Hello Connect Community! I’ve been a “stalker” on this platform for a number of months, just gleaning from your insight and enjoying your discussions. Now I have a question of my own:
who is apologetics for and how much does it take?
Let me give context. I am a lover of apologetics and if RZIM gave tattoos I’d probably get one on my forearm! However, I encounter a good number of people in my life who seem to feel intimidated by the intellectual pursuit. I used to accuse these people of copping out, but now I recognize not everyone is wired the same nor do we discover the many attributes of God in the same fashion. However, at the risk of sounding judgmental, I’m feeling like there’s a threshold: not all of us will be Ravi Zacharias (or even qualify for the team! But at the same time, I can’t imagine not having an answer for the validity of the Bible, or literary proof that Jesus claims to be God, or a basic understanding of how the three persons of God relate to one another and to the Believer. These seem foundational to me for every true Believer.
I’m in a position of leadership and feel compelled to challenge Christians to engage their minds with apologetics, but also want to be cognizant of the uniqueness of everyone’s discovery of Scriptural Truths. And let’s be honest, some of the most profound knowledge I have of God (his Goodness, his Faithfulness, his Presence, etc) are things I experienced…not argued my way into.
what do you think? where’s the line for how much we SHOULD be asking the Church to engage versus how much apologetics is a personal method of worship and learning?