In The Beginning, Part 2

Now, as with so much else, it has become fashionable over the years to reject the Christian faith. While some reject it wholesale – dismissing the belief system as nothing more than a useless emotion-fueled vestige of yesteryear – others however take a more measured stance concerning it, and in many cases, do more damage than those who simply abandon religion.

For such people, Scripture is merely outdated and in need of a fresh interpretation. Such a perspective has thus introduced a number of notions which stand in firm contradiction to the historically-held perspectives of Scripture, such as confusion over the integrity of the Word, the author of Genesis and other Biblical works, and scientific paradigms that have themselves not yet even escaped the criticism of mainstream researchers, including evolution, deep-time, and others. The result has been a great deal of confusion.

The well of once pure, fresh water has been made murky with impurities. Take heart though, for good scholarship can and does reveal the truth. What you do with that however is up to you…

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, champions of the truth and the light!

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