10 Minute Apologetics

The Resurrection of Jesus: Why is the Christian Claim Unique & What Role does Historical Evidence Play in Christian Apologetics

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) Role of Historical Evidence: First, I want to discuss the role of historical evidence in Christian apologetics. It is important to recognize that historical argumentation does not lead one to absolute certainty regarding the event in question. Demonstrating that an event has occurred is not the same as demonstrating something with mathematical certainty. This is important lest we present the historical evidence for the resurrection in such a way that gives the impression that our conclusion based solely upon historical analysis gives one the … Read More »

Does the Hypocrisy of Christians Undermine the Truth of the Christian Faith?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) The simple answer is no. The hypocrisy of Christians does not undermine the truth of the Christian faith. It does however hurt our witness to unbelievers. How can we effectively witness to unbelievers if we do not practice what we preach. Jesus said that a “tree is known by its fruit” (Luke 6:43-45). If we are producing fruit that is inconsistent with the tree we claim to be, how then are we to demonstrate to the world the life changing power of the Gospel? … Read More »

How to Witness to your Kids

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) It’s one thing to share your faith with someone you don’t know at the train station, or at the mall, but how do we share our faith with an unbelieving son or daughter? Sharing our faith with those who are close to us can be a challenge. Jesus himself confronted such challenges. Upon visiting his home town he said, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home” (Mark 6:4). Interestingly enough, folks who knew … Read More »

Christianity is a Psychological Crutch

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) The Christian can respond in multiple ways to this assertion. First, we may respond with: “So What?” Even if it is true that a person affirms Christianity out of a desire to find psychological comfort, it does not follow that Christianity is false. Furthermore, this assertion commits the genetic fallacy by faulting a belief based upon how a person came to hold the belief. For example, as mentioned previously, if the reason for adopting Christianity was to find psychological comfort, it does not follow … Read More »

Debating Creation Vs. Evolution – Some Things to Consider

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) One does not study the field of apologetics for very long without soon bumping into the creation vs. evolution debate. Perhaps the most frequent attacks upon the biblical worldview are aimed right at the book of Genesis. If you think about it, this is the proper place to attack given the fact that the book of Genesis is foundational to the rest of the Bible. If Genesis is not real history, then Adam and Eve were not real people; however, if Adam and Eve … Read More »

Remembering Billy Graham

by Dan Buttafuoco The death of Billy Graham, the beloved American evangelist, marks the end of an era in American (and perhaps world) religious history. Billy Graham was best known for his “crusades” but he was also the founder of Christianity Today, an evangelical periodical magazine first published in 1956 and continuing monthly to the present. His importance to the Christian world cannot be overstated. Living to almost 100 years of age he brought the Christian message of hope and redemption to the world and made Jesus Christ accessible to … Read More »

Was it Unjust for Christ to Die for Sinners?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & Mdiv) “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself”. – Ezekiel 18:20 The accusation is often launched that the sacrifice of the righteous Jesus was unjust and in violation of the scriptural mandate that the righteous shall not suffer the iniquity of the unrighteousness and vice versa. … Read More »

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 »