Apologetics

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Now that we have taken the time to scrutinize the historicity & veracity of the Holy Bible, let's move on to understand how we can effectively & confidently defend our faith, and consequently the Bible.


This moves us into the study of a term called apologetics, or more specifically, Christian Apologetics.


The English word apology comes from a Greek word which basically means to give a defense. Christian Apologetics, then, is the science of giving a defense of the Christian faith. There are many skeptics who doubt the existence of God and/or attack belief in the God of the Bible. There are many critics who attack the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. There are many false teachers who promote false doctrines and deny the key truths of the Christian faith. The mission of Christian Apologetics is to nullify these movements and advance the Christian faith: belief in Holy Bible, and the fact that God wrapped Himself in flesh, came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ, and died for the salvation of all who will give their life to Him.


Most would agree that the cornerstone bible verse of Christian Apologetics is 1 Peter 3:13-17 (emphasis on vs. 15) "13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil." There is no excuse for a Christian to be completely unable to defend his or her faith. Every Christian should be able to give a reasonable presentation of his or her faith in Christ. While it is not expected that every Christian needs to be an expert in apologetics, it is expected that every Christian should know what he believes, why he believes it, how to share it with others, and how to defend it against lies and attacks.