Thursday, March 30, 2006

Something Resembling a (short) Argument

You cannot disconnect true theology and true love, and, in fact, proper theology must inform proper love and not vice versa.

Look at Deuteronomy 6:4-5: "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."

Love is certainly more than simply correct theology; but it is certainly not less. Correct theology must inform adequate love.

See also 1 John 3:23: "And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us."

John, like Moses in the Shema above, places belief in the true Son of God, Jesus Christ, prior to love of the brothers.

Only love with truth is true love.

1 comment:

Ben said...

That was really good Danny -- concise, and you certainly addressed the false dichotomy idea.

I don't think our responses are mutually exclusive in the real world; actually I don't think what you're defending would quite reach my connotation of doctrine. I mean, what would a group like the Orthodox Presbyterians be totally about? Machen split off from PCUSA in the twenties so that they could emphasize things like infant baptism and amillenialism. The only Orthodox Presbyterian I ever knew was a rabid defender of Reformed theology in all its aspects.