"Is it a sin to sometimes have doubts about your faith?"
"If any man hear My words and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world." "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him."
"Is it the devil...?"
"Those by the wayside are they that hear, then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they believe and be saved."
"is it a lack of faith?"
"If we believe not, He abideth faithful: He can not deny Himself." Therefore "Take heed lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the Living God."
---joseph on 8/17/08|
No, it's not a sin to have doubt in your mind, but it is to walk in doubt. As christians, if we spend more time focussing on what we do believe instead of doubt we will walk in greater victory. The devil will use our failures to cause us to doubt or be insecure, but if we focus on who we are in Christ we will walk in victory.(1John 5:4)
---Rickey on 6/7/08|
The problem is what you think about the devil. He is defeated. You either believe him to be defeated or you bow to a defeated foe and live a defeated life. The object of your faith is what makes your faith little or great.
---Linda6563 on 5/10/07|
Satan feeds off of our doubts/feas. the bible says, Without faith it is impossible to please God, so when a person questions their faith, then Mr. Doubt comes in and makes it harder to believe. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, he steals our faith and tries to destroy our mind and spirit.
---Rebecca_D on 7/17/06|
John the Baptist was the first cousin of Jesus, one generation removed. Ask yourself this question. Do you know any of your mother's cousins? How well do you know them? How often did they visit you/ and you, them?
John the Baptist was raised to know who Jesus was, as were all followers of Jesus prior to His Nativity.
John was given a sign from God that was a personal witness of the Saviour being baptized, (the dove) - the Holy Ghost, and thus, a revelation of the Divinity of the Son of Man.
---Robert on 7/17/06|
John the Baptist had doubts about the identity of Jesus. And yes doubt is a sin which at one time or another hounds us all. Should we be able to erase doubts great things lay in store for us. Human beings who are members of a fallen race listen to Satan who is the cause of our doubts.
---mima on 7/17/06|
linda is right and I add to that .....let your mind be more on the author and finisher of your faith than a defeated foe. We give the devil too much credit sometimes. Keep your eyes upon Jesus-the hymn says-look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His GLORY and GRACE. Praise Him for the grace saints!
---becky on 7/17/06|
I guess that the majority of Christians have doubts at some time, particularly when things are going really badly e.g. a terrible tragedy happens in a family. Yes it is the devil who wants us to doubt. He lost us the day we were saved and he doesn't want to give up those who were once his. When the doubts come, turning to God is the only answer to this because He tells us that He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us.
---M.P. on 7/17/06|
When we let the mind be in us that was in Christ we will always walk in victory. We might loose a battle, but we always win the war.(1Corinthians 10:3-5; Romans 10:17)
Jesus overcame satan with His mouth. He spoke the word in faith everytime.(Luke 4) So as we continually renew our minds we go from one level of faith to another.(Romans 12:2; Romans 1:17)
---Rickey on 7/16/06|