[Updated from the archives.]
A couple years ago I co-taught a Sunday school class on some basic theology: Christology and Pneumatology, the Incarnation and the Trinity, stuff like that. I started the very first session by pointing out that – whether we realize it or not – we make theological pronouncements all the time.
“I believe in God”
“Prayer is powerful”
“Jesus is my savior”
Each of statement is packed with theology, and you can probably come up with a number of Bible verses that speak to each of these. But what about more mundane statements?
“I love my family”
“It’s great to have a job you like”
“Pepperoni pizza is awesome!”
How are these theological? God’s common blessings are for everyone; that’s why they’re called common. Here’s where we see these blessings in the Bible:
Family is ordained by God – “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number’.” (Genesis 1:28.)
Work is ordained by God – “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15.)
Enjoying food is ordained by God – “And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden.'” (Genesis 2:16.)
I’m especially tickled by that last one. Adam and Eve were free to try out different foods and eat the ones they liked. That meant that they could also avoid those that didn’t suit their taste buds.
And as you can see, atheists then end up talking theology too. Every time they say they don’t believe in God they are making a theological statement, even if it reflects bad doctrine. And every time they say they enjoy something that is one of God’s blessings, they glorify the Creator even though they deny his existence.
Every statement is a theological statement whether we know it or not.
Keeping in mind that every statement is a theological statement, what theology have you been talking about lately even if you didn’t realize it a the time?
What Bible passages help you understand the theology behind your statement?