The “T” Word

Theology: the·ol·o·gy (thē-ˈä-lə-jē) the study of religious faith, practice, and experience;especially : the study of God and of God’s relation to the world

How in the world do we live in a country where we are blessed to be able to read our bibles and worship our God without persecution, and we shun away from studying God’s word.  If I had a dollar for every time a Christian told me “theology isn’t my thing” or “I’m no theologian”, I would be rich beyond my wildest dreams.  I think most people think that theology (and theologians) is when people sit around a table in some castle off on the shores of Great Britain and discuss rather or not this verse actually means what it says and involves big words like propitiation and expiation.  While that does play a role, it is not solely what it consists of, the bulk of theology is studying Gods word.

If you have ever read scripture and thought how this applies to you or what you can learn from it, I hate to break it to you but you just participated in theology (boo! hiss!).  The scripture itself tells us to always be ready to answer questions, rebuke those with bad doctrine, and to encourage the studying of Gods word (2 Tim 4:2).  Yet we act as if God just wants us to know that “God is love” and we can leave it at that and discuss it no more.  If I said there is no hell, most would probably point me to scripture that says something else; that would be an instance of theological discussion.  However if someone brings up a topic that may be more meat then milk (1 Cor. 3:1-3) a lot of people will try to avoid discussing it by saying they aren’t into theology and they aren’t no theologian.  Well, that doesn’t cut it, that is willful ignorance of the faith you claim to have.  Christ was asked many tough theological questions and he didn’t take the cowards way out, he answered them.  He didn’t reply with “it doesn’t matter, just love me!”.  Of course we will never have Christs knowledge, but God has given us everything we need to answer almost any question, and the answers are found in the bible.

The bible is amazing, it holds the answers to every question we may ever have.  Thankfully, God has blessed us with great teachers in modern times to help us read the bible accurately and with clear eyes and a glorifying heart.  It is rather arrogant to say that you don’t need to read other books or listen to other teachers.  Could you imagine if the Corinthian church wrote back to Paul and said “Hey thanks for the letter, but we don’t need it.  We’ve got the Torah and we know what Jesus said.  So thanks, but no thanks”.  Paul would travel to Corin and start crushin’ skulls!  We have been blessed to have so many resources, and yet we rather remain willingly ignorant of the truth.

There are some questions that will require you to look outside the scripture to find what the scripture says on the subject.  (Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT saying that the scripture isn’t sufficient.  It’s us we are not sufficient and we tend to twist the holy words to fit what we believe instead of twisting our beliefs to fit the holy words).  If I ask you how God finds me guilty in Adam when I never chose to have Adam represent me and how in the world is that fair?  You will have to do some serious studying to find the answer.  Same with if I asked why God hardened Pharaohs heart and still found him guilty of sin.  There are thousands of years of great Christian teachings to look to for help finding the answer.  And it’s when we rely on our own sinful minds and sinful hearts to interpret scripture that heresy begins to form.  And when we refuse to listen to our brothers and teachers of our faith, it does not glorify God.  I would say that it angers God.

Theology is amazing, it allows us to know more about the holy and perfect God that we are suppose to dedicate our lives too.  If you know more about Football then you do about God, something is wrong.

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