Apologetics is majorly a religious discipline, one that involves defending our faith by systematic argumentation and discourse. It basically means to speak in defense of something and to many of us, it might not come across as an urgent need among the body of Christ or an important skill to school one’s self in. We probably ask ourselves, “If I already have faith, then why would I need proof of what I already believe in? But as the author says in the book, “Investigating the claims of what you believe doesn’t necessarily mean that you doubt it. Having proof beyond reasonable doubt will do more to strengthen your faith than shake it.” More so, I know there are people whose lives, particularly after-life might depend on one encounter with a believer who does not only have strong faith but is also well schooled in the area of defending it.
Issues like the existence of a supreme being; the theory of creation as opposed and superior to that of a big bang, questioning the potency of a sovereign Good in an evil world, the acclaimed relativity of the truth of anyone’s belief et cetera are addressed in the book. Is faith really useless where logic is concerned? Trust me. You can and will be equipped with sufficient answers to give those who demand answers even beyond the stories of the bible. As the writer says, “No human can claim to know everything, but we can know enough.” That is what this book is about.
Stick with me.
Prove It is a Vivify devotional written by Vivify’s pioneer, Pastor Kenneth Olusanya. The book aims to awaken the consciousness of its readers to the art of Apologetics. Kenneth Olusanya is a man passionate with the desire for truth as he has constantly sought for and found it. He demonstrates his vast amount of knowledge as he covers topics under the questions that most skeptics have and unveils the truth in this devotional, to as many as seek it objectively.
Prove It is a rare kind of devotional. It is not only useful for believers but also for they that do not believe. The book is somewhat a tool for seeking skeptics; providing extra biblical and biblical evidence of the involvement of God in this physical life, and yes that includes His existence. It also provides tools to strengthen the believer’s convictions.
Although I must say to those who seek evidence for faith that faith has never been blind, rather faith in itself is evidence. Knowing does not mean the same as believing. This book (although not exhaustive in itself) will point a reader’s attention to sufficient reason and near exhaustive resources for further research. Knowing that no evidence will ever be enough for a prejudiced seeker, it’s important to have an open mind. Nevertheless, Prove It will help the seeker to find and the found to seek.
The book contains 39 days of well-planned out and carefully written content which include daily exercises for readers to engage in. Apologetics can be a highly engaging, mental task and because of this, one might not even know where to start. Thankfully, the author puts this into consideration and includes guidelines and daily tasks for the effectiveness of this journey available at the end of each chapter.
Each day in this brilliant work, consists of carefully chosen topics that build up progressively as the components, arguments, claims and resources for apologetics are thoroughly explained and critically scrutinized such as;
And it ultimately leads to the redemptive message of the Gospel.
I have grown up all my life in the church. And one thing I have been told while growing up particularly on evangelism days is that as preachers of the gospel, we are not going out there to argue with anybody but to preach the gospel lovingly and gently. This is a very godly admonition but its tone also insinuated to me, that I take to my heels when I encounter a seemingly lost cause that asks way too many questions concerning the gospel and never seems satisfied with just hearing “Jesus loves you”. I had not read the part in my bible that says in 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Brethren, we are God’s spokespersons. We are not supposed to shy away from answering the world’s toughest questions about God and about our faith in him. It’s not bad to not have all the answers but it’ll speak poorly to not seek out those answers. Some of these answers as I have found, are clearly written and handed over on a silver platter in this devotional. The author transcends the realm of valid factual proof by also revealing sound biblical doctrine. Arguably he uses the clearest process that I have ever read on paper in an apologetic material. Stick with me as I show a tip of the iceberg:
A Brief Summary
The book though not extensively exhaustive, is sufficient on all topics treated therein. It actually succeeds at debunking the outrageous claims of the absence of a creator. And by reading this book my conviction is strengthened that we wake up every day to see creation surround us with all of its glory. To believe that a chaotic explosion can somehow birth such magnificent order as the universe is utmost foolishness. There is definitely a Creator. And even more thoughtless, is to choose in your right mind not to give glory to such a creator.
Therefore I see clearly; that in atheism’s claims, logic either proves itself insufficient or out rightly defies itself. However, although personal views against atheism are predominantly expressed in this review, the book speaks sufficiently of other forms of unbelief too.
I assertively state that the Prove It devotional, is a balanced Christian material. And yes, any unbeliever can also pick it up and hopefully with an open heart receive the love of God in Christ Jesus. This is because it conveys the gospel as excellently as it presents logical and quite convincing arguments for our faith. Generally, the book sufficiently helps to establish a logical argument for faith but it is not exhaustive on its own. Therefore, for further research you might want to look carefully into more extra biblical sources.
In conclusion, it is important to note that although we might be able to prove God’s existence beyond the pages of the bible, no one can know God outside of the bible. We present our reasons firmly and in love but must not forget that what saves is the Gospel of God’s grace towards mankind. I find apologetics to be a necessary thing for every believer to learn but it is only a tool.
This goes without saying that you will do well to buy Vivify’s Prove It Devotional if you haven’t. We all need it.
Peace unto you.