They are wondering things like, ‘How can we trust the Bible?’ and ‘Is Jesus the only way to God?’
It is unfortunate that the church doesn’t have the answers for these budding Christians – or it doesn’t appear to.
In fact, the discipline of Christian apologetics does answer these questions. But the Christian church has been more focused on the feeling of faith rather than the evidence that proves its worldview is truthful.
Apologetics has been a part of the Christian life since Jesus taught among us. Many may not have appreciated that Jesus gave us apologetics. Many of His teachings were made in parables and need to be contemplated. He also used logical reasoning in his debates with religious leaders at the time. One example is in his rebuttal of the Pharisees in Matthew 12:22-37.
The fact that few Christians know or use the discipline is a failing of disastrous proportions.
There is this belief that you need to be very intelligent or into philosophy to grasp apologetics but that is not the case. There is equally untrue rumour that apologetics is about arguing your opponent into the ground.
Christians seem to think loving God with our hearts and hands is enough.
It is time to look at what the Bible actually says: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
Our God is a big God. Let’s not be afraid to ask him big – and small – questions. We may find more joy as we learn to love him with our minds.
We must also remember that our children will find the answers to their questions but what they hear may not strength their faith, it could destroy it.
Where to start?
Read C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity or any of Lee Strobel’s Case for books.