Stepping Up to the Plate: The Call for Community Apologists | Christian Apologetics Alliance

World renowned philosopher William Lane Craig says that,

“It’s not just Christian scholars and pastors who need to be intellectually engaged with the issues. Christian laymen, too, need to be intellectually engaged. Our churches are filled with Christians who are idling in intellectual neutral. As Christians, their minds are going to waste. One result of this is an immature, superficial faith. People who simply ride the roller coaster of emotional experience are cheating themselves out of a deeper and richer Christian faith by neglecting the intellectual side of that faith. They know little of the riches of deep understanding of Christian truth, of the confidence inspired by the discovery that one’s faith is logical and fits the facts of experience, of the stability brought to one’s life by the conviction that one’s faith is objectively true.”
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Does truth exist?

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.”

― Elvis Presley

There are a lot of people who actually think that there is no truth. Most of us know that is just silly, but some actually believe this.
In order for the statement to be true there would have to be at least one truth, but if there is one truth the statement can’t be true.

There are two main types of truths. One is subjective truth, an example of subjective truth is that “I like cheesecake”.  That statement is true as long as the speaker actually likes cheesecake. My husband on the other hand HATES cheesecake. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact that just means there is more cheesecake for me. My waistline may have a problem with that, but logically nothing is wrong here because the truth in each sentence depends on the subject’s taste buds.

The other kind of truth is objective truth.  Fire is hot,  is an example of objective truth. It doesn’t matter what your particular taste are in that truth. If you refuse to believe that fire is hot you will get hurt. You can not simply disagree with it and make it go away.

What kind of truth is religion?  My religion says that God created the universe. The universe isn’t a matter of taste. It either is or it isn’t real. Since we are able to think about the universe, we have to believe it is real. Now if God did not create the universe then my beliefs are wrong. Simply thinking that God made the universe doesn’t make it so. So religion is an objective truth, having millions of people who disagree with me doesn’t change the matter one bit. I am either wrong or right. There is no “It’s true for you and not for me about it.”.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Matthew 5:101-11
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

Have you ever been persecuted because you are a Christian? As of now the amount of persecution Christians face in most of the Western world is mild, there are places in this world where being a Christian can mean a death sentence.    But I am not talking about that type of persecution.   Have you been called names because of your faith? Have you been treated like an idiot simply because you are a Christian even though the same person who thinks you are an idiot now thought you were brilliant before you admitted to being a Christian?  That kind of persecution exist here in America a lot.
Heaven knows I have faced it even in my own house.
In this country where many people think that singing songs about God Blessing the USA are evil, but killing unborn children is somehow heroic, I have to wonder about Christians who have never faced persecution.  If you never come in contact with non-Christians, how are you following God’s command to witness to the lost?   If you do come in contact with non-Christians, but do not face any kind of persecution, do they know you are a Christian?

If you do come in contact with non-christians who have never treated you differently because you are a Christian, you are extremely lucky!  But get ready…

2 Timothy 3:10-12

New International Version (NIV)

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

 

We are commanded to witness to the lost.

“The command to evangelize is a part of God’s law. It belongs to God’s revealed will for His people. It could not, then, in principle be affected in the slightest degree by anything that we might believe about God’s sovereignty in election and calling.” – J. I. Packer

Disagreements

Disagreement is refreshing when two men lovingly desire to compare their views to find out truth. Controversy is wretched when it is only an attempt to prove another wrong. Religious controversy does only harm. It destroys humble inquiry after truth, and throws all the energies into an attempt to prove ourselves right – a spirit in which no man gets at truth.

– Frederick W. Robertson

I don’t always follow this myself, but I should. When disagreements get nasty no one learns anything.  When someone lords their intelligence over another like a cobra ready to strike, they often get so put off that they quit listening. Whenever possible apologetics should be done like two old friends sitting down for a cup of coffee.