Soul Food for Friday: Quotes for Dealing with Doubt

Thomas is the patron saint of those who doubt and deal with doubt. Traditionally his story is read the Sunday after Easter. So are doubts good or bad? How do you feed your faith and not your doubts? This week’s Soul Food for Friday looks at quotes about doubt and how we can learn from our doubts and leverage them to grow in faith.

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The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio U.S. Public Domain

“People who experienced some doubt … Everybody.” — James Martin

“It’s okay to have questions about God, it’s not okay to become trapped by them.”  — Robert Gelinan

“Doubt is the prelude of knowledge.” — Henry Drummond

“Faith without doubt is dead; but doubts without faith is death. Doubt that is not grounded in an ultimate confidence int he Cross of Christ is doomed to skepticism, cynicism and despair, for it cannot see that in the less of our certainties there is given to us the greater certainty of God’s redemptive presence. … where doubt is rooted in faith, it becomes the source of honesty, humility and joy.” — M. Homes Harshorne

“There are many different kinds of doubt. When we doubt the future, we call it worry. When doubt other people we call is suspicion. When we doubt ourselves we call it inferiority. When we doubt God we call it unbelief. When we doubt what we hear on television we call it intelligence! When we doubt everything we call it cynicism or skepticism.” — Rick Warren

“Doubt is the key to knowledge.” — Persian Proverb

“Here lies the basic flaw of all doubt. It can never really be satisfied. No evidence is ever fully, finally enough. Doubt wants always to consume, never to consummate. It clamors endlessly for an answer and so drowns out any answer that might be given it.” — Mark Buchanan

“When one is possessed with doubt, that though he call upon the Lord he cannot be heard, and that God has turned him heart from him, and is angry … he must arm himself with God’s Word, promising to hear him.” — Martin Luther

“Even in the depths, where questions loom large, remember that God is at work.” — Timothy George

“To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubt.” — Stanislaus

“The only thing that casts doubt on the miracles of Jesus is that they were all witnessed by fishermen.” — A Wisconsin Fishing Guide

“I spent a long time trying to come to grips with my doubts, and suddenly I realized that I had better come to grips with what I believe. I have since moved from the agony of questions that I cannot answer to the reality of answers that I cannot escape. And it is a great relief.” — Tom Skinner

“Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.” — Frederick Buechner

“Doubtstorms: turbulent days when the enemy is too big, the task too great, the future too bleak, and the answers too few.” — Max Lucado

“To doubt is to have faith in the worst possible outcome.” — Blaine Lee

“It is no sin to doubt some things, but it may be fatal to believe everything.” — A. W. Tozer

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” — William Shakespeare

“Doubts can produce positive side-effects — if you work toward resolving them.” — Lee Strobel

“If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles evil, how can faith know its own power? Doubting can only turn negative when it begins to overpower an individual’s ability to defeat sin and look to Jesus for guidance, wisdom and direction.” — Gary Parker

“Feed your faith, starve your doubts.” — John Maxwell

What quotes about doubt are feeding your faith today?

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