Being Skeptical Is Not A Bad Thing
We live in an age of skeptics. That may sound negative but being skeptical is not a bad thing…if you are open to seeking the answers to questions.
Skepticism becomes detrimental when you hear an objection to what you believe, can’t decide what to believe, get confused, complacently decide to believe nothing or a mish mash of ideas, dismiss it all, and go back to binge watching Netflix.
Before you know it, you are doubting everything, and it is just easiest to go with the flow of society and reject anything that seems exclusive or too miraculous to be scientific. Besides, if the majority of the people you hang with are cool with “what’s true for one person isn’t necessarily true for another person”, then you are cool with it too. No one is offended, everyone is happy.
That is where skepticism can lead, but it shouldn’t! That is the lazy way.
Seeking answers to your questions is the brave way.
Finding truth is the courageous way.
It is also sometimes the hard way.
But it is always worth it.
So, I am glad you are here!
You are here because you are brave and courageous. Let’s start by addressing doubt.
If you were brought up to believe (or mostly believe) the Bible, you probably have some big questions. Maybe you were not brought up in a Christian home, but you have a friend who talks about Jesus all the time. That friend is “crazy for Christ” and you don’t understand how they can believe it all. You have questions. You have doubts. That’s ok! Actually, wrestling with our doubts makes our faith stronger.
We will dig in and answer some questions about the claims of Christianity.
There are 3 kinds of doubt:
- Doubts of the will (or heart)
- Doubts of the mind
- Doubts of the emotions
I will quote some scripture and you may ask, “But wait, how do I know the Bible is true? Those scripture quotes don’t help me if the Bible was made up by a bunch of guys in a medieval conference room!” There will be a series of videos addressing that very thing. In the meantime…
First – Doubts of the will. In a nutshell, this means basically that you don’t really WANT to believe the claims of Christianity. There might be a number of reasons you don’t want to believe, but this kind of doubt really comes down to the fact that you just don’t want to. Like Thomas Nagel, professor of philosophy at New York University said, “It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and natually, hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.”
Doubts of the mind are the doubts that deal with intellectual questions of evidence. Even the Bible says you should investigate these doubts. These are primarily the doubts I will work to address in Ten Mina Life videos and blogs. Some people (myself included at one time) will try to hide doubts of the will behind doubts of the mind because, let’s face it, it is more convenient to say we don’t believe EVERYTHING in the Bible so we can be free to choose what we want, do what we really want. Truth is, we haven’t really investigated…
Third – Doubts of the Emotion – For example…”I just don’t feel like God is with me right now.” Or “How can God love me after all I have done?” Or, “I am in such a dark place, God can’t exist.” Or, how about these three big emotional objections: Christian exclusivism, hell, and the hypocrisy of Christians.
This introduction to these kinds of doubts is very general but the Bible does not leave us in the dark when addressing doubt. There are answers, so let’s keep digging.
Remember that sometimes doubt is really the raw side of honesty. But keep your doubts honest! Dishonest doubt is always finding some reason NOT to believe.
Honest doubt is NOT accepting anything without any evidence. Honest doubt is open to the possibility of changing one’s mind.
So! I challenge you to keep your doubts honest.
May God bless you as you honestly seek the answers to the questions you have.
Dear Lord, in Matthew 7:7 you say, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Lord, I stand on this promise. I pray you reveal this truth to each heart and mind who honestly seeks answers about you. Amen.