I think Christians are afraid to voice their doubts. We all have them. But doubts can build our faith.

If we question things — which is purely natural — we are driven to search out the answers. Searching for and finding the answers is a process of growth. During this Holy Week I am reminded of Thomas who was so filled with doubt when he heard the miraculous stories of Jesus rising from the dead that he said he would not believe unless he saw the scars for himself. Jesus didn't scoff at Thomas, he merely said, put your fingers in the nail holes in my hands and see for yourself. "Stop doubting and believe." (John 20:27)

That is what is so great about creationconversations.com — this wonderful online, ongoing community. Any doubt can be answered by people — authors, ministers, teachers, lay people — who are so much smarter than me. I am learning so much from all of you and that just strengthens my faith in the foundational elements of the Bible and the truths in God's Word.

I am thankful for the many books that have provided answers for my doubts — ones from people like Dr. Henry Morris, Dr. Lisle, John Tiner, and Ken Ham — which have built my faith through my own weakness. I am thankful that if I can't answer someone's concern, or questions, at least I can point them here and they can, undoubtedly, find someone with the answer.

How do you address your doubts and grow your own faith? If there someone you know who needs this site to build their faith?

Blessing to you all as you celebrate our risen Lord.

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Very well said, Allen.

When we have stepped away from the Light and into the darkness and feel its vacancy, it is easier to turn back to the Light. With every misstep we learn — like toddlers do — and as a parent, God guides us loving back.

I also think it is the same way with doubt. Some Christians are afraid to say that they are questioning things or confused. God doesn't mind our questions . . . put out a fleece . . . put out another fleece. He is going to be there to answer those questions and to build our faith through our questions, through our doubt turned to knowledge, our fears turned to joys. He is raises us up — going from the milk to the meat of the Bible.
You are right, Allen. I do agree that we are not to test God and I cannot imagine living a life in absence of Him. How do people deal with adversity let alone the ups and downs of everyday life without Him? It is unfathomable to me. Let's pray for those who have any doubts that they may ask the questions they need to reaffirm their trust in Him and build their faith to testify in His behalf.
Let me first say I understand and appreciate where you're going with this Janell. Our Heavenly, nurturing Father is so patient and longsuffering towards us and desires for us to "know Him". John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. Kevin said on a recent talk "knowing" is "experiencing". Before we get to the "experiencing" phase of our growth, there will be times of doubt. Of course our Faith plays such a major role in dealing with doubt but doubt is not wrong unless it's not dealt with.

The Bible says "The just shall live by faith". Jesus gave us more than one example of how detrimental doubt can be, (if not dealt with). Jairus petitioned Jesus for the healing of his daughter. While on the way to do just that, the Lord is detained by the need to address the woman with the issue of blood. I love this, because it reminds me that the Lord can whip the devil on the way to a fight.. anyway, it is during this delay that doubt begins to creep into Jairus's heart. Afterall, his daughter was "nigh" unto death already- then sure enough the message comes "Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? After hearing this, we must conclude, as many would do, that Jairus began to doubt. Notice however what the Lord said to him- "Be not afraid, ONLY believe" It was as if Jesus were telling Jairus he needed to deal with his doubt..and do it quickly! As if the Lord were saying 'stay with me Jairus, I need you to believe'!

But some will say it is impossible to have total faith in God and not at least have some doubt. Mark 9 tells us of the account when Jesus delivered the mans son who was posessed. His disciples could not deliver the boy and later Jesus tells them why- "because of your unbelief". We have a responsibility to have faith! The man told Jesus "but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us". The man tried to put the responsibility on Jesus and Jesus flipped it right back to him and said "if thou canst believe all things are possible to him that believeth. The man then cried out "Lord I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Did he receive his miracle? Yes he did.

Doubt that isnt dealt with can and will destroy us! The man got his miracle because despite the doubt he was experiencing, he was dealing with it and choosing to believe! God knows where we are and is ever ready to meet us in that very place as long as we are willing to deal with the doubts and trust Him! In this regard Doubt does build our Faith!

Jesus is Lord
ED! You are so right. Well said. Doubt will destroy if not we don't deal with it. That is why we must deal with it, we must search out the answers and quell that doubt and any hint of non-belief and learn to defend our faith. It brings us closer to Him. I know my Redeemer LIVES!
Ed Plummer said:
But some will say it is impossible to have total faith in God and not at least have some doubt. Mark 9 tells us of the account when Jesus delivered the mans son who was posessed. His disciples could not deliver the boy and later Jesus tells them why- "because of your unbelief". We have a responsibility to have faith! The man told Jesus "but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us". The man tried to put the responsibility on Jesus and Jesus flipped it right back to him and said "if thou canst believe all things are possible to him that believeth. The man then cried out "Lord I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Did he receive his miracle? Yes he did.

Doubt that isnt dealt with can and will destroy us! The man got his miracle because despite the doubt he was experiencing, he was dealing with it and choosing to believe! God knows where we are and is ever ready to meet us in that very place as long as we are willing to deal with the doubts and trust Him! In this regard Doubt does build our Faith!

Jesus is Lord

That to me is one of the most honest human moments in the Bible - saying he believes, and crying out to Jesus to help his unbelief. It always reminds me that in this life you will face moments of doubt, and you have to be honest - with yourself and God - and overcome it. Its easy to pretend you have no doubts, its easy to fool the world, but you can't fool God.
Doubt is part of our carnal nature. The new creation has the mind of the Messiah. Our struggle this side of glory is that we have the treasure of the new creation (the person we are in Christ) residing inside an earthen vessel that retains the carnal mind (the carnal person we used to be died with Messiah and we as believers are risen to newness of life in Him).

Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest of the prophets, yet John had doubts when his circumstances were going badly. Doubt can indeed be problematic, however it is fear that his the enemy of faith, not doubt. We are bombarded with fear-based lies from the world, the flesh (our carnal nature) and the Devil all the time. We are instructed to "take every thought captive." I call this biblical self-awareness. Are we operating in faith, e.g. taking God at His Word, or are we succumbing to fear-based lies.

Just some thoughts on this subject. Great thread. Blessings to all, especially during this Passover season.

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