Monthly Archives: October 2017

God Is Ex Lex

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) When Christians assert that God is “ex lex”, we mean that He is outside of the Law. One of the important features of properly understanding the Creator/Creature distinction is comprehending the fact that God stands in different relation to the “Law” that He has established than we do. As creatures, we are subject to God’s law, which flows from His holy, good, and perfect character. When a creature violates God’s law we call it sin (1 John 3:4). For created beings, there is no … Read More »

Who Do You Think You Are Jesus?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) This question was no doubt on the lips of those who heard Jesus speaking and teaching throughout the course of his short 3 year ministry. Who is this peasant from Galilee pontificating on the fine points of God’s law correcting years of tradition and the authority of the rabbis who preceded him? No doubt Jesus of Nazareth ruffled many feathers in his day. Even within his seemingly simple words, “Truly, Truly I say to you” implicitly evinced the audacity and authority with which Jesus … Read More »

What Does a Unitarian God Lack?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) One of the distinct features of Christian theism is that it is trinitarian in nature. Christians believe in one God who exists as three simultaneous, coeternal Persons denominated, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person within the trinity are equal in all their essential attributes. They all share the attributes of omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, and all other attributes that are essential to what it means to be God. The scriptures lay out for us a very long list of attributes that are owned … Read More »

The “TAG” Argument

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) (TAG): The transcendental argument for God’s existence is in my estimation one of the most powerful arguments for God’s existence. It appeals to the transcendental nature of logical absolutes and their necessary grounds within a theistic worldview, one in which has a transcendent and absolute being as its foundation. However, before delving into the details of the argument, let us define our terms. Transcendentals refer to that aspect of reality that is not grounded in the physical realm. Transcendentals can include within its scope … Read More »

Deciding the Canon of Scripture: A Look into the Concept of Self-Authentication

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) © In exploring the question as to how the canon of scripture came to take the shape that it did, many questions arise as to the legitimacy of the process. How do we know that we have the right books? Were the current books of the New Testament simply voted upon by Christians who had an agenda they wanted to push? Did the early Christians simply accept the books that supported their particular theological perspective? These are all important questions, however, without going into … Read More »