Here’s the final part of the essay!
The final reason for why theology is an important part of education is that it places all learning in its proper perspective. Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” A study of theology teaches us that all real knowledge and understanding begins with the Lord. This acts as a constant reminder of why we learn what we learn. In 1 Corinthians 3:19, Paul tells us that the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. We are to do everything, including studying, for the glory of God. If our focus is on inflating our knowledge for selfish gain, we have the wrong perspective on learning because we are focused on building ourselves up in the knowledge of this world. Again in 1 Corinthians, we are told by Paul that “knowledge puffs up.” We must combat this by tempering all study with a study of God’s Word, His Character, and the wisdom He desires to impart to us. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” The fear of the Lord is not only the beginning of wisdom and knowledge, but it also brings humility (Proverbs 22)! Most people learn today with the goal of becoming educated for themselves. However, as Christians, our responsibility is to learn so that we can glorify God and allow Him to use our learning to accomplish His purpose. This is the fundamental difference between the purpose of education for believers versus that for unbelievers. Studying theology allows us to be continually reminded of the end goal of our education.
As Christians, we are required by God to study His Word. God rewards us when we obey Him, and this is clearly seen when we examine the multiple benefits to studying theology. The Bible is applicable to every area of life, and our understanding of it will have a great effect on all regions of our existence. All truth in the world stems from the character and mind of God, and we must be familiar with who He is in order to rightly discern truth from error. Finally, studying theology helps keep us humble in our pursuits of knowledge because as we learn more about God, we begin to realize the vastness of His wisdom. As David beautifully expressed in Psalm 8:4, who are we that God is mindful of us? The study of theology is an indispensable discipline in the life of a believer.