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!
(Originally posted on my old and now defunct “Watch Your Theology” website back on September 7, 2014.)