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What can you do to maintain humility as you learn theology?

Post by ZachAmick on Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:51 pm

What can you do to maintain humility as you learn theology?
As First Corinthians chapter 8 points out, "knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God." Our pursuit is not a list of facts or concepts to recite but what we seek is a relationship with the Father of creation. That is not to say that theological facts and concepts are of no value. It is through theology that we can construct and organize our information to provide clarity for ourselves and for others who we attempt to share our faith with. Still we must maintain caution in the realm of spiritual knowledge as instructed in the Bible. Many pitfalls and snares have been set, yet God in His loving grace has seen fit to illuminate them through many scriptures like 1 Tim. 1:7 or 1 Tim. 3:6 to name a few. To be sure that we aren't misguided on our theological journey God has provided us with a standard of measurement through verses like 1 John 4:8 and that standard is love. So in order to maintain humility while learning theology it is important to examine yourself and ask, "does this help me to love as God loves?"
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Re: What can you do to maintain humility as you learn theology?

Post by Jessica Rodriguez on Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:21 pm

ZachAmick wrote:What can you do to maintain humility as you learn theology?
As First Corinthians chapter 8 points out, "knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God." Our pursuit is not a list of facts or concepts to recite but what we seek is a relationship with the Father of creation. That is not to say that theological facts and concepts are of no value. It is through theology that we can construct and organize our information to provide clarity for ourselves and for others who we attempt to share our faith with. Still we must maintain caution in the realm of spiritual knowledge as instructed in the Bible. Many pitfalls and snares have been set, yet God in His loving grace has seen fit to illuminate them through many scriptures like 1 Tim. 1:7 or 1 Tim. 3:6 to name a few. To be sure that we aren't misguided on our theological journey God has provided us with a standard of measurement through verses like 1 John 4:8 and that standard is love. So in order to maintain humility while learning theology it is important to examine yourself and ask, "does this help me to love as God loves?"

I agree with his emphasis on seeking a relationship with the Father being at the forefront of our faith, which leads to the pursuit of more knowledge of God through theology. Maintaining caution in the realm of our spiritual knowledge is absolutely necessary. Without understanding and respecting tradition, we may become "puffed up" or think that we know it all, when what we are realizing has already been realized. Reflecting on the verse from Corinthians chapter 8, it seems that the knowledge of God that is the most important is the understanding of His love and how we are wholly known and loved by Him, like Zack stated. When the standard of love is at the center of our pursuit of theology and we are examining ourselves and asking Holy Spirit to examine us, God will guide us in humble theology.

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