A Question I Was Asked:

Why Does Anyone Need Apologetics?

Surely Christianity is of the heart. You either feel it or you don't. What is the point of Apologetics. Why explain?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Well, if you are right, the labours of the Apostles, as witnessed in the Book of Acts, were a complete waste of time! If you go through the Book of Acts you will see the first disciples, especially Peter and Paul, heavily engaged in Christian Apologetics, that is, they took the time and trouble to carefully explain why the message of Jesus should be taken seriously. You don't think so? Then go through that Bible book and read it for yourself!

Tragically many people who feel exactly like you end up in the cults and sects. Why? Well, they never built up any real knowledge of the matters of the Gospel and of the revelation within the Holy Bible and so were quickly susceptible and vulnerable when a persuasive false teacher came along. They were not 'armed' with any really deep Bible knowledge.

Apart from the Book of Acts, you can consider any New Testament book you want. What do you find? Christian Apologetics, that is, an explanation and defence of the Christian Faith. I'm sorry but I just don't understand people with an attitude like yours. If you bought the very latest technology equipment, maybe some new 'state of the art' TV and computer system combined, would you say, 'well if it does not speak to me in my heart I don't want it,' or would you, with some degree of enthusiasm, go through the manual or at least the more important bits of that, in order to better understand it? Why should Christianity be any easier? It is all about why we were created, about life and death and the meaning of life and death. It is the very revelation of God! We don't all need to be theologians, but surely we should not neglect to get at least some basic working knowledge in order to explain what we believe to others.

Let's finish with four Scriptures:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17).

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17).

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. (Hebrews 5:12-13).

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:18).

Robin A. Brace. August 24th, 2014.