Type 40 . . .

As a Christian what do you believe? Are your views established by your own experience, studying, and understanding or are they views that belong to someone else? Sound theology is more or less in a poor state. We are so concerned with defending the views of people while those of God have become forgotten and defenseless. Laziness, lack of awareness, and just plain ignorance has all greatly contributed to the sorry position of modern theology. If you are not going to actually think about and take in what you are about to read, please do not continue forward. That is how serious the matters of this topic are. Our problem as believers, one that we are all guilty of, is that we do not always think. Modern society has so many objects and people to think for us, we are freed from the task of having to formulate thoughts for ourselves. Being fashioned to not think we have an abundance of commentaries, podcasts, mp3’s, cd’s, books, studies, messages, speakers, sermons, and so on and so forth. Do not get me wrong, all of the above mentioned are wonderful things within context, but just as you can do with anything, what is intended for good is used for bad. You literally can study God’s Word without actually studying God’s Word. So what is the problem with that? The problem is when you begin to base your faith and beliefs off of another believer, you no longer have a genuine faith and understanding of the things of God for yourself. You have said person’s interpretation with no room for your own. Professors of any subject do not just give you the answers; showing you how to study a specific topic they expect you to learn it for yourself. Pulped, printed, bound, and packaged, a person can find the label that best fits what they would like to believe and believe it. Instead of a foundation based on the ideology of God’s Word, you have one developed on the ideas of human beings, which poses a problem. Consistently human beings have proved that they are flawed, and with flawed humans you get flawed thinking. So if we are allowing others to do the thinking for us, how do we have any idea what is right or wrong? If our faith is not our faith, how do we ever expect to grow in it? I have to give folks like John Piper props; they do a good job at encouraging people what they believe the Christian life is, instead of encouraging others to find what that means their selves. One of my biggest problems in the Christian Culture is labels. People are so fast to tack names and titles to who they are instead of being defined solely by Christ. Titles like Calvinist, Arminian, and Molinist are used by believers to define their selves, often before Christ is. It is almost as if the theology of men, becomes more important than a relationship with God. Just because something sounds does right, does not mean it is. When are we going to study and experience these things for ourselves? What does it take to want to drive us into deeper life and love of God on our own without expectation of others doing it for us? Anybody can do it. Our flesh loves to make excuses though. We are excellent at finding excuses as to why we do not need to study and live God’s word in a more intimate way. If change is going to come corporately, it is going to have to start personally. Instead of abandoning the church it is our responsibility to set the tone in hopes of redeeming it.  Before any of that happens we first need to know what we believe, why we believe it, how to live it, and then teach it to others. Then and only then will we be able to begin impacting those around us. It is not always easy and more often than not will be hard, but anything worthwhile often is. Children are bound to shallow waters, while adults have the entire sea before them. It is time to grow up, learn how to swim, and take the plunge.

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About Chronology of Chris

-In Christ -Student of Life, Theology, Philosophy and Education -Avid reader (C.S. Lewis, Alvin Plantinga, Francis Schaeffer, James Sire, Martin Luther, Luis de Molina, Gordon D. Fee, David R. Anderson, David Kinnaman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Hunter S. Thompson, Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jean Paul Sartre, Soren Kierkegaard, etc.) -Amateur philosopher -Field researcher for this privilege called life -Defined not labelled -Silly, yet serious -Knowledgeable and experienced -People over facts( facts have their place), souls over figures -More than an "about me" box can contain -His will, not mine
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