What Does The Bible Say About Giving A Reason For Our Faith?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims
Proverbs 22:17, 19, 21 – Incline thy ear, and hear the words of the wise: and apply thy heart to my doctrine: […] That thy trust may be in the Lord, wherefore I have also shewn it to thee this day. […] That I might shew thee the certainty, and the words of truth, to answer out of these to them that sent thee.
Proverbs 27:11 – Study wisdom, my son, and make my heart joyful, that thou mayst give an answer to him that reproacheth.
Wisdom 6:10-11 – To you, therefore, O kings, are these my words, that you may learn wisdom, and not fall from it. For they that have kept just things justly, shall be justified: and they that have learned these things, shall find what to answer.
Ecclesiasticus 5:13-14 – Be meek to hear the word, that thou mayst understand: and return a true answer with wisdom. If thou have understanding, answer thy neighbour: but if not, let thy hand be upon thy mouth, lest thou be surprised in an unskillful word, and be confounded.
Ecclesiasticus 8:11-12 – Let not the discourse of the ancients escape thee, for they have learned of their fathers: For of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to give an answer in time of need.
Ecclesiasticus 42:8 – Be not ashamed to inform the unwise and foolish, and the aged, that are judged by young men: and thou shalt be well instructed in all things, and well approved in the sight of all men living.
Colossians 4:5-6 – Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.
Titus 1:7,9 – For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, […] he must hold firm to the sure word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to confute those who contradict it.
1 Peter 3:15 – but in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence;