Kevin was sitting at his desk during lunch. A colleague, who was passing by, noticed he was reading his Bible. After greeting he remarked, “I can see you are reading the good old book huh! I used to hear stories from it in Sunday school and read it a bit in high school, but I honestly don’t see its relevance to our lives today so I hope you don’t take it too seriously. Besides every religion has what they accept as the path to eternity and all the paths lead to the same place!”
If you were Kevin how would you respond?
Some of the common faith questions in the market place include:
• Does God exist? Is He knowable and comprehensible?
• Is Jesus the only way?
• Is the Bible reliable?
Which other questions do you have about the Christian faith?
These questions and many others are tackled in-depth in a branch of Christian theology called apologetics. Apologetics presents historical reason and evidential basis for Christianity, defending it aganaist objection.
Read 1 Peter 3:15
Based on the above scripture what are we asked to do?
Reasons for apologetics.
• We are commanded to defend the faith 1 Peter 2:15
• It helps Christians know their faith better, helps us to define and defend what the truth of the gospel is, and equips us to give a rational, intelligent and relevant explanation of the Christian faith to the critics and those who would seek to undermine the teaching of our Lord Jesus.
• It’s a way to share the gospel to other groups e.g atheist, Muslims.
• We need it to counter the ever-emerging false teachings and apostasy in the Christian communities eg salvation by works, support of gay marriage, rejection of trinity, (2 Tim, 4:3-4, Jude 1:3-4).
• It helps us to challenge the ever – rising immorality and deception being promoted by philosophy e.g universalism, relativism, pluralism, alternative lifestyle and political correctness.
We will now turn our attention to the first questiin regarding the existence of God.
1. Does God exist? Read psalms 19:1-4
2. Is God knowable? Read Isiah 40:18, 25-30, Jer 9:23-24
3. Is God comprehensible? Read Job 11:7-9
What do you get from the above scriptures?
While it is difficult to prove or disprove the existence of God, the Bible says that we must accept by faith the fact that God exists (Hebrews 11:6). To say God is incomprehensible simply means that finite man cannot kniw everything there is to now about God, who is infinite (Job 11:7-9) l. Though incomprehen-sible, He is knowable. This means that God can be known and man can grow in the knowledge of God at least in a limitef sense to the degree that is needed for man to trust God and have a personal and growing relationship with Him.