“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17
I recently wrote an essay about the importance of theology in education as part of a scholarship contest I entered. As I’m beginning college in the fall, it’s been a topic increasingly on my mind. The first part is below. Enjoy!
The importance of theological education cannot be overstated. As Paul repeatedly warned his readers, believers must be aware that the wisdom and knowledge of this world is foolishness before God. However, in order to go into the world, we must have learning. How do Christians reconcile these things? The solution lies in the purpose and foundations for our learning. As believers, our reason for learning needs to be centralized around the Biblical principle that we are to honor God in everything we undertake, and that the end goal of our learning is to glorify God and make His name known. Learning about God’s character and His Word also lays the foundation for every area of our life, including the areas outside of our education. We must diligently study theology to be able to apply His Word to all areas.
It is important to study theology because it is applicable to every area of life. In 2 Timothy 3, Paul tells us that all Scripture is not only given by God, but is also useful for “teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” God’s Word was given to us so that we would know Him and how He wants us to live out our relationship to Him while we are on earth. All of His Word pertains to us. Studying theology lays a basic but crucial foundation upon which we can build our lives as Christians. As reflected upon in Psalms, if the foundations are destroyed, what can we as believers do? We must study the Word of God in order to build a solid foundation that can withstand the trials that will come our way in life. Jesus elaborated on this in the New Testament with the parable of the two foundations. Jesus compared those who hear His words and act on them to the wise man who built his house on the rock (Matthew 7). In order to hear and apply His words, we must have an understanding of God’s character and what He expects from us, and these can only be gained by spending time in His Word, studying Him and what He’s revealed to us. In Psalm 119:11, the Psalmist writes that he has hidden God’s Word in his heart in order to keep from sinning. We must have the same attitude. We must study theology because the knowledge of it, or lack of, will have repercussions that reach to all areas of our lives.