Common Sense Apologetics

One God, One Book, One Way

by Dave Abell



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/18/2010

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781449704742
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781449704247
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781449704223

About the Book

While atheists and religious liberals purport themselves to be enlightened intellectuals, what we find, upon deeper exploration, is that their “intellectualism” is simply a facade. Conversely, many believers are unable to defend their faith and shrink back when confronted with tough questions, particularly those concerning Jesus being the only way to Heaven. Whether out of fear, lack of knowledge, or a spirit of compromise, the ability to express the idea of one true Holy Book, and one true way to Heaven, seems to escape far too many Christians. Common Sense Apologetics will inspire Christians to drop this spirit of timidity, while gaining confidence and loving boldness when sharing the faith. Foundational, is the fact that God has not called Christians to believe what is not believable nor defend what is indefensible. The evidence for God’s existence and the truth of His Word is abundant and accessible. Christians have Biblical directives to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and lovingly contend for the faith when it is perverted from within and attacked from without. This book is uniquely constructed to present a practical approach to learning why the Christian faith is true, and a better method for defending that truth.

About the Author

The Lord got my attention twelve years ago, when He pulled me from a listless, in name only Christianity. My new walk began with much joy, but that joy was stifled when I became burdened by doubt about the truth of my beliefs. However, this was a loving work of the Lord because it led me to an endeavor that has been a constant in my life for these past years, and that has been the study of Christian Apologetics. God has blessed us with great teachers—experts in their field—who have done seminal work in responding to skeptics, equipping Christians to defend the faith, and elucidating the wonderful evidence God has given us concerning His existence and the truth of His Word. Yet it seems that Christians fear that the task of Apologetics is too daunting. However, I’m living proof that a formal education is not a necessary pre-requisite to become a stronger defender of Christian truth. Understanding what we believe-- and why we believe it-- is not beyond our reach. Again, God has mightily used the experts and we can draw off of their knowledge. This does not mean, however, that we all need to be Seminary graduates to be effective witnesses for Christ. My contribution is to illustrate that; indeed, God can take an ordinary Christian and infuse great perspective and learning. Additionally, I learned that the Holy Spirit is the greatest Teacher. God has never let me down when I have come to Him with questions concerning any aspect of Christian Apologetics. Additionally, the answers God provided to me were ideas that I hadn’t previously come across in other resources. Since I’ve been able to successfully implement these fresh ideas in my own walk— as well as teaching and witnessing to others—I was inspired to offer these thoughts to a wider audience. Finally, I have a close friend who is an atheist. Mindful of what his objections to Christianity were in the past, and in anticipation of what he would raise in the future, I studied every possible angle. So that I would be prepared for any question, I took the objections far beyond what I’ve even heard the most hard-hearted atheist bring up. As to the Bible itself, I exhausted the accusations and doubts of the so-called “Higher Critics”. I envisioned scenarios of human concoction and hoaxes concerning the Gospels that even the most ardent skeptics haven’t broached. Perhaps this was overkill, and it was definitely painful at times. However, when I jettisoned the exclusive use of my own mind, and did these exercises in conjunction with prayer, that is when things really began to fire, and the fresh perspective and ideas came rolling in. Praise be to God that He not only has saved us through Jesus Christ, but has also not left us in the dark about the truth of that salvation. Currently, I am a member of the Elim Evangelical Free Church in Oak Lawn, IL, where I serve as the Deacon Board Chairman, as well as service in the Church’s Oversight Board. I’m 48 years old and am a native Illinoisan. Kristy and I have been married for almost 22 years, and we have three boys: Michael, age 13; Samuel, age 10; and Daniel, age 8.