Daily Archives: December 4, 2013
by Andrew Corbett
We have a major theological crisis. It’s really bad. In the public square we hear it, read it, and are shaped by it. Most of the proponents of this bad theology make the most amazing statements about their ‘god’ and then make the outrageous assertion that they are describing our God. For those introduced to God, it is easy to detect this bad theology. Truthful theology presents God as the Sovereign, All-Wise, All-Knowing, All-Good God who demands, expects and deserves our utter devotion and submission. Deceptive theology presents its god as the one responsible for our happiness and existing to grant our requests. Even the youngest Christian with an elementary understanding of the Bible can spot the difference. And you can easily tell the difference for yourself between those who hold to Truthful Theology and those who hold to Deceptive theology: their response to tragedy.
I frequently see an argument framed thus: How can there be an all-powerful, all-loving, all-knowing God if there’s all kinds of tragedy in the world? There’s some variation of it on every atheist gathering place the Internet has to offer.
I think Andrew Corbett nails the answer: Bad Theology! People create a false idea of who God is, and then they mad at their false god, and they decide he doesn’t exist. Of course he doesn’t exist! But don’t mistake him for the real God!