10 Minute Apologetics

Is Young Earth Creationism Plausible?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) Young Earth Creationism holds to the position that the creation days in Genesis are to be taken at face value and understood within the context of God creating everything within the span of six 24 hour days. There are variations within the Young Earth Creationist (YEC) perspective, however, the position typically opposes interpretations of scripture that are antithetical to the plain reading of the text and illegitimately (some would argue) understand the days of creation in such a way as to warrant the time … Read More »

The Ethics of Plato & the Christian Worldview

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) I have been currently reading through Plato’s ethical philosophy and happen to think it is very interesting. Reading it through the lens of a Christian worldview has made things even more interesting as I have been caused to reflect on the importance of one’s intellectual starting point. Allow me to explain some of my observations. First, on Plato’s ethical philosophy, he believed that evil is due to lack of knowledge. If people just had the adequate knowledge of what the “good” is, then people … Read More »

Does the Bible Teach the Concept of Generational Curses?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) Within certain Christian circles, it has been suggested that “curses” can be and are passed through generations. For example, a family with a history of some sinful behavior or life pattern can incur the curse of God, and this curse is passed on to the children who come afterward. Certain sinful patterns may include alcoholism, lust, anger, etc. It is believed that such sinful patterns as God’s curse upon such behavior is passed on to the children, thus the children are in a sense … Read More »

Does the Bible Permit Polygamy?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) In the Old Testament we read of the practice of having many wives. Indeed it was common to the cultures of the ancient near east to have more than one wife. Furthermore, we read in the Old Testament of people who were greatly used by God who had multiple wives. King David comes to mind; for he had at least seven wives: Wives of David: Ahinoam of Jezreel Abigail the Carmel Maachah the daughter of King Talmai of Geshur Haggith Abital Eglah Bath-shua (Bathsheba) … Read More »

How Do I Know What God’s Will is for My Life?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) The simple answer to this question would be to read the Bible and believe it. This deceptively simple answer strikes at the core of how we know anything concerning God and His will. If we are to know anything about God, we will get nowhere by guessing. It is only through God’s own self disclosure that we can know anything about Him and His intentions. For the Christian, when asked the question, “How do you know what God wants”, our answer should be, “He … Read More »

5 Reasons to Reject Open Theism

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) What is Open Theism? Open theism is the position that God does not know the future. While affirming God’s omniscience, the term is carefully defined in a fashion so as to suggest that God knows all things that are possible to be known. On Open theism, it is not possible to know the future, or if it is possible to know the future, God limits His knowledge of the future to allow for human free will. It is suggested that for man to have … Read More »

Answering the Hindu

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) When doing apologetics it is often the case that our apologetic is geared towards some form of atheism, agnosticism, or some form of gross metaphysical naturalism. However, what happens when we encounter someone from a religious perspective? Take the Hindu for instance. You may or may not encounter a Hindu in your day to day interactions, however, everyone’s context is different and so I think it would be helpful to provide a brief look into how to answer the Hindu perspective should the situation … Read More »

What Happens When We Die?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) There are many theories as to what happens to human beings when they die. Some say that we merely cease to exist, and our bodies go into the ground, decompose, and that”s it. Others speak of a bright light, and a tunnel where the deceased person is welcomed into the company of loved ones. Still others suggest that human beings go through a process of reincarnation whereby due to good karma, they come back in another form so as to continue the cycle of … Read More »

Merry Christmas: Seeing The Birth of Christ in Its Wider Biblical Context

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) Every Christmas, families gather together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Christmas is usually a time to reflect upon the great gift that has been given man; namely, the Son of God who had come to die on behalf of sinners and so reconcile sinful men to God. However, the story of Christmas actually predates the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth. It is a mistake to focus on the birth of Christ in isolation to the wider context of scripture and messianic expectation. For … Read More »

5 Reasons to Reject Mormonism

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) Brief Introduction Mormonism is a religion founded by Joseph Smith in the mid-1800’s. In short, it posits that the true message of Jesus was lost in a great apostasy long ago, and that the original message was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, a man that God the Father, and His Son Jesus appeared to when he was only 14 years old. They revealed to Joseph that the true church was not present on the earth, but rather, needed to be restored through the … Read More »