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Doubt (Fraser Watts)

Posted by: | Posted on: December 9, 2000

Each century sees progression in Christian understanding. There were several developments in the 20th century; for example, there was a deeper understanding of the suffering of God, and His identification with our own suffering. Another development of the 20th century concerned the role of doubt, and its contribution to faith.

We are complex people: none of us are entirely believers, or entirely doubters. Most of us are a mixture of the two. The faith of a person who has also known doubt is stronger than that of someone to whom doubts have never occurred. Doubting Thomas journeyed through doubt to faith, and finally to the point where he could say in a truly heart-felt way ‘smy Lord and my God’.

So to those who have doubts: doubt is alright; doubt is part of the journey to faith.

How can doubt benefit faith? Relationships are often strengthened through testing times. So it is with doubt.

Doubt at least shows you are taking things seriously; you are thinking them through. Further, it’s not just what we believe, but how we believe that is important. This is the contrast between a merely intellectual faith, and a faith that is heart-felt. Doubt gives us the time to explore things thoroughly and to make them our own…