Tonight in our evening service we wrapped our series “Greater …” by looking at the theme doubt. As I was preparing to lead the service I discovered this beautiful quote from Frederick Buechner:
Whether your faith is that there is a God or that there is not a God, if you don’t have any doubts you are either kidnapping yourself or asleep. Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.
As Brian McLaren writes:
Being awake and moving is simply spiritual growth, to which Christians claim to be committed. Spiritual growth means that five years from now, your set of beliefs will hopefully be different from today’s – that your belief will be more fine-tuned, more tested, more balanced, more examined. And what causes you to examine a belief and test it – against the whole background of Scripture, against the wise thinking of the Christian community at large (both now and through history), against the realities of your experience? Basically, doubt. Whatever inside you that isn’t at rest about a belief, that causes you to question that belief. By doubting a belief and then examining it, you can decide to discard it, adjust it, or keep it just as it is.