Mystery:Why Do People Doubt?

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In a well-known event described in the New Testament, Peter was walking on water towards Jesus when Peter began to doubt his ability to do so, and then began to sink. Jesus seemed genuinely surprised by this and exclaimed, "Why did you doubt?"[1]

The same mystery applies to other instances of doubt. Some will speak in front of others in exemplary fashion, but then doubt their ability to do so and begin to stumble. Athletes can be ahead in a contest but then doubt their ability to win, and then falter. Others doubt they are in good health despite being told that by a doctor. Some students doubt their ability to achieve despite doing better than their peers.

The ultimate doubt is to deny the resurrection of Jesus, despite no logical objection of the power of God to rise from the dead, and to raise others from the dead. Given that God indisputably can and could do this, there is no logical basis for doubting that He did do it.

At most one might seek to learn more about it, but doubt is not a desire for more information. Rather, doubt has the illogical effect of discouraging further inquiry. This type of doubt does not leave the mind in a more enlightened state, but rather drives it to a less logical one.

Doubt interferes with the full use of logic, and impedes advancement. It can result in a rejection of what is immediately known and observable in favor of an irrational position. The mystery is this: why do people doubt?

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References

  1. Matthew 14:31.