Elias Ayala

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 »

Did Jesus “Really” Perform Miracles?

Yes, Jesus really performed miracles. It was a trademark of his ministry and interestingly enough, his miracle working was acknowledged by both friends and foes. Within the history of scholarship concerning Jesus, many have sought to separate the “historical” Jesus from the Jesus of the New Testament. With the assumption that the supernatural found within the New Testament was nothing more than mythological additions that developed over time, Jesus was reinterpreted to be among many things, a great moral teacher. However, Jesus falls short of even being a great moral … Read More »

Creation Vs. Evolution: Do Christians Avoid Contrary Evidence?

Christians do not avoid contrary evidence because we don’t believe that there is such a thing as “contrary” evidence. When a Christian confronts the relevant data, the data is then interpreted and deemed evidence for a particular hypothesis given certain presuppositional commitments that are brought to the investigation. For example, when considering the debate between creationists and evolutionists, what we have are two worldview perspectives confronting the same data. Fossil deposits can be observed by both creationists and evolutionists, however, the conclusions derived from these observations will be dependent upon … Read More »

The Cloud that Goes Before Us: Following God in our Wilderness

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) “Now on the day that the tabernacle was erected the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of testimony, and in the evening it was like the appearance of fire over the tabernacle, until morning. So it was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterwards the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel … Read More »

The Resurrection of Jesus: Why is the Christian Claim Unique & What Role does Historical Evidence Play in Christian Apologetics

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) Role of Historical Evidence: First, I want to discuss the role of historical evidence in Christian apologetics. It is important to recognize that historical argumentation does not lead one to absolute certainty regarding the event in question. Demonstrating that an event has occurred is not the same as demonstrating something with mathematical certainty. This is important lest we present the historical evidence for the resurrection in such a way that gives the impression that our conclusion based solely upon historical analysis gives one the … Read More »

Does the Hypocrisy of Christians Undermine the Truth of the Christian Faith?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) The simple answer is no. The hypocrisy of Christians does not undermine the truth of the Christian faith. It does however hurt our witness to unbelievers. How can we effectively witness to unbelievers if we do not practice what we preach. Jesus said that a “tree is known by its fruit” (Luke 6:43-45). If we are producing fruit that is inconsistent with the tree we claim to be, how then are we to demonstrate to the world the life changing power of the Gospel? … Read More »

How to Witness to your Kids

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) It’s one thing to share your faith with someone you don’t know at the train station, or at the mall, but how do we share our faith with an unbelieving son or daughter? Sharing our faith with those who are close to us can be a challenge. Jesus himself confronted such challenges. Upon visiting his home town he said, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home” (Mark 6:4). Interestingly enough, folks who knew … Read More »

Christianity is a Psychological Crutch

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) The Christian can respond in multiple ways to this assertion. First, we may respond with: “So What?” Even if it is true that a person affirms Christianity out of a desire to find psychological comfort, it does not follow that Christianity is false. Furthermore, this assertion commits the genetic fallacy by faulting a belief based upon how a person came to hold the belief. For example, as mentioned previously, if the reason for adopting Christianity was to find psychological comfort, it does not follow … Read More »

Debating Creation Vs. Evolution – Some Things to Consider

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) One does not study the field of apologetics for very long without soon bumping into the creation vs. evolution debate. Perhaps the most frequent attacks upon the biblical worldview are aimed right at the book of Genesis. If you think about it, this is the proper place to attack given the fact that the book of Genesis is foundational to the rest of the Bible. If Genesis is not real history, then Adam and Eve were not real people; however, if Adam and Eve … Read More »

Was it Unjust for Christ to Die for Sinners?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself”. – Ezekiel 18:20 The accusation is often launched that the sacrifice of the righteous Jesus was unjust and in violation of the scriptural mandate that the righteous shall not suffer the iniquity of the unrighteousness and vice versa. … Read More »