Every believer in Christ will at some point in their life question their faith to a certain degree. Peter questioned what he was doing as he walked on the water to Jesus (Matthew 14:30), Thomas doubted the risen Lord without physical proof (John 20:24-25), and even Abram (Abraham), the man who was made righteous by his faith (Genesis 15:6), questioned the Lord in his ability to produce an offspring in his old age (Genesis 17:17-18).
Those who have been a Christian for a long time understand this. But when I was a new believer and first called Jesus “Lord,” I never thought such a thing was possible for me. It has been almost 18 years since that precious day, and I have lived through those years thinking about my faith (Philippians 4:8), studying the Bible and the history of Christianity (2 Timothy 2:15), and talking to others, both sharing the gospel and defending it (Ezekiel 3:17–19). These years, which included tragedies and heartaches, have brought opportunities for me to question my beliefs.
I have been given countless personal examples to say with full confidence that my God has never left me or forsaken me (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5). What usually began as confusion and questioning transformed into an experience that not only grew my personal faith but also gave me the answers to help others who may find themselves questioning their own.
It’s woven into the redemptive nature of who God is, and while we read over and over again in the Bible that we should have faith and not doubt (James 1:5-6), it is no way, shape, or form an unpardonable sin for the Christian who is seeking to understand the heart of God.
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