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Faith and Doubt

“Faith is God’s gift; it is not something of which we are fully capable, for we are flawed and doubt-ridden…I often have to remind people that to doubt God’s existence is no sin. What matters in a moral sense is what we do with our doubt. Do we let it fester in us so that slowly it begins to infect first our prayer, then our relationships and finally, having sucked every vestige of hope out of our hearts leaves faith completely dead?” (Dynamis 4/4/2014, Hieromonk Maximos)

“Faith is not logical certainty but a personal relationship, and because this personal relationship is as yet incomplete in each of us and needs to continually develop further, it is by no means impossible for faith to coexist with doubt…Yet doubt does not in itself signify a lack of faith. It may mean the opposite – that our faith is alive and growing…Faith is not the supposition that something might be true, but the assurance that someone is there.” (Dynamis 2/9/10, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware)

“Faith is a principle of questioning and struggle before it becomes a principle of certitude and peace…our faith journey is a movement from seeing our faith as an “interesting uncertainty” to an “incomprehensible certainty.” (Thomas Merton, Gerald Manly Hopkins)

“It is not about never doubting, it is about coming out on the other side with twice the faith you had going into your doubt." (Beth Moore)

“God never leaves Himself “without evidence of himself and his goodness.” [Acts 14:17] Rain and good crops, for example, are evidence of his goodness. Later Paul wrote that this evidence in nature leaves people without an excuse for unbelief (Romans 1:20). When in doubt about God, look around and you will see abundant evidence that He is at work in the world…When you doubt, don’t turn away from Christ; turn to Him…The presence of doubt does not imply an absence of faith. Christ honors whatever faith we have and will increase faith when we sincerely desire Him.” (Life Application Study Bible, Acts 14:15-18, Matthew 11:4-6, Orthodox Study Bible, Mark 9:17-27)

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