We just finished a series at First Students called #TBH. But we didn’t go around the room and give our honest feelings about one another. There wasn’t any rating either- that’s just awkward.
Instead we talked about doubting Christianity.
Recent research shows about 70% of teens leave church once they graduate high school. One reason I think this happens is because we fail to talk about doubt in church.
Too often we think that we have to have everything together at church- our outfit, our attitude, our faith. But no one has it all together. The church should be where we are the most real with our failures and our fears.
Tim Keller’s Reason for God was the basis for this series, and in his book he writes this:
“A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.”
So instead of shying away from the difficult parts of Christianity we examined them together. Questions like:
- Can I really trust the Bible?
- What about all the other religions?
- Why does God have so many rules?
- Does evil and suffering disprove God’s existence?
- How can a loving God send people to hell?
But chances are, I didn’t address all your doubts.
So keep asking questions, and keep looking for answers in the Word. Because as Keller puts it, “A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it.”