“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” – Paul Tillich …
From time to time, I find myself facing a certain level of doubt. And what Paul is saying here is an important principle in understanding my journey through life: doubt is not only a normal part of life, but it is an essential part of faith. All too often, society teaches that if we have any disbelief in something, or if we fail to believe without question, then we have no faith. But nothing is further from the truth.
Faith is a journey… and on this journey, like most other journeys, there are joys and sorrows, fortunes and troubles, and moments of confidence and doubt. The fact that our faith is questioned, challenged, and shaken to its core, means that we have to work our way through the maze of thorns to find the truth that we seek. And when we find that truth, we will have true faith, for we will have finished the journey and found affirmation and greater understanding.
Do not see doubt, as a sign of a lack of faith, for it is not. It is a sign that perhaps you are ready to grow, to begin a journey to further understand your beliefs. Embrace your doubts in life and use them to help strengthen your faith and your resolve. And of course, use the gifts you were given of logical thought and discernment as you travel down your path of discovery.
Accept any doubts you may be feeling and make the effort to discover what they may be saying.
Questions to consider:
In what ways does faith embrace doubt?
What are some of your doubts in life? What could they be telling you? In what ways can they help you to grow?
What are some benefits to careful consideration of all you hear?
For further thought:
“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” – Rene Descartes