It looks like I'll be getting a C in Systematic Theology (1st Semester). Not all is bad, however, as I got a 90% on my research paper. This is good, because I felt going into it that I might bomb that project.
Unlike my World Missions class, I didn't feel good about my paper as I turned it in. I feel a little outgunned when it comes to theology anyway, so turning in a paper for that class was pretty rough. Furthermore, my topic (of my choosing) was The fall of Satan: A theological study. I had no idea it would be that difficult.
In the end, my research indicated that the Bible isn't all that clear on Satan's initial fall from Glory. How did he really fall? Hard to tell. Some passages exist that have been interpreted as dealing with Satan's station before his fall and what his fall looked like, but they closely represent descriptions of people who really existed in history. So much so, in fact, that a number of scholars doubt that the passages (Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28) speak of Satan at all.
My research indicated that, in the end, God is much more interested in Satan's work here, including how we are to handle his presence and activity, and finally in Satan's end. I think this is a pretty strong statement on God's part. We shouldn't be worried about Satan's initial fall or his previous life in God's presence but in what he is doing now. Furthermore, we should be able to walk into any fight with him now with confidence, knowing his end is final and imminent.
If anyone wants to see my paper on the topic, let me know and I'll send it to you. Honestly, I think I could study Satan for months and not get everything down that I need in order to live a little more successfully in life. In fact, I'm considering putting some more effort into the subject and using that research later. We'll see.
Anyway, that's an update on Seminary. I'm hoping to slide right into the second semester of Systematic Theology so that I'll be done with that at the end of next semester. If any of you out there are Liberty Theological Seminary students, let me know how you think you did this semester.