consider the role of the human heart in its response to the evidence presented. A man’s reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of his heart and not necessarily by the strength or weakness of the evidence presented. This is why, when Christian apologists relay the reasons for the existence of God, they should not be surprised to have unbelievers reject the evidence and erect counter arguments, and even to launch personal attacks. Above all else human beings desire autonomy, and conceding to the will of another, even their maker, can prove to be too much for the will of some. The lengths to which people will go to avoid or reject the evidence reveals where their heart is, and the Parable of the Sower can help us determine this to better inform how the apologist may deal with each individual. Our apologetics approach can be informed by Jesus Himself. Given the various states of the human heart in response to the Gospel, we can draw up analogous characteristics in response to Christian apologetics for God’s existence…
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