Unveiling the Importance of Christian Apologetics: Defending Truth in a Culture of Distortion

The other day, I was asked to define apologetics, which got me thinking…

Knowing the definition is one thing, but we need to know why it’s essential! This word isn’t just a new vocabulary word or a term theologians throw around. This is something we need to care about and spend time with. This is something we need to KNOW!

Defining Christian Apologetics

So, let’s start with a basic definition. When we consider the word, we see the “ology” root, which means “study.” So what are we studying?

We are studying the defense of our Christianity. Theologians, smarter than me, have written many articles and blogs defining apologetics, such as GotAnswers.org. Do a Google search, and you’ll find plenty of definitions and explanations. We aren’t going to spend time going deeper into that here.

Understanding Christian Apologetics

But, you may ask why this is important.

The simple answer is that language, words, and truth are all being hijacked by our culture. If we are not clear on why and how we know Christianity to be true, we can easily find ourselves believing a doctrine that is not grounded in Truth.

For example, consider the word truth. I’m sure you’ve seen the bumper stickers and t-shirts with slogans like “Believe your truth.” I’ve always found those confusing. If something is true, it doesn’t belong to you (or me). If something is true, it’s true all the time, for everyone. It’s not something you or I created. It’s not my truth; it’s just truth. Take the fact that “grass is green.” Neither you nor I created that truth. That truth doesn’t belong to either one of us. It is simply true. We could say God created that truth.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1:3, NIV

Clearly, you did not create the truth, so to state that you should believe “your truth” is inaccurate. 

Bumper stickers that say “believe God’s truth”, now that I could get behind!

Of course, the problem is bigger than green grass. The problem creeps in when it impacts our understanding of who we are and who Jesus is. 

Think about the last time you felt a bit of anxiety. Can I suggest the root of the anxiety was either in you forgetting that you are a chosen, loved child of God, or it was in forgetting that we serve a loving, sovereign, just God?

I would like to go one step further and suggest that our lack of understanding of Christian apologetics is what keeps clouding our understanding of who we are and who our God is.

When we know, I mean REALLY KNOW, the truth of why we believe what we believe, everything just seems to fall into place.

Let me give you an example. A few weeks ago, I was experiencing some tension in a relationship. As the days passed, I started telling myself a story about why this relationship was tense. I convinced myself that I no longer measured up, that I wasn’t really valued, that I no longer belonged. After a few weeks, this person and I had a conversation about the tension. In this conversation, the truth was shared. Do you know what happened? Truth revealed that I was valued and that I did belong. The stories in my head led me to believe lies, but when the truth was revealed, everything fell into place.

Can I encourage you to dive into Christian apologetics? Seek the truth about why you believe what you believe. Know how to defend your Christian faith. Let truth order your thoughts, so everything will fall into place.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

1 Peter 3:15, NIV

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