Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Why study theology?

A good reminder about the purpose of study:
“We need to ask ourselves: What is my ultimate aim and object in occupying my mind with these things? What do I intend to do with my knowledge about God, once I have it?…If we pursue theological knowledge for its own sake, it is bound to go bad on us. It will make us proud and conceited…[Our] supreme desire is to know and enjoy God Himself, and we should value knowledge about God simply as a means to this end…Be interested in truth and orthodoxy, in biblical teaching and theology, not as ends in themselves, but as a means to the further ends of life and godliness.” -J.I. Packer, Knowing God