Tips in Dealing with Doubt

by Eric Chabot

Whenever I teach an apologetics class, I always clarify the relationship between faith, doubts, and questions. It is important to remember that asking questions about what you believe is not necessarily the same thing as doubt. For example, when I was a new Christian, I had all kinds of questions. And I still have questions to this day. Asking questions is a part of spiritual growth.

Believe it or not, all of us are doubters. You may say “But I believe with all my heart that Jesus is the Lord.” But think about this: Are you skeptical of Islam, Mormonism, Spiritualism, Hinduism, or another belief system? Probably so. In other words, you probably have doubts about the truthfulness of these various faiths. Doubt can be a valuable element in honest, and rational inquiry because it helps prevents us from jumping to conclusions or making commitments to unreliable and untrustworthy sources…
 

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