Zis-N-Zat From Pastor Asher

God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God

Reading Adam Hamilton’s “Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White”

“Doubt is a universal human experience. Regardless of your faith, or lack of faith, certainty is hard to come by.” (Page 133)

“When it comes to matters of religion – questions of whether there is God or not – we can expect a measure of uncertainty. This is true for the atheist and for the believer.” (page 133)

“Some fear doubt, They fear that doubt might be just the tip of the iceberg, and that if they allow themselves to doubt, they might very well fall away from God. Others believe doubt must surely displease God, and so, for God’s sake, they can’t allow themselves to admit to doubt.” (page 134)

“Doubt is not only natural, it is healthy, provided it spurs us to further reflection and a search for what is true. Most of us wrestle with doubt from time to time, and our doubts become particularly pronounced in the face of adversity, or when encountering persons who see the world differently than we do. Some periods of time in our lives leave us searching, questioning, and wrestling with doubt.” (Page 134)

“These crises commonly produce one of three responses: Some come to reject everything they had learned growing up, and the faith that they were raised with, and instead they turn away from God altogether. Others suppress their questions, and retreat to an intractable faith – a faith that is filled with certainties and is immune to questions. Often this is a fundamentalism that offers certainties, an inerrant Bible, and lots of reassurance that what one believes is absolutely true. But there is a third option, one that faces doubt head-on, and that carefully examines the presuppositions and assumptions of the faith that we’ve held up to this point. It accepts that there may well be truth in the faith we were raised with, while recognizing that not all we were taught may be true.” (Page 134)

“The Bible is filled with stories of people who had their doubts about whether God was there, or if God had actually called them to do what they had been told, or that God would be with them. Abraham, Moses, Gideon, and David all knew these doubts. So did Peter and John, even after seeing the empty tomb! And Thomas, though he had heard from his friends that they had all seen Jesus raised , refused to believe until he touched Jesus with his own hands.” (Page 136)

“It is possible to be paralyzed by doubt and uncertainty. This is not God’s will for our lives. We are to face our doubts and allow them to lead us to a greater search for answers and a more examined faith. But sometimes we get stuck in doubt and we never act. … At some point you look at the evidence you have, you weigh the testimony of others, including the witness of the Bible itself, you consider your own personal experiences, you weigh your options, and you make a decision to trust. Amd sometimes the only prayer you have is, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief’ (Mark 9:23-24).” (Page 137)

 

List of Works Cited:

Hamilton, Adam. Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2008.

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