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Christianapologetics is a way of making an appeal to defend Christian faith orbelief. With a very strong Christian foundation, have spent the bestpart of life practicing how to free myself from sins, by absolvingChrist as the Lord in my heart. Studying the bible more often, aimedat spreading the perfect knowledge of God. Temptations were dominant,and that is when i came to understand the concept of apologetic.Obviously, it was under the influence of Apostle Peter (1 Peter 3:15NIV a).Byengaging non-Christian argument from Christian position, apologeticshelps in reviewing challenges of Christian faith (Christina M.2013).Apologetics lie under positive and negative categories.

NegativeApologetics

Negativeapologetics provide solutions to challenges to religious faith.Primarily, it is when the obstacle to belief (faith) is removed, thiskind of apologetics mainly focused on personal interest and assurancein times of trouble (Luke 8:13, NIV b), for instance (Plantinga) inhis book of Theology, argued out circumstances that troubled himabout the belief in God. He said that, “it is impossible toestablish the truth of beliefs about God”. Personally, the approachto this kind of apologetics was influenced by, an idea of trying todeconstruct an obstacle to belief. In addition, it demands a moredefensive approach in a situation claims are made against Christianbelief. Why should a person believe? (Bassham and Gregory. 2015)and the meaning of gospel centered. This is easily achieved throughasking questions, which the bible provides reliable answers. However,we are not viewing the religious world as God does. Through theinfluence of reading other worldviews which undermines Christianbelief intentionally, my conception of apologetic kept on changing.Finally, it came to my knowledge that, the defense to Christian faithis Gospel-centered and more practical in interacting with establishedpeople.

Positiveapologetics

Thisseeks to come up with proofs for existence of God attempts to showthat, claims made against Christian faith are weak by providingreasons why people should believe. In college while conversing withreligious leaders, this idea about apologetics took another standafter realizing that, it provides spiritual nourishment (Sproul,2014). Furthermore, Christian apologetic is a struggle coupled by ourstrong arguments, we always take our lives in our hands and thiscalls for deep spiritual resource.

Ihave had a course in apologetics with absolutely good experience. Thechief motivators for my study, were from the book of Peter with acommand to defend Christian faith (1Pet 3:15a), and the problems offalse teachings all over, as most schools are not friendly toChristian faith. Since apologetics was the only way to enhance andstrengthen my own faith, i finally went for it. Not surprisingly, theefforts of bringing non-Christians to Christianity have beenfacilitated by my knowledge of apologetics. It has indeed helped mein positively influencing the culture to be more open to the Gospel.Apologetic has a great encouragement to believers besides creatingconfidence in personal witnessing.

Conclusion

Finally,with an increasing threat of apostasy in our current church, and ahigh rise in immorality, there is a need to defend Christian faith.Pure understanding of apologetic will be useful in knowing our faith,keeping ourselves out of hell and distancing Christianity from thebad image received from the media.

References

Gregory.C.S.Lewis`s Christian Apologetics: Pro and Con.Leiden: Brill Rodopi, 2015

Beilby,James K. Epistemologyas Theology: An Evaluation of Alvin Plantinga`s ReligiousEpistemology.Ashgate, 2013.

Sproul,R. C. DefendingYour Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics.Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2014.

ZondervanBible Publishers (Grand Rapids, Mich.). HolyBible: New International Version.Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012.&lthttp://www.contentreserve.com/TitleInfo.asp?ID={BE69A78E-4326-47D4-9C1D-4C5316E2E5F3} &ampFormat=410&gt.

Foundin endorsement for Dollas Willard,Defending of faith in the manner of Jesus(The York: HarperCollins 2015)

Sinkinson,Christopher. ChristianConfidence: An Introduction to Defending the Faith.Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Books, 2012.

INTRODUCTION TO APOLOGETICS Class

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INTRODUCTIONTO APOLOGETICS

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Christianapologetics is a way of making an appeal to defend Christian faith orbelief. With a very strong Christian foundation, I have spent thebest part of life practicing how to free myself from sins, byabsolving Christ as the Lord in my heart. Studying the Bible moreoften, aimed at spreading the perfect knowledge of God. Temptationswere dominant, and that is when I came to understand the concept ofapologetics. Obviously, it was under the influence of Apostle Peter(1 Peter 3:15 NIV a).Byengaging non-Christian arguments from a Christian position,apologetics helps in reviewing challenges that Christians face.1Apologetics lie under positive and negative categories.

