Your theology shapes your relationship with God because everyone has a theology (understood and practiced teaching) about God, including Satan. How does your theology shape the kind of person you are and how you relate to your Creator?
My Christian faith is informed by the Roman Catholic and Anglican theological traditions. In addition, my thirty-one years as a Benedictine monk was a formative period in which my Christian vision was deeply influenced by Benedictine spirituality.
In my current living of my faith tradition, I understand the human person as created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and created to worship and praise God. While in the biological sciences the human is categorized as homo sapiens, a deeper theological reality is that the human is homo adorans.
The human becomes who he/she is precisely in the act of adoration of God. The human is made for adoration. When the human forgets, rebels, or moves away from this constitutive vocation, then he becomes fragmented, alienated, lost and in deep need of redemption–of being brought back “home”.
Indeed, this is the story of God and God’s people in the Old Testament, culminating in God’s rescue mission to humankind through Jesus Christ.
My understanding of the human person is also deeply influenced by Trinitarian theology. In short, the human person is made in and for relationship. Since the human person is created in the image and likeness of God, and God is Trinity, the human person is “hot-wired” for mutual relationship.
Furthermore, I see that mutuality in personal relationship can give birth to communion in the context of otherness. We see this relationship between the Persons of the Trinity, where there is perfect communion and distinction in relations. Communion between persons presupposes otherness.
In God’s relation to human persons, God offers a non-coercive presence, which is loving, free, and reconciling. In God’s presence, the human heart finds the possibility of being “seen” truthfully and compassionately.
In addition, my theological life takes very seriously the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation; God is with us as a human (Matthew 28:20). God’s revelation of God’s self in human flesh is a revelation of God who is love. God chose to be with us in the intimacy of sharing our humanity, especially our suffering. As we become partakers of God’s nature by adoption, we also share in the mission of being God’s incarnate presence.
Call to Action
- Do you adore God? If now, what is interfering with this human right and privilege?
- How is your theology of God shaping your life and relationships?
- Are you able to easily enter into communion with other image bearers? If not, what needs to change in you, and in them?
- Is your local church intentionally practical about communing in the matters of the human heart? If now, how do you and they need to change?