I first got suspicious when I heard about a school producing theologians who don’t believe and of priests who were atheists.
Theology is always tainted by something, because this kind of study (or any study for that matter) stems from the mind of mankind. We see it best in the different facets of Christianity – even within the same denomination – each one having their own study of God.
A Methodist has a different view of God and His Kingdom then a Baptist and as mentioned, even a Southern Baptist sees God to a certain degree differently then the next door First Baptist. This is best seen in their so-called doctrines – that very thing or result coming out of their theology – which also causes these separations.
Someone once said, it almost seems God was schizophrenic. But only if we were to listen to mankind’s multiple views (or studies) of who they THINK God is.
The thing is there is only one God and He is only this or that way – not all of the above. Theology tries to understand God through a finite mind, but God can only be understood through His own kind of mind.
1. Cor 2:14-16 (NASB)
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Once we are born again through the saving work of Christ in the Spirit of God, we get the mind of God and can finally understand Scripture not through the lens of different theologies, but through the realities of God and His Kingdom.
We meet with and relate directly to God and that’s how a disciple of Christ gets her/his view or idea or picture of who God is. Not through an academic paper or study of some intellectual human personality, but by a wonderful and real relationship with the living God.
Theology tries to make things about God very theoretical and avoids getting practical with God. It keeps God at a safe distance from where we can observe Him without having to take any responsibility for our life or actions before God.
I’m not against studying. Just not for studying God. After all, the word disciple means student. Students study, but these kind of students aren’t theologians – disciples don’t study God. They know God and study His Commandments, His Kingdom principles, and everything revolving about serving, ministering and pleasing Him.
We don’t study God from Scripture as if He was a scientific object under a microscope, but we see God and learn more of His character in which in return we are in awe and fear of who He really is. The living words pierce our hearts and it doesn’t necessarily have the purpose to raise more knowledge in our brains.
Then, when we start seeing God as He is through Scripture as a very real supernatural revelation through His very own mind, that’s when we keep deciding to move on and on (in obedience) and love Him with every bit of our heart, mind, soul and strength.