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What Is Knowledge?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) The business of apologetics involves making claims to knowledge. Christians defend the “truth” of their worldview and along with that are claims that we “know” certain propositions are true. We claim that truth about reality is knowable. We claim that its true that the opposite of true is false. We claim that it is “true” a theistic God exists. We claim that it is true that there is good evidence for this claim. We claim that it is true that objective moral values and … Read More »

The Scriptures: A Divine Commentary on the Resurrection

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” -2 Timothy 3:16 It has been stated by some well intending apologists and preachers that we “believe the Bible, because we believe in the resurrection of Jesus. We don’t believe the resurrection because we believe the Bible”. It is argued that because Jesus rose from the dead, this vindicated his claims to divinity and therefore, everything he taught has authority and claim over mankind. But is this line of … Read More »

God’s Foreknowledge & Human Freedom

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) Does God’s Omniscience Entail An Irrational Determinism? It can easily be demonstrated that the metaphysical naturalist runs into some very problematic realities if his position is true. One such problem (among many) manifests itself in the form of materialistic determinism, in terms of which all events are determined by physical and natural causes. In the realm of human thought, thinking is reduced to neurological brain activity which is itself determined to function the way that it does such that the very process of “thinking” … Read More »

How Does God Speak To Us?

By Elias Ayala(M.A.T & MDiv) “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the … Read More »

Apologetic Training For Those With Limited Time

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) Time is a funny thing. We can wake up with our daily check list filled with things we want to accomplish for the day, and before we know it, the day has escaped, often leaving us with many unfinished tasks. It seems as though there is never enough time in the day to finish the chores, fix the car, and take the kids to the park. Especially for parents, finding time to do many things we wish to do is often overshadowed by our … Read More »

The Roman Governor Who Fulfilled Prophecy (And in this case, I am NOT referring to Pontius Pilate)

by Rob Sullivan About twenty years or so before Pontius Pilate assumed control of Judea, a Procurator by the name of Caponius was installed by Rome. The year was 6AD. His governorship would set in motion the fulfillment of one of the most important predictions in the Bible. To understand this, we need to go back to an event that took place 1850 years or so before the birth of Christ. As Jacob’s life was drawing to a close, he called together his twelve sons. As recorded in Genesis 49, … Read More »

Can God Create a Being Equal to Himself in Every Way?

By: Elias Ayala (M.A.T & Mdiv) This question is a strange one but was asked within the context of suggesting how I knew for sure that there was only One God. How do I know that God did not create other Gods and that polytheism isn’t true? The answer to this question allows us to emphasize the complete uniqueness of God in contradistinction to any other being. This uniqueness is not threatened when God creates other beings, especially those that share to some degree, various attributes and characteristics with Him. … Read More »

Is the Holy Spirit a Person?

By: Elias Ayala (M.A.T & Mdiv) It is common for many Christians to neglect the person of the Holy Spirit within the context of their own personal spiritual life. We can often place so much emphasis on the Father or the Son that we forget that the Scriptures also refer to the Holy Spirit as God. When we address God in worship, we must not forget both who He is and what He is. God is a being, but He is also comprised of three distinct persons. Such is the … Read More »

The Importance of Church History in Apologetics

By: Elias Ayala (M.A.T & Mdiv) It is often touted on the internet that the books of the Bible were chosen at the Council of Nicea under the guidance, supervision, and command of Emperor Constantine. This process was closely controlled so as to choose books that catered to the political desires and ambitions of the newly Christianized Roman Empire. Or, we have often been told that the doctrine of the Deity of Christ was a later invention of the church who looked back at the life and teachings of Jesus … Read More »

Being and Somethingness

By David Eldon Schroeder Ed. D. We need to begin our inquiry into establishing a credible perspective on origins with the premise that nothing cannot make something. To believe otherwise requires a greater leap of faith than any proposition found in any religion. Therefore, if one does not want to call the maker “intelligent design(er),” at least the admission of a “creative impulse” or force must be allowed. And since all that we know in our dimensions of space and time seems to exist within a cause/effect nexus, the “creative … Read More »