When we seek to comprehend the reality of God who is so far beyond our ability to comprehend, it’s not unusual to experience doubt. What are we to do then? Well, what if we were to decide to doubt our doubts? That’s right. Doubt doubt. The doubting of doubt can be an avenue to lead us to truth.
At Journey Church, asking questions, wrestling with doubt, struggling to understand is recognized to be a part of the way we grow in knowledge and develop spiritually. If the Christian faith is true, and I believe it is, asking thoughtful, penetrating questions when genuinely seeking truth will lead us to Jesus who is the way and the truth and the life. (John 14:6)
One of the challenges that may come to us as we seek to grow in understanding is that we may discover that some beliefs we’ve held tightly to because someone told us it was Biblically true may be found not to be true because that’s not what the Bible teaches. And that can be disconcerting.
There are times to appropriately doubt what others say and claim to be from God. If we want to grow spiritually, discerning what is of God and what is not of God, we need to be like the people of Berea of whom the Apostle Paul writes: “They studied the Scriptures every day to make sure that what they heard was really true.” (Acts 17:11)
When you experience doubt, do not be afraid to talk with others about it. God’s church is not to be made up of people who will dismiss your doubts as insignificant. The church is to be a community of faith in which you feel safe to ask questions and seek truth.
When you have questions, when you struggle with doubt, take them seriously. Don’t deny them and don’t let him discourage you. Doubt your doubts. Talk with others about them. You might be surprised that others have wrestled with the same doubts you have and together God’s Holy Spirit may lead you to deeper truth and a greater understanding of God and the mystery of faith.