Elias Ayala

Who Do You Think You Are Jesus?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) This question was no doubt on the lips of those who heard Jesus speaking and teaching throughout the course of his short 3 year ministry. Who is this peasant from Galilee pontificating on the fine points of God’s law correcting years of tradition and the authority of the rabbis who preceded him? No doubt Jesus of Nazareth ruffled many feathers in his day. Even within his seemingly simple words, “Truly, Truly I say to you” implicitly evinced the audacity and authority with which Jesus … Read More »

What Does a Unitarian God Lack?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) One of the distinct features of Christian theism is that it is trinitarian in nature. Christians believe in one God who exists as three simultaneous, coeternal Persons denominated, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person within the trinity are equal in all their essential attributes. They all share the attributes of omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, and all other attributes that are essential to what it means to be God. The scriptures lay out for us a very long list of attributes that are owned … Read More »

The “TAG” Argument

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) (TAG): The transcendental argument for God’s existence is in my estimation one of the most powerful arguments for God’s existence. It appeals to the transcendental nature of logical absolutes and their necessary grounds within a theistic worldview, one in which has a transcendent and absolute being as its foundation. However, before delving into the details of the argument, let us define our terms. Transcendentals refer to that aspect of reality that is not grounded in the physical realm. Transcendentals can include within its scope … Read More »

Deciding the Canon of Scripture: A Look into the Concept of Self-Authentication

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) ©faithbibleministriesblog.com In exploring the question as to how the canon of scripture came to take the shape that it did, many questions arise as to the legitimacy of the process. How do we know that we have the right books? Were the current books of the New Testament simply voted upon by Christians who had an agenda they wanted to push? Did the early Christians simply accept the books that supported their particular theological perspective? These are all important questions, however, without going into … Read More »

Why Should We Believe the Bible Since it was Written by Men?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) This is a common question that is posed by many skeptics. The truth is we are told, that the Bible was written by imperfect men. Thus, it is foolish to believe in what it says. How should the Bible believing Christian respond to such a statement? First, we should admit that the Bible was indeed written by men. The Christian affirmation is not that the Bible dropped down from heaven. Nor is it the Christian conviction that God literally “penned” the Bible. The issue … Read More »

What Is Knowledge?

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) The business of apologetics involves making claims to knowledge. Christians defend the “truth” of their worldview and along with that are claims that we “know” certain propositions are true. We claim that truth about reality is knowable. We claim that its true that the opposite of true is false. We claim that it is “true” a theistic God exists. We claim that it is true that there is good evidence for this claim. We claim that it is true that objective moral values and … Read More »

The Scriptures: A Divine Commentary on the Resurrection

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” -2 Timothy 3:16 It has been stated by some well intending apologists and preachers that we “believe the Bible, because we believe in the resurrection of Jesus. We don’t believe the resurrection because we believe the Bible”. It is argued that because Jesus rose from the dead, this vindicated his claims to divinity and therefore, everything he taught has authority and claim over mankind. But is this line of … Read More »

God’s Foreknowledge & Human Freedom

By Elias Ayala (M.A.T & MDiv) Does God’s Omniscience Entail An Irrational Determinism? It can easily be demonstrated that the metaphysical naturalist runs into some very problematic realities if his position is true. One such problem (among many) manifests itself in the form of materialistic determinism, in terms of which all events are determined by physical and natural causes. In the realm of human thought, thinking is reduced to neurological brain activity which is itself determined to function the way that it does such that the very process of “thinking” … Read More »

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 »