10 Minute Apologetics

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 »

Is the Holy Spirit a Person?

By: Elias Ayala (M.A.T & Mdiv) It is common for many Christians to neglect the person of the Holy Spirit within the context of their own personal spiritual life. We can often place so much emphasis on the Father or the Son that we forget that the Scriptures also refer to the Holy Spirit as God. When we address God in worship, we must not forget both who He is and what He is. God is a being, but He is also comprised of three distinct persons. Such is the … Read More »

The Importance of Church History in Apologetics

By: Elias Ayala (M.A.T & Mdiv) It is often touted on the internet that the books of the Bible were chosen at the Council of Nicea under the guidance, supervision, and command of Emperor Constantine. This process was closely controlled so as to choose books that catered to the political desires and ambitions of the newly Christianized Roman Empire. Or, we have often been told that the doctrine of the Deity of Christ was a later invention of the church who looked back at the life and teachings of Jesus … Read More »

Being and Somethingness

By David Eldon Schroeder Ed. D. We need to begin our inquiry into establishing a credible perspective on origins with the premise that nothing cannot make something. To believe otherwise requires a greater leap of faith than any proposition found in any religion. Therefore, if one does not want to call the maker “intelligent design(er),” at least the admission of a “creative impulse” or force must be allowed. And since all that we know in our dimensions of space and time seems to exist within a cause/effect nexus, the “creative … Read More »

Pride and Apologetics

By: Elias Ayala (M.A.T & Mdiv) “Yes, pride is a perpetual nagging temptation. Keep knocking it on the head but don’t be too worried about it. As long as one knows one is proud one is safe from the worst form of pride”. -C.S. Lewis I think C.S. Lewis captured well the notion that the worst kind of pride is the kind of pride we are not aware that we have. Admitting that pride can sometimes creep into our lives is a step in the right direction. The issue of … Read More »

A Christian and Two Buddhists Walk into Starbucks

By: Elias Ayala (M.A.T & Mdiv) I was trying to get some work done at a local Starbucks near my home when I overheard a rather interesting conversation. Two Buddhist gentlemen were discussing the impact Buddhism has had on their lives. They went on and on about the practical benefits of the Buddhist philosophy of life and how it has brought them to a place where they can genuinely love other people and the world around them. One of the gentlemen, very passionately tried to express to his friend some … Read More »

The Folly of Neutrality

By: Elias Ayala (M.A.T. & M.DIV) As with tossing a double sided coin, beginning the task of apologetics in a neutral fashion is a losing battle. The idea that we need to lay aside our biases as our opponent lays aside his or her biases is quite the illusion. For at first glance, such an approach seems to be the fair an objective way to go, however upon closer analysis you will find that not only is neutrality in our thought unbiblical, it is literally impossible. That’s right, to be … Read More »