Category: Christianity

Doubt is as familiar to the Believer as the stars in the night sky. Like those pinpricks of light, even in the brightest night sky, our doubts wink at us, knowingly. We can ignore those doubts and think they don’t exist. However, it’s our doubts that remind us of our faith. I’ve said it before, we cannot have some doubt without faith.

As I was finishing up Matthew today, I read this verse and started thinking about doubt again.

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I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

Albert Einstein

When people go to school, attend training or any instructional class, they are doing so to learn something. Over the years, between being a life-long student and doing some teaching here and there, I’ve noticed that many people don’t like to ask questions. I’ve always been one to ask questions because I am curious. I’ll often joke that I started asking “Why?” when I was two years old and haven’t stopped.

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Most people are familiar with the story of Noah’s Ark. Basically, God decided to flood the world wiping out every living thing on it except for Noah and his family. The Lord saw that the people of the world were evil and wanted to start over again. If you’re a Christian, then you’ve probably heard a sermon or two about Noah warning the people before the flood. Noah’s preaching repentance to the people and how they ignored him. Perhaps, even jeered, scoffed, and laughed at him until the day the flood came and wiped them all off the face of the earth. The problem with this teaching is there’s no Biblical support that says Noah warned anyone about the upcoming wrath.

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“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Matthew 20:16 (NIV)

It was a chilly fall day in Maryland, and I was taking my first swimming class at a nearby high school. Unlike many of the kids at my elementary school, I hadn’t grown up in the area. In some ways, I was still the new kid, although it had been almost two years since I had moved to Adamstown. During the lesson, the opportunity came to jump off of the high dive, and I was the first person selected to jump. I remember the shouts of the other kids who were also there for swimming lessons.

“Jump! Jump!” they shouted.

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