The Importance of Theology

theology horoscope.pngI am doing a lot of reading about theology at the moment in preparation for teaching Theology I. As I prepare I am convicted that “theologians” have a lot to answer for. They have made the study of God boring, tedious and seemingly irrelevant to the life of most believers. Because of mind numbing arguments they have alienated from the heart and minds of “normal” believers what should be a life giving subject. This is not the way it should be!

Theology should produce worship and adoration. It should produce disciples who love and know the Lord their God. It should produce businessmen and missionaries, teachers and taxi drivers who are ablaze with the greatness and majesty of God.

Now for Joshua Harris in Dug Down Deep,

“When we talk about the knowledge of God, we’re talking about theology. Simply put, theology is the study of the nature of God – who he is and how he thinks and acts. but theology isn’t high on many people’s lists of daily concerns…

Theology isn’t for a certain group of people. In fact it’s impossible for anyone to escape theology. it’s everywhere. All of us are constantly “doing theology. In other words, all of us have some idea or opinion about what God is like…

We all have some level of knowledge. This level can be much or little, informed or uninformed, true or false, but we all have some concept of God…and we all base our lives on what we think God is like…

I’ve come to learn that theology matters. And it matters not because we want a good grade on a test but because what we know about God shapes the way we live and think. What you believe about God’s nature – what he is like, what he wants from you, and whether or not you will answer to him –
affects every part of your life…

Theology matters, because if we get it wrong, then our whole life will be wrong.”

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