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神学问答2:研读神学为什么很重要?  

2011-08-03 23:11:00|  分类: 改革宗神学 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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2. 研读神学为什么很重要?


Why is the study of theology important?
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原文载于:http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/qna/theologyimport.html

打从人类历史的黎明开始,世界上所有的人类族群都在苦苦地追索人类存在的问题:“我是谁?为什么会在这里?我在做什么?我如何找到意义和幸福?”不同的文明,不同的人都曾对这个问题构思出不同的答案,从昔兰尼主义(Cyrenaicism)的绝对快乐(享乐主义)的原则,到印度教极端禁欲主义者(Jainists)绝对苦难的原则,等等。然而,这两个极端,和在两者之间的所有其他的人类哲学,对这些问题的答案都力有未逮。
From the dawn of human history, every people group across the world has been struggling with the great questions of human existence: “Who am I? Why am I here? What am I doing? How do I find meaning and happiness?”. Different civilizations and different persons have formulated different answers to these questions, ranging from the ultra-hedonistic principles of Cyrenaicism to the ultra-ascetic principles of the Hindu Jainists. However, both of these extremes, and every other human philosophy that lies somewhere in between, is insufficient to answer these questions.

神学背后最伟大的前提是只有创造人类的上帝,才能把人类的目的启示给人,并且向我们说明,我们如何才能得到意义和幸福。如果我们在我们里面寻找人生最深刻的问题的答案,我们绝对不会找到满意的回答;但是如果我们仰望那位造我们的上帝,并且让上帝的话和诫命成为我们生活的准则,我们对所有的问题就会找到一些答案。富贵,功名,权力,知识和所有人类追逐的事物从来不会满足我们;但是正如上帝透过先知耶利米所宣告的:“智慧人不要因他的智慧夸口,勇士不要因他的勇力夸口,财主不要因他的财物夸口。夸口的却因他有聪明,认识我是耶和华,又知道我喜悦在世上施行慈爱、公平,和公义,以此夸口。这是耶和华说的。”(耶9:23-24)
The great underlying supposition of theology is that it is only the God who created mankind that can reveal what mankind's purpose is, and show how we may obtain meaning and happiness. If we look for the answers to life's deepest questions within ourselves, we will never find satisfactory answers; but if we look to the One who made us, and conform our lives to his words and commandments, then we will find certain answers to all of our questions. Riches, fame, power, knowledge, and all the other things that humans pursue will never finally satisfy; but as God declared through the prophet Jeremiah, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom and let not the mighty manglory in his might; let not the rich man glory in his riches, but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

因此,神学不只是我们可以加在我们喜好的活动或清单上的一个兴趣和嗜好。它和我们生命的全部有关,也必须在我们存在的所有领域,塑造我们的思想,成为我们思想的内涵。缺少对神的认识,我们对自己的认识就是扭曲的,是虚无的,而任何的意义和终极的满足就会变得完全不可能了。
Therefore, theology is not just an interest or hobby that we can add to our list of favorite activities and diversions. It pertains to the whole of our lives, and must shape and inform our thoughts and activities in every sphere of our existence. Without the knowledge of God, the knowledge of ourselves becomes distorted and futile, and any meaning and ultimate satisfaction becomes utterly impossible.
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