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A couple of months ago, being pretty ignorant, I had to ask myself, “what exactly is Apologetics.” After a little research and a few lectures from my Professors, I learned that “it is the defense of Christian faith, usually on intellectual issues.” (Horton 640). There are many arguments that can be used in order to defend the faith, however, I will focus on four arguments, ontological, Natural Theology, accuracy of scriptures, and personal miracles.
First is the ontological argument. “Human beings almost universally acknowledge that there is something, or someone, beyond themselves and that in some way, or ways, they are responsible to that something or someone (Railey/Aker 40).” This shows that the human race recognizes the fact that we are not alone in the universe and we are to some extent dependent on something supernatural.
Secondly is the appeal of Natural Theology. We can look all around at the beautiful things on this earth and we can see that it must have had divine intervention from some one or thing. “Creation, with its infinite variety, beauty, and order, reflects a God who is infinitely wise and powerful.” (Higgins 69).
Thirdly is accuracy of scriptures. “The Bible is internally consistent even though it was written over a period of some 1,500 years, about 1450 bce to 100 ce, over 40 generations by more than 40 different authors.” (Marino bibliology 126.96.36.199.) “Discovery after discovery has established the accuracy of innumerable details, and has brought increased recognition to the value of the Bible as a source of history” (Higgins 88).
Last and most importantly to myself is Personal Miracles. I was a witness to an exorcism when I was at a young age of 13. I was at a youth camp and the evangelist went over and started praying for this young lady out of the clear blue. She immediately pulled away and started to curse him. He continued to pray for her and then she collapsed to the floor and began to convulse and spit up blood. I watched in aw as the evangelist said, “In Jesus name, demon flea!” I was amazed as the girl just sat up and started to praise God and smile and her whole demeanor changed.
Humanity today is looking for something to hold on to and is looking for answers.
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