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Defending the Faith – Not As Easy As It Sounds

1 Timothy 6 makes one of the biggest calls for apologetics that you’ll find in the Bible. Although what often passes for apologetics these days is more about defending a denomination or school of thought, it is more than that. The faith once delivered to the saints isn’t as complicated as we make it.

Sometimes, it seems like the biggest challenges to Christianity isn’t outside ‘threats” so much as the divisions we’ve allowed over the years. Disagreeing without being disagreeable is something we must all strive to do. However, as a faith, we’ve missed the mark on so many ocassions.

One of the issues where we all need to find balance is sorting out which issues are essential to the faith and which are differences in opionion. I’d guess that many of the things Christians bicker about the most fall into the latter category. It’s one thing, for example, to want to defend Christ’s full divinity. However, it’s another thing to feel the need to admonish someone because they disagree about asking for the prayers of the saints, prefer to worship on a different day, or have a differing interpretation of Scriptures concerning women’s involvement.

One sad thing I’ve seen is that many Christians are so tired on in-fighting and bickering amongst other believers that they shy away from participation in multi-denominational settings, like online forums. While time constraints might restrict how much people participate in such activities, no one should ever feel cast out because of disagreements. Were we to stick to the essentials like Christ becoming incarnate, dying for us, and rising again; one universal church that encompasses those who believe and act on that faith; the forgiveness of sins, and eternal life, we might find we aren’t as far apart from each other as it seems.

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October 21, 2015 - Posted by | Apologetics |

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