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Date Created:12 Jan 2015
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Many people are taught that it is a sin to question your faith. Questioning itself indicates that one doubts the authenticity of his faith
or belief; otherwise he would not question at all.
In many Christian religions, people are taught that doubts originate from the devil; that he sows seeds of doubt in order to derail us from the path of light and life; therefore, we should not entertain any doubts at all and believe and hold on firmly to what we believe. (Mathew 13:24)
Blind Faith is Actually not Encouraged
While it may be true that the Devil definitely encourages doubts in order to destroy our faith, he also encourages blind faith. Blind faith is belief based mostly on sentiment and not reason or evidence. With this kind of faith, one believes implicitly what he is taught without having strong, supporting reasons for doing so. This kind of faith is dangerous, because the devil can and does capitalize on it.
A person ought to know why he believes what he does. He has to have reasons for doing so, and these reasons must be based on evidence or irrefutable facts.
In the Bible, the apostle Peter actually tells us that we
should be able to defend our faith and be ready to explain to anyone who
questions our faith.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” – 1 Peter 3:15 (King James Version)
A person with blind faith, on the other hand, cannot give a conclusive reason why he believes what he does. In fact, he cannot really defend his faith.
God created men with a capacity to reason; and so therefore, belief in God should be tempered with reason. Therefore, instead of simply stating, “I believe in God because it is right,” a person with true faith will state why believing in God is right.
The apostle Paul is a good example of a person who spent a good amount of time reasoning with people as to why they ought to believe in God. (Acts 17:1-3)
A person with blind faith can easily be deceived into believing what is false because he does not question his beliefs.
Deceivers have Gone into the World
Strong faith is built through research and study. It is based on facts and reason. It is not blind. It certainly knows why it believes what it does.
Care must be taken because many deceivers have come into the world (1 John 2:7).
This simply means we ought to check that what we are hearing is correct. Many people today have only one aim: to deceive. Others don’t even know that they are deceiving others because they themselves have been deceived.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” –2 Timothy 3:13
This therefore calls on believers to be awake and question or validate anything that sounds off from the truth. And anyone who claims to be a prophet of the Lord or behaves like one, needs to be checked.
“Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves.”—Mathew 7:15
Keep on Testing
The scripture of 1 John 4:1 actually encourages us to test every spirit and not to blindly believe. Compare this with 1 Timothy 4:1.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” –1 John 4:1
This clearly speaks to us living in these times when the end is so near. WE need to test, to question, anything we hear least we are deceived. We need to verify against the scripture whatever we are taught in our churches and other places of worship.
And when people come to teach us or preach to us the word of God, we do well to follow the example of the Boreans who chose to prove to themselves through research and study the truthfulness of what they were taught.
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” –Acts 17:11
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