NegativeApologetics

Negativeapologetics provide solutions to challenges of religious faith.Primarily, it is when the obstacle to belief is removed. This kind ofapologetics is mainly focused on personal interest and assurance intimes of trouble (Luke 8:13, NIV b). For instance, Plantinga, inJames’s book of Theology, argued out circumstances that troubledhim about the belief in God.2Hesaid that &quotit is impossible to establish the truth of beliefsabout God”. Personally, the approach to this kind of apologeticswas influenced by, an idea of trying to deconstruct an obstacle tofaith. Negative apologetics demand a more defensive approach inparticular against the matters that claim to be against Christianfaith.3Thisis easily achieved through asking questions, to which the Bibleprovides reliable answers. However, we are not viewing the religiousworld as God does. Through the influence of reading, other globalperspectives, which undermine Christian belief, kept on changing myconception of apologetics. Finally, it came to my knowledge that, thedefense to Christian faith is Gospel-centered and more practical ininteracting with established people.

PositiveApologetics

Thisseeks to come up with the proof for the existence of God attempts toshow that claims made against Christian faith are weak by providingreasons why people should believe. In college, while conversing withreligious leaders, this idea about apologetics took another standafter realizing that, it provides spiritual nourishment.4Furthermore, Christian apologetics is a struggle coupled with ourstrong arguments, we always take our lives in our hands, and thiscalls for a deep spiritual resource.

Ihave had a course in apologetics with overall good experience. Thechief motivators for my study, were from the book of Peter with acommand to defend Christian faith (1Pet 3:15a), and the problems offalse teachings all over, as most schools are not friendly toChristian faith.5Since apologetics was the only way to enhance and strengthen my ownfaith, I finally went for it. Not surprisingly, the efforts ofbringing non-Christians to Christianity have been facilitated by myknowledge of apologetics. It has indeed helped me in positivelyinfluencing the culture to be more open to the Gospel.

Conclusion

Inconclusion, with an increasing threat of apostasy in our currentchurch, and a high rise in immorality, there is a need to defendChristian faith. Pure understanding of apologetic will be useful inknowing our faith, keeping ourselves out of hell and distancingChristianity from the bad image portrayed by the media. Apologeticshas a great encouragement to believers besides creating confidence inpersonal witnessing.

Bibliography

Beilby,James K. Epistemologyas Theology: An Evaluation of Alvin Plantinga`s ReligiousEpistemology.Ashgate, 2013.

Sproul,R. C. DefendingYour Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics.Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2014.

ZondervanBible Publishers (Grand Rapids, Mich.). HolyBible: New International Version.Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012.&lthttp://www.contentreserve.com/TitleInfo.asp?ID={BE69A78E-4326-47D4-9C1D-4C5316E2E5F3} &ampFormat=410&gt.

Foundin endorsement for Dollas Willard,Defending of faith in the manner of Jesus(The York: HarperCollins 2015)

Green,Melody. &quotCS Lewis`s Christian Apologetics: Pro andCon.&quot&nbspMythlore&nbsp34,no. 2 (2016): 221-222.

Sinkinson,Chris.&nbspChristianConfidence: An Introduction to Defending the Faith.InterVarsity Press, 2012.

1 Green, Melody. &quotCS Lewis`s Christian Apologetics: Pro and Con.&quot&nbspMythlore&nbsp34, no. 2 (2016): 221-222.

2 Beilby, James K. Epistemology as Theology: An Evaluation of Alvin Plantinga`s Religious Epistemology. Ashgate, 2013.

3 Sinkinson, Chris.&nbspChristian Confidence: An Introduction to Defending the Faith. InterVarsity Press, 2012.

4 Sproul, R. C. Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2014.

5 Zondervan Bible Publishers (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Holy Bible: New International Version. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012. &lthttp://www.contentreserve.com/TitleInfo.asp?ID= {BE69A78E-4326-47D4-9C1D-4C5316E2E5F3} &ampFormat=410&gt.