No Apologies

Our culture, indeed the world at large, is seemingly anchored to the notion of “seeing is believing.” Where then does belief apply in that mindset? Is there a place in our world today for what most see as “blind faith?” The answers may surprise you…

While Christianity is squarely situated in the crosshairs of modern cultural condemnation, the fact of the matter is that this is no new development. Since the very beginning faith in Christ’s death, resurrection, and claim to divinity have been not only questioned by an unbelieving world, but viciously and sometimes violently denounced. Even so, despite such vitriol, there have been countless believers who stood strong against the fiery darts of doubters, keeping the faith in the face of daunting opposition. While many were content to simply ignore these attacks, others instead followed the admonition given in 1 Peter 3:15: “…be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you…” This defense of faith is known as “apologetics.”

Apologetics has nothing to do with apologizing. It’s not about “saying you’re sorry.” No. Instead it is derived from the Greek words of Peter’s admonition in 1 Peter 3:15, where he instructs believers to make a defense (apologia [ἀπολογία]) for their reasons of belief. His words give us clear directions: We are instructed first to understand that the reality of our faith has a backbone of objective reasoning and is supportable by an immense body of evidence, and secondly, we are directed to share that reality with others. If we are to be believers in Christ, if we are to help others also to see the truth and reality of our faith in Him, we are called, each of us, to give a defense of that faith to anyone who may question it. We are all called to be, in some capacity or other, apologists.

Do you have a defense for your faith? Could you give a reason for your belief to those who don’t share it, indeed those who may be viciously opposed to it?

Moving forward with this blog, indeed my whole ministry, I am extending to all believers a simple question: “Can we prove the Bible, and should we?” In the coming weeks we will look deeply at, among other things, the various aspects of scripture that are both deeply misunderstood and critically misinterpreted both by believers and by skeptics in an effort to address that question. The scriptures will be our guide as we dig into science, history, philosophy, and our own personal experiences to shine a light on the true nature of our reality…

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