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Is faith compatible with doubt?


I am a Christian and familiar with that tradition, but I am also curious what members of other religions say about reconciling belief with doubt. My only request is that when answering this question is that you provide support from whatever you consider to be an authoritative book/text.

 

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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 16 months ago

    What do you think of Peter in Matthew 14:28-33? Seemingly he had two co-existing conditions: a "little bit of faith" that cried out to Christ to save him and doubt that focused on the storm and not the Lord.


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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 16 months ago

    Indeed. It is a Christian walk, not an event. Step-by-step and day-by-day we pursue holiness and maturity in Christ.


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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 16 months ago

    Acts 9:1-22


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 16 months ago

    CH Elijah Sadaphal, Sorry I didn't respond earlier. I've tried thinking on this level before and it just gives me a headache. But I do get your point. I'm left with a question. Can anyone be objective about anything? i.e. Does real truth exist?


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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 16 months ago

    "I either have faith that Jesus has redeemed me or not." I agree because as John 3:16 makes clear, we are saved by grace through faith. It's not faith with, just faith IN Jesus. The Bible qualifies faith only as the limiting reagent in salvation.


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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 16 months ago

    I don't think doubt is a once-and-for-all static phenomenon, but progressive (up or down) over time. So I agree that entertaining doubt forces you to scrutinize your faith. That process produces faith stronger than it was before.


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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 16 months ago

    And most certainly, asking critical questions acts as a catalyst toward maturity in belief.


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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 16 months ago

    Indeed, doubt persuades maturity in belief, but if doubt reigns supreme, this tends to make life unliveable. I agree: "blind" faith sets everyone up to believe anything. Thankfully the faith described in the Bible is qualified by object & content


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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 16 months ago

    True, we can't see air but invisibility doesn't suggest lack of existence or the need to deny the senses (ex: gravity, love, our thoughts and x-rays). Air is composed of very visible molecules with very physical, tangible, believable components.


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