Jenna Erickson - L26804152
Reflection Paper 1
Upon sitting down at my desk to write this Reflection paper, I had to put a lot of time and thought into which topics I wanted to discuss and go further in-depth with. Knowing where I stood throughout much of my life, and then in the beginning of this class I have decided upon the topics of Doubt and Reconciliation. I believe these two topics can go hand-in-hand with each other. Doubt being first, but then overcoming that obstacle and then seeking reconciliation for the previous doubt. I will tackle these topics in the order in which I believe they happen, and then discuss how this relates to myself and how this class has helped me get to this point, having gained a better understanding of the scriptures. II. Part One – Doubt
a. Theological Definition
People can doubt many things throughout their life; people, claims, objects, time, situations and sometimes even facts. While there are many people who do not stray or question their faith in God or Jesus Christ, there are still also many that do continue to retain doubts. Doubt is not fully a bad thing with faith because it is a person trying to make logical sense of the stories and teachings by weighing evidence, and in turn doing further research to which gives us a deeper understanding of our faith and belief. Doubt helps keep us from making fast judgements or conclusions, poor choices, trusting inconsistent people or sources and much more. Doubt is not always an enemy of faith, but it is seen as negative attitude or action by some because it instils the idea of a nonbeliever or weakness in faith. b. Biblical Foundation
Biblical faith is belief, trust, or commitment in God through the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Doubt began on Earth in the Garden of Eden, when the serpent expressed doubt about God to Eve, and her in turn to Adam (Gen 3:1-5). This doubt then caused the beginning of sin and the fall of man (vv. 13-14). But before doubt began on earth, it was first conceived by Lucifer (along with jealously and rejection). In both situations doubt is seen as a quality of sin because it is directed towards God, and is characterized by disobedience. Throughout Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we see the word “doubt” used but there is much negativity towards it. "Stop doubting and believe" is the word of the Lord to his disciples. Abraham is said to have not strayed “through doubt regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith” (Rom 4:20).To not have any doubt in the scriptures, Jesus Christ, or God is having blind faith. The author in Praxis, said, “I am always taken back by Christians who claim to have “blind faith” in the Lord and that there is ‘no way to prove that their faith is true or not—they just have chosen to have faith in Jesus Christ.’” (Praxis, 10). Doubt in Scripture can be seen as a characteristic of both believers because of weakness in faith, and nonbelievers who retain doubts and refuses to believe. Doubt is viewed practically and spiritually because it is referring to our trust in God. So for this reason, doubt is not seen as valuable or commendable trait. c. Practical Application
Unfortunately doubt has played a role in my Christian life, and far too recently. I can say that I was completely a nonbeliever with no faith what-so-ever. Upon going through a difficult medical situation I realized there had to be a bigger picture even if my plan was nothing spectacular. While my lives plan may not be anything special, I am special in my own way to God and I now have no doubt that God will leave or forsake me. As a Christian I still have a long way to go in my understandings of the Scriptures, but I am completely dedicated and committed to staying on an unwavering path towards God. The author in Praxis said it best, “I have found that the best way to explain how to have true faith in Jesus Christ is to say it plainly, without analogies. Simply stating the...
Cited: Elwell, Walter A. "Reconciliation - Baker 's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology Online." Bible Study Tools. Baker 's Books, 1996. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.
Orr, James, M.A., D.D
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