Apologetics is Not For The Heart
by Richard Eng
Growing up, my Dad taught me apologetics. He was really excited about it, and good at it too. As someone who studied under Norman Geisler at Southern Evangelical Seminary, my Dad got some of the best training out there. As a result, He taught me a lot of what I now know. I found myself eating it up! I am a person who defined himself as a “dumb kid” for most of my life, so finally grasping something and understanding it well fueled me. The more I dove into apologetics, the more I found myself loving Jesus. It was actually apologetics and worldview training that motivated me to open up my Bible for myself, and not just because my parents or youth pastor told me to.
But something happened.
The Bible that I consumed became stale, like old bread. The apologetics arguments I had learned became familiar and rehearsed. There was not life in it anymore.
What I discovered through prayer and being mentored is that I was using what I knew about apologetics and the Bible to feel worthy before Him.
Finally! I wasn’t the dumb kid anymore. My heart felt fixed for a moment! I could contribute, and contribute well. But my heart wanted more than just knowledge, it wanted acceptance. It wanted love.
Here is my point…