Because what can be known about God is plain to them, a because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes- his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people a are without excuse. Romans 1:19=20
That first version of the book focused mainly on the challenges of “modernism,” that scientific, rationalistic materialism that leaves no room for any kind of supernatural worldview. Though this way of thinking remains, the paradigms have now shifted, and we are in a “postmodern” climate, in which truth is seen to be not objective at all, not a discovery but a construction. Truth, it is claimed, is relative, culturally-conditioned, a function of the will, and ultimately unknowable.
Christians should use and develop their minds. The mental faculties of the human mind—the power to think, to discover, to wonder, and to imagine—are precious gifts of God. The Christian who pursues knowledge, seeks education, and explores even the most “secular” subjects is fulfilling a Christian vocation that is pleasing to God and of great importance to the Church. The Bible, by precept and example, affirms this and opens up the whole realm of human knowledge to the Christian.
Veith, Gene Edward (2003-10-07). Loving God with All Your Mind: Thinking as a Christian in a Postmodern World (pp. 7-8,11). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.
So long as we do not look beyond the earth, we are quite pleased with our own righteousness, wisdom, and virtue; we address ourselves in the most flattering terms, and seem only less than demigods. But should we once begin to raise our thoughts to God, and reflect what kind of Being he is, and how absolute the perfection of that righteousness, and wisdom, and virtue, to which, as a standard, we are bound to be conformed, what formerly delighted us by its false show of righteousness will become polluted with the greatest iniquity; what strangely imposed upon us under the name of wisdom will disgust by its extreme folly; and what presented the appearance of virtuous energy will be condemned as the most miserable impotence.
Calvin, John: Institutes of the Christian Religion Book I, Ch I, Sec 2. (Kindle Locations 783-788). Signalman Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Theological interpretation of the Bible achieves its end when readers enter into the world of the biblical texts with faith, hope, and love. When we make God’s thoughts become our thoughts and God’s word become our word, we begin to participate in the world of the text, in the grand drama of divine redemption. This is perhaps the ultimate aim of theological interpretation of the Bible:to know the triune God by participating in the triune life, in the triune mission to creation.Introduction
What Is Theological Interpretation of the Bible? Introduction by Kevin J. Vanhoozer.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is? ’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; thers say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. ’ ‘But what about you? ’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am? ’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ,the Son of the living God’. Matthew 16:13- 1
Another important aspect of John’s call to belief is that we are invited to believe in Jesus Christ, the person- not merely His message, His teaching, His example, or His challenge to live in a certain way. We are called first and foremost to believe in Him. This was the intellectual and moral crisis presented to people of all kinds in John’s narrative, many of whom responded with belief, complete trust.
SWINDOLL’S NEW TESTAMENT
INSIGHTS INSIGHTS ON JOHN
by CHARLES R. SWINDOLL
“God made the world that He might communicate, and the creature receive, His glory; and that it might [be] received both by the mind and heart.”
The Pastor as Theologian Life and Ministry of Jonathan Edwards 1988 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors By John Piper
April 15, 1988.
The bottom-line assumption for anyone who believes in the God of providence is that ultimately there are no tragedies. God has promised that all things that happen-all pain, all suffering, all tragedies-are but for a moment, and that He works in and through these events for the good of those who love Him (Rom. 8:28). That’s why the apostle Paul said that the pain, the suffering, the affliction that we bear in this world isn’t worthy to be compared, isn’t worthy to be mentioned in the same breath, with the glory and the blessedness that God has stored up for His people (Rom. 8:18).
R. C. Sproul. Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life (Kindle Locations 509-512). Kindle Edition.
The cross was not the defeat of Christ at the hands of the powers; it was the defeat of the powers at the hands yes, the bleeding hands – of Christ. This is the great theme of Passiontide: `the royal banners forward go’.
N. T. Wright. Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship (p. 19). Kindle Edition.
Everyday theology is the reflective and practical task of living each
day as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Theology is not for Sundays only.
Disciples must walk the Christian way the whole weekend and throughout
the workweek. Theology is an everyday affair: to live to the glory of God
is a full-time privilege and pursuit. Everyday theology is the mandate of
every Christian who is actively trying to walk the way of truth and life.
Theology serves the church by directing the people of God in ways
of speaking and acting that embody the love of God, the reconciliation
won by Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Theology not
only articulates beliefs but suggests “designs for living.” Precisely what
form our life together takes, however, depends on where (and when) we
are: the house churches in first-century Palestine are a far cry from medieval
monasteries or modern megachurches. The gospel gets worked out
somewhat differently in diverse cultural settings. The gospel—the power
of God unto salvation—can transform culture; culture, however, is only
too happy to return the compliment. Everyday Christians have to learn
to negotiate their way carefully, following the one way of Jesus Christ
through a variety of cultural byways.
Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends, pg 7,
Edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, Michael J. Sleasman, Baker Academic,
a division of Baker Publishing Group. © 2007.