In a recent video on the subject of Christian Apologetics, young master Noah (AKA Veritas48) commented that, “as an apologist, we like to quote 1 Peter 3:15.”
It’s worth noting what 1 Peter 3:15 actually says:
- But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (King James Version.)
- But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (New International Version.)
- But sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear. (American Standard Version.)
- And so on.
It’s interesting that the attributes of how Christians are supposed to comport themselves changes. Fear vs. respect… big difference, but what doens’t change is “be ready,” and “be prepared.”
This is about having the information and being ready to respond with it if someone asks. “I just thought I’d share something with you,” is not covered by 1 Peter 3:15. “Athiests, come debate me,” is not covered by 1 Peter 3:15.
Christians shouldn’t start fights, even intellectuals. And unless someone is overtly standing in front of you, asking you explicitly for an explanation… you should remain silent.
A further crique of apologetics. They are antagonists.