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Girl to Girl Talk: “Is It Okay to Question Your Beliefs?”

Every week I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.

This week’s question comes from a girl who asks about doubting her faith:

Over the past few months, I have gradually been questioning what I really believe more and more. I know I was raised to be Christian, in a Christian family, but what do I REALLY believe? I realized I’ve always just gone along with the rest of my family, and never thought about this thing myself. I WANT to believe in God, I truly do, but then there’s all this stuff that’s making me doubt everything…

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Lots of people wonder if it’s okay to question their belief in God or ask questions about the Bible. First and foremost, it is not a sin to ask questions and to dig deeper in your faith. Asking questions can help you to grow. No one knows all the answers here on earth, and we all have a journey in our faith walk. It takes time to study and learn the Word of God.

There is a difference between having questions and completely doubting your faith. Ask God to strengthen your faith if you find yourself falling into unbelief. That can be a slippery slope and can cause you to be double-minded (waffling between two different ideas), which is confusing and can damage your relationship with God. He can restore all things and does not hold our unbelief against us, but we need to ask for His help in this area.

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind (James 1:6).

In the Bible, there’s an account of a man whose son was possessed by a demon. He brought the young boy to Jesus, believing Jesus could heal him, but he had slight doubts in his mind. He was honest and open, and he asked Jesus to help his unbelief. Jesus healed the boy because the Lord honors faith when we trust in God.

‘If you can’t?’ said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for one who believes’ (Mark 9:23).

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Growing up surrounded by a certain set of beliefs may make you want to be sure you know why you believe what you believe. That is why it is so important to have your own personal quiet devotion time to hear God’s voice. We can listen to pastors, youth leaders and others who are spiritually mature, but we MUST read the Bible on our own, asking God to personally teach us.

God is omniscient–He knows how many hairs are on your head, every thought you’ve ever had and He loves you more than the stars in the sky! He delights when you talk to Him, ask Him questions and have a real conversation with Him. God is not some figurative man in the sky; He is REAL and desires you to seek Him.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).

You may ask: What happens if I don’t understand the Bible? Simple: Ask God for confirmation and clarity. Also ask a pastor or youth leader if you are unsure or if you feel like something isn’t clicking or is contradictory. When you are young in your faith, some things don’t make sense, but the more you grow in wisdom, the more you will understand. The Holy Spirit makes it clear.

Even as an adult I have questions. We are all in different seasons at different levels and walks of faith. You don’t need to compare yourself or feel like you should cut off your faith altogether. If anything, draw closer to God and He will reveal himself more to you!

The enemy wants to destroy your relationship with God. We battle our flesh, the world and the spirit realm. These forces are warring against you, telling you to NOT read the Bible, to NOT pray and to want to isolate yourself from other believers…don’t believe the LIES!

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded (James 4:8).

God is REAL and wants to bless you! The Bible is like a love story written to help you. People who don’t read it miss out on God’s master plan. The Bible is God-breathed and has the answers to your questions. I encourage you to learn, grow and draw near to the Lord. Listen to His still, small voice (John 10:27) in your quiet time. We can choose to love God by spending time with Him, or ignore and push Him away. The choice is ours.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5).

Girls, do you ever question your beliefs? What do you do in those situations?

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9 Comments

  1. Caring_Christian

    Posted by Caring_Christian on March 25, 2013 at 12:41

    It is normal to question your faith i feel like every christian teenager goes through the stage of questioning your beliefs. I myselft went throught that stage in 6th grade.

  2. Luv2write

    Posted by Luv2write on March 25, 2013 at 06:21

    NEVER think that God is not with you! My pastor once was sitting in a hospital waiting room, when his wife was not feeling so good, and he said he was so afraid he’d lose her. He hated being all by himself in the waiting room, and began a prayer to God. He asked God to please not let him be all alone, and for someone to sit with him, and for his wife to be okay. Then, he said it was as if God said ‘You’re not alone. Who have you been talking to?’ And God took care of him. (I love that story!)

  3. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on March 21, 2013 at 10:38

    Amen! Very well done, Christi!

  4. Eurydice

    Posted by Eurydice on March 20, 2013 at 08:34

    Question everything. Especially doctrine.

  5. sophielove900

    Posted by sophielove900 on March 19, 2013 at 17:53

    I’ve had hard time myself, i felt like God left me when he had been there the whole time. i started saying that he never listened to me and never answered my prayers. but really he did i jut never noticed.

  6. beautifymysoulgod

    Posted by beautifymysoulgod on March 19, 2013 at 11:15

    I actually want to add to, since it’s hard in our modern day. At school, atleast at mine there is many who don’t believe in God or are atheist. A really good website to grow even stronger in your faith and science is godandscience.org It has given me information to help reach out to atheists.

  7. Posted by Nicole on March 18, 2013 at 22:37

    This was so well said, and I especially LOVE the last part- God is so powerful! Great job Christi. 🙂

  8. SingingSara6

    Posted by SingingSara6 on March 18, 2013 at 14:33

    I think it’s normal that we sometimes question our faith especially because everyone interprets the Bible differently so when we hear it one way and then read it and understand it differently it raises a lot of questions. Also I think that sometimes questioning makes us stronger in our faith because we go and look for answers which gives us an opportunity to learn more.

  9. Dee

    Posted by Dee on March 18, 2013 at 10:45

    Ask questions! Questioning your faith is SO important, because it forces you to examine what you believe, and to find answers to why you believe it. It gets you in the Bible more (hopefully) and causes you to look closely at what you’re reading. It is SO important to be able to know for sure what you believe, because one day, someone will start asking questions, and there is no more wonderful feeling that being able to answer them with confidence.
    I didn’t question my own faith, I had a guy friend who did that for me. He asked me question after question followed by discussion about why we believed what we believed. He currently identifies with the agnostic mindset, though when I first met him, he was an athiest. (I can almost promise you that it wasn’t because of me that he’s come to this point, but praise God he’s there!) But now I know what I believe. I think it was Peter who said to “Always be ready to give a reason for the hope that you have,” and the best way is by asking questions and studying your Bible regularly.
    Great post! I love this. 😀