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Live in the Light: Do Life, Answering Questions

By Benjamin H. Liles

          After having a light breakfast earlier, and then a nap, I decided to write at least one more article before I go help my parents with whatever project they need done. So, about this article, "Answering Questions," took a little time to think on. I'd like to think this will be a short letter, not necessarily a long one.

         I know Peter addressed the issue of answering questions by saying, "But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that you have. But respond with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who slander you may be put to shame by your good behavior in Christ" (1 Peter 3:15-, Berean Study).

          The word Peter uses as defense, in the Greek, is the same word we apply to Christian thought in giving answers: apologetics. It is used in the sense of "supplying evidence for the Christian faith. What I find interesting is that after Jesus's death and resurrection at the cross an explosion out of Judaism hit the dirt: the Way, as it is originally called; Christianity, in the sense of being derogatory toward those who followed a Savior they cannot see. 

          Here's the thing, the Messiah said to His apostles, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20, New King James). This charge is specifically to the apostles who are in fact, the twelve foundations of the modern Church. 

          While there are many denominations, sects, and the like that claim they have divine words from Jesus, the one characteristic they all must have must fit the criteria the Messiah laid out: "
that you love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12, Berean Study). It means we remain self-sacrificing no matter the cost to ourselves. 

          Much more than that it is a call to reconcile sinners to Jesus, showing the world the need for a Savior, not a pocketbook, not book sales, not that works go before earning salvation. Works are what you receive after being saved. That comment alone deserves an article of its own; for now, for the sake of this article, I planned to keep this short, and to simply say that all who claim Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior ought to behave and act as though He is their Lord and Savior. Always be prepared for an answer (as best as possible).

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