Once upon a time, I felt it was pointless to defend the faith. I remember telling people “God does not need us to defend him”. How wrong I was! If I ever uttered those mindless words to you, I humbly apologize.
Don’t get me wrong, if we don’t defend God, he still remains God however apologetics helps us deal with the doubts of people who wonder why we take our faith so seriously.
I highlighted 1 Peter 3:15 in the pic above. Kindly read through. Peter wrote this to the persecuted Christians in Asia Minor. In the midst of their suffering for Christ, people would see how hopeful they were and wonder what kind of faith they possessed.
This mandate is not for pastors or elders only. We should be able and willing to defend the gospel we hold dear with gentleness and grace.
This same verse is often cited as the reason for ‘Christian apologetics’. Apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia which is taken directly out of 1 Peter 3:15. In Greek, it means a defense, as in a court of law. Christian apologetics, therefore, has to do with making a case (or defense) for the validity of the Christian faith. Like I said, this isn’t just the job of pastors, elders and people with PhDs 😉
Peter obviously knew that the average Christian would be faced with questions about their faith from all kinds of people. In fact, Peter himself had to defend the faith severally- Acts 4:8-12, Acts 3:11-26, Acts 2:14-39, Acts 5:29-32.
Understand that the very fact that we are called to be separate from the world would lead to suffering and mockery. We see people dedicate their lives to proving that the Bible is a lie, we also see people dedicate their lives and careers to proving that God does not exist.
Learning to defend the Faith will help you make logical arguments with non believers who are curious to know why you are a believer. This means it may help you win a soul.
Aside from my personal testimony, I believe in Christianity because there is outstanding objective proof that Christianity is true (we will come to this later…stay glued to this page).
Remember though, Peter says as we do this, we must honour Christ as Lord in our hearts.