Have you ever explored your doubts? I didn’t say believe your doubts, just explore them. After all, where is our proof?–only the word of others. In other words, their beliefs. Social support keeps us believing: if everyone else believes, it must be true. The authority of Scripture also keeps us believing; if we read the Bible daily, then we reinforce our beliefs daily. Because of a writing deadline, I missed my daily time of Bible reading this morning. Today, I don’t doubt any more than yesterday–yet.
Many teen-agers doubt what they’ve believed all their life. For them it’s a part of sorting out what they’ve been taught as against what they believe for themselves. It’s how they grow into adults with convictions of their own.
Where do you share doubts? It takes a safe group to enable us to do that. If we don’t share them, do we magnify our doubts? What a relief to have someone say, “I had those doubts, too.”
Usually we don’t overcome doubt by independent investigation for “answers.” We just drop those doubts and go on to other things, maybe other doubts.
Suffering also draws us into doubt. Next blog we explore Job the Doubter.