Why is doubt such a poison to our prayers?

Ro 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. Faith and doubt cannot both hold our attention at the same time. Faith and doubt are mutually exclusive. Since faith is the requirement for salvation, there can be no salvation if doubt crowds out faith.

This post is an excerpt (Question 6.10) from my book Ask James one.

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Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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7 Responses to Why is doubt such a poison to our prayers?

  1. Mitchell says:

    Hello brother, here is a blog i did on faith a while back.

    http://christcreds.com/2011/02/13/how-faith-works/

    along same lines of what you are saying.

  2. Todd Beal says:

    Boy, I tell ya Lance; sometimes it feels like we’re tag teaming this topic. It is so relaxing to read something I completely agree with – something that is true, through and through. It is simply amazing to me that so many seasoned Christians have no clue as to the meaning of faith and its workings, including those in Church leadership. I’ve told you before, and now I’m telling you again, thanks for dedicating yourself to truth as God gives it, and for your tireless passion in studying the scriptures.

  3. Lance Ponder says:

    Well, it is a very strong and unambiguous statement, that’s for sure. LOL. I read something recently the other day that said there must be room for doubt for faith to be faith. The logic behind this was that to have sure knowledge of something seen precludes faith since faith involves believing in that which is unseen. I’m not so sure I would agree that being seen or unseen is the right criteria. It seems to me that faith requires certainty by whatever means whereas doubt involves uncertainty. One could argue it is more like the old glass half full/empty thing, and to the extent that faith is a matter of perspective then I would have to say so. Using that metaphor, I would say faith is how full you see the glass whereas doubt is how empty you see the glass. A little faith is only a little full, but that’s what it takes. A little doubt, on the other hand, effectively negates whatever actually is there because what isn’t there is all that is perceived.

    • Todd Beal says:

      Lance,

      | It seems to me that faith requires certainty by whatever means whereas doubt involves uncertainty. |

      Faith is certainty. It is because God provides it. That’s where our belief and doubt enters the picture, as you explained. The part that really grabbed me was your statement, “A little doubt, on the other hand, effectively negates whatever actually is there because what isn’t there is all that is perceived.” Doubt is that awful blindness that makes us afraid of reality, afraid of believing faith.

      Lance, I would someday like to write a book specifically on faith. I want to lay it out bare and to the point. I want to clear up the fuzzy confusion that is so prevalent in religious teaching today.

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