Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Religion & Spirituality
  3. Western Religions

There is faithful doubt, and worldly doubt...which is yours?

See also

Psalm 1 speaks of the 'scoffers.' The skeptics, and relativists, who make it a profession, and a life mission, to plant the seed of absolute doubt into the hearts and minds of all people. And then there are those, through honest human weakness, who pray with all their heart, mind, and soul, 'Lord I believe. Help my unbelief.'

Stuck in the middle are countless human persons who are 'like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind.'

Their doubt is the prize which is fought for in all of the world's spiritual warfare. For God seeks for the faithful doubter, while the devil, and his demons, seek for the despair of worldly doubt.

Which side will you choose? Which doubt will you base your battle plan upon?

"Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." James 1:1-11

If you doubt that you doubt, I doubt that you are being honest with yourself!

Doubt hits all of God's all-stars, and all of God's heretics, blasphemers, and rebels. It isn't a matter of those who doubt and those who don't; rather, it's what you do when doubt hits! St. Peter and Judas were both struck with the trial of doubt. Peter repented after denying Christ three times, and was rewarded with a three times endorsed papacy, and the dignity of being crucified upside down.

Peter is a saint, and forever the Rock.

Judas, however, after betraying our Lord for a paltry 30 pieces of silver, rejected the Holy Spirit's inclinations for repentance and hung himself, in effect, barring himself from the forgiveness of God. God only knows where he is now.

Therefore, a spark of faith embraced in the dry stubble of doubt sets afire mature discipleship.

"The law of your mouth is to me more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces." Psalm 119:67-68, 71-72, 75-76

But why are we afflicted with doubt? Because we are imperfect humans, afflicted with original sin. And why does God allow this to happen? So that we may grow in the strength of faith to persevere through all things for the glory of God, and the salvation of many a soul. But this can only happen when we realize who is God, and what is truly good. This is why trials, such as trials of doubt, afflict us for our own benefit. For when we doubt, and the gods of the world, and the gold of the earth, fails to deliver us from evil, faith and Wisdom point to the God of Divine Mercy and the riches of His grace.

Doubt which is overcome in persevering faith, delivers the gold of sanctifying grace.

"The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, 'Why does this generation seek a sign?'" Mark 8:11-13

The heavenly graced doubt of the faithful disciple seeks for Christ on His terms: in His gospel, in His Real Presence in the Eucharist, in prayer and sacrament, in the poor, in the true meaning of suffering, and in self-giving Love.

And the signs of Him are abundant!

Yet, those with worldly doubt, those who make their living ($) from doubt and despair, and those who follow them like blind and dumb cattle, never see the Christ in Word, Eucharist, prayer, suffering, poverty, or charity.

And they moan for a sign which never comes...unless they repent.

For faith is the reward of honest doubt, which seeks. So, let's lead all people through honest doubt. God will do the rest!




  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!