Theology Proper

Posted: August 6, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Theology Proper is the study of theology that specifically spends its focus on the doctrine of God Himself, in other words, the doctrine of God. A doctrine that should be studied.

God verse false gods

God (of the Christian faith) is a God who is personal and who keeps sustaining the earth that humanity inhabits (Acts 17:25; 28). God created the earth out of nothing, which theologians refer as “ex nihilo (Genesis 1:1).” Unlike other gods, God created man for his glory (Revelation 4:11).
Pantheism is a common belief that “the whole universe is God, or a part of God (Grudem 268).” This view denies God’s immutability since the universe is constantly changing in one aspect or another. This is communicated in the best selling movie, “Avatar.”
Dualism is another common view and claims that God and the universe has always existed and therefore cannot be sure if God will triumph over the evil since both are eternal. Dualism is seen in the popular movies titled, “Star Wars” where the “Force” has both a good side and an evil one (Grudem 270).
Deism is another false religion that says God created the universe but is distinct from it and has no involvement in it. Wayne Grudem says God is viewed as a clock maker and wound up the “clock”, in reference to the earth, and let it go and now it runs on its own. This view denies the whole history of the Bible (Grudem 270).

The Trinity

The trinity is a very difficult concept to grasp but a very important one! Stealing Grudem’s definition, “God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and each person is fully God, and there is one God (Grudem 227).” The Trinity is implied all the way back in Genesis (Genesis 1:26). We were made after God’s image. Genesis says God said, we were created after “our” image which implies the Trinity. Also, when we understand God in all of the Bible, we see He is a Triune God. God does not change and the Trinity has always existed. In Isaiah says that God’s people grieved the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:10).
God is three persons, each person is fully God, and there is one God (John 1:1-2). John 20:28 is strong proof that Jesus is Deity. The Holy Spirit is Deity (Matthew 28:19; John 13:26; Romans 8:27).
Each person is 100% God, yet there is only one God (Exodus 15:11; 1 Timothy 2:5).
So, God is one, yet has fellowship with Himself (three persons) and each person is fully God, not each person is 33.333% of God that makes 100% God, but each person is fully God!

God’s Character

God is independent and does not depend on anything or anyone except for Himself. We were created for God, not God for us (Revelation 4:11). God is immutable. This means that God does not change and has never changed (Psalm 102:25-27). God is eternal and has no beginning and no end (Job 36:26). God is omnipresence, which means that God is everywhere and may not be confined by anything (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 10:14; Psalm 139:7-10). God is in unified with Himself. All of God’s attributes are completely unified together (Ex. Exodus 34:6-7). God is a spirit and does not have a physical body like man (John 4:24). God is invisible (1 Timothy 6:16). God is omniscience, that is communicating God is everywhere (Job 37:16). God is the definition of wisdom (Romans 16:27). God is true and faithful (Jeremiah 10:10-11). God is good, which means He is the standard of truth and goodness (Psalm 34:8; Psalm 119:68). God is love, and gives Himself to others which is the most loving thing He can do to His children (1 John 4:8)! God is merciful, graceful, and patient (Psalm 145:9; Romas 9:15) (Pink 93). God is Holy (Isaiah 6:3) (Sproul 30). God is a God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33). God is a righteous God (Deut 32:4). Jealousy is another attribute of God, which is God wants to be praised (2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 4:11). God is a God of wrath, because God is a righteous God, His righteousness demands Him to be wrathful (Matthew 3:7). God is a sovereign God, and is in control of everything (Psalm 135:6; Psalm 115:3; Romans 9:18) (Pink 41-45)! God is beautiful, and this means that He has all the desired qualities (Psalm 27:4; Psalm 73:25). These are many of God’s characteristics that He has communicated to us and we reflect many of these to one extent or another (Grudem 160-219).

Man’s will verse God’s sovereignty

God is in absolute control. That is, everything that happens is either caused directly or indirectly by God. Nothing is a surprise to God. Yes, men do still make choices. Calvin was wise to not use the phrase, “free will” as it is very misleading and it can imply that God is not sovereign. Man makes choices, man does things, man is held responsible, yet God also communicates that salvation is not based on man’s will (Romans 9:16).
I cannot make perfect sense of this. I make choices, yet God is above my choices. My finite mind is unable to understand it perfectly; however God is sovereign in all of creation and of my life. Because God is in complete control, it spurs me on to pray to Him and to trust Him!

How old is the Earth?

I hold to a young earth. My estimate is between 6,000-10,000 years of age. Some scientist, certainly not all, but some will disagree with my estimate and say it has been scientifically proven. They will say this because of their dating methods of the earth. However, their dating methods have been flawed. “Most radiometric dating techniques must make three assumptions:
1. The rate of radioactive decay is known and has been constant since the rock formed.
2. There has been no loss or gain of the parent or daughter isotopes from the rock.
3. The amounts of parent and daughter isotopes present when the rock formed are known.
The major problem with the first assumption is that there is no way to prove that the decay rate was not different at some point in the past. The claimed “fact” that decay rates have always been constant is actually an inference based on a uniformitarian assumption (Patterson).” It is sad that many scientists make assumptions, and say they are fact. If you sent a rock to 4 different scientist to date it, you would get 4 different answers back. Could the scientist assumption be true? Yes, it could. However, it seems unlikely. It seems the most logical and consistent biblically to either believe that God made the earth more mature than an infant earth, like He created a mature Adam, or that during the whole earth flood (Genesis 6-8) the impact and pressure of the water made the earth older than it once was. Perhaps it was both. God created the earth to appear mature and then even older once the flood happened.
The origins of humans is that God created Adam, the first man (first!) out of the dust of the ground in God’s own image (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:7). Then God created Eve, first woman, as a perfect helper for the man, who is also created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:22).
The doctrine called, “Theology Proper” is very important as it impacts how one looks at creation, God’s involvement, and the nature of God. It is of importance and one should study it in order to know God better since we are created for Him (Revelation 4:11).

Works Cited
Grudem, Wayne A. Systematic Theology: an Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000. Print.
Patterson, Roger. “Chapter 4: Dating Methods – Answers in Genesis.” Answers in Genesis – Creation, Evolution, Christian Apologetics. Answer in Genesis, 06 Jan. 2011. Web. 04 July 2011. .
Pink, Arthur Walkington. The Attributes of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2006. Print.
Sproul, R. C. The Holiness of God. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1998. Print.

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