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    Do u guys think christians should learn theology?...

  • #2
    Short answer, yes.
    To This Day

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    • #3
      Theology is basically the study of God. How can you be a Christian and not want to study and learn about God and what He has done?
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      • #4
        Hrm, I'm going to go out on a limb and say yes, maybe even philosophy too.

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        • #5
          If one studies the book of Hebrews for example, one will learn a good dose of theology without any outside books.
          ♪ Each day may Christ become clearer, His Cross dearer, Our Hope nearer. ♫

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Xel'Naga View Post
            Hrm, I'm going to go out on a limb and say yes, maybe even philosophy too.
            I see you're enjoying that Kierkegaard. Ever take a look at Epictetus? You may like it. There are striking parallels with the NT in his Discourses.

            As for theology? Emphatic yes. But only if one wants to. Don't want to be too forceful.
            "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?'
            And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'"
            Isaiah 6:8

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Biastai View Post
              I see you're enjoying that Kierkegaard. Ever take a look at Epictetus? You may like it. There are striking parallels with the NT in his Discourses.

              As for theology? Emphatic yes. But only if one wants to. Don't want to be too forceful.
              Oh, much more than Kierkegaard But yes, except for some of his convoluted statements (like the opening paragraph of The Sickness Unto Death). Haven't quite made it as far back to Epictetus, will definitely look into him.

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              • #8
                YES!

                To the best of each persons given ability.

                Xel,

                Have a look at Nicholas of Cusa -Vision of God if you like Soren, course he is convulted he is of his time and culture ; Jungar Moltmann is also insightful and also writes extremely well and I certainly recommend John Hicks if your interested in philosophy/Christian theology. Look out for the Faith and Philosophy Journal for Christian Philosophers in University/seminary libraries.

                Have a look in the Christian ethereal library online as you can often access early Christian writings in both the language they were written and in modern English translations if you have not already found it.
                There is also the NT Gateway which has access to online journal articles.
                Have fun.
                Grace is the gift of Christ, who exposes the gulf which separates God and man, and, by exposing it, bridges it. [K Barth]

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sjohn1107 View Post
                  Do u guys think christians should learn theology?...


                  Do you think it is possible for Christians to avoid learning theology?

                  The Antichrist will be taught and raised by the christian church. He will come from your own, not from the "outsiders". "Thus saith the Eternal, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house. . . ."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sjohn1107 View Post
                    Do u guys think christians should learn theology?...
                    According to this scripture the answer is yes.

                    2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

                    God bless you!

                    Firstfruits

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                    • #11
                      While I agree with the importance of theological study and appreciate the general approach to defining theology as described above and fleshed out a bit more at gotquestions?org, I think out friend in the OP may have in mind a more formally intellectualized approach to theology, as described below:


                      American Heritage Dictionary:
                      1. The study of the nature of God and religious truth; rational inquiry into religious questions.
                      2. A system or school of opinions concerning God and religious questions: Protestant theology; Jewish theology.
                      3. A course of specialized religious study usually at a college or seminary.
                      hyperdictionary:
                      1. [n] the learned profession acquired by specialized courses in religion (usually taught at a college or seminary); "he studied theology at Oxford"
                      2. [n] the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
                      3. [n] a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings; "Jewish theology"; "Roman Catholic theology"
                      Again, while these systems of studies are quite valuable, there certainly are aspects of a knowledge of God and learning of God, a simple and easy-to-understand theology, that are far more important in our relationship with God than studying God in an intesely intellectual fashion.

                      As one who's somewhat comfortable with the deep end of the theological pool, it's still the simple and convictingly clear things of God in daily application to our spiritual growth that seem to give us the most trouble. I mean, there's so much each of us already knows concerning how we ought to relate to God, that sometimes indeed gets overshadowed by trying to fine-tune our intellectual assessments of God.

                      I'm often humbled by how our first sin played out, "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Gen. 3:6, KJV). It may be more rare than not, and certainly the Scriptures encourage us to study, but a pursuit of knowledge can sometimes be a dangerous and vain thing. I don't know of his religious convictions, but there's at least a bit of wisdom to be found in Thomas Gray's poetic phrase, "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise."

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                      • #12
                        God reveals himself through his word. Jesus says, I am the Way, the truth and the life.
                        This is not just a verse indicating that he IS the narrow gate.
                        It also is an illustration for the rest of us. The way indicates HOW we should live our lives, The TRUTH is the Gospel and how God has reavealed himself to us thorugh his scripture, the Life is the life of a disciple, following Jesus and bringing people to repentance and new birth.
                        Without studying theology and scripture, how are we to defend our faith in a world of relativism?
                        The short answer is Yes.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sjohn1107 View Post
                          Do u guys think christians should learn theology?...
                          no. Christians need to learn the Bible, not theology. Christians need to talk to God to find out what it is He is saying. Paul told timothy to study the things he was given and taught, not theology, but truth. and as far as defending our faith it seems like the only thing according to acts 2 we need is the holy spirit. seems to work fine for them, should work fine for us. has worked fine for me. people are not going to believe if you just talk to them usually, they need demonstration today, they need God's love, and that usually doesn't happen by talking their ear off about theology.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cross crusader View Post
                            no. Christians need to learn the Bible, not theology. Christians need to talk to God to find out what it is He is saying. Paul told timothy to study the things he was given and taught, not theology, but truth. and as far as defending our faith it seems like the only thing according to acts 2 we need is the holy spirit. seems to work fine for them, should work fine for us. has worked fine for me. people are not going to believe if you just talk to them usually, they need demonstration today, they need God's love, and that usually doesn't happen by talking their ear off about theology.
                            If somebody comes to you and asks what the Bible says about prayer, you better tell them to read the Bible from cover to cover, then, because if you start pointing to all the passages that talk about prayer, you are doing systematic theology.
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                            • #15
                              Well if you are Born Again.. you will learn theology and you will be taught theology.. by whom? The Spirit Himself... He will lead you into all Truth... its impossible for someobody to be truly Born From above by the Spirit and not began to understand theology...

                              The problem lies with man and his understanding in interpretating the Scriptures on a 'fleshly' level.. and not the Spirit... when you have this then you have 'man theology' which is taught and taught as actually being 'inspired by the Holy Ghost'.. thats where you began to see 'cults' and 'sects' divisions... which Paul warned about and spoke out against..

                              Where does this confusion come from about theology? well you have to look to the spiritual source.. is satan a theologian? oh you bet... he's a master theologian.. and he's still the devil....

                              The Scripture warns of a time coming and its here when doctrines of devils those done by seducing spirits will be blatantly accepted.. people will follow these... now what are these doctrines of devils? are they man inspired theology based on mans interpretation of the Scripture thru the flesh and not the Holy Ghost? elevating man to God's level and brining God down to the level of the creature? you see alot of that today.. everywhere..

                              If you are truly Born Again from above.. there is no doubt that you will learn 'theology'.. and that from the Holy Ghost.. who will lead you into all Truth...

                              and you'll have many say.. just as Pilate said when confronting Jesus before His Crucifixtion.. 'what is Truth'...

                              after Jesus has told him.. He was Born to 'bear witness' to the Truth..
                              Many appear Righteous and Just because they say 'yes' to Jesus Christ , yet they don't do His Will.
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                              Verily I say unto thee, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the Kingdom of Heaven before you do.
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                              The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying. YEA, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with LOVINGKINDESS have I DRAWN THEE.
                              Jeremiah 31:3

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