There has been something lacking for me spiritually since we moved to our little island. I think I alluded to it after a couple of months here. At some point I got into that “it is what it is” mode that I typically detest. If I can do something about it, I should. Then my friend Stefanie from Ni Hao Y’all offered to host a Bible study on her site. I jumped on the offer. We’ll be studying Timothy Keller’s book, “The Reason For God.” As part of the study, I’ll be posting here weekly about what we are discussing. I’ll be linking up with other people who are also participating in the study. If you want to read what they have to say, feel free to click the button at the bottom of the post.
In this book Keller suggests that his reader, whether Christian or skeptic, consider their own doubts and the doubts of others. He goes so far as to say that your faith can be found there. Stefanie does a much better job of providing a synopsis here. The first question asked of study participants is
Question: Can you relate to what Keller says about the need for Christians to dissect their personal and cultural doubts? If so, what are your most pervasive doubts? If not, to what do you attribute your confidence?
Cultural doubts? Absolutely. I think my last post is a big example. I’d like to thank Sophelia for carrying on the conversation so that I can dissect and examine my beliefs about religious freedoms in the military. Another example is a conversation I had with another friend. We disagree on something that I see as a Biblical truth even though we attend the same type of church. His heels are dug in and so are mine. How can two people who read the same Bible and attend the same type of church service be at opposite ends of a spectrum? What I see as black and white, he sees as gray. These cultural doubts should be examined so you know where you stand. In some cases, there are things that some see as cultural issues and other see as salvation issues. Especially in these situations, I think that we should be praying and examining what God actually wants of us.
Personal doubts? Off the cuff I would probably say my faith is strong. My doubts about God have come in difficult times. How could He let this happen? At other times I wonder why my aren’t prayers answered, I’m praying for good things, things for His glory. Does He care? I’ve been blessed that in my times of doubt, I’ve come out on the other side with my faith not just in tact but stronger. If I’m honest with myself, I still have moments of fleeting doubt. I’m sure through this study, more may bubble to the surface.
Overall, I’m very excited to start this study. I want to feel part of a discussion again. Teaching Sunday School and wrangling kids, I’m looking forward to digging in studying and discussing these difficult subjects. If you’d like to join me, I’d love to have your comments here.