Monthly Archives: July 2019

Was Jesus Raised Bodily?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) The center piece of the Christian faith is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without the resurrection Christianity as a religious movement would have died at its very conception. As the apostle Paul famously wrote: “…and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:14). For this reason, the resurrection of Jesus is an indispensable feature of the Christian religion and on this very point there are few who would disagree. However, what does … Read More »

Junk DNA: Proof of the Evolutionists’ Intellectual Arrogance

By L. Alfred James There is an old Alfred Hitchcock show in which a woman recruits a man to avenge her against some man who has supposedly harmed her. With much persuasion she finally convinces him to help, and they drive around the neighborhood looking for this awful person who must be destroyed. “There he is! That’s him!” she shouts, pointing at some guy nearby. Because of her certainty, her recruited helper goes straight to work and immediately kills this man. The body is then disposed of and they get … Read More »

Who Was Ishmael? – Part 1

By Elysia McColley There are a lot of controversial figures in the Bible – Cain, who killed his brother but received a mark of protection from God; Noah, whose family was saved from the flood but then cursed his sons for trying to cover him up when he was drunk and naked; Judah, who consorted with someone that he believed was a prostitute yet became the forerunner of the Messiah. The list goes on, ad infinitum. I want to spend the next few weeks looking at who I believe is … Read More »

Why Do Unbelievers Reject Christian Evidences?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Not all unbelievers reject Christian evidences. Some unbelievers see the evidence presented as valid and interesting although not convincing to warrant an acceptance of Christian theism. Others reject Christian evidences because they do not see the “evidences” that Christians present as valid evidence. For example, when a Christian presents historical evidence which they think points strongly to the resurrection of Jesus, the skeptic will not accept such information as warranting belief in the resurrection. They will say something to the affect that while interesting, … Read More »

Rafting Monkeys: A Gigantic Leap of Faith

By L. Alfred James “You Christians believe in your religion merely by a leap of faith! You believe simply because your religion makes you feel comfortable.” How many times have you heard this? I’ve heard it hundreds of times. I’ve even heard Christians say that they don’t have any evidence for their beliefs, they are “just based on faith.” However, this is a very naive understanding of the Christian worldview. Christianity is not something we believe in just because we want to. On the contrary, the Apostle Paul says quite … Read More »

Jesus, Messiah

By Elysia McColley For the disciples of Jesus and the early church, the crux of their faith was that Jesus was the Messiah. The moniker “Christ” is the Hellenized form of the Hebrew word “Mashiach” (Messiah), so every time we refer to “Jesus Christ,” we are calling Him the Messiah. “Messiah” literally means “anointed one.” Throughout the Old Testament, when an individual was anointed, he or she became set apart for a holy, consecrated purpose. Consider when the prophet Samuel anointed Saul and later David to become king. Those two … Read More »

Does the Existence of an Imperfect World Imply an Imperfect God?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Christian theism posits that God is the transcendent cause of the universe. However, within the universe in which we live, we experience many imperfections. I do not think it is controversial to suggest that the world in which we live is NOT perfect. This seems to be an obvious point that can be admitted by Christian theist and skeptic alike. However, skeptics often push back and suggest that if the world bears the mark of its creator, and theists say that God is the … Read More »

Oblivious to the Obvious: The Amazing Design of DNA

By L. Alfred James In the 1983 movie, The Man with Two Brains, Steve Martin plays Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr, a widowed brain-surgeon who falls in love with one of his patients. But he is unsure about this new relationship, so he is (supposedly) seeking guidance. Looking at a painting of his deceased wife he asks her for a sign: “Becca, if there’s anything wrong with my feelings for Dolores, just give me a sign.” In response, the painting whirls around, a wind blows wildly through the house, the earth quakes, … Read More »

The Son of God and the Qur’an

By Elysia McColley According to the Qur’an, Jesus is not the Son of God. Muslims generally deny that He could possibly be God’s Son, based on the following verses in the Qur’an, as well as hundreds of years of Muslim theology: They [Christians] say, ‘God has taken a son.’ Exalted is He! Rather, to Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are devoutly obedient to Him. Surah 2:116 The Christians say, ‘The Messiah is the son of God.’ That is their statement from their mouths; they … Read More »