Why Should We Want to Study God?

There are several reasons why we might engage in theology. Some of our motivations are more righteous than others.


Some wish to remake God in their own image. They wish to create a deity according to their own wisdom and preferences.


Some wish to satisfy their curiosity. Different teachers present different gods, and they long to know the truth.


Some are consumed with their own health, wealth, and prosperity. Therefore, they desire to figure out God that he might be used to benefit themselves and their earthly kingdoms.


If God exists, then he is the greatest possible danger. He needs to be figured out so that man might make sure he is on God’s right side.

In a blog, one person wrote, “Apatheism, also known as pragmatic atheism or practical atheism, is acting with apathy, disregard, or lack of interest towards belief or disbelief in a deity. Apatheism describes the manner of acting towards a belief or lack of a belief in a deity, so it applies to both theism and atheism. An apatheist is also someone who is not interested in accepting or denying any claims that gods exist or do not exist. In other words, an apatheist is someone who considers the question of the existence of gods as neither meaningful nor relevant to their life.Apathetic agnosticism claims that no amount of debate can prove or disprove the existence of one or more deities, and if one or more deities exist, they do not appear to be concerned about the fate of humans. Therefore, their existence has little to no impact on personal human affairs and should be of little theological interest.Some apatheists hold that if it were possible to prove that God does or does not exist, their behavior would not change


Proverbs 1:7 states, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

Likewise, Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.


Because man will worship something, and he might as well enjoy and glorify the Supreme what or who. Consider this quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It was delivered on Sunday morning, January 7th, 1855 at New Park Street Chapel in Southwark when he was twenty years old.

There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subjects we can comprehend and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go on our way with the thought, “Behold I am wise.”  But when we come to this master-science, finding that our plumb-line cannot sound its septh, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the … solemn exclamation, “I am but of yesterday and know nothing.” … But while the subject humbles the mind, it also expands it … Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continuing investigation of the great subject of the Deity … Would you lose your sorrows? Would you drown your cares? Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in his immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.  It is to that subject that I invite you this morning.