Theology 101

Presentation1A professor of religious studies informed his students on the last day of the term that not one of them had demonstrated a satisfactory understanding of Christianity. He ordered them to take out a blank sheet of paper and, in one minute, explain the theological essence of Jesus’ teachings.

The students panicked. Some wrote nothing, others wrote and erased, wrote and erased. When the professor ordered them to bring their papers forward, some were shaking, others were angry, a few were sure they’d nailed it.

The students stared in horror as the professor flipped through the sheets, muttering, “No…wrong…not even close…absurd…”

He then stood, and with a red marker scribbled an “A” on each of their papers.

“It’s grace,” he said. “Have a good summer.”

© Mitch Teemley, 2017

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27 Responses to Theology 101

  1. trE says:

    YES! This is a good one! I love it!

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  2. All Jesus! Not our own works, only his. Beautiful and wonderful grace. ❤️

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  3. And there but by the grace of god (and the prof) go they—into summer. 😀

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  4. The Greek concept of “agape,” outgoing, freely-given love without strings attached, was foreign to First Century Jews, Jesus’s applying it to God was blasphemous to them. Their concept of God’s love was more quid pro quo. Blessings only came from obedience, cursings from disobedience. Jesus preached and reportedly demonstrated that God didn’t keep score if one’s heart was teachable.

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  5. landl30 says:

    Amen…. (though you DO wish the students had paid more attention!)

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  6. What a great illiustration! 👍🏻

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  7. I missed it. Where was the mic drop? I’m sure there was one 😉

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  8. Reblogged this on The Recovering Legalist and commented:
    A great illustration. Right down my alley.

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  9. Relax... says:

    🙂 Perfect!

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  10. Reblogged this on Seeds of Thought and commented:
    An excellent illustration of complexity versus simplicity. People want to make the Truth complicated, God boils it down to one…simple…word: Grace.

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  11. Excellent illustration.

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  13. wzippler says:

    BRAVO! I haven’t like a post this much in some time!!!

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  14. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    So awesome. Living and practical Christianity shows our sin and why our Savior is needed everyday even if we think we nailed it. His grace already did.

    In Christ,


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  15. Barton Jahn says:

    Brilliant story!

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  16. Taryn Enos says:

    Reblogged this on Dancing With Philosophy.


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