Sunday, September 8, 2013

Is Theology Really That Important?

Romans 1:25- ...they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

The main point of this verse and the surrounding context is that the human condition lends itself to rejecting the one true God and instead cherishing false gods. This type of behavior is called idolatry and all humans pursue it naturally. However, there is another point of application that we can glean from this verse and that is the direct connection between knowing the truth about God and worshiping him.

Notice what happens when someone believes a lie about God rather than the truth. What does Paul say the result is? “They…worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator”. What Paul is presuming is that there is a close relationship between our knowledge of God and our worshiping and serving him.

This demonstrates the importance of theology. The studying of God and knowing him properly is absolutely necessary to worshiping him sincerely. The Scriptures are very much concerned with our beliefs because what we believe always affects they way we behave. One cannot divorce action from doctrine.

So the next time you think that theology is boring remember that your knowledge of God directly affects your relationship to him.

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