Are we supposed to defend the faith?
Here's the answer:
Yes, we are to defend the Christian faith.
Defending the faith means that we stand up for the truth of Jesus. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to "make sure that in your hearts you honor Christ as Lord. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. Be ready to give the reason for it. But do it gently and with respect." We can be ready to defend what we believe.
As Christians, we are called to defend the faith. We can be ready to defend the faith by reading and studying the Bible. We can also defend the faith by living out our faith (1 Peter 2:15). This means that our lives should follow the example of Jesus.
Defending the faith can be hard. Many people will try to oppose the faith. We can’t force anyone to accept Jesus. What we can do to defend the faith is to be knowledgeable about the Bible, show our faith in our actions, and be ready to answer any questions asked about our faith. Don’t worry! God will help you in every area of standing up for the faith.
"Dear friends, I really wanted to write to you about the salvation we share. But now I feel I should write and ask you to stand up for the faith. God’s holy people were trusted with it once and for all time" (Jude 3).
"I destroy every claim and every reason that keeps people from knowing God. I keep every thought under control in order to make it obey Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5).
"It is right for me to feel this way about all of you. I love you with all my heart. I may be held by chains, or I may be standing up for the truth of the good news. Either way, all of you share in God’s grace together with me" (Philippians 1:7).