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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) ©faithbibleministriesblog.com 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 »

Why Should We Believe the Bible Since it was Written by Men?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) This is a common question that is posed by many skeptics. The truth is we are told, that the Bible was written by imperfect men. Thus, it is foolish to believe in what it says. How should the Bible believing Christian respond to such a statement? First, we should admit that the Bible was indeed written by men. The Christian affirmation is not that the Bible dropped down from heaven. Nor is it the Christian conviction that God literally “penned” the Bible. The issue … Read More »

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 »