Elias Ayala

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 »

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 »