If you are a Christian and you have never had your faith questioned, it’s not a matter of if but a matter of when. Sometimes, the biggest shock isn’t if an atheist questions your biblical interpretation of a select Scripture, but another Christian. If someone asks you about your view of Creation, what would you say? How do you know? If someone else asks you about the deity of Jesus Christ, what would you say to that? And why? This defense of your faith is called apologetics. Apologetics has nothing to do with being sorry, but rather standing up for what you believe. This is absolutely important as Christians.
“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.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
The truth is, we don’t have to have all the answers. We do need to be willing to find the answers. If someone asks you a tough question, it’s okay to say “I don’t know”. You may find your conversation becoming deeper, so here are a few things to remember:
- Always Start with Scripture: As Christians, the foundation of our faith is based on the teachings of God’s holy, infallible, inerrant, Word. If we try to explain our faith using other sources, we are basically saying that those other sources hold more authority.
- It’s Okay to Say “I don’t Know”: Yes. We already said that. We are saying it again because it is important. If you find yourself stepping off the grounds of Scripture to continue the debate, don’t do it. If you start drifting away from Scripture, you are compromising God’s Word.
- Always Point to Jesus Christ: However your conversation ends up, try and point to Jesus and His completed work at the Cross. This is the perfect opportunity to share the gospel.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Walk Away: Sometimes people just don’t want to hear what you have to say. Sometimes people just want to be heard. You have to feel the room and decide when the conversation is over. Again, try and point them to Christ and definitely keep them in your prayers.
We live in a day and age where saying “I believe the Bible because I have faith” doesn’t cut it. While the statement is true, our society is inquisitive and wants to know why. The more we study God’s Word, the better we will be at defending our faith. Sure archaeological and historical evidence are cool, but they are subject to human error. We should be firmly planted in God’s Word.