Doubt and Belief

Scripture Reading: Luke 14

Skeptics make great disciples because they refuse to take anyone else’s word on anything. They insist on investigating and thinking through things for themselves. Doubt is entirely compatible with belief since Christ never called for “blind faith.” Quite the opposite–he told parables of the necessity of counting the cost in following him. Know what you’re getting into seemed to be his mantra. Once you do, you’re ready and willing to give yourself unreservedly to him. 

“I know what torment this is, but I can only see it (doubt), in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. A faith that just accepts is a child’s faith and all right for children, but eventually you have to grow religiously as every other way, though some never do. What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe. If you feel you can’t believe, you must at least do this: keep an open mind. Keep it open toward faith, keep wanting it, keep asking for it, and leave the rest to God.”
~Flannery O’Connor (“The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor”)

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