What is Your Theology Based On

What is Your Theology Based On?

Most people will agree that it is in life’s toughest and hardest seasons that an understanding of what one believes comes true. In other words, when faced with a trial, like infertility or a cancer diagnosis, is when people are really faced with the question of “what do you believe?” or “do you believe anything at all?”

I have spent a large part of the last 12 years in very difficult seasons and based on those trials I have come to the conclusion of just what it is that I believe. Today seemed like the right time to share what my theology is based on and after I share about my theology, I want to share what might be problematic with yours. 

My theology? It’s based on the Bible. Every Word in the Bible is what I believe. I don’t just pick and choose the verses that give me warm-fuzzies. I believe every single word, knowing that it’s God-breathed, alive and active!

“Every Scripture has been written by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfill any assignment God gives you.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“For the word of God is alive and active.” Hebrews 4:12

Now that you know what my theology is based on, do you want to hear what might be the problem with your theology? Well it might depend on what your theology is, but it’s become very apparent that a lot of Christians actually base their theology on what did or didn’t happen in their past. Let me give you an example… “I prayed for my sister to get healed from cancer and she passed away.” And before one might realize, their whole theology is based on that one circumstance. Or maybe it’s… “I was abandoned as a child” and so that person builds a whole theology around having a distant God who leaves them and abandons them. A few more example of this might be, “I will only believe God is good if he gives me a baby.” Or maybe that it’s that you love conjunctions and prepositions. “God is good, but…..” or “If this, then that….” Andrew Wommack sums this kind of scenario up perfectly, “People won’t let God’s Word get in the way of what they believe.”

The reality is that if we were to list every circumstance or event that people base their theology on, then it could be miles long. And there is a major, major problem with that! The major danger is that focusing on what didn’t happen then changes what truth actually is to you and instead of your theology being based on the Bible, it’s based on your circumstances. Or perhaps it’s 80% on the Bible and 20% of your circumstances or whatever % you want to make it.

The other situation I want to point out might be those Christians who base their theology on 2 verses from scripture that are taken completely out of context. If that’s you, then you will know exactly which two verses those are and this too, creates a major problem.

Can I encourage you to take time to do a heart and mind check about what you believe? Do you actually believe the Word of God? Do you believe that God is good or is it a circumstantial belief? I don’t know about you, but I will not base my beliefs on anything except the Word of God! I have faced a lot of hard things in my life. There has been death and sickness. There are a lot of things that have happened, and are currently happening, that have not made sense. But I will absolutely not let my circumstances or past experiences dictate what I believe. What I believe is exactly what the Word of God says and nothing else can or ever will alter that.

Let me proclaim that it’s time to stop creating a theology based on circumstances, experiences, relationships, situations or verses that have been taken out of context. It’s time to believe that you have a good Father in Heaven who desires for you to build your theology on his Word and nothing other than that.

What is Your Theology Based On

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5 Comments
  • Allison
    Posted at 07:33h, 13 June Reply

    Hello, I have been a long-time reader of your blog but rarely (if ever!) comment… I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for speaking truth and being such an incredible example of living for the Lord! I spent the last twenty minutes or so reading discouraging news stories and feeling pretty anxious at the state of the world and our culture, but I decided to visit your blog quickly before I moved onto the rest of my day, and I’m so glad I did. Your words, your steadfastness and commitment to Jesus even in the face of uncertainty, is such an example to me and countless others. I feel refreshed and inspired to move on with my day now, knowing God’s Word is true, and I can face the day with that assurance. Sorry this got pretty long for a comment, but I really am grateful for your ministry through blogging. Thank you!!! And I am praying for your family!! 😊

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 08:23h, 13 June Reply

    Great post today Caroline. Gosh you know I think that for a long time I based my theology on just the very thing you listed, my circumstances. But when I looked OUTSIDE my circumstances I saw the great big God who’d been there all along. He’s our Redeemer and we are protected under his wings.

  • Lin
    Posted at 13:42h, 14 June Reply

    I am truly loving so many of your blog posts recently! I love what you are sharing and the truth behind it! God bless you and your family for what you are doing for so many people!!

  • Kar Ka Burgess
    Posted at 17:34h, 17 June Reply

    Yes! Yes! So good! Wow! I can feel your passion and love for Christ. Thanks for sharing this

  • Karena Burgess
    Posted at 17:40h, 17 June Reply

    Yes! Yes! So good! Wow! I can feel your passion and love for Christ. Thanks for sharing this

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