Elias Ayala

If God Is Good, Why Is There Evil?

While I have addressed this question In another article, it consistently comes up within apologetical encounters, so I think the question is worth re-visiting. The implicit assumption inherent in the question is that the presence of evil is somehow inconsistent with the existence of God. I suppose this could be the case depending upon the nature of the God in question. Notice that the question uses the term God, but as is often the case, the particular God in question is not defined. One’s definition of God and His, Her, … Read More »

The Straw Man Fallacy

Apologetics, and all clear thinking requires logic. Logical thinking is an indispensable tool for refuting opposing ideas as well as defending one’s own. To be able to demonstrate one’s own position in a logically consistent and compelling way honors God and goes a long way in showing the futility and falsity of unbiblical ideas. Thus, learning the laws of logic and applying them is an essential feature for doing apologetics. Furthermore, logical thinking also helps us identify fallacies in reasoning; this is vitally important because much of the argumentation of … Read More »

Faith or Rational Reasons?

It is often claimed by skeptics that you either have “faith” or “rational” reasons for what you believe in. However, this presents us with a false dichotomy. Someone can have both faith and rational reasons for why they believe something to be true. At the fundamental level, everyone has faith to the degree that eventually, one needs to appeal to a reliable authority in areas of admitted ignorance. However, faith in a reliable source is not at all irrational. Not only can one have both faith and rational reasons for … Read More »

How Do We Know When Someone’s Objections to Christianity are Not Intellectual?

The task of apologetics can become bogged down in intellectual argumentation and philosophical reflection, even to the point the very task becomes burdensome. It is often the case that an over emphasis on the intellect can get in the way of the heart of the apologetical task. This is not to undermine the necessity of an engaged intellect; indeed, an engaged intellect is necessary to every facet of the Christian faith. As Christians, we do not make the arbitrary distinction between “heart” and “mind”; heart being popularly understood as emotion, … Read More »

The Bible Cannot Be True Because it Contains Miracles and Miracles Violate the Laws of Nature

Is this a valid objection for believing the Bible? Not at all. While it is true that miracles may involve a suspension of the laws of nature, this is definitely not the case with all miracles. Consider the amazing miracle of the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14); while this was no doubt one of the most dramatic displays of God’s power in the Old Testament, it did not violate any known law of nature; indeed the scriptures tells us that this was accomplished by God sending a strong … Read More »

Christianity: A Complete System

It is the mark of a false worldview to be an intellectually disjointed system. As every system of thought must do, an unproven axiom is presupposed, and the remainder of the worldview is deduced from that axiom. The axiom of a worldview is its ultimate foundation or starting point. However, when a person adopts beliefs not consistent or logically deduced from their affirmed axiom, then disjointed and inconsistent thinking results. For instance, if someone begins their thinking from the axiom of empiricism (all knowledge comes from sense experience: touch, smell, … Read More »

The Bible: Not the Ink on the Page

Christians affirm the inspiration and inerrancy of scripture. We believe the words written by the Apostle Paul that “All of scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). While written by man, the Bible was inspired by God Himself; indeed, it is a revelation of Himself and His workings and dealings with His covenant people. In the scriptures we have the very Mind of God exposed and revealed to us such that we can know what God desires of man and how he has called us to live. Because the scripture, as … Read More »

Why Did Jesus Choose 12 Disciples?

Anyone familiar with the fact that the New Testament is couched within a deeply imbedded Old Testament awareness will very quickly recognize the significance of the number 12. John the Baptist preached with ferocity that the Kingdom of God was “near”. However, with the coming of Jesus Christ the Messiah, behold, the Kingdom of God is “here”. Jesus Christ not only ushered in the Kingdom of God on earth, he saw himself as the one who would usher in this dominion of God through his ministry of Gospel proclamation, healing, … Read More »

Does the Growth and Success of a Ministry Demonstrate God’s Approval?

There are many supposed Christian ministries that are growing exponentially. However, growth and apparent success does not demonstrate God’s approval. Indeed, there are many false belief systems that often experience growth and success when measured by certain standards. The reality is that we live in a broken and sinful world where many are seeking a message that makes them “feel” good. It is this feel good man centered message that attracts the masses. Unfortunately, many professing Christians are ill equipped in God’s Word that they are easily deceived by the … Read More »

Who Are We To Pick & Choose What We Want From the Early Church Fathers?

Responding to a Question: “We get much or our systematic theology from the early Church Fathers. Who are we to pick and choose what we want from the early Church Fathers?” While I greatly respect the contributions of the early Church Fathers, I have no reason to believe that they were infallible and inerrant. There are many points at which the early Church Fathers were in clear error and at odds with scriptural teaching. On the other hand, they have greatly contributed to Christian truth and theology. The Bible itself … Read More »