Is Doubt Benefical

I’ve always thought of “doubt” as a BIG NEGATIVE. It is true that doubt
can “nullify your prayers, make you lose your witness”, according to the
sermon I heard at church this past Sunday. This sermon gave some “twist of
thought”, for me to feed on. The minister used the scripture reading in
Luke1:5-25. We can read in verse 18, that even Zechariah doubted. The
minister said that sometimes, doubt is beneficial for those of us who seek
truth. He said that “doubt is benefical, if it causes us to investigate the
facts.” “If we don’t doubt some things, we will eventually be lead astray.”
(Matt. 24:4) He gave us two steps to overcome doubt: 1) examine the evidence
(by researching God’s Word) 2)determine that you are going to obey the
results of your research (obeying God’s Word) Wow, what a change in my
perspective on the word “doubt”.

6 thoughts on “Is Doubt Benefical

  1. That was a good lesson, Tammy. I see, as your pastor said, that if doubt motivates one to research and investigate, seeking the truth, then doubt can be an “enabler”. If, however, when the truth is discovered and one chooses not believe it, or to adhere to it and follow it, then that is the crucial issue where “doubt” brings one down. Thomas doubted what the Apostles told him about seeing Jesus, alive and glorious. That is why he is dubbed “Doubting Thomas”. However, when he finally “RESEARCHED” it in the physical realm by putting his hand into Jesus Christ’s physical wounds, he fell on his knees and worshiped the living Christ and HE BELIEVED. He then believed the TRUTH, THE LIGHT AND THE WAY.
    Of course we know Christ’s words to the disciples right after this scene….”blessed are those who have NOT seen and yet believe”

  2. This does change my perspective too when I think of the two sides of doubt. On the one side questioning things does force investigation that can lead to good results. Acts 17:11 is a good example.”These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”
    The next part of the verse is the resulting change you spoke of: “Therefore many of them believed…”.

  3. Tammy, I have always looked at “doubting” in a negative way. I have not really concidered it to be a cautious (positive) way. I guess if you doubt without the two steps to overcome doubt it will be negative. I think we get so busy a lot of times we don’t take the time to do the two steps. I know I need to change my Doubt from negative to positive at times. Thanks Tammy for this awesome blog.

  4. Tammy, I loved pausing and thinking about your blog. It brings to my mind a scripture I think about ‘when in doubt.’ Acts 2:12 “And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?”

    Peter speaks up (backed by the other eleven) and addresses the crowd that were in doubt, saying,
    “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
    ” ‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
    Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
    Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
    I will show wonders in the heaven above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
    The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
    And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.”…

    I like to look at the word doubt in this way as well. Maybe it’s others that are in doubt but we like Peter could speak up and address another or a crowd with truth from God’s Word and as Peter said, “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

    Peter only had eleven with him and a big crowd was in doubt but Peter didn’t run, hide, talk behind closed doors, gossip, fear or whatever one might do other than face the crowd and speak God’s word. He really warned them by saying, “now this is what the prophet Joel announced would happen.”

    This makes me doubt myself wondering how many things God has warned us about through the prophets and we may have read it and then will not see or know it when it happens. Yes, doubt is a big “twist of thought” just as you said, Tammy. Thanks for making my mind hurt!

  5. I sure do say yes to what Wendy and Sara have written in their response…I thought back to when I first started walking with the Lord and got side tracked with or in a wrong belief..I had been convenced that there was no Hell as I now understand it to be(for all those who do not know and accept Jesus and for the Devil and his angels) eternal burning punishment…well having been convinced of no hell….I was just going on until the Truth was spoken to my my brother …I started to doubt if the way I was believing about hell was right…(and that was no existence after death at all)…he pointed out in scripture in Revelation..and other places…and boy if I had not been caused to have that doubt…I would have stayed in that straying way right on into hell itself…..(you are right if we dont doubt we will be lead astray, or end up staying in it……dj

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