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Theological correctness?

Have you ever experienced refreshment in participating in a “small group/bible study”, wherein most of the participants’ theology left much to be desired…yet, you longed to go back, because of the love of Christ and fellowship offered there (well, and because you really, really wanted to help with basic theology)? I have.

I am always wondering about those people being criticized for having poor doctrine, and those who are boasting sound doctrine and sound living, yet doing nothing to spread the love of Christ — reaching out to the lost. Those who proclaim scriptural principles, but live in a pure dogmatic sense. Which is better–theology or love? Christ in the pulpit/classroom, or Christ in the streets?

Jesus preached, AND served. What about us? What does it matter that we simply embrace the gospel and preach it (not necessarily with words), without correct theology? The depravity of humankind is evident in prideful boasting.

Although I am fascinated with theology, I find myself backing away from theological arguments which do not pertain to someone’s salvation. I pray daily for the love of Christ. I am frustrated with churches that have every theological T crossed, and refuse to exercise them with love.

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Politics and government *gulp*

I was talking to my roommate the other day. She has some interesting viewpoints; ones that I had not heard before. I’m not usually one to discuss politics, but I am interested in different viewpoints.

She is a pacifist, and she is more. Or is she? I knew what pacificsm was, but I had not heard it explained. Of course, I was not surprised that she used Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 to defend her position, but there are a few things she said I have been thinking about. I’m not quoting her statements, only summarizing them.

“Obedience is not the same thing as submission.”
I’m still thinking this through. Are they really mutually exclusive? Can they be?

“Christians are too concerned with their rights.”
Now, I can agree with this in a sense. Humans in general are pre-disposed to selfishness. Christians can be overzealous in fighting for political rights-I believe I mentioned something like this in another entry. But are Christians really to do nothing about the privileges that come with being a citizen? Didn’t Paul appeal to his rights as a Roman citizen? Why did Justin Martyr write in the defense of Christians?

“In the Old Testament, God gave specific instructions for war…that hasn’t happened since…therefore, war is wrong.”
I don’t know about this one.

“Voting doesn’t matter…immorality is going to become rampant in its own time….it doesn’t matter who is office.”
True, God is sovereign. But the obvious question is, what about being a responsible citizen within the type of government one is under? Are Christians not supposed to be involved in government? Is it wrong for Christians to hold various offices for the purpose of enforcing moral, Christian values? Should Christians just stand back and do nothing?

A lot of questions to answer. Are there concrete answers? Can we legitimately take Paul’s idea of submission and apply it to every form of contemporary government?

I’m afraid I don’t have all the answers. But I can tell you I’ll be looking for answers, and if I find something worth sharing, I’ll share it. In the meantime, please let me know what your thoughts are.

It’s so strange to finally be done with undergrad work. Now what? Seminary? Grad school? Stay in California, or not?

How does one sort through so many choices?

Pray, pray, pray….wait, wait, wait.

Strains of Buddhism…

Does anyone know how to best witness to a Nichiren Buddhist? I can clearly see (by what has been explained to me so far by a devotee of 50 years) that a huge problem is logic, and I can address those issues; however, I have almost no experience witnessing to followers of Eastern philosophy. I’m think the best approach might be more philosophical in the beginning, and then pointing to scripture.

If anyone has any helpful input, it would be greatly appreciated.

I’ve also been discovering that one does not need to go overseas to do cross-cultural missions.

A thought struck me the other day, as I was listening to a lecture on “Dog and Cat Theology” by an alumnus of Dallas Theological Seminary.

The people of the USofA are very much like the Israelites of the Old Testament.

Many Americans claim to believe in God, but many refuse responsibility by supposedly being accepting of all religions and ways of thought (though if you would ask someone like this, s/he would probably point out a better way than all the rest, so there is no avoiding exclusivism). Many could care less about their eternal destiny, and live life to its materialistic full. Most of all, many American citizens are only concerning with themselves, and living how they please.

Enter 9/11/01. The people of the US seem to remember God upon the occurence of tragedy and death and terrorism and pain.

Where is God now? Megachurches are booming because people seek entertainment and gratification. What can God do for me? Seems like a cat to me.

Is there a difference between a woman teaching in the church and a woman Bible professor? I saw that Wheaton has a female prof in the Bible department, and it got me thinking. 1 Timothy 2 does not differentiate between school and church, so it seems to be more of a cultural issue…or is it?

School denotes knowledge in of itself, but everyone in a position of leadership has influence in the way of worldview and philosophy, etc. A Bible teacher is always going to have some spiritual influence over his/her students, so does that mean that a female Bible professor would be violating Paul’s command?

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After thinking on it for a while (obviously 🙂 ), I have decided to go through 1 Peter and translate. I have done much of Paul, and some of John, and smatterings of the gospels here and there, so I thought it would be fun to tackle a different writing style. Be on the look-out for pieces of translation here and there.

Something that has recently caught my interest (I might be a little late in the game, although I have been quite aware of it for a while) is the emergent church. I have done a little reading, and plan to do more. I hope more research answers some of my initial queries….

I don’t think there is anything wrong with acknowledging believers in the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, but what happens when Catholic theology (i.e., sola scriptura and scripture+tradition) collides with Protestant theology? I don’t doubt there may be true believers in the Roman Catholic church, but when its theology is studied closely, it does not reveal a similar soteriology. Quite the contrary.

The ones who are “searching”, who are “spiritual seekers” yet shun churches religiously (was that a pun? 🙂 no pun intended), will they find what they are looking for in an emergent church? If the emergent church promotes a plurality of Christianities, so to speak, how will the so-called seeker come to know the Way, the Truth, and the Life? To provide ridiculously simplistic example, the doctrines of between the Pentecostal church, say, and the Roman Catholic church contain very vast differences. Again, while I very much agree that believers from all backgrounds need to stop contending over minor issues, what the emergent church seems to me to be promoting is a pluralism disguised by the church.

There is obviously a lot more to be said, and I plan on reading some of Brian McLaren’s works, but if you have more knowledge than I to contribute, by all means do so. I don’t want to give out unnecessary and nonrelevant criticism.

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