What Is Apologetics?

Posted By on March 5, 2020


Some time ago, a concerned Christian
emailed our offices at Apologetics Press saying, “I’m leery of your name ‘apologetics.’
I am a servant of the Living God and I have no need
to apologize for anything. but I am seeking an answer and saw your site.
So please if you may, answer me this…” We were happy to respond to Jennifer
and let her know that apologetics is, in fact, all about giving answers and not apologizing,
as so many think of it in the 21st century. The English word ‘apologetics’ is derived
from the Greek ‘apologia’ meaning ‘defense.’ Although there are plenty of things that imperfect
Christians need to confess and repent of, God doesn’t want Christians
to apologize or be sorry for their allegiance to the
Lord Jesus and His Word. Rather, as the apostle Peter declared,
“Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and always be ready to give a
defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is
in you with meekness and fear.” The word apologetics can apply
to almost any subject matter, but most often it’s discussed in the
context of Christian apologetics. God expects Christians to give
an outward defense of their inward hope. He wants His people not to take up swords in an
attempt to spread Christianity with carnal warfare, but to charge ahead with
knowledge in the word of truth. Disciples of Christ look to, “Destroy arguments
in every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and to take every thought
captive to obey Christ.” God desires for Christians to base their actions
upon truth that is honestly and logically defended rather than false doctrine which is dishonestly
or naively accepted and is emotionally-driven. Admittedly, the early Christians
were full of emotions. They joyfully recognized that the
long awaited much-anticipated Messiah had just recently come into the world
and established His spiritual kingdom. They penitently acknowledge their sins. They lovingly sacrificed their material
possessions in order to help the poor among them. And in the face of great suffering,
they courageously continued preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which
concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence. But in the end, whatever feelings they had,
whatever emotions they felt, these sensations were not the driving force
behind their allegiance to Jesus Christ. The early church grew in faith and number, not because they had a
better-felt-than-told kind of religion, but because they sincerely believed truth,
which they were joyfully committed to spreading and defending,
just as faithful Christians are today. If you would like to know more about Christian
apologetics, visit us at ApologeticsPress.org.

Posted by Lewis Heart

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