Between doubt and faith

New research concludes that more than half of Christians had or have doubts about their beliefs. read more:

Among the main factors of those who get cold and, later, distance themselves from the faith, are the constant doubts regarding their belief and God. In a survey carried out by the Barna Group, in the United States, it is proven that more than half of those who classify themselves as Christians have had or have frequent doubts about their religious conception.

The main reasons for such disbelief:

  • previous experiences with a religious institution;
  • lack of faith;
  • conflicts in the world and/or human suffering;
  • the science.

What the Bible says:

About doubt, in the book of James chapter 1 from verse 6 to 8 it says:

 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

About the verses above, Bishop Edir Macedo comments:

  • With no doubting. Prayer performed with faith and trust is what brings results. When there is any feeling of doubt, no matter how small, it is enough to nullify faith, which becomes inoperative (Mark 11.23-24). The doubter is compared to the wave of the sea, which, agitated, moves to and fro and cannot calm down. That is, those who doubt do not have peace inside, because they are carried away by the wind of fear and anxiety and, thus, live dominated by worries (Matthew 14.31).
  • Double-minded man. The double-minded person is one who lives and acts according to the circumstances and is torn between faith and doubt. One hour the person believes, another, hesitates; one day obeys, another day disobeys. The person does not assume the faith in the Lord Jesus and, consequently, does not have a definite faith. Thus, this inconstancy does not allow you to find joy and peace in the midst of trials. As a result, one becomes flighty and untrustworthy as one lives in indecision.

What to do:

Strengthen your faith by participating in the Day of the Soul, every Wednesday at 10am or 6pm.