There are many Christians who turn theology into a bad thing. They stop using it as a means to an end and begin to use theology as the end. When we do that, even with theology, we become idolaters because we take our eyes off God Himself. Please hear me: it’s possible to know about God and not affectionately know Him. Head knowledge doesn’t automatically translate to heart knowledge. You know…but do you know?
My entire blog was created to help Christians better understand how theology impacts everyday life. I wrote about that here briefly awhile back, so give that a read if you’d like.
I made the point in that previous blog post that we need theology. It is necessary for us to grow more into the likeness of Jesus Christ. However, in this post I want to a address the opposite side of this issue. I want to talk about when theology is made the end-all-be-all.
Turing a Good Thing into a Bad Thing
Humans are stained with sin. Even as Christians, we have an immense amount of sin in our lives. As a result, we distort nearly everything we touch. Even with an amazing thing such as theology–the study of God–we have quickly twisted it to suit our own sinful desires. How so?
It doesn’t matter what we’re talking about–whether it’s money, popularity, sex, etc.–all things can be used for sinful purposes.
The same goes for theology. There are many Christians who turn theology into a bad thing. They stop using it as a means to an end and begin to use theology as the end.