Elias Ayala

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 »

What Is the Role of Storytelling in Apologetics?

Storytelling can play a powerful role in apologetics. Consider the fact that storytelling is perhaps the primary means by which God has chosen to convey a large portion of His written revelation to us. While the Bible does not consist of only storytelling, It heavily relies upon story to push forward God’s redemptive purposes within the context of His workings with Israel, and by extension, the world. There is a reason why the stories of the Bible have captivated the minds of billions. While the Bible is very much a … Read More »

Can You Defend Your Worldview Based on Something Other Than the Bible?

I received this question while on a Q & A panel at an Apologetics conference. I had just finished giving a talk on the topic of the superiority of the Christian worldview; and so I had placed great emphasis and importance on the “biblical framework” when interpreting and understanding reality. So I would like to clarify my position on the use of the Bible when defending the Christian worldview. I do not typically quote scripture to the unbeliever when I am sharing my faith, although, I do believe there is … Read More »

Do Young Earth Creationists Deny Science?

First, how is one defining science? If science is a method of investigating the natural world, then no, YEC’s do not deny science. However, if one defines science in such a way that necessitates the exclusion of God, then yes. For the biblical Christian, there is no area of thought that is conceived of as independent from the triune God who provides the necessary foundation for all intellectual endeavors. The Christian does not agree with the much assumed methodological atheism/agnosticism that is inherent in secular scientific methodology. For many, science … Read More »

Protestant Vs. Catholic – Do the Differences Matter?

Protestants and Catholics have been debating their differences since the time of the Reformation. Throughout history, the debates have often gotten to the point of violence and vehemence towards one another. Even today, in Ireland, that which separates Protestants and Catholics often manifest in outward violence thus bringing about both social and political tension. However, are the differences between the Protestants and Catholics significant to warrant such violent disagreement between the two groups? Well on the one hand, while the differences do in fact matter, and I would argue, they … Read More »

Why Did God Place Adam and Eve in The Garden Knowing that they Would Fall into Sin?

This question has often perplexed many both believer and unbeliever alike. It is deceptively simple yet the answer to the question, if there be an adequate answer causes one to reflect upon both God’s revealed will and His secret council. Hence, as I have reflected upon this question I understand the answer to be found both in God’s revealed Word and in an appeal to mystery. First, the appeal to God’s revelation. One can glean an answer to this question not necessarily in the story of Adam and Eve itself, … Read More »

The Importance of Recognizing the Reality of Spiritual Warfare

The Bible teaches “For we do not wrestle with flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” -Ephesians 6:12 It is clear that the work of expanding the kingdom of God and living the life that is Christ centered is a spiritual affair, and not merely an intellectual pursuit as we seek to provide apologetic responses to various forms of unbelief. The spiritual element involves rulers, authorities, cosmic powers and … Read More »

Is God Prideful for Demanding Worship?

It is often leveled against the God of the Bible that He is petty and prideful since He requires of His creation that they worship and praise Him. Apparently God needs His ego tickled with the praises and adoration of those that have been created in His image. It is true, that God demands worship and praise. Surely, as the creator of all things, and the giver and sustainer of life He is worthy of such praise, worship and adoration. But is God prideful for demanding such response from His … Read More »

Does the Bible Mention Dinosaurs?

The simple answer to this question is “nothing”. The Bible does not say anything about “dinosaurs” because the word dinosaur was not coined until 1841 by Sir Richard Owen. Hence one cannot expect the Bible to utilize the term prior to its origination. If the Bible does in fact make reference to dinosaurs, they would have gone under a different name. So does the Bible say anything about these mysterious creatures we know as dinosaurs? Well, we need to address the important questions of “when” the dinosaurs existed, and whether … Read More »