10 Minute Apologetics

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 »

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 »