Theology is man’s attempt to understand Scripture. The problem is that man is generally stupid. Theology is not the same thing as doctrine. Theology is man’s conception of God. Talking theology is tough because you have to know all these big words and the history of theological thought in order to converse with someone of a differing theology.
In order to do my part to help people understand theology and doctrine, I will attempt to make big theological words easy to grasp. Right. No problem. Well, there’s one problem, I don’t always have a real good idea what thee guys are talking about. I like things simple, not smart sounding. Anyway, here’s a word I came across in some light reading yesterday I thought I’d expound on.
The Theological Word of the Day is: Supralapsarian. That’s supralapsarian. Break it down for me brothah.
Supra– means super, above and beyond.
Lapsarian–is a term used to describe the doctrine that man is fallen, that we sin and are not perfect.
Putting those together we have someone who really believes that man is really screwed up. This term is used to describe a particular kind of Calvinist. They believe that God has decreed the following things in the following order
1) God decreed to elect some to salvation and reprobate all others.
2) God decreed to create man both elect and nonelect.
3) God decreed that man would fall.
4) God decreed to provide salvation to the elect.
5) God decreed to apply salvation to the elect.
Basically, supralapsarian means that man is fallen because God made him fall and there’s nothing man can do about it. Don’t you just feel so much more smarterester? My thanks to LS Chafer’s Systematic Theology for this definition.