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Sovereignty and Apologetics: Both are necessary, one ultimately puts your soul at rest

Brett Nichols

Posted on May 4, 2020 00:13

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A personal story of debt, personal criticism, apologetics, and the peace that is found in Christ.

A few years ago, I received my undergraduate degree and began my masters. Where some might see this a joyous thing, it stressed me out immensely. This, on top of my extreme self criticism did not help very much either. Every penny of debt I accrued from university, every wrong thing I said, every time I ran away from a risky situation that would've helped me grow as a person, every relationship I didn't make that I thought I should have made all began to overwhelm my mind.

I even started getting to the point where I felt that if I didn't worry about something, then I didn't actually care at all. This perception wasn't helped by the fact that a close family member had turned away from Christ during this stress. Their turning away weighed the heaviest than any other stressor. I felt like it was up to me to learn all the needed knowledge to be able to engage the ideas that led them away, it was not until later that I realized this wasn’t entirely true. 

One night after deep study of studying apologetics, I felt like giving up. Throwing in the towel from all of the stress. After several sleepless hours that night, I did emotionally give up everything. I felt that this "mission" was far too much for me, and I finally deserved peace. I finally yielded my beliefs of having to defend the faith (in addition to my actions) every waking second and stressing over making the right decision for my life or the loss of salvation for my loved one.

To my surprise, it felt like my spiritual self said, "finally." I finally realized that this is how God wanted me to live my life – in peace. I finally discovered a crucial spiritual aspect of the Christian faith, to find rest in him. I finally felt the peace that I lost when I let social pressure and apologetics take precedence before my relationship with God. 

In my opinion, apologetics is an essential thing. However, a follower of Christ's freedom and peace ultimately comes from the relationship with God, not with what we produce within that relationship. Those products (something that should be a product of the relationship with God) just sweeten the deal.

Apologetics feel plays as a stepping stone for the gospel to be presented to others, particularly those who have reservations against the faith. However, it is the intervention of God that is the authority that saves people, not one's eloquent words or some type of super apologetic message. While I still pray, hope, and discuss with my family member about Christ, it is ultimately Christ that saves.

Something that all Christians must agree on is that it is through God's power, not our own, that we are saved, to us his burden is easy compared to that of working in our own strength. If you believe in the truth of, I urge you to please rest in his perfect providence.

Brett Nichols

Posted on May 4, 2020 00:13

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