At What Point Do Doubts Prove that We Aren’t Really Believers?

Episode 283 Show Notes 

From the Show

Doubts are different from rejection. It’s one thing to have doubts; it’s another thing to reject God’s word. You think of the exclamation of Thomas. Once Jesus showed him his hands and his side—that He wasn’t a ghost; he was the risen Jesus—what’s Thomas’s response? “My Lord and my God…” Yet along the way Thomas may have had doubts here and there but he kept going back “No, No, I saw him. I put my hand in his side.”

—Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. When interpreting the Bible, is there only one correct interpretation for the passage?

2. How do we know if our faith is true, if we really believe in God? At what point do doubts prove that we aren’t really believers?

3. How do we understand Psalm 51 where David prays, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight”? Didn’t David also sin against Bathsheba and Uriah?

4. I just heard you talk about how we will never be free from sin from this life and that we will always struggle. I was taught that we should feel conviction of sin. Is this what you are saying?

Resources

Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson

Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton

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