Monthly Archives: February 2020

The Case For Christianity: Putting It All Together

By L. Alfred James We are moving towards the end of a long series of blog posts that has provided an intellectual pathway for moving someone (or yourself) all the way from hardcore atheism to biblical Christianity. This week, as we begin bringing this series to a close, I’d like to lay out each one of the major stepping stones that have marked this pathway, hoping that you will see for yourself that the cumulative case for Christianity is extremely powerful. (By the way, everything I say here is an … Read More »

Why Did God Choose Faith As The Instrument Through Which We Are Saved?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) We need to remember that “faith” within the biblical context is “trust”. It is not a blind leap of belief based on irrationality or a lack of evidence. Within the Christian faith men are sinners all of which have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Because this is the state of man, he is unable to save himself since the requirements of God are perfection (Matthew 5:48) and no one is perfect. Furthermore, sin is equated with “debt” (Matthew 6:12) in … Read More »

Answering 3 Objections to Christianity

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Science has disproven Christianity Science is a method of empirical investigation. How can an empirical methodology disprove an entire worldview system such as Christianity? Furthermore, empirical investigation is not separated from interpretation of empirical data. Science is a methodology and how the data of our empirical investigation is interpreted will depend upon the intellectual framework or worldview that one holds. Our worldview affects how we interpret data. This is why it is so important to recognize that “science” does not tell us anything, “scientists” … Read More »

Why Hume’s Argument Fails

By L. Alfred James We are currently in a series of blog posts that provide an intellectual pathway for moving someone (or yourself) all the way from hardcore atheism to biblical Christianity. We have recently seen that the case for the resurrection of Jesus is quite powerful and stands unrefuted. What I’d like to do this week is deal with one attempt at a refutation that is extremely popular among skeptics. It is simply known as David Hume’s argument against miracles. It is important to understand that Hume does not … Read More »

Isn’t Logic The Opposite of Faith?

By L. Alfred James The average person on the street believes that faith is the opposite of logic. In talking with hundreds of people on this subject, the most common definitions that I’ve heard all agree with what Mark Twain famously said, “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”1 Here are the definitions of faith that I’ve heard most often: Faith is believing in something that is not rational or logical. Faith is what you use when all reason is against you. It’s religious wishful thinking, in which you … Read More »

Can the Bible Really Be Our Guide to Truth If So Many People Disagree Over Its Interpretation?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Yes, it can still be our guide to truth. The fact that students may give different answers to a question on a test does not mean that there is no correct answer. In like fashion, the reality of many competing interpretations of the Bible does not mean there is no correct interpretation, nor does it mean that the correct interpretation is impossible to attain. The fact that there are different interpretations of the Bible does not necessarily speak to the ambiguity of the Bible … Read More »

The Conversion of the Skeptic James

By L. Alfred James We are currently in a series of blog posts that provide an intellectual pathway for moving someone (or yourself) all the way from hardcore atheism to biblical Christianity. Last week we saw how the conversion of Saul of Tarsus is a powerful proof that flatly contradicts the skeptic’s claim that Jesus’ followers were engaging in wishful thinking (when they came to believe in his resurrection). Of course, some skeptics are still not satisfied with this. They object by saying, “Maybe Saul of Tarsus just went crazy. … Read More »

Did the Triune God Change His Nature When the Son Took on Flesh?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) No! God did not change his nature because God cannot change his nature. God in his essence is immutable; that is, God does not change. This is the clear teaching of the Bible: “For I the Lord do not change; therefore, you, O Children of Jacob, are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6). An important aspect of God’s immutability (unchangeableness) is that not only does God’s nature not change, but because he does not change we can trust in his promises, since for God to change … Read More »