Not Much of an Apologist · 23 November 2019
I am not much of an apologist, but I have written a few pieces. Actually, those few pieces started out as scripts for my YouTube channel, but I can either talk or write, but I cannot talk directly from a script. So I decided to put some apologetics on my website.
But what is an apologist?
Apologists are not people concerned with apologizing all the time. Especially, for their faith. Apologists are people who use reason to defend their faith. At least that is what Christian apologists do. The internet says that apologists are people who defend something controversial with some argument. It does not say that the argument must be logical or reasonable, but good arguments are. Then again, the internet does not say that the apologist must be good at offering the argument either. Which is where I started in the first place.
I am not sure that I am a great defender of the Christian faith, but I do know what I believe and why I believe it.
First of all, I believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, that His life is chronicled in the Gospels of the Bible, that He was crucified, died, and was buried, and most importantly, that He was raised from the dead on the third day. And He did it all so that we might have a way to have a relationship with God the Father through Jesus and His redeeming work. I also believe that although I can never achieve acceptance from God except through Jesus, I must do my best to follow Him every moment of my life.
Believe it or not, my writing is part of my following Jesus. It is part of how I am obedient to God. I know it might not seem like much, but writing is part of how I use the gifts that God has given me. I do not know if anybody derives any benefit from my writing, but I am doing what I believe God wants me to do. Which brings me back to apologetics.
I am not much of an apologist, but I do want to love God with my mind. And I want others to be able to get on that path as well. Yes, love God with all your heart. And love Him with all your soul. And love Him with all your strength. But love him with all your mind as well. There is so much more to God that we cannot even understand, but we can appreciate Him much more when we look at how He shows up in history, philosophy, science, mathematics, and literally every facet of intellectual pursuits. Anyway, I have found that I need to pursue God more with my mind so that I might be a better ambassador for Jesus. So that I can provide sound arguments for following Him to both Christians and those who think Christianity is all about blind faith.
Speaking of which, Blind Faith is musical group from 1969. It is not what Christianity is all about. Christianity is based on history. Indeed, Paul says that if Jesus was not raised from the dead that Christians would be the most pitied of all people. (1 Corinthians 15:19)
And so I have endeavored to do a little apologetic writing. Just a few pieces to let people know what I believe and why I believe it. With reason and sound arguments. Which is what apologetics is all about. I might not be much of one, but maybe one day I might be a mediocre apologist. That would be something.
© 2019 Michael T. Miyoshi
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