In my 10+ years of apologetics study, I’ve noticed a trend. True Christian Apologists are concerned about Jesus Christ and reaching people with the message of the gospel.
Last week I covered what I thought were the basic parts of the gospel. God. Man. Christ. Response. The first three are objective. (To be objective means something is a feature of reality and it is not dependent on what any individual or group thinks.) And if what we think of them are true, we should be able to show how they make sense in light of what we experience in the world. The last point, our response, is objective in the sense that everyone will respond. But it is also subjective in another sense because you are the one who is making a decision on what to believe.
For the purposes of the next several blogs, I am going to focus on the first three; God, man, Jesu Christ.
There are many arguments for God. He is a central figure in reality. How you answer the “God” question will affect every other aspect of life. If he does not exist that has radical implications for your life. If he does exist, even more so. The arguments I’ll be covering are the Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Teleological Argument.
Man’s existence is obvious and those who doubt that have some serious cognitive dissonance problems. However, there is one argument that concerns man that is an important element of the gospel and the existence of God. This is the Axiological (or Moral) Argument.
Like God, Jesus is also a central figure. You could prove that God exists, even a god similar to what’s described in the Old Testament, and not have the gospel. Jesus’s life, death and resurrection are paramount to salvation. Arguments we will cover are the Historical evidence for Jesus, the reality of his death, and the Minimal Facts theory.
I plan to shortly review these arguments. They have been covered in depth by many apologists and I would direct you to their works.
In our discussions here you may notice something. These arguments may not involve many Bible verses as supporting evidence. I want to put forth from the onset that I am a firm believer in inspiration and authority of Scripture but the absence of Scripture is kind of intentional and Scriptural. Romans 1:20 says, “For [God’s] invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So [mankind] is without excuse.”
Certain elements aspects of the gospel are evident in creation and appealing to a Bible verse to someone who is anti-bible gives them the opportunity to dismiss your claim before fully understanding it. These arguments could be what God uses to get their attention and realize that the Bible is the best explanation for how things are.
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