Everyone has a set of beliefs they take as truth even though they do not have the ability to prove them. Even those who proclaim not to.
If someone were to come up and question you on your belief system, would you truly be able to tell them why you believe that way? Or would you take the easy way out and say you just do and that is all there is to it?
What if someone tried to shake the foundation of your belief system? Would you clench your jaw, fold your arms across your chest and tune out what they were saying? Or would you listen to them in an open manner ready to have an open and honest discussion? Would you be afraid they might be able to sway you to their way of thinking?
Timothy Keller writes in his book, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, “A faith without some doubt is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic” (p. xvii).
He makes a good argument. It is true that most kids follow the same belief system their parents do. But at some point, around adulthood, we need to take that inherited belief system and explore it. The purpose of this exploration is to really decide whether or not we hold these beliefs. This does not mean that we dabble in other belief systems. It simply means that we take each single belief and dissect it. We look at it from this point of view and that one to make sure we are on solid ground. Because once you do this, if someone were to challenge you on that particular belief, you will know that you have a firm foundation. At this point, you can intelligently listen to their challenge and give your account on why you believe the way you do if called for. You will also be able to see where to question their beliefs, assuming you are being challenged.
The intent is not so that you can sway someone else to your way of thinking. That would be a bonus but not the purpose. The true purpose is so that you will not be shaken in your faith foundation. You will be able to go to God, keep your eyes on Him and know that you are on the right path; that He will provide for you.
The same holds true for all belief systems, not just Christians. For every attack of your belief system is an opposite belief, one that needs to be explored.
Listening to the doubts of others is a starting point. Do you share the same questions? It is okay to say you do. As long as you go in search of the answer.
The Reason for God can be found at the Fort Worth Library and at various bookstores close to you.
Keller, Timothy. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2008. Print.