For our Thursday question of the day, we want to hear how apologetics has shaped your walk with God.
Our hope is that you feel confident that Christianity is true - that it aligns with the way the world actually is. Because if Christianity is true, it means we can ask even our toughest questions with boldness. Some of us have amazing testimonies where God has answered exactly those questions!
I credit my parents with a huge role in that journey for me. My dad in particular turned me loose when he sat me down for an eye-opening conversation at age 14. Looking me dead in the eye, he delivered a serious challenge to my faith: that if I was thinking of being a Christian just because I grew up in a Christian family… I wasn’t allowed.
I’m sure the surprise on my face was obvious (we laugh about it now!) but he went on:
“Kasey, if you’re going to follow Jesus, you have to believe it because you have a personal, heart-level conviction. You should believe it because you’re convinced that it’s true. Anything less than that, and your convictions will either be lukewarm, or fold under the slightest pressure.”
He was right - but it takes another level of boldness to have that conversation with a 14-year old!!
But as time passed, I became more and more grateful for the freedom that conversation gave me —the freedom to read, study, search, debate, pray and discover… discover for myself that the answers of the Christian worldview are existentially satisfying, logically coherent, and trustworthy above all else. They answer not only the questions of the heart but the questions of the mind.
That’s my apologetics story in a nutshell - and to my great joy, it continues to this day. We’ll never run out of true things to discover about God!
Your turn @GlobalApologeticsConference. How has the discipline of apologetics impacted your spiritual journey?