Tripping Through Theology - Take One
Fides quarens intellectum "Faith seeking understanding" - Anslem of Canterbury (1033-1109)
Yes, tripping is what I feel like I'm doing. I'll be walking along in this study of deep things and suddenly, there it is, a stone that catches my foot and causes me to stumble headlong into my pile of preconceived ideas about God. Ouch.
To keep my own momentum moving, I am going to post about some of the topics I'm noodling around in my noggin. So, read these if you wish; or feel free to skip right over them.
Somewhere several decades ago I came to a warped understanding that Christians were anti-intellectuals and that biblical-based Christianity could not include people who seriously examined the Scripture, because the Scripture just could not withstand such scrutiny. My views were based on those believers that I heard say that any attempt at a rational faith is not faith at all but a 'quenching of the Spirit' which of course cannot be Christian.
I believed I could never be a true Christian because I had to check my brain at the door and just blindly believe. Gratefully, God did not give up on my questions. Instead he provided a few good books to jump start my journey; the first being The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. I was drawn to the book because the writer was a lawyer (like me) and a former atheist (sort of like me at that time). It sure did not seem like this man, Lee Strobel, felt that it was un-Christian to think. Some other favorites at that time included Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell and The Case for Faith also by Lee Strobel. My very favorite recent book on this subject is one I've mentioned several times Love Your God With All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul by J.P. Moreland.
Now before I get tons of comments from my sweet friends with deep, unwavering faith, I want to clarify that I'm not talking about an intellectual effort that glorifies me. Instead, I'm speaking of a humble attempt to understand the things that God intends for us to understand and thereby worship Him even more fully. Faith is the crux of it all.
Eventually, I fell head over heels with the God that I found loved me with all of my questions, foibles and attempts. Today, I'm even more encouraged in my quest to have a complete faith by the theology program we've begun.
When asked by a lawyer Pharisee which is the greatest commandment, my Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment." I take that to mean than loving the Lord with anything less than those three things, heart, soul and mind, is incompletely loving Him. All three of those components are important or my Jesus would not have bothered to include them.
Agree or Disagree?