Theology is a Greek word that means, “The study of God.” The first part of the word is, “Theo” from, “Theos” (Θεός) which is Greek for god. The second part of the word is, “logy” from the Greek word, “logia” (λογία) which means, “The study of.” So to the Christian the word, “theology” specifically is the study of God. This is different for the lost person. They look at theology as a study of some deity that may or may not exist. In the secular world there are colleges and universities that have classes teaching this, dare I say, “Study of god.” Their sources are like ours, as far as many of the texts go, but they don’t know the true God, and as such study Him with incorrect presuppositions. It is imperative that Christians start with proper presuppositions.
First and foremost, is that God is the originator of all things, known and unknown to us. This includes what can be learned. All knowledge comes from the LORD. Our ability to reason, use logic, remember, recall, convey, communicate and feel all comes from God. We would not be able to know anything if He did not will it to be. This seems basic, but there are books of theology that never assert this truth. Think about this for a moment. What does a tree know of God? What does a child know of God? What does a lost person know of God? What do you know of God? Read through those questions again and ponder the implications of each one of them, replace the, “what” with, “how.” God is a communicative Creator. We know this by His inclusion of the attributes essential to communication being integral to our faith and existence. Without those attributes we could not know God the way He intended. He planned to give us the progressive revelation of His word, in the form of the Bible. He planned for us to be able to write, read, and relay the knowledge of Him and His good message. We can know Christ the eternal God through what is written therein. So it is supremely important that we ascribe God the Creator, primacy in originating all things, including theology.
We must not ascribe attributes to God that He Himself does not affirm in His word. This would be a very dangerous endeavor. We would be making a god for ourselves, which is not the same as the true God who reigns supreme over all creation. Idolatry is, and has been, an insidious and cancerous evil. It substitutes a counterfeit god who cannot save us. The attributes or perfections of God that are taught in His word reveal to us the things that can be known by us of Him. Let us study theology then, in true faith and repentance, humbly approaching the feet of God, giver of all things.