Theology is important, for what we believe about God changes everything. Our belief of God shapes us and determines how we relate to others. Whether it is bad or good, we all have our own brand of theology, and what we believe about God resolves what our heart loves, how we think and what we will pursue.
As I agree that theology matters, I also have to confess that the kind of theology I have been exposed to is a little dry and boring . Just like cottage cheese, it is healthy but bland. However unlike me, my late husband was passionate about it and had spent years to study theology. We had even spent some of our “quality time” at free lectures given by famous theologians. After many attempts to educate me, he finally gave up when I fell asleep constantly during these fabulous sessions. I am just not cut out to be a serious theology student. I figured the reason is that I am a visual learner, I need to see knowledge being transferred to the heart level and manifested in action. That’s why I am interested in stories about God’s interactions in our lives. The way I see it, God is showing us who He is through the lives of His children.
As I mentioned previously we all have our own theology. Whatever it is it might not be readily agreed by everyone. While you can dispute other’s theories about God, you cannot do so with their personal stories. Stories of God in our lives are powerful tools because it is how God choose to reveal Himself through the individual’s life. About three years ago I have made the decision to embark on this journey to know Him through my life story, and as He has promised, those who seek Him will find Him. Through the different episodes in my life, whether they are mundane or life changing I always learned something new about Him.
I need a solid foundation of knowledge of Him. But at this point in my life, I need more than critiques, reviews and dissertations. I want to see theology in action, I want to see God as a personal God and not just as theories.