: to express regret for something done or said : to make an apology
I’m (NOT) sorry
Do you ever feel like an apology is not very sincere? Do you ever apologize and not fully mean it?
The earliest uses of apologize more often meant “to offer an excuse or defense” than “to acknowledge a fault.” The verb came into our language from the noun apology, which similarly had an initial meaning (beginning in the early 16th century) that did not necessarily acknowledge fault (“something said or written in defense or justification of what appears to others to be wrong or of what may be liable to disapprobation”).
What do you most often apologize for?
Do you more often acknowledge fault - or do you just want to get over something?
The word "apologetics" comes from the Greek word "apologia," pronounced "ap-ol-og-ee’-ah." It means, "a verbal defense." It is used eight times in the New Testament: Acts 22:1; 25:16; 1 Corinthians 9:3; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6; Philippians 1:7; 2 Timothy 4:16, and 1 Peter 3:15. But it is the last verse that is most commonly associated with Christian apologetics.
"Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you."
I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up anyone before the accused met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him.
1 Corinthians 9:3
This is my defense to those who would examine me.
2 Corinthians 10:5-6
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
2 Timothy 4:16
At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!
1 Peter 3:14-17
But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 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, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
Topics of Interest:
Does God exist? How do you know?
If God is all-powerful and loving, why does evil exist?
If God is all-powerful and loving, why does suffering exist?
Why do good things happen to bad people?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
What about people who have never heard about Jesus?
Doesn’t science disprove the Bible?
Wasn’t Jesus just a good, moral teacher?