The supposed conundrum is that: Since God is so far above us, what can we do to know Him? Surely, we need an army of experts, is the loud claim. Ignoring all evidence that God has made the apparently impossible stunningly simple, people proceed to codify and complicate matters. It is like a group of four year-olds electing the best readers amongst them to go read their parents’ libraries and return with a report about what an adult is and how to interact with one.
Really, the only viable methods to know their adults are 1) spending time with them and 2) personal maturity. Strangely enough, one leads to the other. The four year-olds may gain a few insightful tidbits from such study, but these will be distorted by their current levels of understanding such that the advantage is quite negligible. Or, worse yet, they could get so caught up in these “little jewels” that they forget the main goal of knowing the adults in their lives. However, they will probably get to call themselves adultologians.
Like a patient parent, God holds out His hand, inviting us to get to know Him, and rather incidentally, mature by the process. He has lovingly surrounded all of us with creation’s messages of his provision and magnificence. It all sings out of His qualities of Father and Redeemer; and His written Word is there to help the spiritually tone deaf to follow along. Like stubborn children, some people drown out the obvious beautiful melody in favor of their own fanciful, but cheerless, philosophies. They think that if they scream out their positions loudly enough, they are showing some sort of intellectual superiority.
In the story, The Princess and the Goblin , by George MacDonald, trusting God and His direction is described as following a string. The string is always readily available, easy to follow, and contrary to human wisdom. (consider Colossians 2:6-10) Attention to it’s guidance is both saving and full of adventure. No expertise needed; just trust. This approach, of God’s, does not congratulate the haughty, so it is usually bypassed by those who “love to have preeminence.” They find it much more satisfying to be in charge and lead others down whatever path they choose to follow.
The word “theology” means “the study of religious doctrines and matters of divinity,” (Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th edition). Jesus Christ, and His first apostles, speak only of knowing Him – and only Him. Walking with Him. Being a friend, a bride, a son, a living temple occupied by Him. Part of a family. Who needs a theologian?