Ways?

Greek odios means road, progress, route, journey

Jn 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” James’ use of the phrase “in all his ways” seems to me the most compelling part of the passage regarding his argument of a prolonged condition of doubt being the root cause of instability and unanswered prayer. We are instructed to ask God questions, seeking Him and His wisdom, so it is important not to confuse doubt (skepticism) with questioning. A question is asked when the answer isn’t known. The doubt which James speaks of, however, is certainly a state of mind which permeates the conscious mind and renders faith null. Just as instability in a bridge will cause it to fracture and collapse, doubt causes faith to become unstable and collapse. Doubt and faith cannot coexist.

This post is an excerpt (Question 8.4) from my book Ask James one.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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