Objections to Apologetics
by Daniel Mann
There shouldn’t be any resistance to apologetics, esteeming the reasons to believe in the faith and the Bible as God’s Word. However, we often encounter this resistance. Some “Christians” even call themselves “Christian Agnostics.” When asked why, they often respond that “No one can really know for certain. It’s just a matter of blind faith.”
Sadly, they don’t seem to want to read the Bible for its evidences. However, it is obvious that many did come to know for certain. If doubting Thomas had been told that there was no way for him to know for certain, he might have laughed and said, “I met the risen Savior.” Even according to many skeptical historians, it is certain that the Apostles were convinced that they too had met the risen Jesus. This had also been true for a great portion of the early Church who had witnessed Jesus and His miracles.
We find the concern for an evidential basis for the faith woven into the fabric of Scripture. The Book of Acts is largely a book about the rationale for believing. Luke starts with an assertion that there are many “proofs” for the faith:
· He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)
Apollos was no exception. He too resorted to the proofs for the faith:
· When he [Apollos] arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ [the Messiah] was Jesus. (Acts 18:27-28; Also Paul – 17:2-4; 18:4; 28:23-24)
How had Apollos “greatly helped those who through grace had believed?” He “refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ [the Messiah] was Jesus.” He provided proof from the Hebrew Scriptures, demonstrating that Christians didn’t have to close their minds to the facts in order to believe. Instead, Apollos showed that the evidence favored faith.
We too need to know why we believe, not just what we should believe. Moses had this very concern when he was talking with God in the midst of the burning bush…
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