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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 »

Modern Attempts To Create Scriptureless Nations

By L. Alfred James My last article analyzed France’s attempt to create a nation without the use of any scripture at all. The result was a bloody revolution with 40,000 deaths in its wake, the arrest of hundreds of thousands of people, and a dictator controlling the nation. That was the outcome of trying to create a nation that had no dependence at all on any kind of scripture. It is not surprising why this would happen. If there is no revelation from God, then there is no law decreed … 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 »

Can You Have Human Rights Without Scripture?

By L. Alfred James The Bible has been extremely important in making the world a better place. Last article we noted one cause for this. Scripture provides a logical reason for believing that human beings are intrinsically valuable. Namely, that they are made in the image of God. The evidence from history confirms that scripture, and this doctrine in particular, has radically transformed Western culture for the better. Without any scripture, without any revelation from God, we have no reason for thinking that human beings have much value. To be … 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 »

Want A Great Sex Life? Then Obey God

By L. Alfred James In my last article we saw that the Bible makes it very clear that God thinks that sex was a great idea. After all, he invented it. And he commands married couples to engage in it regularly and enthusiastically (1 Corinthians 7:3-5, Proverbs 5:18-19). He also encourages us to celebrate married sexual love by including a passionate love poem that occupies one entire book of the Bible, the Song of Solomon. Since God invented sex, he is clearly going to know how we can experience the … 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 »

What Does God Think About Sex?

By L. Alfred James The Christian church has an unfortunate history of encouraging people to think of sex as dirty, as a subject to be avoided, and as a source of shame. For instance, in the late 100’s the church father Origen taught that sex was inherently impure and should be carefully avoided.1 Likewise, in the 300’s, St. Ambrose echoed this sentiment. He declared that virginity was a superior form of spirituality. He even told married priests that they should stop having sex with their wives.2 After Ambrose, Augustine (perhaps … 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 »