The study of the Bible entails not only just reading from page to page, but it also incorporates some broad interpretation and exercising of the contents. As it is evident from the article: “Theology and Economics: A Match Made in Heaven” the integration of faith and the scientific study of human activities is more than just including scripture verses at the beginning at the kick-off of a lecture.
Integrating faith into other disciplines depicts how God’s radiant design is present in many subjects and how identifying it helps in bringing out His nature and purpose of man on earth. Most definitely for an open minded student faith-learning integration is an essential component for spiritual, social and academic growth.
The holy bible is designed uniquely regarding its preservation, production, and proclamations. The book has a unified idea of redemption that comes from several of its authors. It is overwhelming how it has stood the test of time and despite being criticized and mocked it still stands to be the bestselling book globally. For every human, at one point in their life, he or she is curious about their origin, purpose of living and their possible future. The biblical principles come into play and provide answers to some of these queries. In as much as economist advocate that people can improve their life by working hard, the study also agrees that humankind cannot live on GDP alone (Jordan, 2014). The inner person requires more than just materialistic things, and here is where faith integrates.
From economics, one learns how important it is to have a plan on how to manage and utilize resources. Economist believes that endowment available to man should be used to its optimal capacity. The same notion is seen in various instances in the Bible. Take for example in the book of Genesis after God created Adam and placed in Eden where he was put in charge of everything. God gave the first man on earth dominance over all resource so that he could use them to benefit himself. With the presence of lakes and farmlands, there were unlimited options of economic activities that human beings could involve themselves with.
Another incidence in the bible that is parallel to what most economists hold on to when it comes to resources is the parable of talents. This was a story told by Jesus to his disciples in the book of Mathew, chapter twenty-five. As per the parable, a master was living his household, and before his departure, he entrusted three of his servants with his property. When he came back, he found that two of his workers had put the talent allocated to them into use and made even more. This made him happy, and he blessed them with even more. Unfortunately, the third servant who had initially being allocated one talent chose to hide it. The master took him as a disappointment and even snatched from him the one talent and gave it to the other servants who were hard working. As it can be seen here there is integration, in that faith supports economics studies that resource or talents should not be hidden but rather should be used to acquire more.
Sadly the word of God is usually taken for granted, even by Christians who heatedly support its authority when in public. Some believers consider the Bible to be a limiting factor to what they can attain. But in real sense faith is very crucial and integrating it in all disciplines is fundamental.
Jordan, B. (2014). Theology and Economics:A Match Made in Heaven. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 115.