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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Does it matter what one believes, as long as they are sincere?


Have you ever been told by someone that it is "okay to believe what you believe, as long as you are sincere?" In this quick posting I would like to get to the "real issue" of why this is a little shortsighted at the least and spiritually dangerous at best.

To put it short and to the point, sincerity is a good thing, but it should not be our final answer for thinking that we are believing the right thing. Your and my spiritual well being should not be hanging in the balance of our sincerely believing what we believe.  One can be sincere in what they believe, but do you realize that they can also be sincerely wrong.


Religious or spiritual folks will say that they are sincere on where their "faith" is directed. But let us be alert to this important fact. Our faith is only as valid as the object in which that faith is placed.

Jesus Christ demonstrated by His life, His death, and His resurrection in the same body in which He was crucified that He alone is a worthy object for one's faith. If we focus on His truth claims and all that He accomplished, we will find out that we haven not lost anything at all.  In fact, He is the ultimate Answer to all of man's  questions.

As one of many Christian apologists, I think that I can speak for the whole lot of us, that we do not have all the answers to every question known to man.  Localizing back home here to make it personal, if your or my conclusion about who Jesus is, and what He came to do is wrong, I have a bigger problem.

What you and I do with the evidence for His resurrection, His deity, and the all the prophecies that He fulfilled and has yet to fulfill, goes beyond sincerity.  It leads to the question on where our sincere trust is placed.   

Let me just say this in closing. He changed my life from skepticism to faith almost 35 years ago.  What will you do with the evidence? Will you sincerely follow the evidence and land where it leads? 

You can claim to be sincere, and be sincerely wrong.  But don't get caught dead without Jesus, who is far more sincere than you or I will ever be. 

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