Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sincerely Wrong

In Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller writes, "At the end of the day, when I lie in bed and know that the chances of any of our various theologies being exactly right are about a million to one, I take comfort that God has things figured out."

OK, I guess that settles the question about whether or not my theology is the right one. So what does this say about your efforts and mine to understand God if it's already assumed that we miss the mark on some points of theology? I think it says that God is God and I am not. He's beyond my full understanding but that's what makes the mystery of God so intriguing. That's exactly what feeds my appetite to know Him more, to understand who He is, who I am and how we fit together. Does this mystery mean that God doesn't want me to know Him? Absolutely He wants me to know Him!

In a conversation I had with a person who followed a faith that's considered a cult by mainstream Christians, it became clear that his theology and mine were incompatible because much of his theology was based on writings other than scripture. In the end, all I could say to him was, "I believe you're sincere but I believe you're sincerely wrong." Being sincere in what I believe is not enough. Being sincere doesn't make me right. My theology must stand up to the test of scripture. And so must yours.

What constitutes minor points of theological disagreement and what are the indisputable points for you?

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