It’s not an Apology

by Dean L. Satterlee

In the summer of 1981 I became a follower of Jesus of Nazareth. As a follower of Jesus, one of my primary objectives is to testify to others of His saving love and power in my life. To tell others that the new life I’ve found can be theirs, too. To evangelize. If you’re a disciple of Jesus you know this. Early on in my new life with Jesus I began to notice that when opportunities presented themselves to evangelize, I would be attacked by fear. “‘What will happen if, when I begin to speak about Jesus, God, and the Bible, my friend raises an objection or a question I can’t answer?’ Objections like: ‘How could an all good, all powerful, all knowing God allow evil?’ ‘Hasn’t science done away with God?’ ‘Why should I trust the Bible?’ ‘Aren’t all religions basically the same?’ ‘To say Jesus is the only way is intolerant and arrogant, don’t you think?’ ‘How can you prove Jesus rose from the dead?’”

These (and other) questions caused me to stay silent more than once in my life. Beyond that, truth be told, some of them were questions and doubts I had wrestled with myself. I knew Jesus forgave me; I knew He was real; His transforming presence was real. But how could I help a person get through their questions and doubts to meet Jesus as I had? It’s a valid question. That’s where Christian apologetics comes into play…
 

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