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Unsystematic Theology

If you are ever in the study room of a Pastor or Teacher in your Church there is one type of book (apart from the Bible) that you will always find, this is a book usually titled Systematic Theology. Depending on their denomination or theological bent they will have the appropriate version. There is nothing wrong with these books and I myself have used them and studied them while in Bible College. But a though occurred to me the other day that they have one serious flaw and this flaw is that they are too systematic. In an earlier post I contrasted the difference between Greek and Hebraic though and these ideas are applicable here. The idea of systematizing your theology is Greek thought which argues that everything in your life must be logically. Your theology must be compartmentalized and logical in all areas. This works to a point but I feel that if this is the only way that you work out your theology then you are short changing yourself. When you read the Bible the Bible does not have a chapter or verse on the existence of God, The nature of God, The Messiahship of Christ, The nature of the Church or the End Times. Rather the Bible is Narrative which interweaves all this thoughts into one big tapestry. We cannot understand the Nature of God without also connecting it with creation, Christ, the Church or the End Times. When we try to box up particular theological ideas we will only see part of the picture. The Bible is not not a systematic book it is rather a very unsystematic book which uses stories to help us understand the whole picture and Story of God and His people. You can systematize ideas but not people. I am not saying that you shouldn’t use such ideas but maybe we have come to rely on this way of thinking to our spiritual detriment. Maybe we should read the Bible as a narrative of wonderful stories the way that you would have read it in Sunday School instead of always reading it as just a theological text book.

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