How can we overcome the dark thoughts and feelings threatening to overwhelm our trust? This is a three part series on dealing with doubt (part 1, part 2, part 3). This is a post I found on the site CHRISTIAN DOUBT, but I slightly altered it and added some stuff to it:
- Dealing with Doubt Overview
- Dealing with Doubt the PDF the complete series
- Eight Points of Encouragement for Those Who Are Doubting Their Faith
- Dealing with the Doubt of God not being there when you want him
- How to overcome Doubt
- Dealing With Doubt, finding the anchor
- William Lane Craig on Christian Doubt (Video or Q & A Post)
- Is Doubt a Healthy part of Christian living?
- The Thomas Factor: Using your doubts to draw closer to God
- Doubt by Tim Davis
Below is the current list of Authors who contributed articles about Christian Doubt:
According to George Hitzata Christian Doubt can be categorized into three sections: Intellectual Doubts, Doubts of Imagination and Sin, and Emotional & Experiential Doubts. With each one affecting our Christianity and Faith differently. C. Michael Patton explains the three forms of Christian Doubt in his own words and how to overcome them:
For those who are struggling with intellectual doubts:
Focus attention only on the issues that make or break the core essence of Christianity such as the resurrection of Christ and the existence of God. Don’t spend time on more ancillary issues such as creation/evolution, the world-wide flood, or the perfect harmony of the individual authors’ truth claims. These, either way you go with them, do not effect the essence of the Gospel message. If Christ rose from the grave as an historical reality, then all else, though they may shake, crack, or crumble, do not have the sting of apostasy on board.
For those who are struggling with emotional doubt
Remember that our emotions do not have a determinative vote in truth. We must be willing to trust God even when the truth claims we are asked to believe seem to militate against our moral compass. Remember that God gave us our emotional dispositions and he knows the struggles we have, yet he tells us that he loves everyone more than we do and knows what he is doing. In this sense, he holds out his hand and says “Trust me. I know you would do things different, but just trust me.”
For those struggling with experiential doubt
Remember that the lot life hands us will often be filled with experiences that differ from the experiences we would bring about were we in control of the world. Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible does not guarantee anything but suffering, pain, and perplexity as we attempt to live for God. This is why so much of the Bible points our thoughts to the unseen future that God has promised. Often times we “punt to the eschaton” not as a cop-out, but because in it is our true hope where tears will be no more.
This is going to be my last post on Christian Doubt and dealing with Christian Doubt. I’ve decided to do more of collection of resources on Christian Doubt in this posing because it will be my final post on this specific topic. However I am considering opening up blog variety to include such things as the philosophy of God and Morality in the Bible. I think it’s time I open up the discussion and take it too a new level. in the grand scheme of things, learning about Christian Doubt is irrelevant in to the BIG question:
Is the Bible Inerrant or Errant? And if found errant how do we as Christians handle that? Do we accept them, or ignore them , or justify them, or explain them?