What is a Theodiction?


      W hat is a theodiction? A theodiction is a word that I made up to describe a man-inspired doctrine that contradicts the word of God; theo from theology and diction from contradiction – a theological contradiction. There are lots of them. Some theodictions contradict other theodictions. I thought I might publish a theodictionary, but it would offend almost everybody so I abandoned the project.
      I picture the body of Christ as an orchestra and God is the Conductor. Each of us is playing a different doctrine depending on which denomination we are in. We start to play and it sounds fine at first, until someone starts harping on his particular theodiction. Someone else starts drumming a response. Some of us wince and try to drown them out by fiddling a multitude of unrelated counterpoints. We’ve diverted from the score. We’ve lost the harmony and instead of playing together we are playing at one another. It sounds awful.
      Then we hear the Conductor tap His baton; it roars like thunder and we all snap to attention.
      “Why don’t we play something we all know?” He asks. “It begins like this – Jesus is the Son of God, He died on the cross for your sins. He rose from the dead so you can have eternal life, for God so loved the world.”
      The melody is lovely; it brings tears to our eyes. We begin playing together and all our instruments are in tune. It is a majestic symphony. The Conductor is smiling.
      Let’s keep playing the same song together so the whole world can sing along.

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and the same judgment. – I Corinthians 1:10

copyright 2007 by H. D. Shively

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