Some people have blind faith; but some have blind doubt. And if we’re being honest, many of us are somewhere in between.
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 fool proof strategy for the defensive zone. (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.
Amen. I agree that belief in God doesn’t limit our understanding of the natural world. In fact, God tells us, “Come, study my world, the universe, and all of it’s complexity.” He also says, “Read my Word, for it is full of life. It tells you exactly who I am. I have manifested myself fully in Jesus Christ, the God-Man.” Psalm 19 says that the heavens declare the glory of God (general revelation) and Ps. 19 says the Word of God is perfect, converting the soul (special revelation). God is self-evident, but we must trust that what He says is trustworthy.
Hi Chad (I think that’s your name, if not, sorry!), thanks for the note. Those are some great passages you reference. I think one of the great prospects of scientific inquiry is that it helps us better understand God’s world… You mention Psalm 119. One of my favourite verses there is 130. As Robert Alter translates it, “The portal of Your words sends forth light, makes the simple understand.” Love that. Thanks again for the note.