Monday, June 11, 2007

Create Your Own Theology!

That's right you have the opportunity to create your own convenient theology!

My favorite convenient theology is "tangential (or was that tangental?) eschatology." Tangential eschatology works like this. If you are concerned about world affairs, oppression, conservation, helping the poor, learning to live like Jesus now, or matters of personal holiness my tangential eschatology jumps in, and I say, "Jesus is returning soon anyway, none of that stuff is going to matter."

Create your own personal theology. Name it, use it, abuse it for the glory of God - or at least for personal convenience. Go ahead and leave your personal self-created convenient theology by clicking "comment" below.

12 comments:

sonja said...

Can I be the first?

I'm going to name mine the "Duh" theology ... cause next to God I got no idea of how to create a theology.

william(hylander) said...

Phil,

The one "do-it-urself" eschatology that comes to my mind is, "Pan-Millenial" Eschatology. Here is how it works. You take the Preterist, Semi-Preterist, Historical Premillennial, Dispensational Premillennial, Amillennial, and Postmillennial, and throw them all into a "Pan". Since no one really knows that day, might as well stir fry it up! Woohoo!

By the way Phil, are you still "Pre-wrath" Premill?

Great topic!

carl said...

I thought of one but I'm not tellin.

Pastor Phil said...

Sonja, Sounds like a safe theology to me.

Pastor Phil said...

Hey Hylander,

Pre-Wrath - yeah pretty much, but mostly worrying about this season pre-wrath. ;-)

Pastor Phil said...

Yeah Carl, I bet you call it 'silent nug-mystery' too.

Agent B said...

Mine is "I've upped my standards, so up yours".

It's self explanatory.

Pastor Phil said...

You B a funny guy!

Adam Gonnerman said...

What an odd but interesting post.

Bryan Riley said...

What?? We're not supposed to make our own religion? I suppose it didn't work that well for Jeroboam either, but, gosh, aren't we just supposed to be all comfortable??

Pastor Phil said...

Hey Brian,

Thanks for stopping in at Squarenomore. I figure that as best we try to be faithful to allowing God to have His way in our hearts and minds, we still end up with some greater or lesser amount of our own religion, and therefore heresy. It is our heresy which is the comfortable part of our religion I would surmise.

bryan riley said...

Yes, we struggle with the idolatry of self, often unwittingly but pricked by the conviction of the Spirit, which may explain why we must take up our cross daily.

I think all too often American theology is more American than it is Christ-like.