What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Half of All Americans Believe Bible, Quran, Book of Mormon Hold Same Truths

By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter

An in-depth study released by the Barna Group on behalf of the American Bible Society found that 50 percent of Americans believe the Bible, Quran and the Book of Mormon hold different expressions of the same truths. The survey also found that Americans' reliance on the Bible has decreased slightly in 2012 from 2011, although the Christian holy book retains an important place in people's lives.

The study, which was conducted in March and surveyed over 2,000 adults through phone and online interviews, found that 85 percent of American households own a Bible – although that number was down from 88 percent in 2011. Similarly, 48 percent agreed that the Bible has all the knowledge needed to live a meaningful life, while that number was 53 percent in 2011.  To read the rest of the article click here.

Editor's note:  This is one reason why we need apologetics training happening in the church.  To think that the Bible, and a religion like Islam with a totally different source book believed to be a revelation from Jibrial to Muhammad as the same?  

Here is something to think about.  First off a Muslim believes that the Old Testament (I'll call Absolute "A") was replaced by the New Testament (Absolute "B").   In AD 632, the Qur'an was completed, and the Muslim who holds tenaciously to the Qur'an believes that it and it alone is the supreme revelation of all revelations from God (who they call "Allah").  That would make the Qur'an Absolute "C."  

So in the Muslim mind, Absolute "C" has replaced both Absolutes "A" and "B."  What is to keep Absolute "D" from coming along?  That is where the Book of Mormon comes in, which has NOTHING similar to the Bible other than sounding like the Book of Isaiah with all its, "it came to pass" phraseology.  

Unless we start training the church why Christianity is true, the church in this country is headed for the precipice of insignificance in this country very quickly.  We need to get away from numerical growth and focus on spiritual maturity growth if the church is going to survive in this country.

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