I am working on a series for our website about apologetics, which is the term for the way the gospel is supposed to be presented to skeptics. You can’t ‘just’ say presented without defining (to who) (for what reason) and so forth. Apologetics is the gospel presented in a debate format, as a defense and response to the critics and oppositions of our faith. The key word here is “reason”. First let me say that apologetics is a science. Systematic theology is a science. So is Biblical studies, in the theology realm, and in the realm of university scholars. Apologetics is the science of providing an intellectual defense for the truth claims of the Christian faith. You need to be able to tell people what you believe, and why you believe it. The case that is presented for any particular truth claim; the evidence, or the reason that is advanced (why we should believe this, rather than that). This is the task of apologetics.
The term involves the science of giving an apology. In our language, giving an apology means to say “I’m sorry” for something that you have done wrong. The word apologetics comes from the Greek word Apologia, which means, literately to (give a reply) or to (give an answer). Apologetics is given in the Bible as a charge (responsibility) by Peter to Christians in 1 Pet Chapter 3, verse 15. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who ask you for a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that whereas they speak of you as evil doers, that they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” We are supposed to be ready to give a reply to any and all aspects of our faith. To anyone that ask, to be ready with reason. If this is done correctly the end game will be that the opponents of our faith, in any debate will be ashamed.
God has had me do some amazing things, and some interesting things before. Now He has me, and some others, working on a website that’s sole purpose is to represent Jesus Christ on the internet. One of the duties of a Christian, or any unselfish person (believer or not) is the defense of their loved ones when, and if they are attacked; not only if their person is attacked, but especially if their integrity is attacked. An attack on a family member’s integrity that you know to be sound, is an attack on your integrity. It is your responsibility to defend that person (family member, friend, or anyone you love). In doing this, The Lord has led me to some people that have been thinking, and practicing this. I have concluded that it is part of the very doctrine of Jesus, as Peter has stated. It really blew my mind to learn that it is a science. In layman’s terms; they have arguing the faith we have, and the reason behind it, down to a science; to the point that if done correctly, will reduce any and all opponents of it to shame.
Some of you are aware of the atheist that seemingly “hang out” on your favorite religious forums, and chat sites. They’re always there. If they get on your nerves; even make you angry; use foul language…know this. Jesus died for them to have a chance to talk to you. If you are a Christian, then weather you are aware of this or not, they see hope in you.
peace all, and much love from Clean Slate Fellowship @http://www.showenuf.com
Link to Clean Slate Fellowship/ Apologetics : http://www.showenuf.com/apologetics