Engineers and mechanics think differently. Essentially, both methods of understanding are correct, important, and useful. When the problem is a leaky water pump, the mechanic’s skilled hands are better than expensive theory. Conversely, when the water pumps keep leaking, engineering is superior.
Our faith in God works in a similar manner. We build our understanding of God based on our experiences, education, and faith. Grandma’s faith is neither superior or inferior to the smartest theologians. Having differing levels of understanding is very beneficial to the Body of Christ.
What I love about God is His ability to interact with people on the exact level of their understanding. He loves the simple prayers of the children just as much as the deep questioning of the intellectual. He seems equally comfortable teaching the spiritual first graders and theologians such as Calvin. Luther, Augustine, and Tertullian. This is an incredible display of God’s brilliance.
To God belong wisdom and power, counsel, and understanding are his, (Job 12:13)
We need to let God teach us. The textbook for this journey is the Bible. Through its pages, we grasp deeper understandings of theology. God’s Word works on every level. The simple stories of the patriarchs are just as significant as complex theology found in Romans and Leviticus. Therefore, we all need to be diligent in our studies.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)