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Apologia

By John Michael Sullivan on March 16, 2013 0 Comments

For some time now I have been focusing a lot of time on the topic of Apologetics. This is the act of presenting a rational basis for the Christian faith and defending it against objection. 1 Peter 3:15 tell us, “But set apart Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be prepared to give an answer [apologia] to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that you have.” We are commanded to provide a well-reasoned answer for our faith in Christ to an unbelieving world. Jesus tells us to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind (Mt. 22:37). Apologetics gives us the understanding of why we believe and follows Jesus’ command of loving God with our mind.

 There exists some misunderstanding among Christians as to whether apologetics is necessary. Some believe that our belief in Christ is based on “faith” and thus does not require solid reasons or evidence to support it. (Now let me clarify that I believe having a strong faith in God is extremely vital to our Christian walk.) Therefore, in witnessing to unbelievers, some mistakenly suppose that apologetics is ineffective in leading anyone to faith. The call of the Christian is to simply present the gospel, and the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures will do the rest. However if we look at the scriptures, this was not the example of Christ. Throughout Jesus’ years of ministry he openly shared to be the Son of God. He made such claims as being the source of life, forgiver of sins, and authority over the Old Testament Law. It’s no surprise his claims were met with, skepticism, doubt and even hostility. Of course Jesus new the magnitude of these claims he was making and surely did not expect people to simply believe His message without good reasons. We were created in the image of God who is a rational and morally perfect being; thus we must also be rational and moral beings.

            Throughout His ministry, Jesus presented compelling reasons and evidence to uphold His claim to be the Son of God. Jesus’ apologetics included the testimony of witnesses, miracles, prophecy, reason, the resurrection, the use of parables, and more. The methods that Jesus presented should serve as a model for all believers who desire to impact an unbelieving world for Christ.

 

            Here are a few scripture references where Jesus demonstrates apologetics.

            (Mt. 22:37, 12:22-28, Lk. 7:20, 7:22-23, Mk. 2:1-12, Jn. 2, and 10:22-42)

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