Why Do You Believe?
“But in your hearts set apart 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
This verse is one often used by Christian apologists (defenders of the faith) as the reason that we need to learn apologetics. We should always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is in us. Be able to give the reason that we trust Jesus with our eternity when there are so many other choices that we’re told are just as good.
An important aspect of this is to remember when we give the reason for our hope, to do it in a gentle and respectful way. Jesus himself lead with love as should we. We should always be speaking in truth in an encouraging way.
If you were questioned like Stephen or Paul, and many others since that time why you believe in Christ, are you prepared to give an answer?
If we are unable to provide an answer for our beliefs, then we could fall prey to the enemy when being questioned. When everything you believe is being questioned, and you can’t give an answer, the enemy can persuade you to their ways.
For a great resource for apologetics, check out Christian Apologetics and Research Ministries.