The so-called virtue of Christian doubt

Posted: November 19, 2013 in Theology

I will not praise the so-called virtue of Christian doubt. However, doubt may be considered a gift in a similar way that pain is considered a gift: it is an indication of an underlying problem. Pain is unpleasant in itself, and not meant to be ignored, but rather acknowledged, and pursued down to the source of the problem so that it can be repaired or healed.

If I’m honest, I find myself to both believe and also to doubt, and without the allowance of my imperfect faith (grace), I would be excluded from right relationship with God. Faith, at least in this life, is exercised in the context of doubts. Courage is this way. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather, courage is to do what is right and brave in the face of fear. Courage is to not allow your fear to intimidate you into compliance. Courage acts in spite of fear. I think faith is similar as it operates against the grain of doubts.

Praising doubt is not wise. Acknowledging it is. Tracking down the underlying sources of doubt and replacing them with faith is even better.

“When the Son of Man returns will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)


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