Systematic Theology I
The study of God has been taken place for many centuries. There have been various well known theologians that have spent a life time studying theology. What is theology? Theology is the study of God. It has been a desire for many Christians to know God. It is a true fact that no one will ever know God fully. “No one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him” (Matt. 11:27; see also I cor. 2: 19-16.”(Grenz, 2000 pg 49). People may not know God in full, but He does want us to know of His grace, love, and salvation, that He has given to all people. It is also important to know and understand how the doctrine of revelation reveals the issue of knowing God, as well as knowing what are the sources of knowledge? It’s challenges, strength as well as the weakness of General revelation. Revelation is always the primary basis for theological knowledge which is the knowledge about the one and only God. The doctrine of revelation reveals the issue of knowing God; such as wondering where is God, who is he and where do we find God. Just knowing God were some of the issues theologians were researching and studying so man could have an understanding to these issues. It is theology that helps bring forth theological doctrine of God’s revelation. There are two revelations defined differently, according to study that are general revelation and special revelation. They are slightly defined differently but they both are the source to understanding how to know God, as well as what is God’s purpose of revelation, and why did God want to reveal himself to mankind. According to theologians, God want us to know him so he can establish a relationship with people. The study of revelation does give a healthy perspective. I would say according to study, finding God in nature that would include science as well as rational endeavors and scripture. But how do we know if the information learned relating to knowing God is accurate? Because the Theological method is founded on a correct understanding of revelation. Knowing God through general revelation obtains the knowledge of God that can come through observation of its nature. Many see the world as being orderly and beautiful. The natural law points out that the world reveals a God and a system; that is set on principles. “The first epistemological issue that demands further analysis is that substance matter received in general revelation or what is actually being revealed? It appears at first glance, that there is common understanding of what God is revealing about himself. However, the theological jury is still out deliberating a revelatory verdict”(Howard, 2010 pg. 2). What are the sources of knowledge? “the doctrine of revelation is exploration of the source of knowledge about God which lead to relation with God”(lecture). And Christians can obtain the knowledge of God through experience and knowledge. “The possibility of knowing God raises the question of means. If we can know God, how does this come about? Christian thinkers offer a panorama of suggestions as to what forms the fundamental route to knowing God”(Grenz, 2000 pg. 45. They are through: •Knowledge of God through Reason.
•Knowledge of God through Religious Experience.
•Knowledge of God through God’s Self-revelation.
Knowledge God: “Despite what appears to be a multitude of competing views, by the middle of the twentieth century theologians had come to somewhat of a consensus surrounding certain fundamental conclusions concerning knowing God”(Grenz, 2000 pg. 49). •Knowing God as Subject.
•Knowing God in History.
•Knowing God and the Concept of Community.
Knowing that God has opened up a great deal of information for Christians to know him and have a close relationship with him. But there are still challenges still in this day and time...