When in Doubt
Doubt shouldn’t be feared, because it’s not in opposition to faith – doubt is actually part of faith. If we have faith with no moments of confusion or doubt, then we don’t really have faith – we have concrete certainty or, perhaps better explained, a lump of concrete. If God had wanted to, He could have made His teachings blatantly obvious, could send down unmistakable, in-your-face saviors every generation, a voice booming over the whole globe, a neon sign in the heavens – but God wants us to have faith. God wants us to trust, not with absolute logical certainty, but with love. Not just to believe that God exists, but to believe in God. There is something exquisitely beautiful, powerful and vital in a leap of faith – and doubts give us the chance to take the leap over and over again.
Christina Chase View All
Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog and have written a book: It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.
This is so true without the doubt to overcome then there wouldn’t be much point of having faith.
Very good post.
Thank you, Limbi. And, like one of my classmates in an online course I’m taking said, we would like to have proof, but if we had proof then we wouldn’t have faith. I wonder if that’s something of what Jesus meant when he spoke of an evil age that looks for signs and proof…? After all, he did say to St. Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and believe.” There must be something about faith that’s beautiful to God…