Christian apologetics, a term that comes from the word apologia, meaning “defense,” is giving answer to those who question our faith. It’s something I believe is part of what 1st Peter is talking about when it says we should be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks for a reason for our faith, although I think the scripture is referring to far more than logic, epistemology and debate like we see on social media.
While I think apologetics is interesting and important for Christians, I also see a danger if one focuses too much on this endeavor. This may seem like an odd statement from someone on a station that has so many features that focus on apologetics. But I mention it here because of something very important: Faith that leads to salvation is a gift from God. No one is saved because they concluded something through some formula.
Ephesians tells us saving faith is a gift from God, not of works, so that no one can boast of something they did. Too be clear: I believe this means when we seek God, and ask him for salvation, we receive a faith that leads to salvation. One does NOT receive this faith by some lab experiment. Philippians tells us salvation leads to the peace of God, which “surpasses all understanding;” it’s certainly not from epistemology.
When you witness to non-believers, or discuss our faith with anti-theists, do you do so with meekness, or ego of your own intellect?
What are your thoughts?