Faith does not grow through the suppression of doubt.
Faith grows through the transformation of doubt.
And that requires facing your doubts.
Avoidance breeds shallowness.
Depth requires honesty.

4 thoughts on “Faith and Doubt

  1. Lots of great posts in the last 24 hours. You are on a roll Matt.
    For me faith has become less and less an intellectual exercise and more and more about action. Someone once said to me that faith is like the child who jumps off a high wall into his father’s arms. There is no assurance that his father will catch him so it is an act of trust. The child can keep sitting on the wall trying to decide whether he believes that his father will catch him, but it means little until he takes his courage in his hand and jumps.
    Translating this into my life today, it means decisions on where to live, on career, on daily expenditure, on conversations that I have with people and a whole range of other daily decisions. Do I make these decisions trusting that there is a God who guides or do I follow my own plan?
    All the intellectual arguments in the world for the existence of God don’t necessarily make it any easier to keep jumping off the wall!

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  2. Thanks Mike, finishing my assignment helps!
    I think James 2:18-19 is particularly pertinent in terms of what you’ve said:
    But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
    The sarcasm of that passage is brilliant. I agree, mere belief in God, or intellectual assent, or whatever people want to call it, is not faith. Not as Jesus meant it.

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