A coin has two sides, the head, and the tail. The head usually has the head of a powerful or renowned individual while the tail in most coins has the court of arm. It really does not matter as the head and tail makes up the entirety of the whole coin. The head or tail only starts to matter when you are in a bet, have to make a tough decision and so on. It is all the same God they say, there are many ways to heaven just like five one pound coins is the same as a five-pound note. We only see the difference when we are desperately in need for a particular denomination at a desperate time. Maybe, you need just coins to get on the bus, maybe you need to use the vending machine. You have a five-pound note but what you need are coins. I have often heard that as long as I am good am fine, heaven is for me. Remember, it might be a vending machine that gives you access. Something is wrong, you have the good(s) but you can’t access the content. A small hole a narrow way only coins can fit in. There was a man who said He is the way, the truth, and the life. Did you say a man? Yes, a man. He is the savior and at the same time the Messiah; A man and at the same time God. Now it is time for heads or tails, which side do you choose? Heads perhaps, but why do we even play this game if it is still the same 1pound coin. He is God but not man some say, others say He is messiah but not God. Will you separate the head from the tail because you want to make a decision at some point in time? Accept the full package Jesus brings, there is a narrow way, yes and there is only one way and that is through Him, you have to have the correct “change” and you have to know his value, maybe you are still looking for the correct change but He already paid the price.
1 Peter 3:15 says, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. [c] Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.”
There are a set of people who specialize in the defense of Christian beliefs and they are called apologetics. They have been a few over the years and some of the ones I really follow are; David Wood, Nabil Qureshi, Ravi Zacharias, Sam Shamoun, Jay Smith, James White, Billy Graham, C.S Lewis and to some extent Josh and Sean McDowell. Just as the Christians have apologetics other religions such as Islam do have theirs. I can speak about Islamic apologetics because I do follow a few such as; Zakir Naik, Shabir Ally and Ahmed Deedat (may his soul rest in peace). For Judaism, they rather not debate their religion but over the years they have been a few debates involving Christians and Jews which are easily available online.
I find the area of apologetics really interesting as different religions come together to talk about their beliefs in different forms and ways. As Christians, we do believe that conversion is not by us but by the Holy Spirit. However, we do know that through apologetics people have been made to go study their books better. It was through the show Jesus or Muhammad (available on YouTube) that personally made me understand the great disparity between Islam and Christianity but one thing it really did to me was to make me read the bible seeking answers and asking “why” questions. It did give me a better understanding of the bible and I believe it will for you as well. Sometimes, when watching some of all these wonderful apologetics, at first I disagree and then going on to study I then agree and vice Versa. In some of our writings as well I am sure for some of us you might disagree at first buy maybe on studying more you might agree and vice verse. By God’s grace, we will try to be as accurate as possible but we might make errors. If there are errors you can point them out in the comment section or through any of our contacts.
Christianity is very interesting; the fact that through the great commission we are called to witness and evangelize we must understand what the atheist, Jews, Muslims and so on believe and why they believe what they believe. Paul who I see as one of the greatest Christian apologetics of all time said this in 1 Corinthians 9:20 “20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, [a] I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.” You cannot win someone over if you have not understood how they are lost and one way of doing that is by putting yourself in the shoes of the lost as Paul said. There was a day I went to witness/evangelize and the very first man I saw who was willing to hear me out told me he was a naturalist and I was stunned I did not know what this meant, so he explained to me what he believed and everything, they were all “nice stuff” but at the end of the day all I could tell him were few things about Jesus but I didn’t give him a reason to think about why his view was not correct because I did not understand it. I did meet a few other people on the way who were more willing to listen but I thought if only I knew more about what he believed I could have given him something to think about. The Holy Spirit does the conversion but you must be ready to wear the shoes of those who you consider lost as Paul was willing to do. Jesus himself wore the shoes of sinners, lost and poor so that they may be saved. I am not saying go the mosque, synagogue or some shrine, no! go to their books, watch their apologetics see their own point of view, see how our own apologetics answer their questions using the bible.
With all of these said, we shall be launching an apologetic series; sharing various messages and answer from the bible to give us a better understanding of why we have our hope in Christ and talk about certain beliefs which we practice and why they are practiced. This is to answer the most difficult questions, present views from both sides of the coin; why he is God and man, messiah and God and much more. We want to base our arguments from both sides so as to draw reasonable conclusions.
Biblical References to why we are doing this.
1 Peter 3:15
1 Corinthians 9:20-22
2 Corinthians 10:5
2 Timothy 4:2
2 Timothy 3:16-17
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