It seems I’ve been talking, writing, and learning much about investing in others lately. With all this thought, I believe it’s important to address the idea and the use of apologetics – the defense of the Christian faith. We must explain the why if we’re telling the what, and this means you need to know how.
The use of apologetics can be a dangerous weapon or an effective tool. In the establishment and construction of a person’s faith, there may be individuals, times, or phases that call for different methods and even tools. Apologetics is that proverbial toolbox that allows a person to discern the need and apply the right tool at the right time.
This isn’t meant to be an explanation of those tools at all – I plan to start that soon – but more so a persuasion that helps you see the need for your toolbox.
It may seem scary because it can cause fights, but that’s up to the user. It may seem like hard work that isn’t worth the effort when you can just say “it takes faith” and “convince them with your love,” but the truth is that truly loving someone meets their real needs, not their superficial desires.
When people have heard the gospel, they ask, “Why should I believe that instead of _______” even if they don’t say it to you. When they do say it to you, it’s the right time to be able to say, “well because…” (1 Peter 3:15)
WHAT YOU’RE OTHERWISE SAYING
Without the ability to grab the right tool and apply it to a shaky construction or the aftermath of a rough storm, what happens is people (or you) continue to experience a crumbling and deteriorating of what was built. No matter how big and strong it initially is, the world will tear it down. We can not float on faith.
What we are essentially telling people otherwise is, “just believe, because… I said so!” Although we usually divine-it-up with “cause the Bible says so” or soften it up with “you just need to believe, because after all, aren’t we loving?” Yet, that’s what even scripture says anyone can do (Luke 11:13), and history says many cults always do!
Do we hear the craziness of this? Whether power play or pseudo-love play, both are manipulation. Both fail to address the true questions and heart issues that are totally free and available to address with sufficient answers.
We need to put in the hard work and be able to give the hard answers. On the bright side, the answers are easier than ever to research and learn.
I plan on posting more on this in the future.
What are you doing to learn to defend your faith and build up others with this knowledge? Do you see the value in this or do you see things differently?