What is Theology?

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Every once in a while I hear a Christian say that they’re “not into theology”. They say that they “just love Jesus”. Even one of my pastors told me that he took theology classes only so that he could be ordained.

Sometimes these kinds of statements depress me. It’s not surprising that the average American Christian is considered Biblically illiterate when even our leaders avoid theological education. I’d like to do my small part in helping to change this trend…so I’ll explain what theology is:

What is theology? Jesus is theology.

Theology means words about God. THEOS = God, LOGOS = word or words. Every time we think about God or write about God or talk about God, we’re ‘doing theology’. There…I did it again. Christians have no way of living their everyday lives without doing theology! Even non-believers, when talking or thinking or writing about God, are being theological.

We all do theology, even if we don’t realize it. The beginning of John’s Gospel tells us that Jesus is the LOGOS . He’s THE Word of God. Technically, Jesus IS theology.


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2 responses to “What is Theology?”

  1. NOside says:

    Hi Sir

    I just wanna ask if angles have no wings?

    • Tony says:

      Edison:

      We don’t really know if angels have wings. Some are described that way in the Bible, as in Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4…but not all. Some are said to fly, as in Daniel 9:21, but this may or may not be imagery, rather than a description.

      Hebrews 1:14 tells us that angels are spiritual beings. This suggests that they have no specific form, but that they may be able to appear differently in different circumstances. We don’t know if the angels described as having wings actually have wings (as birds do) or if they, having no physical bodies, can have wings whenever they need them.

      The important thing to remember is that angels were created by God, to serve Him. Some of the things they do for God have to do with humans, but apparently not all. By all accounts in the Bible, they’re pretty impressive…but they are not to be worshiped.

      Do you have other questions?

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