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.

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