Saturday, January 2, 2016

On Doubt and Reasoning

As I visit  a local bookshop here in Manila, I stumbled on one of Joyce Mayer (that popular Christian author and TV Evangelist) books. I think it's called "Battlefields of the Mind." It's a devotional book intended for the Christian audience, but what sparked my interests was that chapter on doubt and disbelief.

There are two things the author seems to imply in her book: That doubt and disbelief came from Satan, and according to her, "doubt (as Joyce Mayer described it) is an attack on beliefs, causing our thinking to waver between two opinions, while unbelief is a decision that leads to disobedience." Also, she continued, "... doubt is from the devil to discourage us from living our life’s purpose."  The devil does not need to attack someone who doesn't believe. He attacks someone with faith and he uses doubt to chip away at it. Doubt is not from God.  Unbelief, on the other hand, becomes disobedience because we are choosing not to believe the truths that God has put in our spirits. We are choosing not to utilize the faith that has been given to us. When God tells us something or asks us to do something, the faith to believe it or do it comes with the word from God.

It seems Ms. Mayer here is promoting blind obedience.

...even if you deny it...there will be always heaven and hell.. HEAVEN for those who have faith..and HELL for those who have rejected it!. BEWARE FOR ETERNITY EXIST!!!. WHERE WILL YOU BE GOING AFTER YOU DIE?
It's not a surprise. I've noticed that most Christian apologists identify doubt and disbelief as evil simply because doubt suppresses faith and in order to make god belief effective: You just have to obey without questions.

However, it also shows that religious claims are afraid of critical scrutiny. Why? If theistic belief is true, then why be afraid of reason and critical thinking?

Doubt is the start of knowledge and rigorous inquiry is the process. An intelligent person will not accept anything point blank. He will investigate the claim if it’s true or false. Blind faith on the other hand, is laziness. It is the acceptance of a claim, without the effort of examination. 

Truth is not derived from forced belief and lazy attitude.

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