My theology class is really challenging my thoughts about God and the way He acts. I guess that is good. I have to do a one page double space paper each week on a topic in the text. I think I might try and post most of them here to get your input. After writing the first one, I am realizing one double spaced page certainly is not a lot of space to get my ideas across. So please keep that in mind as you read this, my first ditty for Theology I:
Ditty 1: Is Natural Revelation Enough to Save a Person?
Natural revelation encompasses three general areas. These are nature itself, history and the constitution of the human being. As we look to Scripture to answer the question of whether or not these elements are sufficient for one to come to salvation the answer is not immediately clear. A perusal of Psalm 19 or Romans 1 seems to suggest that these elements in and of themselves reveal God to humankind. They speak of the heavens proclaiming the existence of the creator and of God revealing His existence to people. The question remains are they adequate to bring a one to a saving knowledge?
There is a disparity between knowing there is a God and actually knowing Christ. Although the heavens declare the glory of God, it is necessary to embrace the cross to find salvation. The Bible is clear that we must go further than acknowledging a higher being to gain eternal life. We must acknowledge our sin and find our way to the one who has paid the price for those sins. Jesus was clear when He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me”. To embrace the idea that natural revelation alone can bring someone to the cross is a giant leap in logic. Although, the beauty of creation, the Godless void in the human spirit, and the way God has worked throughout history speak to His greatness, it is Christ and Him crucified that brings us to salvation. The elements of natural revelation do not suffice to bring one to true repentance and life change. Natural revelation can begin the journey to salvation but one must be exposed to special revelatory elements to truly embrace Christ and follow Him with their entire life.
What do you think?