To begin, it will perhaps be most helpful if you have a generic idea of the process before we get into the actual details.
Defining Religious Doubt Our newspaper headlines tell the story. We are winning the battle against many dreaded diseases, but new ones are taking their places. Instead of physical calamities like tuberculosis, polio, typhoid fever, and malaria, we have made a switch. Now we have traded for emotional sicknesses like anxiety disorders and various kinds of clinical depression.
The latter may even be far worse than the former. Perhaps more common, especially on less severe scales, many think that the emotional sicknesses affect life far more, are more difficult to deal with, and are far more painful than their physical counterparts.
We are concerned about every conceivable sort of situation. Yes, almost gone are the days when Russia pushing the button is our chief distress. Gone, too, is the apprehension that I or some loved one might be drafted to fight in some foreign jungle.
But new problems have taken their places. Can my children even be raised today without contacting many opportunities for drugs and pre-marital sex?
What if they make the wrong decision, especially given contemporary forms of peer pressure? Will some crazed individual walk into our local school or restaurant and open fire?
We have heard that so-called Generation X is the first generation to conclude that their world will be worse than that of their parents. What does that mean?
In some ways our questions have grown more philosophical, too. Is anything always right or wrong, or does it depend on the situation? Can something be true for me and not for you? Given our penchant to worry, is it any surprise that our fretting has moved over into the religious realm, too?
Why should this be any different from the rest of our life? On the one hand, believers would like to think that, when it comes to their faith, they are rock-solid. Nothing should ever affect me there. So why should my beliefs be any different? Reflecting a bit further on the topic, it might occur to us that, in some ways, religious doubt is not all that different from non-religious doubt.
Both of these are concerned with topics that are very dear to us. And both can also involve similar thinking patterns.
But is this always the way it is in life? While convicting, it is just not the case that believers are always most concerned about the things of God. The experts tell us that being worried by both religious and non-religious questions is simply a normal part of human life and development.
In particular, religious questions of one sort or another have occurred to virtually everyone at some time. This book is for Christians who doubt. It is addressed to those who are uneasy about their faith in any of several ways.
But more specifically, we are chiefly interested in questions that take an emotional form. What happens when our faith somehow gets messed up with our anxieties? What do I do when worries about life shift to my most personal and cherished beliefs?
Why must faith seem so difficult? At the final Judgment, will Jesus say that He never knew me? Our primary purpose is to address this emotional side of faith, as a symptom of the larger problem of worry. How do we overcome emotional hurdles to our belief?
How do I keep believing what I know is true? Why must it all be so complicated? A Personal Quest I am not a psychologist. This is not a psychology text.We began after September 11, as America Goes To War.
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