For some of us, our questions and doubts meant that we had to leave our faith communities. We no longer fit in. The systems we were part of couldn't handle the pushback or the questions. They demanded certainty in conformity, and we were unable to give it to them. This has resulted in a lot of pain.
There is something beautiful about mystery and faith. The word wonder means to think or speculate curiously, to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe, marvel, to doubt.
A few other words for wonder include: astonishment, awe, confusion, curiosity, doubt, fascination, fear, reverence, skepticism, surprise, and uncertainty.
If our faith is all buttoned down and we have all of the answers, it makes for a "very un-interesting faith." Part of the joy of our faith is in its mystery of knowing there is so much more to discover along the way, of embracing that our faith is always transforming, changing, evolving.
ABOUT OUR CURRENT SERIES ON DOUBT:
The Webster's definition of doubt is: "to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief."1 Some synonyms for "doubt" include: apprehension, confusion, disbelief, lack of confidence, misgiving, mistrust, quandary, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainty, and reluctance. Do you recognize any of these in your life right now? If you do, you are in the right place as you begin this video series.
At Aerator, we aren't afraid to doubt and are convinced that questions and uncertainty are a central element of a vibrant and transforming faith. We believe that mystery is one of the most central ingredients of faith. We respect that our questions don't lead us down a slippery slope where we lose our faith completely but rather to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God that is built not on certainty and blind obedience but on honesty, vulnerability, and trust.