Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"But I don't like theology..."

There's a myth in churches that doctrine is boring and spiritually deadening. Reading through lengthy spiritual treatises, inductive Bible study, and Bible memorization get billed as "heady" and cumbersome. People  boast of not being theological.

I believe our spiritual patriarchs and matriarchs would lament such ideas. For instance, Our spiritual forefather William Perkins defined theology as "the science of living blessedly forever."

Scientists study things diligently, knowing that the payoff is on the other side of the research.

Many of us miss out on the deep things of God because we're unwilling to study the deep things of God.  May we become Psalm 111:2 people in 2015:

NIV  Psalm 111:2 Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.

1 comment:

Peter G said...

I can understand why evangelicals tire of theology.

Baptists believe that nearly all Christians in nearly all of Christian history failed to grasp the true theology of Baptism. In other words, the true theology was semi-concealed from most Christians, and they were unaware of the truth.

Most of evangelical theology involves beliefs like this. For example, in the evangelical mind, nobody fully noticed that the Bible taught penal substitution until Anselm of Canterbury.

Theological disagreement has caused a lot of fighting, especially among Protestant sects. If it's very difficult to discern the truth (and few people ever do), and theological discussion is painful, why do it?