February 14, 2010

Defend the faith, whatever the cost

Is it any surprise that we must be ready to defend our faith today? Only a short time after the resurrection, St. Paul was confronting doubters in Corinth (1 Cor 15:12, 16-20). Do you think that everyone receiving his letter changed their minds? Do you think they all treated Paul well?

We know that Paul had to write to Corinth several times. We know that he was persecuted, hunted, imprisoned, and ultimately killed. Many people don't like hearing the truth - not in Paul's day, and not today. We know from Paul's experience and the two thousand years of church history following it that this will happen. But we must not lose heart!

Christ tells us that we're blessed when people hate us, exclude or insult us. We should rejoice when our name is smeared or our character attacked (Lk 6:17, 20-26). Yes, "if Christ has not risen, your faith is in vain", but He is risen! Christ is risen and our faith in Him saves us, whatever may come.

Today, take the time to learn about one common argument against your faith. Learn how to defend yourself, to increase your own faith and to be able to offer a reasoned explanation to others. Select just one topic from Catholic Answers' collection of Faith Tracts or listen to a talk from the Bible Christian Society.

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