Apologetics Objection: Jesus Does Not Need to be Defended
“God does not need anyone to defend Him”
“God is sovereign, all-knowing, all-powerful, therefore He does not need anything from anyone”
These are all popular rebuttals to Apologetics.
These statements, however, miss the point entirely on what Apologetics is. Apologetics does aim to defend the faith; defend our hope in the person and work of Jesus Christ; however, it – too – is about giving reasons why Christians believe what we do as well as removing arguments and every lofty (incorrect) opinion against the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Being able to clear the air – including those faulty arguments and incorrect opinions – with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15) allows Christians to engage the public and open a place for the Gospel to be presented….and heard.
So, the statement that Jesus/God does not need defending is absolutely true. God is completely sufficient in the Godhead. However, as we covered in the first post – I believe that Apologetics is a scriptural mandate: so what gives?
When we encounter a non-believer who has questions or just cannot get over certain aspects of Christianity are we to just say “here read a book you don’t believe” or “God (a God you do not believe in) is _______”? Or, would it be more meaningful to God, if we had a conversation and delivered certain Apologetic truths to begin planting seeds in the life of said non-believer? Our job, in Apologetics, is to give reasons and show why it is more than a reasonable hope, to believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5)
We owe it to a dying world to deliver a message of a dying and resurrected Savior; and, if need be, use Apologetics to plant the needed seed for the Gospel to be heard.