If you have read any of thinkgodly articles you will probably understand that thinkgodly has a difficult time approving theology that strays from the bible. The problem has a lot to do with the studies I have made learn how I handle the word of God. Every Christian has a number hats to fill such as the ambassador of God, a teacher, and Laymen, each are responsible for handling the word of God correctly. The word of God is often called a sword of the Spirit and if we are to handle this sword we must get a good strong grasp on its hilt.
While leading Christian theologians with good intentions develop theological terms, thinkgodly finds some to be misleading. Still the problem may be more a choice of words more than anything else may for no two people say the same things in the same way. Still the terms God has used hasnít changed over time but theological terms have. Unfortunately there are Christians coining new theological terms that reveal things that God has not committed himself to do.
For example, there are no biblical references to tribulation period and because this term is not found in Godís word, itís difficult to have a precise biblical description of the term. Because of this practice those who take Godís word seriously should ask where did God say that and how do we fill in the dots between doctrine and Godís word?
The problem is that the average Christian is more fluent in the theology of the tribulation period and pre-tribulation rapture than they are in what the bible actually says about the end times. The knowledge Christians have about the tribulation period and the rapture are primarily the opinions of man. The reason being, if God said nothing about the tribulation period in his word, how do we come up with a just interpretation when we donít have the faintest clue to define either one clearly?
Do Christian's understand that the opinions of men are easier to grasp and change than the truth God expressed in his word. The outcome is confusion and disagreement over what God expressed. Subsequently, the majority of theology refers to the Second Coming with at least three different versions. One man proclaiming that Jesus will definitely come before, another man claims during and yet another man claims after the tribulation period with separate resurrections for those in Christ and the dead. Most of these views have a favorable prediction for the elect and change man's understanding for what God has planned.
Currently the theology of the pre-tribulation rapture incorporates the idea that they wonít have to face the beast or be subject to the hideous things Satan will do to the saints. However Daniel and revelation plainly says.
The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. Daniel 7:25
And again Revelation says
If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. Revelation 13:10
Has God changed his plan? Is the sword of a Godís word used in Spiritual warfare? Revelation speaks of the souls of men that have been beheaded beneath the throne of God, is there any truth to it? The Internet reports that over 5,000 men and women have been beheaded in the last five years. During the war with Al qaeda and the Taliban sects of Islam, Islamic militants desired to rid their nation of foreign influence, they have beheaded five Americans. The idea is not a new revelation from God, but the bible speaks about the prophetic events that are unfolding before our eyes as we speak.
Another problem with theology is that no one is willing teach anything that will alienate the church. They teach what people are willing to hear.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3
Christians do not want to go through persecution and put to death due to their faith in Jesus Christ. They want assurance that they will be taken out of the world before Satan makes his appearance and attempts to steal, kill and destroy the earthly kingdom of God. Their ears are tuned to believe that they will escape all the violence Satan will inflict during the end times.
Jesus Christ had a favorite phrase he used to point out the hearing habits of men.
He who has ears, let him hear. Matthew 11:15
When you think about this phrase, you may think that everyone has ears and less than one percent are deaf. Jesus taught the secrets of the kingdom in parables so the world would hear the them but not understand what they heard. Those who have ears resist taking God's word at face value and make every effort to understand the words of the bible. In this way they would.
Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.' Isaiah 6:9, Matthew 13:14, Mark 4:12, Acts 28:26
On the other hand, following the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, the people gathered around the base of Mount Sinai to hear the commandments of the Lord. The awesome event instilled Israelites with the fear of God and going to Moses they said.
"Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die." Exodus 20:19
The Holy Spirit spoke about this incident in this way.
"Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, Hebrews 3:7-8
Man has selective hearing and listens as if he lived by a busy highway and pays no attention to the passing cars. He doesnít consider that there are people in those cars going places to do things they need done. Who they are and what they are doing doesnít affect their lives first hand. We are in a habit of shutting the world off when our interests are on the things we want to do.
However, there are a few things in life that capture our interest and the fascination with that subject will compel us to know all there is to know about it. Nothing gets in the way of reading books, going to seminars, and watching movies on the subject. On the other hand, reading and study of the bible is foolish to the people who do not take Godís word to heart. They do not understand that
that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3
The food the earth produces sustains the flesh of man but his flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God. God is concerned with the spirit that occupies the flesh and whether the spiritual ears of man hear the things of the spirit and then take every word of God to heart. Man can not fathom that the flesh of man when it is spent will be burried on earth, but the spirit of man will dwell in the spirit realm forever.
Even the spiritual man can be inside the church walls and be like those who live against the highway. And although they hear the word of God it goes in one ear and out the other without a stop sign or anything else that enables you to hear the word of God. The serious Christian need to,
Consider carefully what you hear. Mark 4:24
We also need to consider our relationship with God is on a personal level so we need to spend time with him. Just as we ask our friends for the straight scoop about matters concerning them to their face, we should do the same with God. Asking God pertinent questions regarding Mark 4:24 can be a way to begin. A good question would be what do you mean by carefully considering what you hear?
Asking questions like what do you mean will show God an interest and desire to learn about him.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
You may feel stupid for the questions you ask but if you don't know the answers the question is not pointless. The next step takes you to the concordance to search key words such as hear, hearing and heard. You may also want to consider searching for listen and listening. Jesus said,
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Luke 11:9
God will answer your question in time. Once you have found the answers you are looking for take time to consider them. See how they relate to each other and you will find the secrets of the kingdom of God.
The same is true about theology, but we need to consider theology as if it were the opinion of men. In presenting the theology of thinkgodly it is our policy to load its pages with supporting scripture to enable you to follow along so you can reprove. But it is still your responsibility to take every thought thinkgodly presents into captivity so you may justify what we have written in your own mind.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
Thinkgodly is far from being perfect and we do not claim to know everything. It is our goal to give the readers of this web site information about God to ponder. At the same time our hope is that you develop a closer walk with God.