Am I double-minded and unstable? August 8, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, faith, God, Religion, spirituality, Theology.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, faith is a “firm belief in something for which there is no proof.” I’ve always had issues with this definition of faith. How can one be “firm” in their beliefs when there is no proof? Isn’t this a bit naive? This definition encourages Christians to turn their brains off when it comes to what they believe and to simply accept it. There came a point in my journey when I could no longer “firmly” accept things I could not prove. As long as there is reasonable doubt, I may still choose to believe it, but it is not with a “firm belief.”
According to James this makes me a “double-minded man” and as a result I am “unstable in all [my] ways.”
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways (James 1:6-8)
What? To use the brain God gave me is my right as a human. If God wanted us all to be robots and simply accept everything we are told, he could have made us as robots. However, he chose not to.
I no longer ascribe to this definition of faith. I may choose to believe in God but it is with a level of doubt. Does this make me “double-minded” and “unstable?” Well if it does, I’ll wear those labels with pride.