Doubt is Not Disbelief

Today's retro post is from an old Cal Thomas Newsweek column ...


There is a hymn many Christians sing which includes the plea that God would "drive the dark of doubt away." We live in a fallen world with many temptations and distractions. We witness poverty, war, death and other horrors. We "see through a glass darkly," as Paul writes. We are constantly bombarded with "evidence" that God does not exist.

And yet as we focus on Jesus, it is He who drives the dark of doubt away...by his life, death and resurrection and by His assurance that He goes to prepare a place for us that where He is, we may be also. It is by looking beyond our circumstances in a fallen world and beyond doubt that we find hope and faith. Perhaps Mother Teresa's doubt lasted longer than most, but doubt is not the same as disbelief and in her actions as well as her words, she exhibited more faith than any doubter -- or non-doubter -- I have known.


8 comments:

  1. I too say, Amen!

    Believers can doubt and still remain believers.

    Good post.

    Peace
    Neva

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  2. I also believe as Neva there comes a time in our lives when we do doubt but we still remain believers. The faith that we have in God sustains us. I praise God for what he has done and continues to do in my life and those around me. Great post brother. Keep up the great posts Bob. God bless you brother.

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  3. My trust is most purely trust when I am doubting, fearful, anxious. When things make sense or I am naturally calm, my trust is more like an easy agreement with what God is doing. When things are in turmoil and I am being shaken from every side, then my choice to trust really is trust. It's when trust looks crazy that I think my trust is filled out most completely. It's the trust of Habakkuk (the one who clings), that says, "Even if this and even if that, yet will I trust Him."

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  4. I think to be totally free from doubt in a world where our faith is consistently challenged is unrealistic. It is how we deal with our doubts that makes the difference.

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  5. I have found consistently that my doubt strengthens my faith because it strips away any of the false things I've been trusting in and leaves me with only Jesus.

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    1. That may be the best thing that I have ever heard about doubt Fred!

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