The Doubting Christian

Anyone who tries to convince you that they have never doubted, ever, is lying — or fooling themselves. Don’t join them. Queen Anne’s Lace, original oil painting by Steve Henderson, sold. Licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, Framed Canvas Art, and iCanvasART.

Doubt is not so much a sin as it is a problem, and like most problems, it’s best to solve it, as opposed to letting it be a part of our continued existence.

Too often, when a Christian asks a question about God’s goodness, or His ability, or His trustworthiness, the response from others in the room is one of alarm and chastisement:

“Trust in the Lord always! He is good! Amen and amen! Praise Jesus!”

And . . . end of conversation. Whatever promoted or caused the doubt in the Christians’s heart and words hasn’t been addressed, and all we’ve really gotten across is that you, as usual, don’t believe the way you’re supposed to; you, as usual, are at fault for your lack of belief; and you, as usual, should just keep quiet and pretend you have no problems.

Just like the rest of the people in the room are doing.

Please read the rest at The Power of Doubt, at my blog, Commonsense Christianity at BeliefNet. Many of you are so good about clicking through to read the rest of the story, which I am unable to print in full at this site. Thank you.

I am in the final stages of working on my self-published book, The Misfit Christian, which is dedicated to all my Christian brothers and sisters out there who are frustrated with establishment Christianity, and feel like square pegs. You’re not even trying to fit into round holes; you’re just tossed off in a corner somewhere and wondering if God has any use for you, because none of His people seem to.

That’s how I felt for a long time, and that’s why I began writing, in earnest, about 21st century Christianity and how ordinary, regular people can successfully live it. I’ll let you know when the book is out and ready to read.

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2 Responses to “The Doubting Christian”

  1. LoieJ says:

    Doubt is the beginning of faith, not the end of faith. If doubters are put down, then perhaps those doubters are not in a loving church. Not doubting is what a three year old does when his parents talk about Santa. When he starts to doubt, that is the beginning of maturity and intellectual curiosity, something we celebrate. It is no different for the Christian. Faith which grows out of asking questions grows into a mature faith. Faith that is just accepting what someone says isn’t faith at all. God gave us all gifts of all sorts, including the ability to think and reason. To hide those gifts and ignore them goes against the parable of the Talents. Use doubt to build a firm foundation for faith.

    • Good words, Loie. I think there’s a certain level of patience for people when they are new Christians or seekers, but I have encountered “seasoned” Christians who are reluctant to ask questions that they “should” have had answered early on, but haven’t, because they’re supposed to know all this already. As a seasoned Christian myself who had various life experience that caused me to question things I had not had to question before, I know that we must give one another the freedom to work through these issues, and, as you so aptly say, we must use these gifts to think and reason to move on in our faiths, and strengthen it.

      You are most encouraging and wise, my friend.

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