Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Is it ok to Doubt?
I think Doubt is OK. We like to think certain emotions or feelings are wrong; but God created them. It is what you do as a result of them that makes you. Doubt is ok and is from God ...but what you do with the result of that doubt whether it is right or wrong. To doubt and continue in it and to lead down to a path of destruction isn't healthy but to doubt and explore helps. I don't know if it makes sense but there are several characters throughout the Bible that get their fair share of criticism but never were really rebuked for doubting but God helped enhance their beliefs.
Example: Thomas - was never rebuked for doubting.
Job questioned God and God answers - not His doubts, but Says He is God ... in the end of Job.
Abraham trusts God yet doubts as time where God is; or rather what He is doing. (Thus takes matters into His own hands at times - example: Hagar)
Jonah doubted and thought God needed to destroy Ninevah. etc.
It isn't the feelings that lead to sin but letting the devil get a foothold into your doubt that leads to it.
The same thing can be said of hate or being angry. People are quick to say "You shouldn't hate; you shouldn't be angry" But this is to deny feelings and that God created feelings. It is what you do as a result of those feelings that that whether or not you choose to sin or not.
Questions to ponder:
1. Do you think it is ok to doubt?
2. In doubting, can it help you explore answers for the faith (Thus apologetics) or allow mystery ot to deny God?
3. Is it ok to be angry?
4. How do you deal with James 1:13-15?
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Other Scriptures to consider:
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good