Doubt is common
Doubt is also uncomfortable, but members of all religions have periods when they lose their God. It’s often after the death of a loved one that we wonder why our prayers were not answered and begin to question the whole basis of our faith…
You are not alone
If you are having doubts, fear not, you are in good company.
That icon of goodness, Mother Teresa, lived the last fifty years of her life mourning the loss of her faith, saying,
“I felt no presence of God whatsoever.”
Another famous believer, the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, also revealed he has doubts, as reported in The Guardian on 18th September 2014:
The archbishop of Canterbury has admitted to having doubts about the existence of God and disclosed that, on a recent morning jog with his dog, he questioned why the Almighty had failed to intervene to prevent an injustice.
In a light-hearted but personal interview in front of hundreds of people in Bristol cathedral last weekend, Justin Welby said: “There are moments, sure, where you think ‘Is there a God? Where is God?'” Welby quickly added that, as the leader of the world’s 80 million-strong Anglican community, this was “probably not what the archbishop of Canterbury should say”.
Earlier, BBC Bristol’s Lucy Tegg, the interviewer, asked: “Do you ever doubt?” Welby suggested that his doubts were a regular occurrence, by recounting the recent morning run with his dog.
So, doubt is normal… What if it’s your brain telling you to stop trying to force it to believe something and make you face reality?
Voltaire once said, “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”
Illustration by Sebastian