Theology (Knowing God or Knowing About God?)

(Another unorganized post…)

“Where is God? Not ideas about God. Not Biblical explanations about God. Where is God? Where can we find him, feel him, see him?
To experience God with our physical senses, we need to seek him in a place that is not physical, not a building or a book, but rather in an abstract, yet divine place. That place is Love. God’s in love, and why shouldn’t he be! He IS love. Seek genuine, loving friendships and you’ll find God there. Offer others a genuine, loving friendship and you’ll reveal God to others.
God is not discovered in the theories and theologies we talk about. The technicalities perhaps. The head knowledge maybe. But the hands on, experience of God is discovered in the practical, real-life relationships we build. When we build them with love, every time we meet one another, we experience the tangible presence of God, for we feel love, and God is Love.” –  Mick Mooney

“Never let your love for theology be greater than your love for people. For without a love for people, even the best of theology is useless.” – Mick Mooney

“As the author of the Theologia Germanica says, we may come to love knowledge – our knowing – more than the thing known: to delight not in the exercise of our talents bit in the facts that they are ours, or even in the reputation they bring us.” – Lewis

Nothing you can know about God is God.

“God can’t be thought, only encountered.” – Anthony Bartlett

“Theology is not a private reserve of theologians. It is not a private affair of professors…Nor is it a private affair of pastors…Theology is a matter for the church.” – Karl Barth

Studying someone implies the relationship is either immature (in the very early stages) or dysfunctional (because relationship is reduced to knowledge).

“Roughly speaking, the word faith seems to be used by Christians in two senses or on two levels, and I will take them in turn. In the first sense it means simply belief–accepting or regarding as true the doctrines of Christianity. That is fairly simple. But what does puzzle people–at least it used to puzzle me–is the fact that Christians regard faith in this sense as a virtue. I used to ask how on Earth it can be a virtue–what is there moral or immoral about believing or not believing a set of statements? Obviously, I used to say, a sane man accepts or rejects any statement, not because he wants or does not want to, but because the evidence seems to him good or bad. If he were mistaken about the goodness or badness of the evidence, that would not mean he was a bad man, but only that he was not very clever. And if he thought the evidence bad but tried to force himself to believe in spite of it, that would be merely stupid.” – C.S. Lewis



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