Questioning your faith, is it a good idea?
I see no reason why anyone should not question their faith.
What if Christianity is bigger than ethics? What if it’s not about good people getting better but about dead people coming to life? What if it’s not about man seeking God but God seeking man? What if it’s not about how people view God but how God views us?
Indeed! People were commended in the Bible for seeking to see if what they heard was true daily.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
That is what we all should be doing; seeking the truth. It is out there and God wants you to know it. The truth will set your mind at rest and your heart free.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Confess and you will receive eternal life.
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior. Believe in your heart that he who died for all of your offenses has been raised so you can receive justification; and you depend solely on him for that justification, then you will be saved from the punishments reserved for those who will die and then go to hell.
True faith does not lie in the bare assent of the mind to the Gospel, or any truth contained in it. It does not reside in our thoughts concerning the person and office of Christ, but in the heart. It is not a notional knowledge of things to be believed; nor is it saying that a man believes; but it is heart work, a believing with all the heart. This is the type of a faith in which all the powers of the soul, the understanding, will, and affections, are concerned; it is a seeing of the Son, a beholding of the glory, fullness, suitableness, ability, and willingness of Christ as a Savior, with the eye of the understanding spiritually enlightened; it is a going out of the soul to Christ, in various acts, such as venturing into his presence, prostrating itself at his feet, resolving if it perishes it will perish there; a giving up itself unto him, determining it will have no other Savior, leaning and relying on him, and living upon him; which faith works by love to Christ, moves the affections, stirs up the desires of the soul to his name, and endears him and all that belong to him to it.
Salvation is the possession of everyone who confesses their sins and believes that Jesus died to take the punishment they deserve upon himself and then call upon Jesus.
For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls.
What teaching does God want all men to follow?
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Apostle here blends together, in a very remarkable manner, the conceptions of peace and war, for he employs a purely military word to express the office of this Divine peace. That word, ‘shall keep,’ is the same as is translated in another of his letters kept with a garrison.
So, then, this Divine peace takes upon itself warlike functions, and garrisons the heart and mind. What does he mean by ‘the heart and mind’? Not, as the English reader might suppose, two different faculties, the emotional and the intellectual–which is what we usually roughly mean by our distinction between heart and mind–but, as is always the case in the Bible, the ‘heart’ means the whole inner man, whether considered as thinking, willing, purposing, or doing any other inward act; and the word rendered ‘mind’ does not mean another part of human nature, but the whole products of the operations of the heart. The whole inner man, in all the extent of its manifold emotions, thoughts and operations, that indwelling peace of God will garrison and guard. The idea is one of a guard walking his post day and night in order to protect the heart and mind from the attacks of the enemy.
In conclusion: those who seek the truth, find it in God’s word (The Bible). God wants you to love him with your whole heart soul and mind and to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, was buried and rose from the dead; you have eternal life and your heart and mind will be protected from assaults of doubt presented by the enemy just like as if your mind and heart were garrisoned by soldiers on duty day and night. Only those things God desires to allow through will get through.