Our quote for today is from J.L. Dagg. He said, “It is lamentable proof of human depravity, that men should deny or disregard the existence of God.”
Our Scripture for today is 1 Thessalonians 2:13. It reads, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled “Answers to Objections to Doing Apologetics” (part 1) from “The Handbook of Christian Apologetics” by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:
Most people scorn or ignore apologetics because it seems very intellectual, abstract and rational. They contend that life and love and morality and sanctity are much more important than reason.
Those who reason this way are right; they just don’t notice that they are reasoning. We can’t avoid doing it, we can only avoid doing it well. Further, reason is a friend, not an enemy, to faith and to sanctity, for it is a road to truth, and sanctity means loving God, who is Truth.
Not only does apologetic reasoning lead to faith and sanctity, but faith and sanctity also lead to apologetic reasoning. For sanctity means loving God, and loving God means obeying God’s will, and God’s will is for us to know him and to be “ready to give a reason for the hope that is in you.”
Finally, the fact that apologetics is not nearly as important as love does not mean it is not very, very important. The fact that health is not as important as wisdom does not mean health is not very important—much more important than money, for instance.
All the arguments in all the books on apologetics ever written, are worth less in the eyes of God than a single act of love to him or to your neighbor. But if even one of these arguments is a good one, it alone is worth more than the price in dollars that you would pay for any apologetics book.
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