Believers believe And Skeptics Are Skeptical. That’s What They Do.
I must tell you that many times in my Christian walk my faith has been shaken. I’d like to pass along what I learned during those times of doubt.
First, remember that your faith is faith. We do not have faith in what we can see but in what we can’t see. If we could see God in the same sense that we can see the sun, we wouldn’t need faith, we’d just look up and there He would be in all His glory. But while we must have faith that God exists, we can be sure that it isn’t a blind faith, or worse, a faith that we have in spite of evidence to the contrary. No, there are millions of reasons to have faith in God based on lots of evidence and sound arguments. But, as the scriptures point out, all the reasons in the world are not enough if God does not grant us the gift of faith. As His enemies, Man will look for any reason to reject God, reasonable or not.
I make this point so that you will do everything in your power to keep your faith. There will be times when it will be weak, or even seemingly non-existent. It is then that you need to contend for it. You must fight.
It’s much easier in many ways to be a skeptic and simply look for a way to pick everyone else’s world apart while at the same time having faith that there is no truth in your own world. The skeptic doesn’t have to bother with making his beliefs consistent. He can attack Christians for believing that there is absolute truth on one day, then accuse them of lying on another. He can talk about how important it is that all be well educated in one breath and then in the next insist that life is ultimately meaningless. He can decry that some children are malnourished today while doing everything in his power to make sure their slaughter is legal tomorrow. He is a skeptic. His basis doesn’t have to make sense. It’s based on having no basis, and on that basis, he seeks simply to question and destroy the basis of the faith of others.
You will know this person when you meet him. He has questions. But he doesn’t want answers. Indeed, his questions are not based on a search for answers. He, after all, doesn’t even believe that there are any answers. Rather, his questions are nothing more than darts aimed at your faith. He doesn’t knowingly offer anything in replacement of your faith; he simply doesn’t want you to have faith, and for good reason.
The Bible says that you, if you are in Christ, are the light of the world and that that light exposes evil deeds. All humans know deep down that there is a God, and they know that they are sinners. It’s because they know this that they spend their lives suppressing that very truth in order to anesthetize themselves against their ultimate destiny. If they can snuff out your light, it will soothe their inner souls concerning that destiny. They will be tireless in their efforts to reinforce the lies that they have bought into in order to sooth their sinful flesh and its desires.
But peace with God is worth more than any temporary and shallow experience that your flesh promises to offer. Such peace is not temporary. It can’t be stolen. It’s not based on your own abilities to earn it. It’s not based on your beauty, intellect or riches, all of which are fleeting. It will be with you in good times and bad and to the end of your days. It will allow you to look back at your life and say, it is well.
Dear children, I so desire that you will find the pearl of great price, the joy found in peace with God. To be cynical, angry and bitter, and at war with God is the easy road. The world will love you for it. Following your heart is all that is required. It’s downhill all the way. But to follow God will bring you Joy and peace, which I pray that you will wear like a garment throughout your lives.