Elias Ayala

Is God A Person?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) When answering the question “Is God a Person”, it is important that we define our terms. What is a “person?” And what differentiates between something that is personal and impersonal? When speaking of God, we need to clarify that unlike many philosophical and religious views of eastern thought, God is personal, he is relational. On Christianity, God is not an impersonal force but an active being who engages in relationship with his creation. When we speak of “personhood” we are pointing to things like … Read More »

God Exists and You Know It!

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Imagine God revealed that everybody knows that He exists and is without excuse for believing in him. If God himself told you this, would you believe it? Any professing Christian would not hesitate to believe this if God Himself revealed it to them, right? Of course, if God knows all things then He would be in a position to know that all men have a knowledge of Him as God. Now suppose God revealed to you that all men know him and are without … Read More »

Show Me Miracles Then I’ll Believe!

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) It is often suggested by the skeptic, that only if they could see a miracle, then they would believe in God. The implication is that there needs to be some sort of empirical verification of God in order for one to be justified in believing in God. At first glance, this seems like a reasonable request. However, when one reflects upon the biblical data, we find very quickly throughout the Old Testament that the observing of miracles is not that which transforms the heart. … Read More »

Could God Use Imperfect People to Write the Bible?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Of course God can use imperfect people to write the Bible. Often times this question springs forth from the notion that because people are imperfect, then we should be wary about trusting what they write. However, it does not necessarily follow that because people are imperfect, that we should therefore doubt everything they say and write. It is quite possible for a finite and imperfect person to write something that is inerrant (i.e without error). Of course, when we add a perfect God into … Read More »

Does the Soul Continue After Death?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) When a person dies, do they cease to exist upon death only to be raised to life on the day of resurrection? Or, does the soul have a continued existence after death, an existence apart from the physical body? These are questions that have occupied the minds of many throughout history and still fascinate us today. It is a good thing that as Christians we have a revelation of God that can provide us with answers to these questions. The Bible provides us with … Read More »

Are We Punished for Adam’s Sin?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) There is a sense in which we are and a sense in which we are not. On the one hand, because of Adam’s sin all men have inherited a sin nature as a result and hence all men are inclined to sin by nature. As Romans 5:12 is clear to point out. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned…” What is particularly interesting is that last … Read More »

7 Objections to Christianity

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Isn’t the Bible Filled with Errors? No, the Bible is not filled with errors and the person suggesting such bears the burden of proof to demonstrate this. An opponent of Christianity does not get to go unchallenged when they bring forth objections. The burden of proof is typically placed upon the person making the claim, and hence, if someone says that the Bible has errors, it is incumbent upon that person to make his case and not merely stipulate that the Bible has errors. … Read More »

Christian Apologetics & Wicca

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Christian apologetics is the defense of the faith. While it is often associated popularly with defending the faith against atheists and other skeptics, it also involves interaction with false religious systems. This can include Mormonism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses and others. However, in this article I want to focus on the topic of Wicca. Wicca is a religious belief system centered upon gods, goddesses, and the worship of nature. It is very much an earth-based religion and its proponents engage in the attempt to manipulate … Read More »

Atomic Bomb Apologetics

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) A simple hand grenade has nothing on an atomic bomb. Atomic bombs completely decimate everything within its all-encompassing scope and causes its target to completely disintegrate. While apologetic hand grenades can be helpful and useful in keeping the opponent at bay answering their tit-for tat objections, they can never fully defeat the foe since all he need do is regroup, place bandages on his intellectual wounds and plan his next attack. However, if the nature of our apologetic is that of an atomic bomb, … Read More »

Illumination or Revelation? Which is It?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) The Bible is a revelation of God. It intends to convey divine truth to man so that the will of God is understood and the actions of God are made known throughout redemptive history. The Bible is not a book of enigmatic riddles and secret codes. As a divine revelation, the Bible seeks to unveil many things of which were hidden in times past and to illuminate that which God has already made known. However, it is important to recognize that the revelation of … Read More »