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Should Christians apologize for their faith? Absolutely! Every Christian is called to apologize for what they believe. The Bible makes this clear. Now, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, where does the Bible say we’re supposed to say we’re sorry for our beliefs?” It doesn’t, but that is not what we mean by apologizingfor the faith. We have something entirely different in mind. Let us explain.

The Apostle Peter said,

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

In the original language of the New Testament (Greek), the word translated here as “defense” is apologia. This is where we get the term “apologetics,” which means providing a reasoned defense for what we believe.

In this sense, all Christians are supposed to apologize for their faith! As you can see, this has nothing to do with being sorry for our beliefs. Rather, it means providing good arguments for our beliefs as well as responding to the tough questions others raise about our faith.

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