If you’ve been a Christian for longer than a commercial break, you’ve encounter doubts about something related to Christianity or maybe just God in general. You might have doubts whether a loving God could exist in a world that is seemingly overflowing with evil? You might doubt that Jesus is truly God. Or you might doubt the existence of God in general.
Doubts can stir up many emotions within us. We can think we’re being a bad follower of Jesus, since we’re not taking the advice that Jesus gave to Thomas in John 20:27 when he said, “Stop doubting and believe.” Also, people can shame us (explicitly or implicitly) for having doubts. They say good Christians don’t ask questions, but just believe. However, I’m here to tell you that having doubts is good for Christians.
If you’re doubting God, then you’re thinking about God. You’re actually thinking critically about the important questions of life.
If you have had no doubts about anything in the Bible, then you’re deceiving yourself. You might want people to think you’re an all-star Christian for having no doubts, but we all see you’re lying to us and, most importantly, to yourself.
You haven’t doubted that Jonah survived in a whale’s stomach for three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17)?
Did you really easily believe the sun actually stood still when Joshua prayed to God (Joshua 10:13)?
You just blindly accepted the fact that a donkey talked to a man named Balaam (Numbers 22:30)?
I accept that a donkey in Shrek talks, but I found it a lot more difficult to accept a real-life donkey talking because that just doesn’t happen.
I just brought up three doubts and I didn’t even bring up things in the New Testament with regards to the miracles of Jesus and also the resurrection of Jesus. Needless to say, the Bible is full of things that will likely cause believers to doubt. However, doubting shows you’re actually pursuing truth.
The late great Christian teacher Oswald Chambers once said, “Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that he is thinking.”
In our pursuit of truth, we usually have to walk through the hallways of doubt.
Some people have no doubts because they have no beliefs. They don’t think about God or anything related to Christianity. They are sitting on the couch and doing nothing. That’s not you though. You’re actually asking the hard questions. People encountered the Berean people in Acts 17 who doubted what he said and Paul actually complimented them for questioning him and pursing truth.
God wants us to critically think, purse truth, and have doubts.
I’ve had major doubts. Years ago, I was doubting all the major doctrines of the Christian faith. However, this was a good thing for me because it motivated me to find the answers to my doubts. I would watch countless YouTube videos of objections from atheists to the Christian faith, I would google alleged Bible contradictions, and I even studied other religions.
And you know what happened? I found the answers to my doubts. Jesus said, “Ask, and sit will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” I earnestly and prayerfully searched for answers and found answers. It took about eight months, but I found answers.
To be clear, I still have doubts. I won’t have perfect faith because I’m not a perfect person. Therefore, I still encounter things that I doubt, but my past doubts shows me that I will eventually find the answers to my doubts, even if that time might be when I meet Jesus face-to-face.
The LORD says, in Isaiah 55:8,
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways”.
We won’t understand everything about God because He is so far above us. It’s comparable to trying to fit all the water in the ocean into a soda can. It just can’t happen.
Thankfully, we can know His Son, Jesus Christ.