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Offline Deborah

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« on: February 18, 2016, 10:58:32 PM »
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"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for" (Hebrews 11:1). But how sure does 'sure' have to be? 50% sure? 90%? Will only 100% certainty be sufficient? Jesus tells us that even faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Actions are the evidence/proof of faith - but it isn't necessary to be 100% sure of something before committing yourself to a course of action. If that were the case, we'd never do anything.



Alister McGrath has written an excellent little book on the subject of doubt, in which he makes the point that doubt is an integral part of Christian faith. Certainty, perhaps surprisingly, is the opposite of faith. "We walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7): God hasn't revealed absolutely everything to us, but He has revealed enough for us to trust Him (Deuteronomy 29:29). It is that trust which enables us - not to resolve our doubts completely, but to learn to live with them.


Most Christians experience fluctuating degrees of assurance about their faith (if you are an exception, then I salute you). But it is the dependability of God's Word that assures us of our salvation, not the variable feeling of certainty that we experience. "Faith is basically the resolve to live our lives on the assumption that certain things are true and trustworthy, in the confident assurance that one day we will know with absolute certainty that this is indeed the case." (A McGrath: Doubt)

"Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble." (Proverbs 28:14)

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Re: Doubt
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2016, 11:23:47 PM »
Good post, scripture that came to mind on this was...

1 Corinthians 13

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

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Re: Doubt
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2016, 01:36:51 AM »
It is good to doubt

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Re: Doubt
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2016, 01:37:45 AM »
Does doubt imply lack of Faith ?

TJ

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Re: Doubt
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2016, 01:41:54 AM »
After all is it not God in control ?

we try to clean up the spilt drink but God pours it

[the bitter sweetness]

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Re: Doubt
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2016, 04:01:38 PM »
There is nothing wrong in asking questions or in having questions.
But we have to make the deliberate choice to trust God, despite our questions/doubts. It is not the question/doubts that implie or show lack of faith but the lack of trust or obedience.
We show our trust by our actions.

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