What are the pluses and minuses of doubt for Christians?

United States
January 11, 2008 11:59am CST
Believe it or not people doubt can actually be a good thing for Christians. No one is a Christian at birth, God didnt make you that way. Free will was given so that you could decide to choose God. He expects you to come to him of your own free will and to believe. But how? He expects us to research him by reading his word and not to believe in him by blind faith but by Faith alone. So he gave you the bible and teachers to help you understand but you must be diserning about what others teach you and learn for yourself. What do you think some of the pluses and minus are?
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@luluwow (165)
• United States
11 Jan 08
The question I have regarding "free will" and an individual choice to "choose" God is that most children are only taught and exposed to whatever religion their parents have been raised into. Thus that particular religion becomes their own for the majority of their young lives and continues for many through adulthood. Some are even babtized as babies or young children into their parents religion, with no real knowledge or understanding of religion. How could this ever be deemed "free will" or choice?
• United States
11 Jan 08
This is still a matter of free will, see it is the parents free will that she or he teach thier children what they believe and it is the childs free will to choose as an adult to follow what thier parents taught. See I wasnt born a Christian and my parents were not one either, they were Muslim and practiced Islam. I however as an adult chose to be a Christian.
• United States
12 Jan 08
You make a good point. If Christians were truly interested in "free will", they would not indoctrinate their children. Instead, they would not push them in any religious direction, and allow the child to make their own decision, free from bias. But of course, Christianity's main way of staying alive is by indoctrinating the children. Compare the number of born-agains (people who become Christian in adulthood) to the number of Christians who were raised as Christians since before they could talk. If Christians truly gave their kids the freedom to make their own choice, Christianity would be gone in two or three generations, tops.
• United States
12 Jan 08
"allow the child to make their own decision" when they are old/mature enough to objectively look at a variety of religions and choose among them, that is.
@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
13 Jan 08
Yes I'm sure doubt is a good thing. My Doubt led me away from the church over 60 years ago. I've never looked back! Christians speak from both sides of their mouth. First they say "God gave us free will," and then they say," but if you sin you will burn in hell forever." God is Love! Absolute love demands absolutely Nothing! This says it all. Need I explain?
• United States
25 Jan 08
Yes If you have children and you absolutely love them you still demand that they obey you, tell you the truth, and respect who you are, and if they dont you punish them. I am a mother these things I know. Need I explain more.
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
25 Jan 08
Love is God. Love does not Punish! (cause another to suffer for his offense)-Oxford Dictionary)God does not punish! God is Love! A loving Parent does not Punish. Love cannot be taught with violence! (using excessive physical force)-Oxford Dictionary) Children can best be corrected using Love and Psychology.
• United States
19 Feb 10
I have to disagree with those who say this, I completely disagree. I have 7 children and I do not punish them at any time with excessive physical force first of all and psychology does absolutely nothing to keep my children on the right course. I am and always will be the definition of what a good mother is to me. My children while they do get into trouble are well adjusted, independant, resourceful, competent, and secure. They feel loved at all times, however if you dont set boundaries (punishments) for your children, those children feel unloved, they run wild, they are unable to distinguish good from bad and they make really bad choices for themselves. The same for those who disobey, the Father God, these are choices that they make and the choices all have punishments, and God still loves you.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
12 Jan 08
I do not know that I understand your question. But, I was raised in the church. My mother was a minister and when I was 26 years old, I gave my life to the Lord. Now, I did this because it was all that I knew to do. But after that, I read through the entire Bible and other books and got to know the Lord for myself. It wasn't enough to just go on what my mother had believed or talk me. I had a strong desire for me personally. I had to prove to myself that God was real. My journey of discovery will not end until I leave this world. One thing that I have learned about God is that he will not only answer the questions of your heart, but he will prove himself real to you. I didn't hear the term blind faith too often, until recently when I met an atheist. I never really have understood that term because God has always been proving himself to be real in my life, all I had to do was open my eyes.
• United States
12 Jan 08
See you did understand my question because you answered it perfectly. Thank you
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
13 Jan 08
Oh, alright.
@urbandekay (18308)
19 Feb 10
It is wrong to see doubt as the opposite of faith. Faith is not just belief. Doubt, when confronted and examined can make faith stronger all the best urban
• United States
19 Feb 10
Absolutely!!!