10 Minute Apologetics

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 »

Did Jesus’ Disciples Fool Themselves?

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. In the past couple of weeks we have seen three separate lines of evidence that support the theory that Jesus literally rose from the dead: the empty tomb, Jesus’ post-mortem appearances, and the disciples’ belief in his resurrection. One popular response to this evidence is to assert that all of the disciples’ possibly had some kind of hallucinations: … Read More »

Is Faith Believing Something Without Evidence?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) No, that is not the biblical idea of faith. Faith in the Bible is more in line with “trusting”. We have faith in God in the sense that we trust him. He has proven reliable in the past and therefore we can trust in him in the present, and in the future fulfillment of his promises. The mistake is to suggest that faith in the Bible primarily refers to the idea of having “faith” (or a belief without evidence) that God exists. However, the … Read More »

What Should A Christian Do With Doubt?

By Elysia McColley Doubt can be an unnerving experience. It happens when your mind starts to call into question things that you thought you were certain about. A scientists who just made a ground-breaking discovery may feel doubt about his or her findings; perhaps the procedure used was not clear enough, or there was some kind of interference that the scientist was not aware of, or the discovery actually isn’t all that significant. What does a good scientist do to alleviate this doubt? He or she goes back to the … Read More »

3 Tips on Debating Unbelievers

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) 1) Stay Committed to your Christian Convictions: Recognizing that there is no neutrality between the believer and unbeliever is extremely important. Indeed, we see and understand the world in a completely different way than the unbeliever. We see and understand all things as created by God and hence all things are given their proper meaning and interpretation by God Himself. We do not engage with the unbeliever as though this is not true. For the believer, all things have the meaning and connections that … Read More »

The Disciples’ Belief in Jesus’ Resurrection

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. In the past couple of weeks we have seen that the evidence for Jesus’ empty tomb is quite formidable, and the evidence for Jesus appearing to the disciples (after his death) is so persuasive that even atheistic scholars admit that there is something to it. But there is another piece of evidence that makes the case for the … Read More »