Why Learn Apologetics?

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I sometimes encounter those inside Christianity that do not believe that Christianity should be defended. I was once told by a minister at Rice University that using apologetics was not only wrong, but hurtful to the cause of Christ. Leaders of churches have told me that they did not believe faith should be defended, but that if we merely study the Bible, we will adequately prepare people spiritually for anything they will encounter outside the church. I respectfully disagree for the following reasons.

The Bible Commands Us to Defend Christianity

  • Jude 3 tells us to “earnestly contend for the faith,” with the word contend meaning to fight vigorously. The context is clear, since the remainder of the small book speaks about false teachers who have crept into the church and done much damage.
  • 2 Timothy 2:23-26 tells us to not argue about foolish things, but to gently “correct those who are…

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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3 Responses to Why Learn Apologetics?

  1. Yes I do believe David God should be defended, His Truth saves sinners and sets them free but Telling an Atheist that we know God is real because the Bible tells us He is, although we know it’s True, is not enough, they will just claim that man wrote it, we need to show them why only He could have told man what to write in the Scriptures.

    Atheists can’t understand God’s Truth in the Scriptures, sadly some who claim to believe in God can’t either because they are too natural meaning worldly, not having the empowering of The Holy Spirit, so His Truth is just foolishness in their reasoning as (1Corinthians2:9-16) tells us.

    We understand the Scriptures because we have The empowering of the Holy Spirit and having asked for and received God’s wisdom we Trust in Jesus to lead us into all Truth , they are not just words as we know, they are God’s words and He has confirmed His Awesome reality in them, which we can see clearly in the realities that He describes from Genesis to Revelation, leaving no doubt that He is real and so we share these with unbelievers giving them doubts that may cause them to question what they believe and so they will seek for clarity and as they do they will find God that is if they are known by Him as His own.

    Christian Love – Anne.

    • dwwork says:

      Anne, sorry I missed this comment from you. So many people have come to God through His word alone that many feel we need not defend it. However, I have found that when people are equipped to answer the challenges that unbelievers throw at them they are better able to not only answer those challenges but also grow stronger in their faith. Also, for the young going off to college it helps to know what their professors are going to tell them so they have a ready answer. As Peter tells us “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. 1 Peter 3:15 Have a blessed day, David

  2. dwwork says:

    Anne, sadly I have found the atheists who have left comments on my blog to be unreceptive to the truth but I keep trying. Just maybe one of the seeds will grow. They claim to be receptive to reason and science but I have found only such reason and science that supports their views. Right no I am in the process of trying to get a person who thinks the New Testament actually points to Judas as the gateway to salvation to see that they have misread the Bible. I have also asked for some reference as to how they came up with this highly unorthodox reading of the Bible. So far not much luck. But we keep on. Have a blessed day and thanks once again for your comments. Your brother in Christ, David

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