1 Peter 3:15
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
This is an introduction to a weekly series of apologetic posts. The aim is to help people understand what it is, and help people answer certain questions in the field.
So, what is Apologetics?
Apologetics, as we know it today, derives from the Greek ἀπολογία, meaning "speaking in defense." Apologetics is usually exercised in religious discourse to defend the faith and offer explanations in a systematic fashion.
Christian apologetics is a branch in the field of Christian theology. Apostle Paul is considered one of the first apologists, as he often described "defending the Gospel," or debating with others about His faith in Jesus Christ, (Phil. 1:7; Acts 26:2).
As Christians, we have the responsibility to share our faith and explain why we believe what we believe. However, in the end, Christianity is not also consistent with human logic or reasoning. There is always a step of faith and the touch of the Holy Spirit to truly accept and experience God's life-changing presence in our lives. But all and all, we can't be lazy and not prepare well for the ones who will ask of us these things.
It is a service to God, to them, and to ourselves when we do it. God who is patient, not wanting anyone to perish has called us firstly and commissioned us to spread the gospel. Explaining what our faith is is apart of the spreading of the Gospel. Secondly, when someone sincerely asks of us about God, this is an opportunity to save them. And finally, when we prepare our understanding well of our theology, doctrines, faith, we also help clear things up in our own head.