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Tuesday, August 06 2019
“Why do I doubt my faith?” People doubt in different ways. Some doubt by asking questions and struggle to find answers. Others doubt because they do not want to believe something that goes against their desires and ambitions. While these two types of doubt are often very far apart, someone may experience both questions and temptations to sin. In the case of questioning, John the Baptist questioned if Jesus was the Christ, but that was not necessary doubt (Matt 11:1–7).
Doubts vary. Some doubt is very harmful. James revealed that the person who doubts God is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind (Jas 1:6). However, some doubt is a part of growing as a believer. The father of young boy pleaded with Jesus to do anything. For which, Jesus urged him, “If you can! All things are possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23). The father cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).
While walking on the sea, Peter doubted and began to sink by seeing its winds in the midst of the storm (Matt 14:28–33). Jesus spoke to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Those who doubt in a manner of questioning often feel anxiety and can result in disruptive doubt and fear causing obsessive behavior. A person may be overly concerned with “What if this happens?” For example, some people live in some fear or anxiety of crossing bridges in fair weather and avoid bridges. Many reasonably fear seeing hurricane like winds beat against a bridge. Most people live according to probability and regular experience. In fair weather, most people do not fear the collapsing of bridges considering evidence and probability.
Some Christians doubt the faith that their parents, church teachers, and the Bible writers have delivered to them. They think that they might be wrong. Sometimes, they lean toward the possibility that the universe popped into existence from nothing, life spontaneously generated and evolved, and Jesus could have been an exaggerated figure in history. They seek and struggle to find answers. However, most come to see that these skeptical ideas are not probable and are not the best explanation for reality.
Christ has given evidence of Himself if a person is ready to accept the best explanation for a reasonable view of God (cf. John 5:30–47; 8:17–18; Acts 1:3). Jesus declared, “If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority” (John 7:17).
Thomas doubted Jesus’s resurrection but he was ready to accept the evidence. Thomas declared, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe” (John 20:25b). Jesus responded to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe” (John 20:27; cf. Luke 24:38). Therefore, Thomas confessed, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). However, Jesus concluded, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
The apostles doubted the evidence of Jesus’s resurrection that they would need to declare to the world (Mark 16:14). Both Peter and Paul preached predictions of Jesus’s resurrection, the empty tomb, and the witnesses of Jesus’s resurrection (Acts 2:14–36; 13:26–41; 1 Cor 15:1–11).
With a reasonable view of God, a person is reasonable to believe that Jesus is the exact image of God. Thank God that Jesus has given many proofs!
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