Feelings, Doubt, Faith

The Reformed Reader

Introduction to Theology Books  Sometimes doubts arise in our Christian faith.  Some people struggle more, some people struggle less, but all Christians deal with doubt to some extent.  While I appreciate many aspects of Alister McGrath’s book on this topic, Doubting, I really liked the following words he wrote about faith and feelings:

[Some people] might suggest that we rely on our feelings and emotions.  If God isn’t felt as real, he isn’t real, they might suggest.  If we don’t experience him as present, he isn’t present.  But how unreliable our feelings can be here!  They are influenced by a huge variety of factors: our health, the weather, the state of our bank balance, our personal relationships, our work or career – just to name a few obvious ones!  God doesn’t cease to exist just because we’ve had a bad day at the office or had an argument with a friend.  Our…

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