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 Humility and Theology

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. 1 Corinthians 3:18

I read something recently that reminded me of how necessary it is for a deep sense of humility to pervade theological study and discourse. This is not said enough, and when it is stated, it is often misunderstood. Frequently the role of humility in doctrinal pursuits is interpreted as the importance of being nice to those who disagree with us. This is certainly true, but such respect should be observed simply because we are Christians. Jesus commands us to love our enemies. If we are struggling to be cordial to other Christians who disagree with us then we really have no business sharing our conclusions about the Bible with anyone. In some instances it is argued that humility, when applied to the present subject, should compel one to be soft-spoken on theological stances and avoid engaging in difficult conversation altogether. What is lacking in both of these perspectives is the recognition that humility ultimately concerns the posture of our hearts as we relate to God, not as we interact with our fellow man.

The outrageous arrogance that can be found in the world of Christian scholarship and online Bible forums is due to the great dearth of authentic lowliness before the One who created and sustains all things. We so easily forget who we are, and then strut about pretending to be what we are not. Man is but dust enlivened by the breath of God (Genesis 2:7). As soon as we are born we begin our slow journey back to that from which we were taken (Psalm 90:3, 103:14). We are a vapor that appears and then vanishes (Psalm 39:5, James 4:14). Our strength and permanency can only be compared to grass which springs forth and then in a moment is no more (Psalm 103:15, Isaiah 40:6). The direct consequence of this inherent creaturely-dependence, together with the ravages of sin upon our being, is that we possess a mind that is futile and darkened (Ephesians 4:16-17). The sole remedy to this grave condition is not education, but illumination. It is only by the light of the Holy Spirit that we can “see” anything true (Luke 24:45, John 16:12, 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Ephesians 1:17). We are completely dependent upon God to give us accurate knowledge about His identity, His works, and the things that He has made.

read more: http://www.beholdingjesus.com/articles/humility-and-theology/


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