So, just a bit about me. I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness. And among some of the dangerous things taught there, I think the worst thing was that we were not allowed to question the things we were taught.
Being a Born Again Christian has undoubtedly brought me into a realm of new understanding that has almost overwhelmed me. But The Most High being the loving Heavenly Father He is has revealed His truths to me in manageable doses.
And I have to admit, so far looking back on this journey, though it still be a few months fresh lol, I think the thing I appreciate so much is the fact that God allows me to be a skeptic sometimes.
Maybe not so skeptic that it paralyzes me and keeps me from moving altogether. But He is very loving when it comes to me trying to discern, think critically, TEST THE SPIRITS as it were.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.1 John 4: 1-4
Every time I began to question, even slightly doubt something in the Bible, I feel the Holy Spirit nudge me to research it. Sometimes it makes me feel bad, that I’m doubting His Written Word because again, that’s about a decade and a half of having it drilled in my brain that thou shall not question God. But every time I get that way, 1 John 4:1-4 is always brought to mind.
Sometimes even the account of Doubting Thomas.
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”John 20: 24-29
I think that alone is helping to strengthen my Faith. Having the Holy Spirit guide me through my own skepticism and helping me research just proves to me how loving Jesus Christ really is. He wants us to do this, to… make Him real in our lives.
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.Matthew 7:7,8
I only bring this up because recently, I had stumbled across some videos, some teachings saying that Noah’s Ark never happened and it can’t be proven. And although I just kinda tried to push it aside, it was still there, and God knew.
So today I got led to a video that in a lot of ways have a lot of scientific ideas that could confirm the existence of Noah’s Ark. At least for me it was enough! Because ultimately, I still feel like for a person who is only convinced through hard evidence, they may still find a loophole in this video and I suppose that’s OK.
But I already understand that God doesn’t only require us knowing about Him, but also believing in Him and His Works!
For those interested, here’s the video!:
But yeah, praise the Lord Jesus for not condemning me for being skeptical sometimes lol. Test and see that He’s good right?
I don’t think any Christian will get it right 100% of the time. God doesn’t require us to walk in perfection. He requires us to be repentant and obedient, two things that are always within our capabilities.
Now! I’m certainly not at all saying that we should constantly be walking around in unbelief only willing to believe what we can see, because obviously, the Bible does preach against faithless-ness and unbelief consistently.
But the Bible also doesn’t condemn genuine skepticism and the need to have something proven to us. There’s a grace to it I think but… you can take that up with God yourself lol. This is just what I feel God put on my heart. 🙂
Love you. Mean it!