WHAT IS APOLOGETICS?
The term, “apologetics” simply means giving a verbal defense for the Christian faith. Apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which conveys the idea of a person attempting to provide legitimate facts to exonerate the falsely accused (in this case Christianity).
You can basically break up the word apologia into two parts: “apo” (away) and “logia” (speech), “to speak away” an accusation. Furthermore, the usage of the form for apologia or apologeomai (the verb for “vindication”), is recorded at least nine times in the New Testament (Acts 22:1; 25:8, 16; 1 Cor. 9:3; 2 Cor. 7:11; Phil. 1:7, 16; 2 Tim. 4:16; 1 Pet. 3:15, 16).
Why is Apologetics Necessary?
A prerequisite to defending the faith is not winning the argument, but reaching the lost soul. This is the sole purpose of apologetics.
There are many people who have doubts or question the veracity of the Bible, or try and refute the claims that Jesus Christ died and rose again.
But whatever the case, people have questions, and it is our job to give them a solid answer. Peter writes, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Pet. 3:15).”
The purpose of apologetics, writes Dr. Norman Geisler, is “Opening the door, clearing the rubble, and getting rid of the hurdles so that people can come to Christ.”
But to do this, there will be times when you must disprove a person’s viewpoint, while proving the soundness of your own. Yet, as I said before, the goal isn’t winning the argument, but more about displaying the love and truth of Christ.