Has your faith journey ever included a time of doubt? When I was a young husband and dad, in my mid-twenties, I was wrestling with my faith and exactly what I believed. In college I was a pre-med major, so I had already come to grips with the whole evolution vs. creation debate. For me evolution presented so many problems, I found it much more difficult to believe that I was a product of random chance, than the result of a sovereign creator.
So I certainly believed in something bigger than me. As a teenager in high school I had said yes to Jesus, so I also had a certain amount of belief in Jesus and the Easter story. But in those quiet moments, when I found myself contemplating those big questions about life… Is there a God? Is the bible real? Is Jesus the son of God? What happens when I die?… big doubts crept in.
I mean if there is a God then why do so many bad things happen around the world? If the bible is real, then do I believe that Noah really built an ark that held 2 of every kind of animal? If Jesus is the son of God, then do I believe the whole death on a cross and resurrection? And how confident was I, that one day I would spend eternity in heaven?
I felt a lot of pressure to get answers because my little family was growing. What was I going to teach my children? The last thing I wanted to do was to drag my kids to church simply because that’s what my parents did. If I was going to commit to this Christian faith, I wanted to know that it was real. If I’m honest, I had already experienced moments where, in my heart, I was sure I had felt God’s love and His presence. But, call me a skeptic, call me a doubter, call me whatever you want, I needed my head to line up with my heart if I was going to truly be a follower of Jesus.
Thankfully, in my search for answers I came across a 12 cassette (I’m dating myself) tape series, by Josh McDowell, about apologetics (the defense or proof of Christianity). I spent hours, listening, reading, and studying McDowell’s evidence about God, the bible, Jesus, the resurrection, Paul’s conversion, and so much more. I’ve often said this and I’m sure it’s not original, but evidence will never fully get you there when it comes to choosing to follow Jesus. But, for people like me, it was so important for my head to be in alignment with my heart. Yes there is an element of stepping out in faith. BUT… the step of faith, should be in agreement with all of the evidence, not in defiance.
I’m so grateful for the way God has used Josh McDowell, in so many lives, including my own. I’ve never looked back, in my faith journey. I’m not saying there have never been moments of doubt. What I am saying is, whenever those doubts creep in, I’m able to take them captive, shine the light of truth on them, and remain rock solid in my faith. Check out a short video of Josh sharing one of the compelling arguments I first heard from him all those years ago.
I was so excited when I heard that Josh was teaming up with his son Sean to write a completely updated and expanded version of the classic, “Evidence That Demands a Verdict”. I don’t get a cut to do this, I’m doing this because of the impact Josh has had on my life, but also because I know there are others out there that can benefit from his work.
I’m preaching a sermon this week titled, “Is the Bible True?” I’ve been devouring this book and have been blown away. If you are interested in having an answer for the hope that is within you, then I can’t recommend this book highly enough. You can find out more by clicking on this LINK
Tell us a little about your faith journey. Did you ever struggle with doubts about God? The bible? Jesus? Heaven?
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