Monday, April 13, 2009

My first blog ever

I am brand new to blogging, so please be patient with me. I will be using this space for the purpose of Christian Apologetics.

Let me start by defining apologetics: (1) systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine) or (2) a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity. ("apologetics." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009. Merriam-Webster Online. 13 April 2009 <>, hereafter "Merriam-Webster")

So, you can count on me to use this forum to discuss matters relating to the logical support for Christianity. Naturally, this will also mean refutation of conflicting belief systems. I do not intent to offend anybody, but I'm sure some feelings will get hurt.

The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:29 to "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear." (New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA : The Lockman Foundation, 1995, S. Eph 4:29, hereafter abbreviated "NASB") To "edify" is literally to build up, and therefore is used to mean "to instruct and improve especially in moral and religious knowledge" (Merriam-Webster).

So let's examine what "building" is. We can consider parenting and primary education to be new construction, and just about everything else is remodeling. When one remodels, one is attempting to make improvements on the existing. Sometimes, insufficient structures are found hiding underneath the wall coverings. This may be surface problems with the paint, or deep problems with the wood or metal that give support to the whole. The rotten must be removed, but if the wall is load-bearing, a structure must be put in place before the old is removed.

Therefore, I intend this site to give structure to support a person in their walk, but it will also necessarily be tearing out the old. Please be careful and kind when using the Bible, or any other factual information, to support your position. You may be knocking down somebody's walls.

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