Reformed Theology Feeling Filled with Doubt  Calvinism

Feeling Filled with Doubt

Reformed Theology Feeling Filled with Doubt  Calvinism
Feeling Filled with Doubt

Experiencing Significant, Worrying Doubts Hello all,

I’ve posted a few times on this sub including the recent question on the authorship of Isaiah. I’d first just like to say thank you, I’ve received some great help and I was really put at ease by some of the replies. I’m posting now because while the doubt only “creeped” in with the questions about Isaiah, but in the past week other issues I've been dealing with feel like much more of an assault on my heart.

Some things about Christianity bother me. I’m not a YEC, but I’m troubled by the fact that the Bible seems to imply that humanity is only a few thousand years old while the evidence seems to be that homo sapiens is much, much older (I think like 160,000-100,000?). How do we explain that? Also, why does there seem to be no evidence for the flood? Jesus believed it was historical. Was it not global? This bothers me.

On the flipside, evolution would seem to explain a lot, and I think that evolution doesn’t really need a theistic component to work. Michael Behe, the poster child for the intelligent design movement, has been widely discredited. Even his own university essentially disowned him. So I’ve kinda seen atheism as somewhat plausible. I still think that WLC’s kalam cosmological and unmoved mover arguments are good (although a lot of philosophers don’t seem to think they’re too convincing).

In short, I’m not really feeling super confident in the arguments for Christianity at this point. This troubles me, and the grief that that’s caused me has sort of taken the convicting power out of a lot of good arguments for the Christian faith like the argument for the resurrection and prophecies and so on. I agree with John Piper and others when he says that apologetic arguments and historical evidence can only go so far because they deal in probabilities, and you’ll always be able to think about “what-ifs.” So I’ve tried to turn to prayer, but the what-if’s remain, because how do I know I’m not just psyching myself out? And I don’t feel I get a lot out of it sometimes because I’m filled with doubt. And when it does work and I feel convinced and touched by God, how do I know that this isn’t just some psychological feeling? Do Muslims and Jews and Buddhists not feel touched by some spiritual entity as well? How can we say we’re any more in the right? I feel pretty lost. I’m not freaking out by any means, but I don’t feel very close to God. And honestly if someone were to ask me if I believe in Him I would probably not be able to give as firm a reply as I used to.

How do I get through this? How do I get back on firm footing?

Experiencing Significant, Worrying Doubts Hello all,I’ve posted a few times on this sub including the recent question on the authorship of Isaiah. I’d first just like to say thank you, I’ve received some great help and I was really put at ease by some of the replies. I’m posting now because while the doubt only “creeped” in with the questions about Isaiah, but in the past week other issues I’ve been dealing with feel like much more of an assault on my heart.Some things about Christianity bother me. I’m not a YEC, but I’m troubled by the fact that the Bible seems to imply that humanity is only a few thousand years old while the evidence seems to be that homo sapiens is much, much older (I think like 160,000-100,000?). How do we explain that? Also, why does there seem to be no evidence for the flood? Jesus believed it was historical. Was it not global? This bothers me.On the flipside, evolution would seem to explain a lot, and I think that evolution doesn’t really need a theistic component to work. Michael Behe, the poster child for the intelligent design movement, has been widely discredited. Even his own university essentially disowned him. So I’ve kinda seen atheism as somewhat plausible. I still think that WLC’s kalam cosmological and unmoved mover arguments are good (although a lot of philosophers don’t seem to think they’re too convincing).In short, I’m not really feeling super confident in the arguments for Christianity at this point. This troubles me, and the grief that that’s caused me has sort of taken the convicting power out of a lot of good arguments for the Christian faith like the argument for the resurrection and prophecies and so on. I agree with John Piper and others when he says that apologetic arguments and historical evidence can only go so far because they deal in probabilities, and you’ll always be able to think about “what-ifs.” So I’ve tried to turn to prayer, but the what-if’s remain, because how do I know I’m not just psyching myself out? And I don’t feel I get a lot out of it sometimes because I’m filled with doubt. And when it does work and I feel convinced and touched by God, how do I know that this isn’t just some psychological feeling? Do Muslims and Jews and Buddhists not feel touched by some spiritual entity as well? How can we say we’re any more in the right? I feel pretty lost. I’m not freaking out by any means, but I don’t feel very close to God. And honestly if someone were to ask me if I believe in Him I would probably not be able to give as firm a reply as I used to.How do I get through this? How do I get back on firm footing?
Link: Feeling Filled with Doubt
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