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The Demise of Theology

November 14, 2008

Theology: The study of God. That’s it. It’s not as complex and wordy as many people [yes, even Christians] seem to believe. The church today, sadly in my opinion, has seemed to get away from studying the fundamentals of Christianity before diving in to the harder topics. People shy away from the word theology because it supposedly carries a lot of weight and sounds really academic. Well, I’ll give ya that much. How about the word doctrine? Yeah, that has the same connotation. What do we call it then to make people not so scared of it? Can we just say studying the Bible? Because that’s all it is. It’s studying the Word of God to answer all of life’s questions. 

Part of the reason we’ve gotten away from it here in the 21st Century is because of the rise of liberalism [not in a political sense, but in more of a free-spirited/thinking sense]. People are more into feelings and emotional things than, ya know, theology. That however constitutes Christian ethics. The difference between theology and ethics is that theology studies what Christians should think whereas ethics is the study of what Christians should do in particular situations. If you think about it though, you can’t know what to do unless you know what to think. The problem then is that too many people in Christianity are doing, without actually knowing what they believe in. And that is why I believe all Christians should have at least a basic understanding of fundamental doctrine. 

All it means is to study God, and His Word, and then eventually how to live that out on a daily basis. It doesn’t have to be as complicated and academic as we make it. To quote theologian Wayne Grudem, “It is not that Christians lack the ability to understand doctrine; it is just that they must have access to it in an understandable form. Once that happens, I think that many Christians will find that understanding and living the doctrines of Scripture is one of their greatest joys.” 

There is also Scriptural basis for studying doctrine though, it’s not just the opinions of a couple of humans. 

“You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1 

Jesus speaking: “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know.” John 4:22 

We need to know what we’re worshipping! 

If you have questions about this, or want to know how to start, please let me know!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Benjamin permalink
    November 14, 2008 4:21 pm

    Sweet. Yes. What is the best way to go about this? Systematically? Doctrine-ly? hmmmmm….

    I say start with the question: “Who is God?” then, “What is Creation, and its purpose?” then, “What is man, and his purpose?”

    oh golly gee whiz i’m excited!

  2. Beth Ann permalink
    November 15, 2008 7:31 am

    this is sweet.
    thanks for sharing your wisdom with us Jer.
    love you.

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