I want you self reflect for a second. If you died today and saw Jesus and He told you that the theology you affirmed was correct how would you respond? Would you feel a sense of accomplishment for being right? Would you have a feeling of “I told you so” toward the people in your life that you conversed about these things with?
Don’t get me wrong theology does absolutely matter. Theology is the study of God. It’s learning various doctrines and discovering which ones make the most sense throughout the totality of scripture. Theology in itself is incredibly important as we pursue a knowledge of God and how to better serve Him.
The problem is where we stop learning, and stop hearing opposing theological views. It’s when we start going down the rabbit hole of “only these types of Christians are saved”. Though not many would admit it, most people think their view of theology is the primary view and everyone else should agree with them. I will rightfully admit that I do this and have to stop from doing it often. There is nothing more wonderful than discovering something new about scripture or God’s character, but not everyone is on the same plain as we are.
In fact I must emphasize that it’s only through God’s grace that He reveals things about Himself to us. I didn’t come into view of reformed theology through arguments. In fact it was arguing that caused me to search the scriptures myself. I almost lost a friend over it, but to God’s glory I not only kept my friend but gained a new view of God. A view that has ignited my desire to seek God even more than I had ever before.
If our answer to the initial question ends in our rejoicing that we were right, that actually says more about our heart condition now. We should be excited to learn so much so that when we are wrong we rejoice. In fact there is a Proverb that says exactly this. “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. ” Proverbs 9:8
Let us all be wise in our pursuit of God. Let us not consider ourselves better than anyone else, but work together to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.