A Discourse on Doubt
by Forest Antemesaris
How to differentiate, embrace, question, and deal with your doubt as a believer.
Is there anything more catastrophic than doubt? It can make us uncomfortable, seemingly shipwreck our faith, and cause hours of mental vexation. As someone who consistently struggles with OCD (formerly referred to as “The Doubting Disease”), and as a former atheist, I’ve felt the full range of doubt and face it still today. Everybody, even non-Christians, doubt and second-guess what they believe and why.
Unfortunately, for Christians, doubt is often heightened by the fear that by doubting we’re doing something wrong. We often wonder, “is doubt a sin?” We don’t have to be afraid of our doubt, but we must remember that there are different types of doubt that we can differentiate, deal with, and even embrace.
NOT ALL DOUBT IS CREATED EQUAL
Doubt boils down to two categories: irrational and rational. Rational doubt is what I like to refer to as good doubt. This is doubt, that is warranted by logic and rationale and is also known as skepticism. This is the kind of doubt that is genuinely and honestly produced by convicting evidence to the contrary. We shouldn’t run from this doubt and we will discuss it more in a bit.
The other kind of doubt is the doubt that often gets people worried. This is the doubt that is often felt but rarely thought through. Irrational doubt is usually driven by fear and manipulated in our brains to be made seen as credible and actual. As an example, imagine reading Hebrews 11:6 and thinking, “Oh man! The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. What if I don’t have enough faith? How do I know if I do? Do I really believe, how can I be sure?” As the doubts spiral and combine with fear, they are often viewed as credible and worth addressing…
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