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Friday, April 22, 2011

Why ALL Christians Should Love THEOLOGY As Much As JESUS!

People say they love Jesus, but they don't really care much for theology. That's a lie. You CANNOT love Jesus if you don't love theology. Jesus Christ said to do EVERYTHING that He has instructed us to do, and to reflect the image of God the Father. How do you do that except by studying theology?

First, because many of you have no clue what theology even is (yet you claim to love Christ), let me give you a very simple definition. Theology is THE STUDY OF GOD. That's it. Theology is the study of God, what He is like, what He commands, what Jesus is like, what our sinfulness is like, etc. Studying theology, learning doctrine (doctrine by the way simply means teaching), is how you grow in your knowledge of God and what He is like.

Why do so many people want to be allowed to impose THEIR interpretation on Scripture? The Bible is absolute truth, it reveals what God is like to us. It is one of the worst sins to try and make the Bible and what it says fit how YOU think Jesus and God should be. That is creating a God in YOUR own image, rather than fashioning your life into GOD'S IMAGE. Therefore, it is pure sin, pure evil.

So why should ALL Christians love THEOLOGY as much as JESUS? Firstly, because the only way you CAN love Jesus is by learning about Him more and more. A man loves his wife, THEREFORE HE GETS TO KNOW HER! If you truly love Jesus, YOU WILL WANT TO GET TO KNOW HIM! Theology is simply getting to know Jesus. If you don't have a desire to get to know Jesus, you don't love Him.

But, Jesus also commands this, in the GREAT COMMISSION nonetheless! Jesus puts THEOLOGY and studying doctrine ON PAR with PREACHING THE GOSPEL. Notice what Jesus says in Matthew 28:19-20

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU."

Teaching IS doctrine, that is right there in the verse, you cannot argue that. TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I HAVE COMMANDED, that implies that you KNOW what Jesus commanded. In order to OBEY what has been commanded, you must LEARN what is commanded, and why it is commanded. That is theology. And Jesus says that we must observe what He has commanded. Therefore, we must study theology and doctrine.

So I am just going to keep it short for today. I am frustrated. So many people claim to love Jesus, claim to love God, yet they have know enthusiasm to know Him. Quit lying to others, and quit lying to yourself. If your husband or wife said that they loved you, but had no desire to get to know you and spend time with you, do they truly love you? Of course not. So to say you love God but have no desire to learn doctrine and theology is a damned lie. Wake up. Repent.

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