Christianity Does Not Repel Doubt

Christianity Does Not Repel Doubt


people who profess to be Christians
based on either those two reasons are really, really susceptible though to
doubts. And this is where I think as Christians we need to understand the
place of doubt in our Christianity. Christianity does not repel doubt in
fact if you’ve been a Christian for more than five minutes you might find the
Christianity actually attracts doubt. And so the antidote to doubt is not just
have more faith… that’s not the antidote to doubt. The antidote to doubt is the
truth. If you get a firm knowledge of the truth you’ll be able to deal with the
doubts that you have and the doubts that those around you might have as well. So
really I’m asking you to come to this position. You
believe that there is a God because there’s good reasons to believe it’s
true, you believe that Christianity is true because there are good reasons to
believe it’s true. So here’s the thing we all know and I really I want to get this
because in a moment I’m gonna give you some really good reasons for believing
there is a God, the God of the Bible, and secondly that Christianity is true so
I’m going to give you those reasons in a moment. But I’m very, very aware of this:
you can present someone with the truth and it doesn’t guarantee they’ll believe
it. It’s so frustrating! And the most bizarre story that illustrates that,
involved Jesus himself. When Jesus himself was at the tomb of Lazarus and
all the skeptics and cynics were there and there is Jesus he stands in
front of the tomb, shortest verse in the Bible, ‘Jesus wept’. And it says that
those around him said ‘oh see how much he loved him’ and I love what F.W. Boreham
says at this point F.W. Boreham says Jesus stood at the tomb of Lazarus and
wept not because of what had happened to Lazarus
but because of what he was about to do to Lazarus. He was about to bring him
back. And for that he wept, different
perspective on life isn’t it? And so he said roll the stone away and
their answer was, and if you’ve got the King James, which if there is anyone here
older than 400 years fair enough you should that’s your language… it says some
‘but Lord by now he stinketh’… four days in a Middle Eastern tomb, so they rolled the
stone away and Jesus said ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ and out comes,
I mean Halloween’s not that far away but it would look pretty creepy… here’s a guy
completely mummified wrapped walking out and Jesus says ‘untie him, unbind him’ I’m face
wrapped blind how he found his way out of the cave I’m not sure, maybe the
light but here’s the thing I mean if you didn’t believe Jesus was
the son of God if you didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah and you saw that
would you believe? I would! And what does it say the scribes and the Pharisees who
saw this said ‘oh that’s no good,
how are we gonna kill Jesus now? We better kill Lazarus as well’ and you
think what the heck? If that doesn’t convince you that you’re wrong
and he’s right I don’t know what will! So if Jesus found that presenting the
truth to people is no guarantee that they’ll accept it, chances are that we’re
going to find the same thing too.

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