Have you ever wanted life to be more simple? Have you ever wondered why theology has to be so complex? I think to many people just trying to wrap their heads around the belief of an infinite creator, good and evil, morality, the fall of man, the concept of sin and our need for redemption through the sacrifice of God’s son—who is actually God incarnate as a man who willfully subjected Himself to torture and murder—seems far too complex. Shouldn’t life be simpler than that? Don’t we long for simplicity? The fact is though, that we are not simple. Life is not simple. Our minds are so amazingly complex that scientists have barely started to grasp how they work.
So what is the key to a peaceful life? How do we embrace a simple life in a complex world? I think the answer is simple faith. My mom has a blog called Simple Faith and I believe she is on to something. When we finally get past our desire to understand all and humble ourselves in the fact that we never will understand everything, then things start to get a little more simple. When we lay down our pride in fighting to always be right, then things start to get a little more simple. When we give into love instead of hate, then things start to get a little more simple.
There are so many theologians in the world, men who spend years in college to become a doctor of divinity but then what? They start arguing with other doctors of divinity about whose “theology” is correct. Is that really what being a disciple of Jesus is about? I don’t think so. I personally think staring at a sunset can teach you more about God than a classroom. Don’t get me wrong—I am not down playing education. I am in fact a Bible college student myself. I am just downplaying the seeking of knowledge over love. That is where we go wrong. Love God and love people! Live the simple life.
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. -2 Corinthians 11:3