Doubt

Derek Tidball indicates that doubt in spiritual matters is not the same as unbelief, although it could be a warning sign that one is on the edge of unbelief. It is helpful to determine the source of one’s doubt before seeking to “cure” it. He notes that there are seven families of doubt:

  1. Doubt arising from ingratitude.
  2. Doubt arising from a faulty view of God.
  3. Doubt arising from a weak foundation.
  4. Doubt arising from a lack of commitment.
  5. Doubt arising from a lack of spiritual growth.
  6. Doubt arising from unruly emotions
  7. Doubt arising from fearing to believe.

Doubt isn’t always from “not believing hard enough.” Sometimes it comes from a lack of knowledge.  Sadly, Skillful Shepherds: An Introduction to Pastoral Theology has been out of print for a while, but can be found used.

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