Most of us can conclude that not all doubts are bad. If we were considering something where we did not have all of the facts, we would want to hold off on accepting it, until we are sure. We hear the mantra in the different Christian denominations today, “Don’t be afraid – just believe.” (Mark 5:36) Some feel that faith is merely believing and doubting nothing at all. This is very naïve, dangerous, and deceptive.
Romans 4:18-21 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred... Continue Reading →
Andrews helps the reader to understand the biases, assumptions, and shortcomings supporting Agnostic Bart D. Ehrman's arguments. Using sound reason, scholarly exegesis, and the Historical-Grammatical method of interpretation, as well as New Testament textual criticism, these scholars help both churchgoer/Bible students, as well as scholars, overcome the teachings of biblical errancy that Ehrman propagates. All of this is done in many easy-to-read and understand publications, several of which are mentioned here in this book.
Peter had experienced so much in the first two years. Jesus had healed the mother-in-law of Peter. He had sat through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Repeatedly, Peter saw that Jesus was truly the long-awaited Messiah. As each month passed, Peter’s imperfections, such as his impulsive behavior, as well as his fear and doubt, certainly gave way to faith and trust to a degree. Peter was even privileged to be one of the chosen twelve apostles! Still, Peter had not yet conquered his fear and doubt, as he would soon learn.
In short, doubt as it relates to God or his Word is when we feel unconvinced or uncertain about some biblical teaching or some trustworthy aspect of God’s Word. Someone might say, “I feel, I think, or I believe that the Bible is unlikely to be completely without error.” Some may have a feeling or... Continue Reading →
We can draw comfort from the fact that even Jesus’ disciples at times gave way to doubt. (Matthew 14:30; Luke 24:36-39; John 20:24-25) Do not feel alone, the Bible itself describes a lack of faith as “the sin which so easily entangles us.” (Hebrews 12:1) The apostle Paul wrote: “not all have faith.” (2 Thessalonians 3:2) All have the capacity or the ability to possess this quality, faith.