theology proper, Paterology

What is theology proper / Paterology?


Question: "What is theology proper / Paterology?"

Answer:
Theology proper is the study of God and His attributes. Theology proper focuses on God the Father. Paterology comes from two Greek words which mean "father" and "word" - which combine to mean "the study of the Father." Theology proper answers several important questions about God:

Does God exist? God exists and ultimately everyone knows that He exists. The very fact that some attempt so aggressively to disprove His existence is in fact an argument for His existence.

What are the attributes of God? In the words of the hymn writer, ?immortal, invisible, God only wise?most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, Victorious, thy great name we praise.? Knowing God?s attributes leads to glorifying and praising Him.

What does the Bible teach about the Trinity? Though we can understand some facts about the relationship of the different persons of the Trinity to one another, ultimately, it is incomprehensible to the human mind. However, this does not mean it is not true or not based on the teachings of the Bible.

Is God sovereign, or do we have a free will? When we talk about free will, we are usually concerned with the matter of salvation. Few are interested in whether we have the free will to choose salad or steak for our dinner tonight. Rather, we are troubled over who exactly is in control of our eternal destiny.

Theology proper discusses God's omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, and eternality. It teaches us about who God is and what He does. Paterology focuses on how God the Father is distinct from God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Only by knowing who God is and what He does can we properly relate to Him. Many people have unbiblical perceptions about God that affect how they understand Him. Some people see God as a brutal tyrant, with no love or grace. Other people see God as a loving friend, with no justice or anger. Both perceptions are equally incorrect. God is full of mercy, love, and grace - and at the same time righteous, holy, and just. God grants mercy and sends judgment. God punishes sin and forgives sin. God will grant believers entrance into Heaven and send unbelievers to Hell. Theology proper gives us a more complete understanding of who God is and what He does.

Romans 11:33 is perhaps a good summary verse for theology proper / Paterology: "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!"


Related Topics:

Christology - the study of the Person and work of Jesus Christ.

Pneumatology - the study of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit.

Bibliology - the study of the Word of God.

Soteriology - the study of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Christian Anthropology - the study of the nature of humanity.

Hamartiology - the study of the nature and effects of sin.

Angelology - the study of angels.

Christian Demonology - the study of demons.

Ecclesiology - the study of the nature and mission of the church.

Eschatology - the study of the end times / last days.



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What is theology proper / Paterology?

 

Questions About God

Does God exist?

Who is God?

Is God real?

Is God dead?

What are the attributes of God? What is God like?

What does the Bible teach about the Trinity?

Can monotheism be proven?

What is Theology Proper / Paterology?

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

Did God create evil?

Why does God allow the innocent to suffer?

Does God love everyone or just Christians?

Is God sovereign, or do we have a free will?

What are the different names of God, and what do they mean?

Where was God on September 11th?

Why doesn't God still perform miracles like He did in the Bible?

Does God hear / answer the prayers of a sinner / unbeliever?

Why does God love us?

Why was God so evident in the Bible and seems so hidden today?

Does God punish us when we sin?

Why is God a jealous God?

Who created God? Where did God come from?

How do I get the image of God as imposing and angry out of my mind?

Does God change His mind?

Has anyone ever seen God?

What does it mean to fear God?

Is it wrong to question God?

Is there anything God can't do?

Does God have a sense of humor?

Why is God so different in the Old Testament than He is in the New Testament?

Is God / the Bible sexist?

Why does God demand, seek, or request that we worship Him?

Is God fair?

Why did God command the extermination of the Canaanites?

Is God male or female?

What is YHWH? What is the tetragrammaton?

Does God make mistakes?

What does God look like?

Why does God allow sickness?

What does it mean that God is love?

Why does God create people when He knows they are going to go to hell?

Why does God allow evil men like Hitler and Saddam to come into power?

Does God tempt us to sin? What about Abraham in Genesis chapter 22?

What is deism? What do deists believe?

Does God still speak to us today?

Why does God allow natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis?

What was God doing before He created the universe?

What is God's will?

What is the immutability of God?

Could God create a rock so heavy He could not lift it?

Why does God refer to Himself in the plural in Genesis 1:26 and 3:22?

Why does God require faith?

Does God help those who help themselves?

Why does God allow birth defects?

Why does Scripture emphasize the right hand of God?

Does God have a physical body?

Can God sin? If God cannot sin, is He truly omnipotent?

What does it mean that God is infinite?

Why does God allow evil?

Why does Isaiah 45:7 say that God created evil?

Where is God now? Where is God when it hurts?

Does God want us to worship Him as Father?

Is it sometimes God's will for believers to be sick?

What is the key to truly knowing God?

How is belief in God any different from belief in a Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Why won't God heal amputees?

Is God cruel?

Is God imaginary?

Why did God allow the Holocaust?

What does it mean to find God?