Speaking of theology, what makes me hesitate when it comes to,say, expounding on it? Frankly speaking, I do believe there are more competent people than I am when it comes to that. Both Catholics and non-Catholics alike have their own theologians. From my church, there are the Bishops and priests not to mention some of the religious brothers and nuns and laymen who have successfully pursued a doctorate's degree in Theology. Nevertheless one may indeed reach a certain amount of competency with regards to the subject even with a minimum amount of formal education. So if I may consider myself as such( i.e., a bit competent), I will attempt to say a little about theology or what it means to me. And all of it would seem to be like going through Theology 101 again.
Theology commonly means the study of the divine, of God. This we all know. But would it not be better to focus on some questions to better understand it in layman's term. "Who is God for me?" This was initially asked of all members of our community. I found this simpler than the cold calculating almost theoretical approach done in school sometimes bordering on the metaphysical.
The God that I know of, is He who is somewhere up in the sky that hears my plea whenever I am in a difficult situation and provides relief? Is He someone who just sits in a throne looking down on His mortal creation and lets them go on with their own business having been given free will. Is He someone I can hurt when I commit some misdeeds, that I can sort of hit Him as if using a bow and an arrow or with a six shooter can put Him down? The point then is that, being God, He is someone that comes in my own history. God acts on His own volition in a concrete manner in many events of my life. If I may cite just this once these verses from Psalm 8:
|3 I look up at your heavens, shaped by your fingers, at the moon and the stars you set firm-|
|4 what are human beings that you spare a thought for them, or the child of Adam that you care for him?|
|5 Yet you have made him little less than a god, you have crowned him with glory and beauty,|
|6 made him lord of the works of your hands, put all things under his feet,|
|7 sheep and cattle, all of them, and even the wild beasts,|
|8 birds in the sky, fish in the sea, when he makes his way across the ocean.|