Thursday, March 27, 2014

All of life is theological!




      All of life is theological!


Have you ever heard or read the thought that all of life is theological? Think about it. Take the time and deeply think about how all of life is to be understood and explained. Okay, I jumped ahead of myself here ... let me give you a quick definition of theology:

The first half of theology is theo-, which means god in Greek. The suffix -logy means “the study of,” so theology literally means “the study of god,"

The "study of God" wow! J.I Packer says that all of life is about knowing God; listen as he speaks, "“Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord.”

 I'm a simple man, so it just makes sense that since God the creator created us and the world we live in we should then should seek to know this God ... to study this God ... and allow this God to speak to us. But one might ask, how can I study God? How can I allow God to speak to me? Well, I'm glad I can answer that question with the utmost confidence...He's given us a book. Yes, God has revealed Himself to us through the sacred pages of the Scriptures. God speaks to us through the sacred pages of Scriptures.


When the Christian realizes that God has given him all things for life and Godliness he need not look any further in his search for fulfillment and happiness...2 Peter 1:3 says:


As his divine power has given to us all things which relate to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us by glory and virtue,


Now back to the original thought...all life is theological. In every area of life we live we should seek to know God's will and to hear God speaking. Whether it is in our marriage, or raising our children, or how we deal with pain and suffering, or knowing the difference between what is good or what is evil...for the Christian we seek to study God. Now, I certainly agree with Dietrich Bonhoeffer when he says, "While it is good that we seek to know the Holy One, it is probably not so good to presume that we ever complete the task.” But nevertheless, we live out our lives with the passion and thirst to seek and to know God.




So God has revealed to us what He wants us to know. The secret things will always belong to God. However, we are still exhorted and encouraged to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). The Christian is to be placing his affections on those things in God's kingdom (Colossians 3:1-2).


When we live our lives with the deep realization that all things begin with God and end with God, we then can begin to look outside ourselves for life’s answers. When we know God we know ourselves. When we know God we begin to understand ourselves and the world around us from God's perspective.

One last word on knowing God by Mr. Packer, he says,
"How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each Truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Deist or Theist?



Today's thoughts come from my musings about whether or not Christians really believe what they say they believe. In other words, are we living a congruent life? Does our lifestyle match what we believe in our head? In the psychological world the term used for a life that does not match or agree with our core beliefs is called cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is just a fancy word that is saying that you're not walking the talk, or you're not being true to who you say you are.

Life shows us that when one lives contrary to what their core beliefs are they get all discombobulated, that's another fancy word for all messed up. We as Christians are the most prone to fall into this cognitive dissonance trap. We have tons of core beliefs, and values, and in addition to all of our beliefs and values we also have our own personal lists of do's and don'ts.

Having said that, let me ask this question of you...do you really live your life like God is present and active in all details of your existence? Do you practice the presence of God in your life. Can the Child of God expect to live in the presence of God? The answer is clear, for those who are saved have God’s presence with them. Did not Jesus say, " I am with you always"?

Are you living your Christian life as a Deist or a Theist? If you are not practicing the presence of God in your life by praying, thinking and dwelling on the things of God...if you are not actively seeking those things that are above you are really a Deist by practice.

The Psalmist had it right when he exclaimed,
“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore” ( Psalm 16:11). Let me ask you another question, hope you are not getting tired of all the questions, but they do serve a purpose, it is to get you to dig down and do some deep introspection, so here is the question:

 IF JESUS WERE WITH US FOR 24 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK, WOULD YOUR LIFE CHANGE?

GEN. 28:15 says, "I am with thee, and will keep thee in all the places wither thou goest."

Don't live your life as a Deist, live your live as a theist. I'm using the terms quite loosely, but by Deist, I mean living your life as if God is some far off Deity, and by theist, I mean one who lives his life as if God is close and can be known personally. The balance for the Christian is to live within both the knowledge of the transcendence and immanence of God. While God is above and beyond his creation (transcendence), he has also made Himself knowable to his creation and particularly to His people (immanence).

Christian...live today in the presence of your God and your King.




The Renewing of the Mind

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