by Pastor Greg Laurie
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15
Often times Christians don't like to deal with theology. Some people will ignorantly say, "I don't care about theology. I just love Jesus." That's a sweet sentiment, but it's a dangerous one. We need to care about theology. Theology is the study of what God has revealed to us. If we don't know what God has revealed to us, then we won't have a spiritual or moral compass to guide us through life. Without a spiritual compass, we may be off course just a bit today, but we'll be entirely lost by the time tomorrow comes around.
Let's say that you went down to LAX and boarded a plane to Hawaii. Then as you're buckling your seatbelt and the plane is taxiing down the runway, the voice of the captain comes over the intercom and says, "Welcome, ladies and gentlemen to United flight 232 with service to Honolulu, Hawaii. I have been having a problem with some of our navigational devices. They seem to be a few degrees off. I'm not really that worried about it. I think we will be okay."
That's ludicrous. Hawaii is just a speck in the middle of the ocean. I'm always amazed they find the place to start with. If the navigational devices are not working properly and the plane is just a few degrees off, it will be miles off course by the time it's supposed to land. So you might be a little off course now, but you'll be crash landing later on.
In the same way we must know what we believe. We must know what God has revealed to us through His Word. If we don't know sound theology, we may find ourselves further from the truth than we truly should be.
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.