Why Apologetics Matters
Aside from the biblical injunctions to refute objections to our faith (2 Corinthians 10:5) and be ready to give a reasoned defense for it (1 Peter 3:15), there other excellent reasons for all Christians to get involved in apologetics. A strong emphasis on apologetics yields enormous benefits both to Christians personally, for the church generally, and for society at large.
Here are a few very:
1. It strengthens and encourages the body of Christ
In the past, theology was the crux of education. The very first universities in Europe and US were all Christian institutions, founded by Christians on biblical epistemology, principles and beliefs for the express purpose of furthering knowledge of God. The exchange between Christianity and Secular Life was one of high education and sophistication. Today, theology—the queen of the sciences—has been cast from library, court and system. As a result, the church has progressively become culturally uninterested.
Though the Queen of Science is not without friends. Philosophy is her right hand; and as a second-order discipline which discovers the presuppositions and implications of every other discipline, it is uniquely positioned to act in her stead while she is exiled from western universities. Philosophy’s post-disciplines include logic (principles of right reasoning), epistemology (the study of knowledge), metaphysics (the study of reality) and value theory (ethics and aesthetics), which can all aid in harboring an eco-system where Christianity can once again be held in high regard. The self-image of Christians in a philosophically sophisticated environment will be enhanced, and the relationship between the church and society elevated to a new level of worthiness.
2. The Gospel will be shared with CONFIDENCE
Apologetics will strengthen your knowledge of God in a way that you will be, in fact, ready for any challenge that arises. God has given us nearly infinite amount of resources through His creation to encounter any objection that may be made against Him. Furthermore, the study of logic and philosophy will endure the hardship questions of "evil" which is the bedrock of the Gospel and why need a Savior in Jesus Christ.
n fact, the Christian faith is a unique religion—the only one truly unafraid of questions. Jesus said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6), and surely God’s truth is larger than our small doubts. We are encouraged to ask questions, to subject the received word to intellectual rigor (see Acts 17:11), and to study profoundly. This is a way to obey the greatest commandment, loving the Lord with all our minds (Mark 12:30). As Christian philosophers and apologists William Lane Craig and J P Moreland put it,
Study is itself a spiritual discipline, and the very act of study can change the self. One who undergoes the discipline of study lives through certain types of experiences where certain skills are developed through habitual study: framing an issue, solving problems, learning how to weigh evidence and eliminate irrelevant factors, cultivating the ability to see important distinctions instead of blurring them, and so on. The discipline of study also aids in the development of certain virtues and values; for example, a desire for the truth, honesty with data, an openness to criticism, self-reflection and an ability to get along nondefensively with those who differ with one.”3
3. It confirms the convictions of the Holy Spirit and allows us to TEST other claims
Mormonism, Catholicism and so forth have but the bedrock of putting forth Extra-Biblical claims that try to manipulate God's word, the Gospel and the Church. Thankfully, using Logical Formula and other testable methods (archeology, science, etc) we can test these claims and put them to the test as the Bible declares us to do. Something you'll learn from this ministry is Deductive Analysis and Balance of Probability. This allows to test claims, sources and historical matters to see if that are valid.
Apologetics matters deeply. It is the shield of our faith and one that must be polished often as we must use it often in our daily walks and battles as Christians.