Not all doubt is bad. I once began to wonder if I’d left the car running in the garage, so I went to check and sure enough, it was! That mistake could have been harmful or deadly and it was my doubt that prompted me to check and see.

The Apostle Paul talked about the value of examining our hearts closely:

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.

~ 2 Corinthians 13:5 NLT

Just as we should seek out the wisdom of a physician when we feel something is wrong in our bodies, it’s healthy to examine our hearts to see if our doubts are telling us something.

At the same time, doubt can be destructive when we have confirmed our faith but still refuse to believe in the genuineness of it, or the authority or validity of God’s Word.

We can become downright obsessive about our doubts, which can often lead us to seek out more evidence against our faith and, as the Lorax warned us, a tree falls in the direction it leans.

I believe our faith must be founded on multiple pillars, and personally I point to four with my faith.

  1. The general revelation God has given us in nature. As apologist Glen Scrivener said, “Christians believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. Materialists believe in the virgin birth of the cosmos. Choose your miracle.” Nature itself, both its beauty and its complexity, strengthen my faith in a divine Designer.
  2. The specific revelation God has given us in the Scriptures, the Bible. Particularly, the New Testament is the record of a historically verifiable event, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  3. The historic witness of millions of believers to the reality of the dead and risen King Jesus. From the earliest generations of Christians, believers have been willing to lose their wealth, their reputation, and even their lives to defend the truth of Christianity.
  4. My personal experience of the power and presence of God in my life. I’ve heard from him at crucial times. I’ve witnessed, first hand, unexplainable events in my life. And I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I walk in the Spirit daily.

Of those four pillars, three are considered “objective.” That is, they are facts, established and verified regardless of my personal feelings about them. The fourth is “subjective.” That is, I can’t prove my experience to anyone else, but I know it to be true.

When you feel doubt, move away from your feelings, which can change hour upon hour, and move your faith into the facts of Christianity.

Then, live, pray, serve, and share your faith boldly as the Spirit of God bears witness with your spirit that you are indeed a child of God.

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