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Author Topic:   Why Are Christians Afraid To Doubt?
purpledawn
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Message 5 of 300 (391755)
03-27-2007 8:59 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Thugpreacha
03-26-2007 5:03 PM


Doubt What?
Doubting that something is God's influence?
Doubting what the Bible says?
Doubting what people tell you the Bible says?

I don't recall anything in the Bible stating we aren't allowed to question what others tell us about God or even questioning God.

I feel that many Christians are afraid to doubt because (1) They've been told or taught that it is wrong to question God, the Bible, preachers, etc. or (2) Their faith is based on what they've been told and if they question that info and find it to be wrong they fear a void.

It's kinda like finding out that one's parents are not always right. (If of course one ever thought their parents were always right.)

If that is one's foundation, then it may get shaken if examined too closely. Many fear losing that foundation.


Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
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purpledawn
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Message 10 of 300 (391842)
03-27-2007 5:23 PM
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03-27-2007 4:46 PM


The Journey Takes Time
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Now at EvC, some of my more liberal eclectic believing friends tell me to throw God away and not be afraid to question literally everything I have been taught.
I think that is another reason some Christians are afraid. Either they feel that questioning means they have to "dump" God or they have people pushing them to "dump" God. They are being pushed forward before they are ready.

A child doesn't jump to adulthood, they grow into it. Spiritual maturity is something that you should grow into. If you are a Christian, you don't have to "dump" God. Just start trying to understand the real God and understanding what Jesus was trying to teach. Look beyond the dogma and tradition.

Everyone grows at their own pace, just don't be afraid to crossover into "adulthood" when it comes to your spirituality.


"Peshat is what I say and derash is what you say." --Nehama Leibowitz
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purpledawn
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Message 105 of 300 (392298)
03-30-2007 9:18 AM
Reply to: Message 77 by ringo
03-29-2007 10:39 PM


Unknown
Maybe they aren't afraid of doubting but are afraid of the unknown.

Maybe they need to know or to have a guarantee of what the end of the journey is like. They want to know that they have reached "it".

I don't feel the journey has and "end". It is continual spiritual growth.

Some will battle with spiritual crisis when they first cross over the line. It takes some time and effort to cleanse out the false and continue forward on a clearer path.

I don't feel that anyone has to abandon their religion when they cross over the line, but I think they will have a deeper understanding of the reality of their religion.

Hard to explain since everyone's journey timeline will be different.

Sadly, I don't feel that there are many people who are skilled at helping people along that journey.


"Peshat is what I say and derash is what you say." --Nehama Leibowitz
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