Apologetics’ Aim

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ will be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:14-17, NKJV

We are exhorted in this passage to stand ready in case anyone asks us to give a reason for our hope as Christians. This, Peter declares, is one way we regard Jesus as the holy Lord. Secondly, notice the ethical emphasis in verse 16: we are to answer all inquiries–even the abusive ones–with gentleness and respect, so that those who revile Christians as evildoers might be ashamed. In this passage we see the reason for and importance of engaging in the task of apologetics. Defending Your Faith (R.C. Sproul, pp. 13,14)

3 thoughts on “Apologetics’ Aim”

  1. Hey, Rick, whatever happened to your series on the WCF? Just wondering.

    Currently I am on another site where I am multialoging with a Roman Catholic, an agnostic, a homosexual atheist, and an evangelical Lutheran. I represent the Reformed aspect of things. Oh, wait! I forgot, there is a new Christian who responded with the story of Satan: Fallen angel, set up Hell as his kingdom. Of course, not a single Bible verse to support his claim, so I asked him about it.

    Very interesting on that thread.

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