The True Doubt
"Stop doubting and believe."
Once Time magazine carried a piece of news: There was a couple who received a
foot-long package from a stranger. They suspected it was a mail bomb. So they
turned it in to the police station. Later the bomb squad came and detonated
the box. When the debris settled, they found out all that was a factory
warranty replacement of a $400 TV+ short wave receiver.
Suspicion is the nature of man. Whoever has the ability to think will have
suspicion. From the good side, suspicion is a curiosity which can lead people
to discover new things; from the bad side, suspicion can destroy one's faith.
In the past, doubt is not encouraged, because the rulers of feudality did not
want to lose the control. In the recent centuries, with the rise of
rationalism, people suspect everything. The result is total confusion without
norm of morality. In fact, we cannot doubt everything. We must believe in
something in order to live. The question is how we use doubt rightfully. The
following are some suggestions:
1. Be honest to yourself -- We admit that we don't know everything. Suspicion
does not equal to understanding. Many people doubt about the existence of
God, and then they think God does not exist. In fact, God's existence is
beyond our rationality. We can only know what God revealed to us. We can only
admit that we do not have enough experience to know God.
2. Doubt should go with a certain goal -- Suspicion is a tool to help us
reach the goal. Doubt for the sake of doubt is silly, gaining nothing.
Without looking for an answer, suspicion is like shooting arrows without a
target; it is useless.
3. Suspicion should be placed upon a sound faith -- One should not doubt his
own faith. If one denies his faith repeatedly, he will never advance. Faith
needs to be proved. But once it has been proved, we don't need to doubt
again. We should use positive attitude to build up our faith.
4. Use both sense and sensibility -- If one uses rationality only, he will
not have all the answers to life. Because many things in life can only be
learned through one’s feelings; such as the choice of love, the power of sins
etc.. To doubt God's existence and love for man is beyond one’s rationality.
Sometimes, only through feelings can we understand it.
Christians have the right to doubt. We
know whom we believe in. He is the Creator of everything.