Mar 20, 2008

I'm Drowning.

The posts are coming few and far between these days, because I'll just be honest, I am in waaaaaay over my head. I am now in my 27th year of Graduate School (or so it feels) and I still have not gotten that dern degree. Things were going along, slowly but surely, and then I signed up for Systematic Theology. Or as I call it, "The Unexplained Things That God Only Knows and Never Wants to Reveal To Us."

Folks I am in over my head on this one. And with each passing day I am getting closer and closer to just calling my father-in-law and asking him to take my tests and write my papers for me. But I hear in Seminary that's a bad thing. Whatever.

It's 10:51 PM on Thursday night and I'm still studying. Here's a little excerpt of what I just read before my eyes rolled back in my head and I started trying to swallow my tongue...

The term predestination is also frequently used in this discussion. In this textbook, and in Reformed theology generally, predestination is a broader term and includes the two aspects of election (for believers) and reprobation (for unbelievers). However, the term double predestination is not a helpful term because it gives the impression that both election and reprobation are carried out in the same way by God and have no essential differences between them, which is certainly not true. Therefore the term double predestination is not generally used by Reformed theologians, though it is sometimes used to refer to Reformed teaching by those who criticize it.
Somebody, please!
Dad called me the other day and could tell I was upset. So he says...
Dad: What's wrong with you?
Me: I just finished taking a test which I am positive I failed.
Dad: There's no way.
Me: What do you mean?
Dad: I mean there's no way you could have failed. You're way too smart. Besides you have your dad's luck. Which has always been good. So there's no way you failed.
Uuuhh, Dad? I made a 62.
Apparently the only thing I have of yours is your nose.


txjules said...

God Bless You is all I can say!! Keep at it girl. While you are learning the "unknown" things of God I am reading my People magazine and learning how Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are doing with their twins!! Which I believe won't matter an ounce in light of ya!!

Anonymous said...

I have two words for you sister sojourner...TOLD YOU!!Systematic Theology is excruciating. I feel your pain!

And, your friend who said she is reading People magazine needs to be reminded that the monotonous reading concerning predestination won't matter in light of eternity either. Scream with me, "Just give me Jesus!!"

Hang in there girl! Terra and I are swinging on the same branch with ya! You'll make it through!

Lisa said...

Now you understand what I live with. This is the kind of light reading my husband does while relaxing before bed. I see his mouth moving but all I hear is "blah, blah, blah" Lost, completely lost.