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Frederick Buechner (Wishful Thinking, p. 20) said: “Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.” Sunday school curriculum writer Brett Younger (Smith & Helwys, Sept. 2011) agrees with Buechner and adds, “The best doubt leads to deeper faith and greater courage.”

Is this true? Is doubt good?

Jesus rescued Peter from drowning and said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). Jesus told his disciples, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt . . . you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,and it will be done” (Matthew 21:21). Jesus said to Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27).

James says, “He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-8).

Doubt in a biblical context means to be without resource, to be double-minded, or up in the air. Doubting God suggests a weak, unstable faith. Not good.

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“The Bible is relevant because it is an unchanging message directed to a changing world. God does not change; the nature of mankind does not change; right and wrong do not change; sin and death do not change; the need for salvation does not change; our hope of eternal life does not change. Those who think the Bible is irrelevant today see it as the observations of the human writers who produced it. But when we see the Bible as originating from God as inspired by the Holy Spirit, we know that its perspective and application are unlimited. When God caused the Bible to be written (2 Peter 1:20, 21), he intended it to be used by all people in all times.” (Jack Cottrell, “Still Relevant?”, CCU 514 magazine, Summer 2011)