Have you ever heard a Christian reject the whole idea of making a case for Christianity or defending the faith? Often times, it’s because of a negative experience they have had with a brother or sister which paints the whole thing as being quarrelsome and argumentative. But this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, it shouldn’t be.
Dr. Ramesh Richard explains a strategy which couches reasons to believe in the context of being a friend and a Christian presence in someone’s life.
“Too many apologists get to reason first. There’s an old Indian proverb which goes, ‘You don’t cut off a man’s nose and give him a rose to smell.’ We try to do that with the Lord Jesus all the time. Here is this amazing gift of eternal life that we can give to people. And then we destroy them in the process of contest and debate.
When all you’re (supposed to be) doing is first establishing the groundwork of relationship, then presenting gently and straightforwardly, but gently, the claims for the gospel. And then, of course, a reason for the hope that is in you.”
Watch the full episode here.
About the Contributors
Dr. Mikel Del Rosario is Project Manager for Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center, Adjunct Professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary and Adjunct Professor of Apologetics and World Religion at William Jessup University. Mikel co-authors The Table Briefing articles in Bibliotheca Sacra with Darrell Bock, manages the Table Podcast, and helps Christians defend the faith with courage and compassion through his apologetics ministry. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies with an Emphasis in New Testament Studies from DTS, a Master of Theology (ThM) from DTS and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.