Throughout debates with many different religions, one question many theological students ask: “What is apologetics? And why is it so important to Christians?” This question, although not asked out loud, is quite real in the thoughts of students. They wonder why is it so important for Christians to defend the faith and why it is our duty as Christian to be ready to give a defense for the faith.
First of all, it is important to note that the word “apologetics” can be a very difficult term for many people to understand. When they hear of the term, people automatically think of “apology”. It is not giving an asking of forgiveness; it is giving a defense of your faith. The word “apologetics” comes from the Greek word “apologia” which means to “make reply, to give an answer, to legally defend oneself.” Apologetics, by definition is to defend your religious belief. “Apologetics presents compelling reasons to the mind for receiving Christ as Savior into the total man,” quotes C.H. Pinnock in his book Set Forth Your Case. I Peter 3:15 affirms this, “but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
There are two main purposes of apologetics: the first being defense of the faith and second is to communicate Christianity in a way that any given generation can understand. Many “apologists” overlook the second goal and focus on giving a defense of the faith to non-believers. This leaves many of our youths in church wondering why the Bible is true and why does religion really matter. The lack of Biblical knowledge in the church youth is leading to a steady decline of attendance in church nationwide (many surveys rank the falling attendance as high as 95% of the church youth). The youth are not being taught that the Bible is true in entirety and it is becoming increasingly easy for secular thinking (primary humanism and Darwinian evolution to suck and swallow the teenagers out of the church.
Apologetics is very important to Christians in order to protect and educate the youth in the evidences of the Biblical texts and teach that the Bible is the ultimate authority to man. It is our duty as Christians to give an answer of our faith both to the non-believers of the world and the youth in our church.