Scripture & Theology

Theology simply put, is the study of God. It is the study of God’s nature, God’s actions, and God’s creation. It helps shapes answers to questions like “Who am I?” or “Where am I going?” In his book; Introducing Christian Doctrine, Millard J Erickson states that, “Theology is biblical, systematic, contemporary, practical, and is done in the context of human nature.”[1] When forming the views that shape one’s theology, it is important to keep the Bible at the center. The Bible is the most powerful tool that one can possess. Erickson asserts, “The Bible is the constitution of the Christian faith: it specifies what is to be believed and what is to be done.” [1] Everything that there is to know or that we need to know can be found within the biblical texts. Scripture is what shapes our theology and allows God’s message to be communicated. By studying the Bible, one can develop a better understanding of our Holy Father and his divine character/nature. It enables one to be able to contextualize and relate their present-day experiences with the truth of our Savior. A truth that was written thousands of years ago and yet is still applicable in our culture today. We are faced with many opposing faiths daily. Each one professing that their religion, doctrine, or creed is the correct one and that conversion is necessary. By utilizing and studying the Word of God as a necessity, one is much more equipped in the face of opposition. The scripture is consistent, unified, and completely coherent. 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” [2] Scripture should always be the source of one’s theology. We should never let our theology, views, or opinions shape how we perceive the Bible, but rather, let the Bible shape our views, opinions, and theology.

[1] Millard, Erickson. Introducing Christian Doctrine. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academia, 2015)

[2] The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. (2001). Minneapolis, MN.: Crossway.

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