Michael Bradley As you will see in the very powerful verses I will be listing in this article — Jesus Christ, and His sacrificial death on the cross, is the central and most important fundamental, basic tenet of the Christian faith. The Bible specifically says, without any other possible interpretation, that there is only one God, one faith, one baptism, and one way to God the Father — and that is only through His Son Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross. Jesus says that He, and only He, is the way, the truth, and the life leading to God the Father and that no one comes to the Father except through Him! Many people, including some Christians, believe that God the Father honors all other religions as long as people try to live a good and godly life and try to stay out of trouble.
Part 3 What does the word "apologetics" mean? The word "apologetics" is derived from the ancient Greek word apologia, which means, an apology.
Not an apology in the modern sense of the word - which is to say you're sorry for something. But rather, an apology in the ancient sense of the word - which is to make a reasoned defense of something or someone.
In ancient times, the word apology referred to the case a lawyer would make on behalf of his client. Apologetics is about building the case for our Faith Basically, there are 3 types of apologetics: Natural apologetics builds the case for truths we can know from the "natural" light of reason.
Truths that can be known without any divine intervention. Truths which the articles of our Faith rest upon and build upon. Truths such as the existence of God, the innate spirituality of the human soul, the objective reality of right and wrong Christian apologetics, on the other hand, builds the case for divinely revealed truths - truths that cannot be known by reason apart from faith.
Truths such as the reality of biblical miracles, the divinity of Christ, the Virgin Birth, and the Resurrection to name a few.
Catholic apologetics encompasses all of Christian apologetics - since Catholicism is the fullness of Christianity - but Catholic apologetics tends to focus on those truths of Christianity that are not generally believed by non-Catholic Christians.
Back to top Are there any basic rules for doing apologetics? We need to always keep in mind 1 Ptr 3: So, how can we "always be prepared" to make a defense of our Faith?
Pray to the Holy Spirit. Pray that He will give you the courage to share your Faith and the wisdom to choose your words carefully and profitably. You don't have to know everything right now! Just learn a little bit more about your Faith each and every day.
Listen to apologetics tapes. Read books on or by the Saints. Learn a little bit at a time. Will you make mistakes?
Will you get into tight spots Of course you will, but Peter made mistakes! He got into tight spots. Yet, Jesus told Peter not to be afraid. Because if we are sincere in our desire to share the truth with others Always view a question about your Faith, or even an attack on your Faith, as an opportunity - an opportunity to share the truth.
Stay calm and stay determined to bring light into darkness. Quite often Catholics get frustrated by what I call the doctrinal dance Before you can answer one question, you're asked another. Just keep firmly, but gently, guiding the discussion back to one topic until you've said all you want to say Never be afraid to say, "I don't know," when asked a question about your Faith.
Don't try to "wing it. If you follow these rules, you will be prepared the next time God puts you in a position to explain and defend your Faith. Anything else we need to know about apologetics before we start engaging in it?
A few more basics about apologetics before we move into specific apologetics topics: The Catholic Church gave it to the world! Which means that there is nothing This is important to keep in mind because a lot of times folks will quote a passage from the Bible that "proves" the Catholic Church is wrong.Yeshua (ישוע , with vowel pointing יֵשׁוּעַ – yēšūă‘ in Hebrew) was a common alternative form of the name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ ("Yehoshua" – Joshua) in later books of the Hebrew Bible and among Jews of the Second Temple torosgazete.com name corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous, from which, through the Latin Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus.
THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE. When viewed without bias or preconceived ideas, the Bible reveals quite a lot about the structure of the Godhead. THE CONCEPT of salvation is central to Christianity.
From a historical perspective, the experience of Jesus as savior is the basis from which the Christian movement sprang. This religion arose and continues to exist because people experience Jesus as a bringer of God's salvation. Christology in its. F or the last four years, I have been conducting, at New York University’s School of Law, a seminar on the trial of Jesus.
The Wall Street Journal inveighed against it as educational inanity: if not exactly corrupting the youth, then at least leading them astray and squandering their tuition dollars. Happily, the seminar has been oversubscribed since inception.
Top of page Who Is Jesus?. Who is Jesus? This is the question of the ages. No figure in history has had as much influence as Jesus Christ. First check out this video featuring a young boy's explanation: Jesus Throughout the Bible Most of what we know about Jesus comes from the New Testament.
1. Introduction. Figurative language is used in various ways in both testaments and is an integral part of Biblical literature. The most common and most important forms of figurative language are parables, allegories and types.