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Readers respond to Darren C. Marks's "The Mind Under Grace"

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Allyn Dault

March 15, 2010  4:56pm

Mr. Marks does an excellent job here of noting the necessary balance between personal wrestling with theology and the Bible against taking seriously the Church's history with both sources. How we read the Bible in relation to the theology(theologies) around us is of the utmost importance for believers today. I hope all of us who read this article are encouraged to engage with scripture on several levels (intellectual, emotional, personal, communal, devotional, practical, etc.).

Alaina Houtz

March 15, 2010  10:35am

I found this article refreshing. The Author's words and explanation I felt were right on. I love the spiritual aspect of what I believe and experience but I want it to be based on truth and not my own ideology which is flawed. It was also nice to have someone say what I have been trying to say. I plan to show people this article and pass it along for I feel its relevant and well laid out.

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Mishel Mac

March 13, 2010  8:23pm

Jesus often said to his enemies "it is written..." and so we should also know what has been written and how it was written and why. These things we learn from study of the scriptures and under grace and with the help of those who have come before us. This is theology. Also we need to know what Jesus said and what he commanded under grace because it is written that Jesus brought grace and truth. None of us under grace and with truth should be argumentative and force others to accept doctrine that is hard and is a burden. This is itself doctrine and should be a friend to all those who want grace and truth in their lives.

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Mishel McCann

March 13, 2010  4:37pm

dear John Guthrie. You are right that the NT is a systematization and is itself theology. Jesus also taught an non-chaotic gracious truth. The NT is not though a complete systematization and each person needs to learn and add knowledge to his faith which comes not just from reading but from applying one's mind under grace. We also learn from the organization of others who learn how to add value to the scriptures under prayer. Without prayer and without grace and without applying our minds and without learning from the efforts of others we will perhaps flounder when the storm comes. One of Jesus teachings was that if we build on the foundation of his teachings our house is built on rock. We need to work hard to understand the building blocks and to build on those blocks. All this is organized and is theology. All does not rest on a few slogans.

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Michel M

March 13, 2010  12:25pm

Although Jesus did not come to teach systematic theology, as a university subject, he still took a long time to teach commandments and a spirit (or tone and point of view) to the commandments. These commandments are scattered amongst stories and gospel fragments which need to be honestly studied in prayer in order to line them up and follow them. To be his disciples we have to obey his commandments, all of them, and we need to know what they are in order to be disciples. It takes theology to work out what the commandments are and what the Jesus-point-of-view is.

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Trevor Michael

March 12, 2010  6:35pm

This essay deserves to be carefully read and thoroughly absorbed. If we are formed properly through doctrine into good fruitful disciples we will be better able to go through stormy waters, even when God appears to have forsaken us. Job was able to continue with his faith even when he was devastated because his faith had formed him into the type of believer which no one, not even by Satan's fiercest means, could shake. So also for any firm doctrinal believer who is struck down with cancer or any other illness. They will, with correct biblical and doctrinal counseling and proper prior training face their troubles with firm faith. Or so we should hope. Those whose simple faith is too well propped up by fleeting feelings might lose their faith when the feelings are removed and things are physically and mentally not so rosy. There are some things we should just believe even though they go against the rational feelings we all want to have.

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Jake Eye

March 12, 2010  3:47pm

"...and we talk about sin, heaven, and church. We use those meanings to understand Scripture even as those core beliefs have come from Scripture." The first Christians had no new testament. The Church existed and was persecuted by Saul, well before his conversion and writings as Paul. This difference in perspective of how one views the relationship between the Church and the written word of God, changes everything. It's comparable to looking at an object through a concave lens, then looking at it through a convex lens. This difference of relationship with Church and the written word of God is the fundamental difference between Evangelicals and Catholics.

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Adam Shields

March 12, 2010  2:26pm

This, and understanding that there was a significant change in our understanding of what the church understands as truth and how the church understood scripture starting with Decarte would radically change evangelical theology for the better. We cannot undo Decarte, nor do I want to. But because of most evangelical's lack of historical understanding, it is assumed that we have always treated scripture knowledge as mathmatical-like proofs.

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