Some time back I had a heated discussion with members of my church’s Bible study group on whether Christians should discuss Bible theology in terms of apologetics. From their perspective apologetics and arguing were the same thing and the Bible says that we should be not involved in quarrels. In other word, it is wrong to give a defense of your faith because it will lead to quarrels (read Arguments) of which leads to sin. However, they seemed to have misunderstood the concept of apologetics and that same day, in the evening, I came up with this article to explain the matter at hand. I focused on differentiating between arguments and apologetics.
Apologetics can be defined as the branch of Christian theology which attempts to give a rational defense of the Christian faith. Apologetics is giving a reason for why you believe what you believe.
The English word “apologetics” comes from the Greek word apologia which means “to give a reason or defense”
Apologetics is also called “pre-evangelism”, meaning it is before evangelism. In other words how can you witness and yet you don’t have a strong foundation of your faith. How do you expect to witness and yet you don’t know the meaning of Salvation?
In essence apologetics goes HAND in HAND with witnessing. It EQUIPS you to witness.
Why should we as Christians do apologetics?
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