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Dealing with Doubts

By: Dr. Gary Habermas

Definition of Doubt
By: Dr. Gary Habermas
Doubt, manifested in many forms from the assurance of one’s salvation to factual questioning, is certainly one of the most frequent and painful problems which plague Christians. These studies propose to deal, successively, with the general topic of doubt as experienced by believers, and then, chiefly, with practical suggestions for the possible resolution of each of three prominent types of doubt.

Identifying Doubt
By: Dr. Gary Habermas
For the purposes of this study, we will divide doubt into three general families. We will begin by discussing factual doubt; the second category is emotional doubt; and third, is volitional doubt

Factual Doubt
By: Dr. Gary Habermas
Factual doubt is frequently concerned with the evidence for Christianity. It is chiefly interested in issues which are related to the truthfulness of the faith and regularly expresses questions pertaining to either philosophical points of interest or historical acts. A major characteristic of factual doubt is that it is generally satisfied if sufficient data is given in answer to its queries.

Emotional Doubt
By: Dr. Gary Habermas
Dr. Habermas suggests that emotional doubt emanates chiefly from one’s passions or moods, usually involving a subjective response(s) by the individual. It perhaps most frequently masquerades as intellectual doubt and hence does not immediately reveal its disguised emotional basis.

Volitional Doubt
By: Dr. Gary Habermas
Characteristics of volitional doubt may possibly involve an attitude of appreciation for the facts, while not really being willing to make the appropriate decision which seems to be indicated by them (without any objection to the data itself or its applicability).

When God Doesn’t Answer
By: Dr. Gary Habermas
Many doubts are seemingly caused when believers do not receive the answers to their prayers or other needs like they think they should. In other words, uncertainty sometimes occurs when God does not act in the way that we think is required.

Jesus As A Living Person
By: Dr. Gary Habermas
Dr. Habermas says, the longer he works with the issue of doubt, the more he is convinced that a major key in the process is understanding, on a daily, practical basis, that Jesus is still intensely personal.

The Testimony of the Holy Spirit
By: Dr. Gary Habermas
Even when his uncertainty about Christianity was at its worst, Gary Habermas had the distinct impression that he could not “let go” of his Christian faith. Was this just a rather strange conviction, or something more?

Heaven: A New Perspective on Life
By: Dr. Gary Habermas
In one sense, this could be viewed as the single most important chapter in this series. Personally, I think that the New Testament perspective on heaven and its relationship to a believer’s life is the most revolutionary idea (next to salvation) ever penned. And the key word here could well be just that: perspective. God invites us to view life and death from His vantage point.

Final Thoughts on Doubts
By: Dr. Gary Habermas
Christian doubt of several varieties is much more prevalent than many believers realize and it can be an extremely painful malady for those who suffer from its affects. The practice of biblical strategies is crucial to the conquering of Christian uncertainty and we have attempted to point out several of these in this text.

Dr. Gary Habermas

Dr. Gary Habermas

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