|What is apologetics?
Apologetics simply means giving a defense for our faith. Reason and science do not need to counteract faith. Reason and science can supplement faith, and they have even helped lead many to faith.
What is the Biblical basis for apologetics?
Jude 1:3 tells us to "contend for the faith." Paul "reasoned with the Jews" in Acts 18:19. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 to be ready always to give a reason for the hope that is in us (the Greek word for "reason" is where we get the words apology and apolgetics from).
What are the benefits to the believer in knowing at least some apologetics?
The benefit is so that the believer can know that his faith rests upon a solid foundation. When difficult times come or when a secularist challenges the resurrection or absolute truth, we need to know that we are right. It allows the believer to be steadfast and immovable in the faith (1 Corinthians 15:58). As Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:4, "Continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of" (italics mine). This is why Christians even in a postmodern age must be told the truth about the credibility and defensibility of their Christian belief.
Here are some foundational questions that every believer really ought to know how to answer.
Is My Belief in God Credible?
Is The Bible True?
Is Jesus God?
Is The Resurrection of Jesus Reliable?
Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?
How Can I Be Sure that God Created the World?
- (see this article also for a survey of the competing views of creation)
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