Posts tagged ‘doubt’

April 17th, 2014

Q&A 41: Doubt and the Gospel

by Max Andrews

Q&A GraphicQuestion:

Hello Max Andrews, 
My name is David Hernandez and I’m a young minister with interest in theology and a keen interest in philosophy. First, I’d like to thank you for your website, it’s been a great help in understanding. 
First, I’d like to talk to you about doubt. I’ve doubted for a long time. Not that I haven’t heard the arguments or atheism convinces me. It really doesn’t. But every now and then, I doubt a lot. I’m getting quite tired of it. I feel it hard to talk to an atheist for many of their arguments make me doubt. Some of them are stupid but I think, what if it’s true? Maybe it’s emotional. 
Also, would you suggest any book for beginners in apologetics, philosophy of religion, and natural theology. I have a great interest though i feel God wants me to be a minister, particularly an evangelist (missionary most likely.) 
Also, what’s the relationship between metaphysics and the physical universe? I’m not understanding exactly what the cosmological arguments are trying to say.
Also what can you say in taking the gospel to atheists? It is quite difficult. I find like that but sometimes these arguments don’t work in convincing them. I guess it must be appealing to head and heart. To me they become the most difficult to bring the gospel too. Maybe it’s just I feel that way since it’s really the only worldview that challenges mine. Idk well if you answer this email thank you so much. God Bless.

February 19th, 2012

Spiritual Failure

by Max Andrews

The following is a lesson I presented during a Bible study group based on Col. 3 and Micah 7.7-9.

Question:  How many of you ever wanted to change the world?

A loss of motivation often comes from a spiritual failure

  • A sense of unworthiness and guilt clouds our goals

We know how to avoid spiritual failure

  • Accountability
  • Discipline
  • Fellowship
  • Prayer

The biggest problem isn’t (although, they are still are problems)

  • A lack of interpersonal love
  • Sexual addictions
  • Second thoughts on relationships
  • Mental thoughts
  • Social behavior
  • Doubt

February 13th, 2012

The Unbelief of Impatience–Isaiah 30.1-5

by Max Andrews

The following is an outline from a lesson I delivered in a Bible study group.

Question:  Have you ever doubted God?  When God says He will do something, have you ever denied that He would do it?

Impatience is unbelief

  • It rises in your heart when you begin to doubt God’s timing
  • When you doubt the wisdom of His guidance
  • It springs up when the road to success gets muddy or a tree falls across and blocks it from where you thought you would be and when you thought you would be there

 There’s a difference between impatience and desire

  • God doesn’t want us to be impatient
  • God wants us to desire Him
    • Not to be apathetic
    • It’s OK to desire something, be patient

October 24th, 2011

Kierkegaard’s Understanding of the Divine Telos

by Max Andrews

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) believed that man lived on three different stages:  the aesthetic level, ethical level, and the religious level.  The self-centered aesthetic man finds no ultimate meaning in life and no true satisfaction, which leads finally to boredom and a sickness with life.  Kierkegaard recognized the objective standards of good and realized that one cannot live up to what the standard demands.  This results in a sickness, unhappiness, and despair.[1]  The religious stage is where reconciliation can be found.  He finds forgiveness of sins and a personal relationship with God, an overcoming of alienation, and a restoration of the two previous stages.