Questioning Your Faith

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Do not feel guilty for harboring occasional doubts regarding your faith. There is no sin in doubting. Doubts only become sin when we begin to believe them as fact.

“Blessed are those who have not seen; and yet have believed.” - John 20:29 niv

Do you sometimes worry about your faith because you find yourself questioning some events in the Scriptures? Let’s be honest; seas parting, a fish swallowing a grown man, the turning of water into wine, Jesus walking on water . . . sometimes biblical events can test your capacity for belief. But realize that you are in some pretty good company. Take the claim of the virgin birth. Joseph and Mary could relate!

How did Mary respond when told she was going to birth the Son of God? After the initial shock, she immediately began to question the angel: “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” That angel must have given her a mighty convincing answer, because where Mary initially doubted, she then believed.

But when Mary told Joseph, he didn’t buy it for a minute. He knew he wasn’t the daddy and immediately made plans to dump her. Once again, it took an angel to convince him that Mary was telling the truth. Joseph doubted, but then believed the word of God through the angel.

So if you find yourself feeling guilty for harboring occasional doubts, relax. You are in good company. There is no sin in doubting. Doubts only become sin when we begin to believe them as fact. We have the written, historical Word of God. So next time you’re struggling with doubts, share them with God and ask for His help in working through them.

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