I believe in looking at applied theology. How does ones theology PRACTICALLY affect people in the real world. Too often we discuss these matters as if they really don't impact how we live, counsel and do ministry. Here is an example: Two true stories: Story 1: A house of a missionary is broken into their two children are kidnapped, taken hostage, abused in unspeakable ways and eventually killed. The children were professing believers and at their funeral their lives were celebrated despite the tragedy of their deaths. Story 2: A pastor has an unbelieving daughter who, despite his love, discipline and biblical instruction, has rebelled against her parents, the church and God. At the age of 18 she gets drunk and dies in a car accident never having repented or come to Christ. Both are admittedly tragic stories, but which do you think is worse and why? How does your soteriological views affect the way you counsel the parents of these children, or does it? If the Pastor of the dead daughter asks you, "Why are the missionaries children in heaven after suffering only a short time, while my daughter suffers for eternity in Hell?" How do you answer him?