TheBiblical Mandate For s
is an important theoretic discipline that has been contested by manypeople, theologians and those opposing them. Such individuals arguethat people do not just go to Christ through arguments. To them,intellectual answers will suffice. It happens that Christians do notjust start following Christ through evidence, arguments orphilosophical appeal rather, their personal religious experiencesconvert them. This is why some individuals believe that apologeticsdoes not serve any role at all, worship and evangelization does.
1Peter 3: 13-16 is a passionate appeal to Christians to evangelize.The bible argues that Christians should be ready to give answers tothose seeking to know why there is hope1.Jesus Christ insists that believers should exercise humility as theanswer so that those speaking to Christians maliciously against theirgood behavior may be shamed. For this reason, gentleness and respectis a prerequisite for the apologetic. 1 Peter Chapter 15 argues that“be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give areason for your hope2”this one calls for Christians to provide evidence and defend againstmalicious attack.
is a command for believers as it takes God’s mode of commanding.Mathew 28 commission believers to “go, make disciples…3”the tone is that of command required of all believers. This meansthat apologetic is not optional but mandatory for all believers tofollow.
Christiansshould be ready to respond to those who seek to know and explain whatthey believe since apologetic is connected to the Christian hope.
Evidentialapologeticstakes the persuasive approach to provide evidence for belief inChristianity4.This type capitalizes on cumulative case for belief. The apologistwill supply a string of persuasive biblical evidence to the believershoping of convincing them of the biblical truth. They may refer tothe death and suffering of Christ and link it to the prophetic wisdomto justify the need for salvation. On the other hand,presuppositionalapologeticsbuild their case on preconceived ideas and knowledge5.For instance, they argue that everyone is sinful basing on thebiblical knowledge. This will draw evidence from the fall of man inthe book of genesis and Christ’s love for humanity. The approachused by the presuppositional apologetics entails getting to the rootof the matter, which is the non-believers weakness which is sin.Romans 3:23 quotes “for everyone has sinned, we are all short ofGod’s glory” to provide room for redemption. Lastly, classicalapologeticsuses logic and reason to build arguments for the existence of God andthe need to convert6.The cases are built around ontological, oral, and cosmologicalarguments to overcome the objections of the non-believers. Onesconvinced, the non-believers will be left to make a personaldecision.
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4 Morley, Brian, Mapping s: Comparing Contemporary Approaches
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