If we have Jesus, we could lose absolutely everything, and still consider it gain.
From helping our children learn about nature, to elite academic work on creation, the redeemed intellect never stops his intellectual endeavor on created things, but looks up to the source: God the Trinity.
Have you ever had the experience of walking into a room, and, once you enter, you start ranking everyone in that room? We frequently compare ourselves to others. Many times, we shape our very identities in relation to those around us. One of the key ways to kill a comparative spirit is by hearing and obeying Jesus’ command, “You follow me.”
Two doctrines clearly stand out as distributive, that is, they are not restricted doctrines, but often determine how other doctrines are shaped and understood. The first doctrine is the Trinity. The other distributive doctrine is creation ex nihilo (out of nothing).
If we are to face and engage threats to the pursuit of good—whether intellectual or otherwise—we need to have an understanding and practice of virtues, which in turn requires a proper and well-informed theology of creation and humanity, and thus, a good doctrine of God.