Theology Versus Philosophy

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

Today I want to share a quick thought on Theology Versus Philosophy.

Let’s seek to know God diligently!

Both theology and philosophy have the same basic objective – to seek a comprehensive worldview. However, they differ greatly in their approach to attaining this objective. While theology begins with the belief in the existence of God and the idea that he is the cause of all things, philosophy begins with the idea that it alone is sufficient to explain the existence of all other things. For some ancients, this explanation was water, air, or fire; for others it has been the mind or ideas; for still others, nature, personality, life, or some other things. Theology does not merely begin with the belief in the existence of God but holds that he has graciously revealed himself. Philosophy denies both these ideas.

Theology has kept some pretty dry and dreary company, according to Dallas Willard in his book Spirit of Disciplines. “We are tempted to leave it to the experts. But theology stands for something far too important to each of our individual lives and to the communities in which we live for us to shy away from it. Theology is an integral part of our lives. We each have one – whether thoughtless or carefully formed. Every Christian must strive to arrive at beliefs about God that faithfully reflect the realties of his or her life and experience.

Why is the study of theology important?

From the dawn of human history, every people group across the world has been struggling with the great questions of human existence: “ Who am I? Why am I here? What am I doing? How do I find meaning and happiness?” Different civilizations and different persons have formulated different answers to these questions, ranging from the ultra-hedonistic principles of Cyrenaicism to the ultra-ascetic principles of the Hindu Jainists. However, both of these extremes, and every other human philosophy that lies somewhere in between, is insufficient to answer these questions.

The great underlying supposition of theology is that it is only the God who created mankind that can reveal what mankind’s purpose is, and show how we may obtain meaning and happiness. If we look for the answers to life’s deepest questions within ourselves, we will never find satisfactory answers; but if we look to the One who made us, and conform our lives to his words and commandments, then we will find certain answers to all of our questions. Riches, fame, power, knowledge, and all the other things that humans pursue will never finally satisfy; but as God declared through the prophet Jeremiah,

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom and let not the mighty man glory in his might; let not the rich man glory in his riches, but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

Therefore, theology is not just an interest or hobby that we can add to our list of favorite activities and diversions. It pertains to the whole of our lives, and must shape and inform our thoughts and activities in every sphere of our existence.

Without the knowledge of God, the knowledge of ourselves becomes distorted and futile, and any meaning and ultimate satisfaction becomes utterly impossible.

Source:

Jerry MacGregor & Marie Prys. 2002 Surprising Things About God And The Bible.

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Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

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You’re On the Planet to Make God Look Good

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

Today I want to share a short video from John Piper on the supremacy of God in all things!

The title of the blog post can make you squirm because you are probably thinking to yourself, “gee no my life is messed up, I can’t possibly make God look good.” But remember the gospel and also the work God is doing in you,

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

-Philippians 2:13 ESV

Tomorrow I will write and comment more on the verse below so stay tuned! Let’s hear Pastor John Piper share on how we make God look good in our lives.

Everything in your life. Everything you say, everything you do, think, you feel, all the relationships you have, it all has to do with God.

God has ordained your existence and everything you do, everything you say, you feel, everything you think, and all the relationships you have been ordained so that they may make God look good.

You are on the planet in order to say things, do things, think things, feel things, be in relationships, in such a way, as to make Jesus Christ look like he really is namely supremely valuable!

Do I devote my life, down to the details, the way I study, what I eat, what I drink, what I wear, how I do my hair, what movies I watch, what websites I go to and how long I stay there, what car I drive, where I live, how I do my work, where I work, what jokes I tell and like to hear, what kind of language I use, who my friends are and why, and how I spend my leisure time. Are you asking how  do all those things spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all people? How do I do all those things so that I make Christ look really great? So that I do it in a way that communicates He is more valuable to me than all those things, than anything else!

Something to think about, right?

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

The Book

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

The Book (Bible) is the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s character. Paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. Follow its precepts and it will lead you to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to a resurrected life in Christ; yes, to glory itself, for eternity.

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

What Makes You Happy?

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well! Listen to the video below, Pastor John piper addressing the question, “What makes you happy?” Also read the quotes below I was blessed in reading and wanted to share with you all.

I’m still on the topic of contentment.

Is your contentment found in God? Is your contentment found in the Gospel?

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.

Psalm 73:26 NLT

 

I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.

Psalm 84:2 NLT

 

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.

-John Piper

 

Consider Jesus. Know Jesus. Learn what kind of Person it is you say you trust and love and worship. Soak in the shadow of Jesus. Saturate your soul with the ways of Jesus. Watch Him. Listen to Him. Stand in awe of Him. Let Him overwhelm you with the way He is.

-John Piper

 

There’s a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve him, boldness to share him, and contentment in him.

-J.I. Packer

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez