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Apologetics in Review

The task of apologetics is to answer questions from an unbelieving world, to give an account of Christian foundations, to challenge non-Christian systems and to persuade men of the truth of the scriptures (evangelistic). Many Christians are discouraged from engaging in apologetics because they are convinced that the Bible is not enough. They think you need a PhD in philosophy to be able to contend for the faith. But nothing could be further from the truth. When a method (presuppositional) is based on proper theology (reformed) we realize that man's only hope is divine intervention. presuppositional method, which starts from the scriptures, not outside the scriptures is the only reasonable method when we take seriously all that the Bible tells us concerning the nature of man.

The following passages paint a very dismal picture. It is clear from these passages that "in its raw natural state the entire human race is incapable of the understanding, the affections, and the will to act that, taken together, would enable it apart from supernatural aid coming to it ab extra ('from outside') and anothen ('from above') to be subject to the law of God, to respond to the gospel of God, and to love God as people ought." - Robert Reymond, Faith's Reaons For Believing (Ross-shire, Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications, 2008), p. 460-461.
  • Gen 6:5; Job 15:16; Ps. 14:1-3; 51:5; 58:3-4; 143:2; Eccles. 7:20; 1Kings 8:46; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 1:29-32; 5:12-20; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-20; Matt. 7:18; John 3:3,5; 6:44,45; 14:17; 15:4-5;8:7-8;1Cor. 2:14;12:3;James 3:8; Rev. 14:3; 1John 5:19; Jer. 13:23
The Christian apologist knows that it is fruitless to grant the unbeliever the right to test the scriptures. This is because the scriptures are foolishness to the unbeliever (1 Cor. 2:14) and he will always conclude that the Scriptures are not the words of God. We should never invite them to examine the scriptures from their own perspective. To do so would be to deny what the Scriptures declares about mankind and would imply that sinful man is not a covenant breaker. This would also imply that man is neutral and can demand of God whatever evidence he deems required to believe the Bible.

Rather then approaching man as he thinks he is, the Christian apologist should appeal to man standing before him as the Bible describes him, a man suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. "In short, he will tell the 'image of God' standing before him the good news of the gospel and pray that God's Spirit will open his blind eyes...When he includes in his apologetic effort an appeal to the biblical evidence he will do so by presenting it not as data in a probability argument but as certain proof that the biblical God is the one living and true God. All the while he will pray that God, if he is pleased to do so, will grant to his fallen creature grace to believe and to receive the pou sto of the self-attesting Christ who speaks throughout Scripture" - Robert Reymond, Faith's Reaons For Believing (Ross-shire, Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications, 2008), p. 462.