Theology…is it the study of God, or Meology, the desire of how we want God?

Posted: May 2, 2013 in Thoughts on God
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theologyAs many Christian leaders throw around the term Theology, it occurs to me that many people don’t even know what it means. So having said that, before I tackle the subject, here is the Wikipedia definition…Theology (from Greek Θεός meaning “God” and λόγος, -logy, meaning “study of”) is the systematic and rational study of concepts of God and its influences and of the nature of religious truths, or the learned profession acquired by completing specialized training in religious studies, usually at a university or school of divinity or seminary.[1]. So now, on to how I feel about Theology.

There are to many Pastors and lay Theologians out there trying to make the Study of God something they see and how they feel instead of taking their emotions out of it and just taking tha Bible at face value. We all tend to do this, but when we do, we try to put God in our box, like the picture in today’s post. I will be the first to admit that there are things about the Bible that I wish would be more like I want. A lot of people will even ask why God would put rules and regulations on us that go against our desires of the heart. The answer is simple, we are sinful, and He is not. If we dwere allowed to do what we wanted, it would be like letting your kids go out and play in a busy street because they wanted to. We wouldn’t allow it because we know that such an action would edanger their lives.  God knows that without rules, we would endanger our own eternal lives.

So what does all of this have to do with Theology? It’s simple! While I was in Seminary, one of the ways we were taught to exeget (Break down) the Word of God was to look t it as black and white, and to keep our feelings out of it. The reason is that if we begin to questions the Word, then it becomes Meology over Theology. If you want to study the Bible and become a Theologian, make sure that you obey what the Word says and to not twist it into your own feelings and thoughts. Realize that you need to take the Bible for exactly what it says, and not allow anyone else to change the wording into what they think is right. Obey Gods law to the letter, but if you fail, remember that Jesus died on the cross for our shortcomings, and we ar forgiven when we confess. It’s that simple.

As I write this, I wonder if the words are going to help anyone. The Lord has really laid this on my heart, and it will be interesting to see how it’s received. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts. In the mean time Here’s some scripture dealing with theology…

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

Matthew 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Hebrews 6:1-20 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, …

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. …

John 20:19-23 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

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