Faith and Doubt

25 03 2010

Sometimes I think people who have faith are afraid to admit they have doubts. But in Matthew 28:16-17, there is this really weird ending to the gospel story. After the resurrection, right before Jesus sends the disciples into world, it says this…

Then the disciples went to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him, but some doubted. Matthew 28: 16-17

Isn’t that crazy? These people listened to Jesus, followed Him, saw him Him crucified, saw Him rise again, but still some had doubts. I find that very encouraging. Often I feel the way Dale Bruner puts it…“The Christian faith is bi-polar. Disciples live their life between worship and doubt, trusting and questioning, hoping and worrying.” Ever been there?

There are a couple of things I find amazingly encouraging in that story of worshipping doubters. First, Matthew in not afraid to include them in his story. He is so authentically honest about their struggles. The second is even more amazing, Jesus includes them in His story. These are the people He uses to impact the world. I love the way John Ortberg says it:

“You go! You doubters, go. You risk your lives for Me. You change your world for Me. And you will find as you go that it is your own doubts that are healed. You doubters are included too.”

This Sunday…Busting Some Faith Myths!




2 responses

25 03 2010

I really appreciate your article on Faith and Doubt. What you said is very true. Many Christians are afraid to admit that at times their faith is not as strong as they would like for it to be. But the thing is, faith is developed. The more time you spend with God and His Word, the more your faith will grow. God knows this and that’s why He is patient with us. We have to be more patient with ourselves.

25 03 2010
Tim Kade

“He is patient with us. We have to be more patient with ourselves”
So true!

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