Sep 7, 2014

Why You Should Watch Your Theology? (The Reason for This Blog)

I believe that the study of theology has become more important to my life in the last three years than its ever been.  The older I have gotten, and the more I have grown in my love of Jesus Christ, the more I see how important it is for people to "watch your theology."  When I re-titled this blog, "Watch Your Theology," it was because I have seen too many times and I still see that people have this view of God (of the Christian faith / the biblical God) that is not in alignment with what the Bible says.

It saddens my heart to see many people facing issues and not knowing what to do because of bad theology. I have a family member right now going through a terrible issue with her child and hoping that praying to God will just end it all and make everything go away.  Now, yes, I believe God to be all-powerful and capable of any feat He sees fit to perform, but I do believe that the same God who can bring you out of trouble can allow you to go through trouble.  Will Job please stand up?  [Please review Book of Job in the Old Testament]  Yes, the problem of pain and suffering seems to come up a lot when people present their ideas on who or what God really is, or is all about? Your theology might point to a "god" that gives only the good things of life and blesses you as soon as you accept Christ, but that would not be the God of the Bible. Unfortunately, many people (and I am sure that I have been one of them) base their thinking on God on one or two verses that seem to confirm what they thought all along.  I've seen atheists and Christian theists do this.  There might be some folks who believe God to be a good God that would never punish the human beings that He created and they use verses to support that. Others might see God as a "moral monster" and find verses that confirm that as well, but I must throw in that if this "God" is a moral monster, then shouldn't there be additional "evidences" for this assumption.  In many cases, people have a view of God (when I write of God, I do mean of the Judeo-Christian worldview) that is not logically founded on the Bible anyway, but a mixture of things that they have heard and decided to put together to suit what works best for them.  I think we all (especially Christians) should strive for a "full" theology; meaning one that encompasses a well-thought out, Bible-based view of God (prayerfully led by the Holy Spirit) that truthfully expresses who God really is.  I do not want some watered version of what God is, to be portrayed out in mass media and causing people to live a life that is not in step with how He would have us live.  (Of course, if you watch a lot of televangelists, then you can tell that my hopes are already too late.)

Theology matters because it helps those of us, who adhere to a so called religious belief, systematically break down what we say we believe.  In my opinion, I believe a lot of young people end up not believing the Christian faith because they were fed some bad theology while they were growing up.  All the more important, they saw people around them living out a "Christian lifestyle" that was not parallel with what they were learning in Sunday School or at church.  People's ignorance of the truth reflects in the way that they view things and what they choose to and choose not to pass on to their children or the next generation.  I do not want to be ignorant of the one, true God or any aspect that is true of Him.  If I am to pass on the Gospel, doesn't it make sense for me to have a full understanding of what it is that I am hoping to pass along?  How sad it is that many folks don't know wolves in sheep's clothing when they see one.  Many false teachers get away with selling "bad" theology because those in their "flock" don't know that.....THEOLOGY MATTERS!


BSimmons said...

I so agree. Too many "Christians" only want to be fed. They do not want to take the time to really know God. We, Christians, should pray for wisdom and discernment while both listening to our preachers and reading the word. Not only then, we should pray for wisdom for each thought in our heads and words that escape our mouths. As Christians we are representing Christ in everything we do, every attitude, every word and every deed. We need to be more focused on the "What Would Jesus Do" attitude.

As far as the age old question, why do bad things happen to good people, it takes trials to shape character. Just as it takes a hammer and fire to shape silver and gentle loving hands to bend clay into a beautiful pot, God uses trials to shape us. You might say, oh she obviously has never experienced anything as bad as what I am going though. Maybe not, but I have spent many tear filled sleepless nights praying for my children. My family has experienced tragic deaths. But, how can we help a hurting world if we have not experienced such things. How can we give the world hope if we have not put our hope in God. He will and does use every situation for his glory. I will be the first to say that while going through situations it is hard to see God plan, but that is where faith comes in. Upon reflection I can see growth in myself and family after each occurrence. Do I every doubt? Am I ever depressed? Yes to both, but God always is there. I am the one that has strayed. When I turn my eyes and heart back on Him, then once again all is right.

Kimberly said...

So my whole comment just got deleted. Long story short, I agree with BSimmons. However, the problem I sometimes run into, is discerning whether the information I am researching (outside of the Bible) for further study is authentic truth or an ideology informed by a person's own worldview?

Jerome A. Danner said...

Hello Kimberly!
3 Quick Points that might help:
1) Check the background of the author of this outside information. It is good to hear opposing views, but the Christian should be firmly founded on biblical truths before hearing other sources. There are some scholars and historians that know the Bible better than we do, but they have ulterior motives because of their worldview.
2) Have the Word of God in your mind and your heart. Know the truth for yourself, so you can spot falsehoods when you hear them.
3) Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Christians tend to forget that the Spirit plays a major factor in discernment.
I hope these starting points help.