Apologetics PyramidJune 16, 2017
Sharing your faith can be intimidating enough when you just want to tell someone about Jesus and the difference He has made in your life. But what happens when the other person stops you mid sentence and says something like “Look, that might be true for you, but it’s not true for me.” or, “Listen, science has proven that God doesn’t exist.” ?
There will be times that the person you want to share your faith with, doesn’t even define “truth” the same way you do, or may hold to a completely different worldview that is foreign to you. Does that mean you can’t share with them? Absolutely not. It simply means you might have to go even deeper with that person to winsomely show them where their understanding or worldview falters, and how the ultimate truth of Jesus does not.
Their counter may even place a seed of doubt in your own mind. It could require you to challenge your own understandings and force you to dig deeper, firstly, to solidify what you really believe. Secondly, to be able to converse with certain individuals.
Many won’t acknowledge that there is anything special about the Bible itself and your best intentioned quoting it to them will fall on deaf ears. In these cases, “The Bible says so”, won’t be very helpful. You might have to use reasoning and logic (gasp!) or material outside of scripture to build up to the point that you can begin to say with authority “The Bible says…”
That’s where apologetics comes alongside of evangelism as a tool to help people overcome honest intellectual objections to the Christian worldview.
Apologetics is giving a reasoned account or defense of what you believe.
The art of apologetics is rooted in scripture in 1 Peter 3:15.
Additionally, we see apologetics in action in Luke 1:1-4.
Always ask questions to find out where the conversation should begin. Where do you and the other person agree?