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A short defense of theological study.

  1. We are called to love the Lord our God with all our mind. (Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30)
  2. We are called to be like Christ, who was in very nature God (Philippians 2:6), and thus had knowledge of all that God is and is not, and does and does not.
  3. We are called to understand, teach, and adhere to sound doctrine, which is the only kind of doctrine that promotes Christ-likeness, i.e. being like Christ both in action and inaction, as well as in motive.
  4. All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Regarding “theoretical” topics, e.g. predestination, the extent of atonement, etc:

  • Theoretical means unpractical, or not pertaining to the practice. For that reason, I contend that most concepts deemed theoretical are thus misnomers, since everything in the Scripture is useful for the things listed in (4).
  • Nevertheless, concerning predestination, it is a beneficial topic to understand and study since it (a) increases one’s view of God, God’s sovereignty, God’s plan and (b) increases one’s hope in the ultimate benefit of working for the Lord, since one can then trust fully in God’s providential working in every ministry.

Be blessed, friends.

  1. August 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Several career opportunities and prospect await people who have a degree in theology. A good example is to leverage on your theology degree as your springboard for a teaching profession or a starting point in taking up law or philosophy.
    thanks for sharing.

    • August 29, 2012 at 12:30 am

      Yes, but let’s not put theological study into a capitalist box. It’s not a means to physical or financial ends. Theology is the study of God and a means to understanding him better, and that ought to be sufficient.

      Not knocking seminaries, since I plan to attend one after I graduate. But seminary and the experience and knowledge therein are not mere means to a career.

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