Quotes About Doubt

“A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.” -Tim Keller

“Doubt sometimes needs to be seen as the bridge that makes up the distance between your current level of faith and perfect faith. In this sense, doubt is a part of the Christian life until the resurrection.” -C. Michael Patton

“The problem is not that reason attacks faith but that emotions overwhelm reason as well as faith, and it is impossible for reason to dissuade them. … [This kind of] doubt comes just at the point where the believer’s emotions (vivid imagination, changing moods, erratic feelings, intense reactions) rise up and overpower the understanding of faith. Outvoted, outgunned, faith is pressed back and hemmed in by the unruly mob of raging emotions that only awhile earlier were quiet, orderly citizens of the personality. Reason is cut down, obedience is thrown out, and for a while the rule of emotions is as sovereign as it is violent. The coup d’état is complete.” -Os Guinness

“For many Christians, merely having doubts of any kind can be scary. They wonder whether their questions disqualify them being a follower of Christ. They feel insecure because they’re not sure whether it’s permissible to express uncertainty about God, Jesus, or the Bible. So they keep their questions to themselves—and inside, unanswered, they grow and fester . . . until they eventually succeed in choking out their faith.” -Lee Stobel

“”Any Christian who is intellectually engaged and reflecting about his faith will inevitably face the problem of doubt.” -William Lane Craig

“Doubts are a normal part of life. We doubt things on earth, so its easy to doubt things of God.” -Billy Graham

I am so harassed in the archbishopric that if it were possible do to so without guilt, I would rather die than continue in it. -Anselm

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