3.Where do we go to learn about theology?
If we would learn about God, then we must ultimately go to where God revealed himself. We cannot learn about God from our own thoughts and reasoning any more than we could learn about the character of some stranger across the seas without first going to converse with him.
Since God has revealed himself through creation, every human being can know him to some degree just by looking at nature. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1); and “that which can be known about God is manifest among [mankind], for God has made it manifest to them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things which are made, even his eternal power and Godhood, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-20). However, the knowledge we can derive from studying creation is never enough to bring us into a personal relationship with God. It can only condemn us, as we distort and suppress that knowledge because of our wickedness, and remake God into our own image, and the image of creation around us (see Romans 1:21-23).
So then, if we would learn about God aright, we must not stop with the general revelation of God, which is to be found in creation; but we must go on to pursue an understanding of the special revelation of God, and discover how he has revealed himself supernaturally in human history. The only way that God has revealed himself exhaustively, understandably, and salvifically, that is, the only way he has both made himself known to ignorant and disobedient humans and at the same time reconciled them to himself is through Christ, who is fully God from eternity, and who became fully human in time, to reveal God to man. And the only certain, infallible record of how God has revealed himself in human history through Christ is the bible. Therefore, if we would learn about theology, we must go to the bible, to seek God's special revelation of himself through the great hero of the Bible, Jesus Christ.
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