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  —2 Tim. 3:16-17

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Theology

My theological journey

I have only started reading more into theology at the start of the year 2004. Before that, I was not interested in theology, looking at it just as another academic subject. What made me become more interested in theology? In this article, I would like to show you how I became interested in theology and the impact the journey have caused in my life.

Theology, which comes from the Greek words theos (God) and logos (study), is the study of God. When I first became a born-again Christian in the year 1997, I was not that interested in theology, as it seems very profound. Instead, I was just content with having a relationship with God and reading His Word. Theology for me was a dead thing; totally disconnected from the real world and from Christian living. This changed in the middle of the year 2003, in which I bought Robert L. Reymond's A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, not because I became interested in theology, but out of curiosity's sake. In the meantime, I took a module in the National University of Singapore entitled Logic where I encountered people on the module forum who would pose questions and doubts about Christianity or theism in general as and when the option presents itself. This questioning and discussion then carries on to the a new student forum which I created there (which is unfortunately not open to the general public), thus I started to read up more on the related issues to answer them.

However, the main thing which caused me to really become interested in theology occurs after I encountered difficult doctrines in Reymond's Systematic Theology. It was in the December holidays that I came to the points relating to election, predestination and total depravity that I stumbled. I did not knew it then nor before, but I was an Arminian. Thus, I struggled over the entire concept which was foreign to my worldview. The only reason then, and now, that I don't throw them out is that these concepts are backed up by Bible verses and sound exegesis. For some time, I tried to find a way out of the conundrum, but I could not find a way which is true to the Bible which I am comfortable with. In the end, I changed my approach and started to see if this view can solve the problems I had with it. Slowly, I found answers for all of them, thus I converted to this biblical view, which is commonly known as Calvinism. This event is the main catalyst that fire my interest in theology.

The impact this event had in my life was enormous. Before this event, I was living like an Arminian; trying to seek God by my own methods. However, after that, I change my whole idea of life. The idea of total depravity was liberating for me, setting me free from the pride of choosing God; and the other ideas which are related to the Sovereignty of God assures me that everything is under His control, including my growth in Him. Thus, I cease struggling to grow in Him and instead let God be God, learning to follow Him wherever He leads me.This has helped me in my walk with God as it is so much easier, instead of trying to "do this, do that", I just have to follow the Master wherever He leads me, for "His yoke is easy and His burden is light" (Mt. 11:30)