Have you ever, as a born-again Christian, secretly (or publicly) doubted God, or your faith? If so, it means one thing:
I heard a wise preacher once say, “Doubt is a parasite of faith.”
British author/scholar, Os Guinness, rightly stated,
“If [Christianity] is an examined faith we should be unafraid to doubt. There is no believing without some doubting; and believing is all the stronger for understanding and resolving doubt.”
Need biblical evidence that doubting God is a normal part of your spiritual journey? Here you go:
John the Baptist is the man who baptized Jesus and, upon seeing Jesus that day, exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” “There is no greater prophet that John,” Jesus, himself, affirmed.
This same John, later on in prison for preaching repentance, would ask his closest friends to find Jesus and ask him, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”
In an extraordinary passage (and a strong argument for the historical reliability of the gospels), Matthew records the following: “When [his disciples] saw [the risen Christ] they worshiped him; but some doubted.”
Jesus’ own followers doubted.
There is a tender story in Mark’s gospel about a man desperate to see his son healed. When the father questioned Jesus’ ability to heal his son, the broken-hearted man pleaded with Jesus, “Help me overcome my unbelief.”
But, don’t wallow in doubt. Philip Yancey offers this sage advice:
“Question your doubts just as much as you question your faith.”
James, the half-brother of Jesus, exhorts us:
So, if you’ve ever – for whatever reason – doubted your faith, know you are normal. Then, like the father in Mark’s gospel, take that doubt to Jesus.
I love you all.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick