Tuesday, October 04, 2011

But did the disciples have evangelical theology?

The truth is even after the Holy Spirit fell on them I don't think the disciples had good evangelical theology.  They certainly weren't dispensational.  They would not have understood the trinity, hell I don't know that any of us really do.  They would probably not have understood atonement theory, had a proper view of eschatology, or ecclessiology. I don't think they would have understood soteriology in either a Calvinist or a Aminian way.   We see Peter, the recognized leader of the church even practicing racism.  We see the church practicing communism.  We see them still attending the temple!  They did not have their theology together.

What did they have?  They had an understanding of what it meant to live the way Jesus lived, and an understanding of Jesus as the Messiah.  And that was enough to not only found the church, but to turn the world upside down.

Perhaps in our pursuit of truth, we should be pursuing the truth in action as much if not more than the truth in our head.



Conrad said...

This scripture comes to mind.

Act 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

And also remember Saul sat at the feet of Gamaliel yet didn't know the Lord!

Act 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Our theology won't save us. Having a relationship with Jesus will. Matt 7:21-23

David said...

So as long as you include the pursuit of justice in addition to the pursuit of truth.

Forget about the American way, though, we all know that's fucked.