Crucial Questions: An Apologetics Catechism

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Christian Apologetics

Question 1: Why should we apologize for the Christian faith?

Answer 1: The Christian faith makes claims to truth that should be defended by all believers.

Comment: At a ministry fair some years ago, a sweet senior lady asked what type of ministry I was representing. “I teach apologetics,” I replied. This nice Christian woman said that she did not need to apologize for being a Christian. This lady’s sentiment was encouraging. Unfortunately, she had the misfortune to believe that when we say the word “apologetics” we actually are indicating sorrow for our faith in Jesus Christ.

Christianity speaks about ultimate truth. Whether it is about the existence of God, the human need for salvation, or a host of other issues, Christianity calls for people to follow truth. Ultimately, the truth of Christianity rests on a person: Jesus Christ. Did Jesus exist? Did He die on a cross? Did He rise from the dead? If the answer to any of those questions is no, then Christianity can be abandoned.

The field of Christian apologetics seeks to provide sound answers to those questions and other questions concerning the Christian faith. Apologetics is not for a select few church staff members, teachers, or “super-intellects.” It is a field for all ages, all levels of Christian discipleship and maturity, and experience.

Christians are not sorry for our faith. We believe it is true for all people. Christian apologists seek to show that Christian truth claims can be defended. We believe that all believers should be apologists for the Christian faith.

Scripture: “…but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (I Peter 3:15, HCSB).

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