Theology and Jesus Thinking
October 25, 2014
For this to be an introduction it covered a broad range of theological topics. And since we are faced with so many world religions and dogmas, exploring other religions is not bad just to understand ours. I like how David F. Ford explained the concepts surrounding why we have religions and why our life needs it. Knowing God is one thing and how people perceive him is different. For instance Issis and Al Qaeda feel like they are doing service for God according to their belief. According to our postmodern belief system we consider them terrorist. That’s why I was really intrigued when we get into and on the subject of Jesus Christ. Ford delivers a convincing realization when it comes to theology and primarily Jesus Christ. “ Within the New Testament the tension between an interest in speculating about the details of the end of history and a more fundamental insistence that, whatever the deals and the plot, the basic truth and hope is in Jesus Christ a the decisive character in the drama.” Jesus is involved with creation and in the end of all things. I like this because people can speculate for a lot of things in the book of Genesis of what they don’t believe. There are stories that point to issues that are happening in our society today, for example the treatment of woman in Genesis. But when theology is really looked into having a conclusion and an end in one person is pretty promising. This is not to say other religions don’t have this in some form. But having one person who was involved with creation, involved in the history of man, revealed to us though a body, died for the sins of the world, rose from the dead and is going to return, really encapsulates every area of a theology. It’s hard to conceive having a religion or belief system that does not have this type of breadth.
To me from this book I feel like I gravitated more to Jesus and Jesus thinking because the doctrines that are about him are not just monetary. His life and death reaches a lot further than just dogmas and tradition. His existence from the beginning of time is important to his claims of being the Messiah. Having rituals and systematic religion does not touch on these issues like Christ. 1 Timothy 3:16 sums it up like this, “Without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness, God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.”(NKJV) I just think you have to touch on all these areas for a theology to by conclusive about all of life.
The book Theology a Very Short Introduction really got me thinking about religions in the world with an open mind of why people need a religion or a theology. It made me do a closer analysis on mine. At times we can forget the richness of our faith in Christianity and what Christ came to do for humankind. I am not just doing religion to prove an ideology like some religions do. I am believing that in Christ I have promise of the life down here and the one to come.
 David Ford, Theology a Very Short Introduction (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 82.