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What is the Purpose of DefendingHope.org?
This blog’s main focus is to deploy biblical apologetics; to build upon the foundation of our rock (Ps 18:2, 1 Cor 1:4), our Chief cornerstone (Eph 2:20), Jesus Christ; “…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 Pet 3:15).
Both believers and nonbelievers are more than welcome and encouraged to not only read posts, but respectfully participate in the comments section. Although the main focus is apologetics, there will be posts covering other biblical areas as well.
Goals for believers through reading and participation:
- Develop a better understanding of apologetics and how it relates to scripture
- Be able to employ biblical tactics when defending the hope that is in us
- Develop a more succinct understanding of basic logistical principles in order to reason more effectively
- Limit arbitrary and conjectured responses when defending the faith
- Be able to respond to any question that requires a defense of the faith, with gentleness and reverence
- Be comfortable with being uncomfortable
- Be comfortable with saying ‘I don’t know’
- Develop a stronger relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Goals for nonbelievers through reading and participation:
- Have a better understanding of God’s Word and biblical principles
- Develop and/or account for their own worldview
- Limit arbitrary and conjectured responses when defending a worldview contrary to the biblical worldview
- Allowing for questions challenging their own worldview
- Be encouraged to share their own worldview, free of disrespect or judgment
- Have an opportunity to say YES to Jesus!
In a society continuing to separate themselves from the biblical God: being wise in their own eyes (Prov 3:7, Prov 12:15), entertaining faulty philosophies (Rom 1:30), and “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim 3:7), it is more important than ever for believers to give a good defense, yes, a reasoned response to those who question our hope in Christ. The word apologetic(s) comes from the Greek word apologia, which means to give a defense or justification of a belief or idea (Dictionary.com). We see this used throughout the New Testament: Jesus reasoning with the pharisees, crowds, and apostles; Paul reasoning with the various crowds and churches on their false teachings and estranging themselves from God.
Apologetics affords believers in Christ, the tools to defend the hope that lies within us through offering reasoned responses. Some people think that apologetics seeks to convert people to Christianity, this is not the case. Conversion is the job of the Holy Spirit. Apologetics seeks to give reasoned, logical responses regarding faith in Christ, while asking questions of the questioner pertaining to their own worldview, making them account for their own beliefs. Apologetics is not some magical/logistical tool used to persuade anyone/everyone. Dr. Jason Lisle articulates this point as follows; “…persuasion is subjective. Sometimes people are not persuaded even by a very good argument. Conversely, people are (unfortunately) often persuaded by very bad arguments. Generally speaking, most people are simply not very rational; they are not good, clear thinkers.” Dr. Lisle goes on to state, it is not that people are unintelligent, it is we often cannot reason as well as we think we can (Lisle, 2009).
As you venture through the posts it will become evident how apologetics works, its necessity when witnessing and debating others, and how to effectively ask questions to challenge the person/people you are speaking with in order to have them account for their own worldview. I am confident that as a believer, you will be able to seamlessly chip away at your opponents’ worldview to the point of them being unable to account for their own beliefs without good reason. I am equally as confident you will exhibit the aforementioned goals set forth as a believer, and to not only give a solid, reasoned apologetic, but to not be swayed by an opponents poor argument by identifying some common logical fallacies.
May the Lord bless you in all that you do!
Dictionary.com. 2016. Apologia. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/apologia
Lisle, J. 2009. The Ultimate Proof of Creation: Resolving the Origins Debate. Master Books: Green Forest, AR.