A friend of mine uses the statement, “People DO what they WANT to do.” This statement is true on many levels, and also applies directly to the world of theology and practice. A reworded statement pointed directly at persons of faith could be, “People do what they believe.” If theology is defined as the study of religious faith, practice, and experience, then we must begin to make a better connection from faith to practice. We had better be ready to prove what we claim to believe by acting upon that belief.
The problem that can be seen in many places containing theological foundation would be the lack of methodology that supports the belief. If a person or organization claims to believe that persons who die without faith in Christ will spend an eternity in hell, then there should be an overwhelming support for this concept in practice and method. Evangelism should be a large part of the methodology of such an organization. The church that claims rightly that Jesus is the only way had better not be found hiding the light of Christ under a bushel. If there is a claim to believe that there is power in prayer, then prayer would and should be at the forefront of actions. If a belief is claimed and there is no action, application, or methodology to support this claim, is it really a belief?
I have to say it is not a belief, but a concept. A belief will mark you and guide all that you do. What you believe matters, and what you do gives evidence to the belief.
James 2:18-20 “But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”