"I'm not really into doctrine or theology; I'm more into life. I just want to love Jesus."Ever take that one apart for the dodger who's talking to you? There are a couple of ways of responding.
One way could go something like this:
- You say "I." Who and what are you? Are you an evolved animal, the product of conditioning and glands and solely material causes? Do your thoughts have any more meaning and significance than a sneeze or a tic? Are you the product of an unthinking process, so that meaning and morality are irrelevant to you? Are you created by an infinite-personal God, and morally accountable to Him? Do you differ from the rest of creation? How? How do you know? That's for starters.
- You say "not really into." How did you decide that? On what basis? Does this not assume a hierarchy of values? On what does your ethical code rest? How did you arrive at it? Is it for you only, or for others as well? If only for you, why so? If for others, on what authority? How do you know what you know? Are you a solipsist? A positivist? A nihilist? Can others know what you know? How? Should they? Why?
- You say "doctrine or theology." No doctrine or theology? Which doctrine or theology are you not into? Is there a God? Can you describe Him in non-doctrinal and non-theological terms? Are not all predications about God, by definition, both doctrinal and theological? Is not your anti-doctrinal position itself a doctrinal position?
- You say you're into "life"? What life? What kind of life? What does it look like? How do you get it? How do you distinguish it from its opposite? Do all have this life? If not, why do you have it, while they do not? Can they get it? How? Why, or why not?
- You say you just want to "love." What is "love"? Why love and not hate? What would love look like? What makes love good? Does love have a shape, form, and edges? Do all have it? Why, why not? How can the have-nots get it? How can it be distinguished from its opposite? On what authority?
- You say you want to love "Jesus." Who or what is a Jesus? Did He exist? Does He? How do you know? Can anyone else know? On what basis? Was He the Son of God? What does that mean? Was He virgin-born? Why? What kind of life did He live? What did His life mean? Did He die? How? Why? To what end? With what result? What does He demand? Can you have forgiveness through Him? Forgiveness of what? Why? How? What does He offer? Does only He offer it, or do others offer it as well? Do you know that any answer you give to any of these questions is necessarily both doctrinal and theological?
Or you could just say, "Wow. That is really stupid."