The Difference Between Truth and Theology (and why it matters)

Growing up, I learned a lot about God’s truth. I also learned that the Bible is filled with His truth and can be trusted fully. In my mind, “truth” was anything pertaining to my faith in God. Then I went to seminary to study theology, and what I learned was a bit life-shaking. Some of the biblical “truths” I had come to rely on weren’t as firmly planted in Scripture as I thought. Now before I get ahead of myself, I should make one thing clear. The Bible is fully true. I believe that with all of my heart. But just because something is fully true… doesn’t necessarily mean we fully understand it.

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4 Reasons Why Theology is Important in Shaping Your Worldview | alyssajhoward.com

4 Reasons Why Theology is Important in Shaping Your Worldview

Before seminary, I gave very little thought to theology. After all, I was an everyday, ordinary Christian… not a theologian. While I enjoyed studying and reading the Bible, I never once saw myself as a scholarly theologian. In my mind, that job was reserved for teachers and commentators. But if there is one thing I learned from attending seminary, it’s that theology is important. In fact, it has the power to shape your entire worldview. I also learned that based on our studying and even our personal experiences, our theology has a way of shifting and adapting throughout our lives. Some of the greatest theologians in history changed their points of view throughout their lives and ministries. Truth be told, we are all theologians… even if we don’t know it yet.

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How to Study the Bible Like a Theologian | alyssajhoward.com

How to Study the Bible Like a Theologian

I have studied the Bible my whole life. I grew up in a Christian home and attended a Christian school for most of my childhood. So when God put it on my heart to attend seminary, I assumed I knew what to expect. Obviously, I would study the Bible more thoroughly than ever before, but nothing could have prepared me for how I would be challenged both mentally and spiritually. I would learn how to study the Bible in a whole new way…

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3 Reasons Why Bad Theology is Dangerous (and 3 ways to fix it)

Before seminary, I never gave much thought to theology. In fact, I left most of the “theological thinking” to greater minds than my own. I thought of pastors and teachers as people of God who would take deep theological concepts and “dumb” them down so that my average Christian mind could comprehend them. (Silly… I know.) Now I know this isn’t how all people perceive theology, but I do find that many of the Christians I encounter on a day-to-day basis don’t study theology in-depth. We talk about God, the Bible, basic spiritual principles, the Holy Spirit… but unless we’re academically inclined, we don’t often sit down over coffee to discuss deep theological issues.

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Divisions in the Body of Christ: 3 Ways to Handle Our Differing Beliefs | alyssajhoward.com

Divisions in the Body of Christ: 3 Ways to Handle Our Differing Beliefs

For those of you who don’t know this about me, I love to do research and analyze my findings. Those who are close to me know this “flaw” of mine firsthand. I get stuck on a theological topic (usually controversial in nature), research it for days, and then share my conclusions with those around me until they are sick and tired of hearing about it! I’m not exactly sure why I do this, and I usually know full well when I’m doing it. I just can’t help myself sometimes. I get so caught up in the debate over differing beliefs. It’s fun for me!

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