On the cross, Jesus shouts out: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46).
Jesus wept. He questioned God. He doubted. Perhaps, when we doubt, we experience exactly what Jesus experienced in his life.
Yet, many of our faith experiences in church have taught us not to doubt. We have heard the message – either subtly or overtly – that doubt means we are not trusting God enough, believing God enough, following God enough. This kind of teaching has led a lot of us to resist doubt instead of embracing it as natural and as a critical part of our faith.
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.