Elias Ayala

How Can a Good God Send People to Hell?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) The logical answer to this question may not be emotionally satisfying, but then again, truth is not determined by emotion. So to be perfectly blunt: If the Christian God exists, and the Christian God is good, then it would seem to follow from this that it is a “good” thing to send guilty sinners to hell. Indeed, it is a good thing for true justice to be executed. In human terms, I think we can understand this when we reflect upon the court room … Read More »

Self-Destructive Atheism

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Francis Crick was a British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist. An influential mind to be sure. However, his materialistic atheistic outlook on the world demonstrates very clearly the futility of the materialistic atheistic perspective. Crick astonishingly wrote: “The astonishing hypothesis is that you-your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules…” This reduction of human beings and … Read More »

The Irrationality of Atheism

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) The purpose of this article is not to suggest that atheists are stupid, unintelligent, or unable to contribute intellectually to the world. Indeed, there have been many atheists throughout history that have done much to contribute to fields like science, history, philosophy, and philanthropy. In the area of the intellect, educated atheists are often very good with the “details”. Some often wax eloquent on sophisticated discussions concerning biological evolution, astrophysics, and quantum mechanics. They can often dive deep into discussions of sophisticated philosophical theories … Read More »

Can God Perform Evil?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) No! God cannot perform evil. In fact, it is logically impossible for God to perform objectively evil actions. From within the Christian worldview, God is good and is the epitome of good (1 Chronicles 16:34). Indeed, God is the standard of goodness itself, and all other things are judged good on the basis of whether it conforms to the character and nature of God Himself. It is logically impossible for a perfect, holy, righteous and good God to perform that which is not perfect, … Read More »

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) This is a very profound question and is a bit complicated to go into in great depth here. But I would agree with the Westminster Confession of Faith, “On God’s Decree”, that “God from all eternity by the most wise and holy council of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so as thereby neither is God the author of sin; nor is violation offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second … Read More »

Is the Holy Spirit God?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) The Christian doctrine of the trinity is an essential feature of Christian orthodoxy. Attacks upon this important Christian truth historically have come from many quarters including Arians (and modern day Jehovah’s Witnesses), Mormons, Unitarians and others. The nature of these attacks have been multi-faceted either focusing upon its perceived unbiblical character and logical inconsistency, to its apparent “pagan” origins. In reality the doctrine of the trinity is neither unbiblical, illogical, or pagan. While entire treatises have been written defending the orthodox understanding of the … Read More »

The Threat of Religious Syncretism

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Syncretism is the process by which aspects of one religion are assimilated into, blended with, another religion. The assimilation between them fundamentally changes both of them. The threat of syncretism has been with the church since its conception. The temptation to intertwine unbelieving philosophical thought with biblical principles was constant within a context where syncretism was the norm. Rome often mixed religious themes and borrowed deities from other religious perspectives. A good example was the fact that Rome borrowed deities from the Greek pantheon … Read More »

Does God Tell Us Why There is Evil?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) When we experience evil or observe the very real evil all around us, we often ask ourselves how a perfectly good God could allow it, and not just allow it, but allow a whole lot of it. The existence of evil is indeed a very perplexing issue especially for those who also believe in the God of the Bible who is said to be morally perfect and all-powerful. Indeed, if God is morally perfect and good, as well as all-powerful, surely he would not … Read More »

Apologetics and Atheism

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) When one thinks of apologetics (i.e. defense of the faith), one generally tends to think of the differences and conflict between the Christian and the atheist. However, this is not always the case given the fact that because “apologetics” involves defending a position, persons from all sorts of different positions can engage in this kind of activity. Anyone can be an apologist and therefore engage in apologetics. There are Christian apologists, Muslim apologists, Buddhist apologists, and atheistic apologists. However, generally speaking, it will depend … Read More »

What is Presuppositional Apologetics?

By Elias Ayala (MDiv & M.A.T.) Presuppositional apologetics is a method of apologetics which places great emphasis upon world-views. Quite simply, a worldview is a view of the world. World-views act as a sort of intellectual pair of sunglasses through which you understand and interpret the world around you. The presuppositional method of apologetics takes very seriously the importance of one’s worldview given that it is through these intellectual shades that all people interpret everything in human experience. Indeed, one’s worldview determines what is and is not possible. In other … Read More »