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Doubting God
by Martin Wiles
12/31/12
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Iím a logical kind of a fella who likes proof. If I canít sniff it, grab it, glare at it, hear it or chew it, I have trouble believing it exists. A skeptical skeptic.

If someone proposes, ďGod created the earth out of nothing,Ē Iím tempted to ask for scientific proof. A repeat of the original act. If youíre healed of a terminal disease and claim God answered your prayer, Iím tempted to retort, ďHow do you know God did it? Doesnít the body have power to heal itself?Ē

Before you label me heretical, let me clarifyÖI believe everything the Bible teaches, but thereís always the temptation to doubt Christianityís claims-many of which canít be proven scientifically or experienced with the senses. After all, have you seen God lately?

Thomas-one of Jesusí twelve disciples, struggled too. The resurrected Christ appeared to various people-including the disciples minus Thomas. When they told Thomas, he replied, ďI wonít believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his sideĒ (John 20:25 NLT). Jesus later appeared with him present but cautioned; You believe because you have seen. Blessed are those who havenít seen me and believe anyway (v. 29).

God requires living by faith not sight which involves believing without scientific proof or sense experience. God is patient with our doubts but expects us to move from skepticism to faith in the absence of proof. Doubt keeps us from trusting him completely and hinders enjoying his best. Weíll fear stepping into the unknown where all the iís and tís arenít grammatically correct. Fear and faith canít live together, but when we allow God to perfect our faith, fear will move out. God rewards faith that doesnít require sense experiences to flourish.

Prayer: Almighty God, though we canít experience You with our senses, we believe You are our Creator, Sustainer and Deliverer; the One who clutches our existence in Your hand, and the one who distributes every breath. Increase our faith so fear wonít prevent us from savoring Your future. www.lovelinesfromgod.com

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