You have probably heard it said before about Christianity and wonder if it is true:
“It is okay to doubt in the Christian journey.”
The author has heard this before and wondered how it could be.
With Lenten season in gear it is a good time to think about God’s promises and where you are.
After all, does doubt mean you don’t believe in God – even temporarily? How is that “okay” for a Christian?
You also hear this over and over again:
“going to heaven is based on faith.”
Romans 10:9 reads,
“if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;”
The reasoning is this; since Jesus died to forgive your sins, then your job is to believe in Jesus and his work. This is what saves you and gets you to heaven. It is not just based on “good” works you do.
Since it is not all based on works, the question then logically becomes whether a person can doubt at one time, yet still believe.
To get to the point it is logical to say that only can judge you in the end. This is true.
However this post is asking if a person can have occasional doubt. Since this is a blog the author has some opinions of doubt in the spiritual journey.
This is a list of how temporary doubt can be justifiable:
1. It is part of normal, mature faith.
Mature implies some type of growth. You have to start somewhere.
It is a common belief that doubt does not affect your eternal standing with God, if your return to faith.
The idea of God is too large for a human to comprehend. Even Clergy who minister say they have temporary doubt from time to time.
2. If you don’t acknowledge doubt you might be deceiving yourself.
People probably feel some type of doubt as some time – at least if they are telling the truth.
Clergy say it is okay to have doubt from time to time, as long as you have faith afterward.
God knows human aren’t perfect. Sustained doubt is different.
3. It can get you to search for answers, such as in Scripture.
If you have faith, yet some doubt, you might search for answers and ask questions. This is what God wants.
God wants you to have enough faith that you learn about him. Scripture is said to have enough evidence, if you search enough.
4. Grace sounds too good to be true.
The idea that you just have to accept the free gift of grace sounds too simple. God would want you to do something, some people reason.
It is said your salvation is not dependent on a feeling, but on what Jesus Christ has done for you.
if this sounds too good to be true, then that is normal.
5. Christian faith involves more than believing Jesus was raised from the dead.
Jesus came to bring you new life. This is mentioned in several different ways in the New Testament, but you have to think his incarnation resulted in something.
Christianity is about more than an empty tomb, but in thinking about what they means for you and your salvation. Christianity also involves participating in the new life.
6. Contemporary thought involves looking at the alternatives.
Can you logically come to a conclusion on anything without first examining alternatives? For example, how is a person saved in Islam?
Modern times teach people to be skeptical. In a sense that is good, though. God doesn’t want you to just believe, but find the reasons within yourself.
In addition to these things doubt is conceivable because humans have a finite mind, as opposed to God. Our minds are most in tune with the flesh and its’ imperfect nature.
And another way doubt might be justifiable is this; things involving God are a mystery. This means you don’t witness physical evidence in front of you (unless you lived in the time of Jesus).
This doesn’t mean doubt is good in itself. It means that doubt is a logical part of a process. (There are many others).
It goes without saying a person should progress past doubt at some point. It is a temporary feeling, even if it can be felt multiple times.
So, if you have doubt on your Lenten journey, you can realize it is one part of a process. You can search for answers.
Do you ever have doubts about God?
Hopefully this post helped you think about your life and the bigger picture. There is more to life than what you directly experience every day.
If you found it helpful please subscribe to the blog or share it.