Often, doubt is a part of faith. But there are different degrees of doubt.
- I doubt I can make it through the day without a Tim Horton’s coffee.
- And I doubt the Toronto Maple Leafs have a sound strategic plan for victory. (And that pains me to say because I’m a Leafs fan.)
But in the grand scheme of things, those aren’t huge doubts.
What about this?
- I doubt my kids are safe.
- Or, I doubt what the Bible say about Jesus’ resurrection. That’s serious too.
Maybe we’ve trained ourselves to not look too hard. Maybe someone’s told us that we just have to believe, and not ask questions. I really don’t think that’s helpful. It doesn’t honour our curiosity, no matter which road we’re on.
I like what the Trappist monk Thomas Merton wrote: “The Bible may be difficult and confusing, but it is meant to challenge our intelligence, not insult it.”
But doubt can also be like rust. Rust on your car can take over unless you do something about it. In your faith, doubt can become spiritual rust and take over, jeopardizing the integrity of your whole system if you just let it be. Sometimes we have to doubt our doubt. Or at least push it further.
As a help, I’ve put together a non-academic document called Can You Trust The Bible About the Resurrection? (Click the title to read it). In it, I pull together some people’s research and highlight 7 of the most popular objections to the reliability of the Gospel accounts.
And I also put together some thoughts on how to answer them.
Some people have blind faith; some have blind doubt.
But as for us? Let’s do a little eye opening.
Resource: You can also read a piece I put together called “Alive and Powerful” about understanding the Bible’s authority that includes some advice on how to interpret it.