Doubts are alright, even as a Christian!

We make many of our claims upon the historicity of the bible with respect to all of what it says. People tend to doubt because there are many others who inject their opinions and other “WOW!” factor-like statements. However, it is alright to have doubts as a Christian and as a follower of Christ, this is how we learn – that is, by delving into the sources, the history, the bible, and the culture of the times. Some of our greatest thinkers who are extraordinary men of faith, have doubted.

doubting_thomasDoubting Thomas

A doubting Thomas is a skeptic who refuses to believe without direct personal experience—a reference to the Apostle Thomas, who refused to believe that the resurrected Jesus had appeared to the ten other apostles, until he could see and feel the wounds received by Jesus on the cross. It is quite difficult to be an Apostle Thomas, these days, because in the end you would have to have some personal experience, in that, you would have to see the wounds and touch the nail marks on Jesus’s body. Although, it is quite possible to be an Apostle Paul. Paul had an experience that was personal and profound. Jesus spoke to him and made him blind for a time, so that he would recognize the power of Jesus and know the glory of God. There are those who say that no one had any personal experience with Jesus. I would have to disagree with that. There are those who say the bible is not from history. I would also, emphatically, have to disagree with that, as well.
Just because they were followers of Jesus does not make them liars. Also, what could they 12 apostlespossibly gain from such a claim? Expulsion from the church, most assuredly death in the long run for blasphemous statements. To say the bible is not from history is laughable at best. The scrolls were dug up from the earth and transcribed. Also, the gospels and the epistles are preeminently used to determine locations of artifacts. How many people do you know would die for a lie that they spun up? There is a bit of parallelism to the Watergate debacle of President Nixon and his powerful tribe of twelve men. Each of them cut a deal and did prison time and these were men of great power in these United States. The followers of Jesus were woodworkers, fishermen, tax collectors, and the like. Not men of power, but men of ethical & moral strength who came from the lowliest of positions within their community. Only someone with such fortitude and strength of the Spirit of God, as small as these men were, could possibly stand up against the Sanhedrin and the likes of the Romans.
Man is naturally full of doubts, whether he admits it or not is another topic of discussion.bible That is what fuels our skeptical natures. We, as the species of man, are constantly asking questions, interrogating ourselves, in an attempt to understand something more fully. Regardless of what it is, or how menial it may be. If we are truly wise – we will research things to the bitter, grueling end. In so doing we can make an educated, cogent, and wise decision concerning the matter at hand.
If you are truly a Christian at heart, you will research everything that comes your way and compare it to the moral & ethical standards Bible TJof the bible, as well as, the teachings of Jesus. The multitude of subject matter placed before us with respect to politics, transgenderism, LGBT militant-ism, the refugee fiasco, and innumerable other topics of discussion. Your life, my life, and the lives of our children (if raised as Christians) will be centered around the teachings and tenets of the bible. Just because you do not like what was stated in the bible, does not give you the right to change it’s teachings to suit your needs or wants! It is there as an ever present guide for life, an ever present standard to model your life after. After all, were we not warned:
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” ~2 Corinthians 11:4
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If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” ~1 Timothy 6:3-5
Now I could have added the scripture from the Book of Revelation:
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” ~Rev 22:18-Rev 22:19
However, it is MY firm belief that each Book of the Bible is a separate work and the revelationwarning within this particular revelation is intended for the Book of Revelation itself. Of course, that is my opinion and the same of many others but not everyone who believes. Also, you all should beware, my friends, for we were also warned by James, the brother of our Lord, Jesus, (who by the way did not always believe in his own brother as Lord) the following:
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” ~James 3:1
We have all been called to the “royal priesthood” and we were also called to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” These are not the-will-of-godpassed on to us willy-nilly, but true commands for us to carry out.  Just consider the Apostles, individually. Each one had doubts during their learning with Jesus. Each one showed their disbelief after Jesus’ death by hiding and allowing the women to go to the tomb, and they were still having doubts until the gift of the Holy Spirit came upon them. The fact remains, provided you accept the authenticity and historicity of the bible, doubts will reign in our lives, sin will reign in our lives, temptation will reign in our lives, etc.; however, it is up to each of us to subject our thoughts, our bodies, our minds, etc., to our will and our individual will(s) need to be modeled after the will of God and the teachings of the Christ!

 

May God Richly Bless You!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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