Some of my mentors have been saying certitude is bad, because certitude makes you a fundamentalist like the Pharisees, and leaves no room for faith, and if that’s true, then doubt must be a good thing, because without a degree of doubt there’s no need for faith.
However, I have a problem with this concept.
But Romans 14:23 says, “He that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not from faith is sin.
If certitude eliminates the need for faith, and doubt equals a lack of faith, where does that leave us?
Everyone places their faith/trust/confidence in someone or something, the key lies in where we place our faith.
If we place our faith in anything that has to do with self; our theology, our talents, our intellect, or our intuition, our faith can be dangerous; – – – doubting ourselves is wise.
Our confidence, faith, trust must be placed on Jesus, and doubting Him and/or not trusting His wisdom or motives, equals a lack of faith.
Actually everyone lives by faith, we collect as much information as we can, but when it’s time to make a decision we have to take the next step, even though we may actually be betting our life. (each time we on walk on to a bus or airplane)
True Biblical faith, choosing to pick up your cross and follow Jesus, includes some uncertainty about the future, but it requires a total commitment,
My favorite example is the three worthies facing the fiery furnace, I believe they had the perfect balance.
“Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. BUT IF NOT, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
Their future was uncertain, and they obviously could not save themselves, but their faith/trust/confidence in God was complete.
Next; SELFISHNESS vs. UNSELFISHNESS