Benefit of the Doubt

Despite what most Evangelicals believe, there actually are benefits to doubting our faith.

Doubt starts the search for truth.

Doubt has led to the discovery of fake healers and nonexistent miracles (looking at you, Peter Popov).

Doubt has also led to the discovery of genuine miracles and legitimate healings.

Doubt can be a helpful tool to determine the truth. Yes, sometimes we accept things on faith without any proof. And because doubt has sometimes led us to the proof we need, it makes our faith that much stronger.

“I believe this happened because I’ve seen the proof that it has happened before.”

Scripture tells us to test the spirits (1 John 4:1). The only way to really do this is to doubt the spirit and test it. The only reason you test something is that you are uncertain. When we doubt our faith, to use a statistics term, we are creating a null hypothesis. We then must gather data and test our null hypothesis. This is the statistical version of “testing the spirits.”

Doubt is essential to testing spirits to see if they are Christ-centered or not. Blind faith is sometimes noble and honorable, but blind faith can just as easily be foolishness as it can faith.

Evangelicalism has promoted belief in Christ as a blind faith. They lead us to believe that blind faith is the only genuine faith.

It is only AFTER we have accepted on blind faith that they teach us how to “defend the faith.” Defend the faith you believed in blindly.

The truth is there are a lot of legitimate reasons to follow Christ; reasons that negate a blind faith. It is outside the scope of this post to go into those reasons.

Real faith in Christ is a relationship, not a transaction.

What we really need is a faith that follows Christ, not blindly, but without excuse.

We often treat our faith as a decision to become a robot, controlled by Jesus. But our faith really should be a commitment to follow Christ. And we can only truly make that commitment on the other side of doubt.

About Matthew Thisse

Matthew Thisse is a Jesus follower, single father, associate pastor, and corporate trainer. He is a former Evangelical and a failed fundamentalist.

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