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theology vs. me-ology

Theology may be an odd word to you.  I understand that it is not a word that is used in everyday conversation by most people, even pastors.  Pastor Dave and I do not sit in the office daily or even weekly and talk theology.  Alas, there are other things we have to get done that would prevent it even if we wanted to do that.  But whether we use the word regularly or discuss theology with others regularly, theology is important, and shouldn’t be confused with what I would call “me-ology.”

Theology comes from Greek words meaning “the study of God.”  The Bible recommends, commands, and alludes to the necessity of studying the Bible many times.  Joshua was told in Joshua 1:8 to meditate on the Law day and night and seek to do all that was written in it.  The entirety of Psalm 119 exalts the words of God, His laws, and the need for seeking and remembering them.  2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to give ourselves over to studying, so that we can truly understand the Word and will of God.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that all Scripture is breathed by God and is good for teaching, reproof, correcting our actions, and telling us how to live for God.  It is from the pages of Scripture, His evidence in creation (Psalm 19), and through our communion with the Holy Spirit (John 14:26) that we truly know God.  This is theology.

Unfortunately, there is a growing trend amongst Christians to rely more on me-ology to define, not understand God.  When others do not follow our preferences and convictions, though they fall outside the teaching of the Word of God, we prescribe it as sin in their lives.  When our desires conflict with the Bible, a passage because culturally irrelevant to today, and God must have changed His mind.  When something makes us feel good, whether an action or pithy saying, but it is not aligned with what the Bible teaches, we still hold to it, because it feels right.  When your thoughts, feelings, and experiences trump God’s Word and definition of Himself, you have moved from theology to me-ology.

Theology is a good thing. Me-ology is not.

Theology comes from Greek words meaning “the study of God.”  Me-ology is the translation of thoughts and feelings into supposed truth.

Theology understands that man was made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26).  Me-ology re-creates God into my own image.

I say all that say this: it is my desire that KCC (and the church as a whole around the world) would be full of people who seek to understand God by studying His Word. It’s my own desire that that can be said of me specifically.  It is my desire that I (and we) embrace our role as clay in the Potter’s hands (Jeremiah 18) and be willfully formed into the vessel that God would have us to be.  Just as clay does not attempt to mold or define its potter, let us not attempt to define or mold God.  Rather let us be molded in quiet reverence, studying God in His Word so that we know what it is He seeks to do with us.


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