Yesterday I was blessed to hear a message by Dr. Millard Erickson on the interaction between theology and history. He is well known for his book titled "Christian Theology" which is all about systematic theology.
What is systematic theology? I never knew until seminary...it is basically what does the WHOLE Bible say about a certain subject. As I prepare for a 2 week study on Sin and its practical emergence in sexual areas and addictions, I am reminded of the need for a systematic understanding of sin.
I like how the Baptist Faith & Message sums it up:
"In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. "
A shorter definition of sin?
Anything that gets between me and a right relationship with God.
In all things we must ask ourselves... is pride or self-worship at the heart of my actions & thoughts...or am I focused on glorifying and worshipping God?
"They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. "