What Should I Do When I’m Compulsively Doubting My Faith?
As humans, we all experience doubt. Especially as Christians in regard to our faith. You may ask yourself, “What should I do when I am doubting my faith”?
Doubt is Apart of the Human Condition
Understanding Why I Am Doubting My Faith
Many Christians are afraid to admit when they experience doubt pertaining to their faith. They may feel ashamed or even fearful that doubting their faith signifies they are not truly saved. However, the emotion of doubt is a perfectly normal.
We as humans experience doubt on a regular basis, not only in regard to our faith. We doubt our careers, our lives, our relationships, etc. The sensation of doubt is embedded into human nature.
Sometimes Christians find ourselves bound by the deceitful Serpent of the Garden of Eden, who cast the very first doubt unto Adam. Suffocated and paralyzed by the confusion and skepticism. The lineage of Adam forever cursed with the affliction of doubt.
For this reason, Christians should not be ashamed if they find themselves doubting their faith. Doubt is an unavoidable part of the human experience, and fearing it only makes it worse. As a Christian, know that doubt is a normal emotion and it does not make or break your faith.
What You Should Do When Doubting the Christian Faith
1) Make a Fervent Commitment to Not Succumb to Doubt
Right now as you are reading this, make a commitment in your mind that you will not give in to doubt. Understanding that it’s a normal human experience is the first step to defeating it. Now that you understand you are not alone and doubt doesn’t negate your standing with God, you can begin to overcome it.
No matter what fearful or doubtful thought or emotion crosses your mind, you will not waver. Stand firm in Christ and your convictions. Remember that your faith is not feeble. Your faith is built upon the rock and is firmly rooted. It is thoroughly thought out and based on evidence:
- Scientific evidence of the “fine tuning” of the universe
- Historical extra-Biblical accounts, evidence and accuracy of the Bible and it’s authors
- Archeological findings and discoveries
- Old Testament prophecy and fulfillment including the Isaiah 53 prophecies about Jesus
- Near death experience (NDE) testimonies
- The clear Biblical explanation for our current events
2) Understand that Doubt is Just an Emotion
Doubt is just an emotion like any other. It comes and goes with time, often inexplicably. Take solace in the fact that it is fleeting and will not persist.
As Christians, we must work on controlling our feelings and emotions. Otherwise, we are held captive by them. Thrown to and fro at the doubt’s whim, with no self-control or agency. As Proverbs 25:28 describes:
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
So don’t give way to doubt. Don’t even acknowledge it. It is of no use and can only do you harm. Best case scenario, the initial doubt leaves quickly without doing any damage. Worst case scenario, one doubt after another you spiral down a black hole into an abyss of crippling fear and insecurity.
So cast all doubt away quickly and with fervor. Do not entertain any doubt, no matter how alluring or magnetic it may be. As Ephesians 6:11 instructs us:
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.