You may have heard the term "Apologetics", but what does it mean? It means to defend the Christian faith.
What exactly is Christian Apologetics? First, let me tell you what it isn’t: Apologetics does not involve the practice of apologizing for Christianity. The field of Christian Apologetics is simply the art and science of defending the truth of the Christian faith.
Are there Biblical directives to defend the truth of the faith? Should Christians be about the business of not only fending off criticisms that come our way, but also proactively engage in presenting a positive case as to why we believe what we believe? The answer to both of the above questions is a resounding, yes!
Here are just a few Scriptural examples of what God calls us to do in terms of defending our beliefs as Christians:
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.
(1 Peter 3:15) (NKJV)
For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) (NKJV)
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (Jude 1:3) (KJV)
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. (Acts 17:11) (NLT)
Faith is the act of placing our trust in that which is true; never are we called to blind faith. God does not call us to believe what is not believable, nor defend what is indefensible.
Logic, reason, evidence, science, etc…are friends to the Christian—not enemies, as some--rather uncritically—assume. The greatest gift from God is the salvation He offers through Jesus Christ; but as an added blessing, we’ve been given the tools to understand how we know that God exists; why the Bible is His Word; and, why Jesus is the Risen Savior and only way to Heaven.
May God bless you in your study!