THE BIBLE COMMANDS US TO DO IT.
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
1 Peter 3:15
"Set apart Christ as Lord in your hearts." Apologetics should be done amidst a certain kind of life, one where we surrender more and more of ourselves to Christ. We should be living in such a way that people will ask us for the hope that lies within us. Then, when we give an answer, it must be done with gentleness and respect.
Did Jesus ever do apologetics?
Jesus interaction with "Doubting Thomas"
Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe."
Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
Did the apostle Paul ever do apologetics?
- Greeks at Mars Hill (Acts 17)
- Jews in the Synagogues (Acts 17)
- False teachers within the Church (Galatians, 1 Corinthians, etc.)
Where else in Scripture are we commanded to do apologetics?
"I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints."
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
Any other reasons to do apologetics?
- To better know our faith and share it more effectively
- To answer people's real questions
- To help deal with seasons of doubt that we all go through
When should we do apologetics, and when shouldn't we do apologetics?
Yes - When someone wants to understand, but needs help overcoming intellectual obstacles.
No - When the person wants to argue.