Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's easy. It tastes alright, but it doesn't really provide you any nourishment.

Sometimes it's easier to have bad theology.

Recently, I was in a theological discussion with my oldest daughter, addressing her inquiry into why God doesn't save everybody.

I explained that in God's perfect plan He can do everything He wants to do, so He does (Ps 115:3; Job 42:2). But He has decided to do somethings for some people that He doesn't do for everyone. We didn't have time to get into common vs. special grace or whatnot, and I knew she felt the tension between our perceptions of what it means that God is good and our perceptions of what it means that God is all powerful.

There's a tension there that I think is biblical, but isn't easy for a 9 year old to comprehend.

It's akin to what Tommy Nelson said,
"If God is sovereign, He is powerful enough to eliminate evil. If He is good, He would. Since evil clearly exists, God must not be sovereign or He must not be good."

It must be nice to be among those who think God has done all He can or is doing all He can, but is limited.

Sometimes it's easier to have bad theology.

Like today in the backyard with my youngest playing with our dog, Rocky. She saw a cross and said, "Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins."

I said, "That's right. And then what happened?"

She said, "Then Jesus rose again. Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and Jesus died for Rocky too."

At this point I'm thinking, "How nice it would be to be able to say, 'Of course, honey, Jesus died so Rocky could go to heaven' or say, "If Rocky believes in Jesus then he will be saved.'"

It probably wouldn't have hurt anything for our dog to undergo perpetual evangelism attempts, but I decided instead to explain to her the difference between humans being created in the image of God dogs just being ... well ... uh ... dogs.

I'm not sure she got all that, but I definitely found myself thinking, sometimes it's easier to have bad theology.

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8 Comments:

At 17 September, 2008 21:47, Blogger brandi said...

that is the same dog picture. Do you really have a dog?

Wow! Nine. That's big girl.

 
At 17 September, 2008 22:16, OpenID drjamesgalyon said...

You know, if I had bad theology, I'd be a mega-church pastor by now. ;)

 
At 17 September, 2008 23:47, Blogger Sean Crowe said...

You know what they say, "Ignorance is bliss." Then again, who are they, and why do they have so much to say? And furthermore, have you ever noticed how so much of what they say sounds like bad theology? And finally, where are they, because I have some questions for them?

 
At 18 September, 2008 08:36, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You. Mean. Rocky. Won't. Be. There?

 
At 18 September, 2008 09:08, Anonymous Lionel Woods said...

Can you explore the Tommy quote a bit more? What exactly was he saying?

 
At 18 September, 2008 09:43, Blogger samurai said...

I've been thinking about time and how it relates to God of late. From our perspective evil exists now. It is present and evident. but from god's perspective He has dealt with evil.

"It is finished"

God already sees the day of judgment. It is as sure as the day of creation.

Thank you for yet another thought provoking post. :)

 
At 18 September, 2008 10:39, Blogger brandi said...

keepin the paper insert from the 8x10 frame and uploading it online doesn't really mean you have a dog.

 
At 19 September, 2008 11:27, Blogger Lance said...

I've had a beagle before.

I don't think they'll be in heaven.

 

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