How sure are you Christianity is true? We’ve done articles previously on Peter Boghossian and his “Manual for creating atheists”. One of the standard moves of these Street Epistemologists is to ask you a question. And that question is often “How sure are you Christianity is true”?
They will even go so far as to ask you to put a number to your surety. 50%? 75%? 99%? Once you put a number to your belief, the trap is sprung. “If you really believe this, why are you only X percent sure?”. If you are less than 100% sure, then you have to admit you could be wrong.
Is This Earth Shattering?
Street epistemologists will put a great deal of emphasis on your doubt. But is this justified? We all have doubts. I know I do. I write a blog on the truth of Christianity. We record 2 podcasts a week defending the truth claims of Christianity. And I still have doubts from time to time. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that any of us have doubts from time to time.
We deal with lots of objections to Christianity here. And each time we do, it seems like we just open a door to another challenge. I’ve always been fond of an Albert Einstein quote where he said “Don’t worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you, mine are still greater”.
Any worldview is going to have this same problem. We are all trying to figure things out to the best of our ability. And often, just when we think we have everything figured out, another roadblock pops up to plant the seeds of doubt again.
Is This A Vise, Or A Virtue?
But is doubt really a strike against our worldview? I don’t think it is. We in the Church have a negative reaction to doubt. We see it as something that needs to be stamped out or defeated. It makes us uncomfortable, and we try and cast it out like a demon.
Oddly enough, those of us that try to answer the most questions seem also to be more comfortable with doubt. We recognize that those who are struggling with beliefs are also the ones thinking the hardest. Putting our views to the test can be a healthy thing. And this is especially true for young people.
Evaluating why we believe what we do is a healthy thing, and it should be encouraged. We should create environments where it is safe to question. Where seeking answers and struggling with our worldview is not looked upon as dangerous. The Church should be a place safe to ask questions and get answers. If we do not provide this safe space, those who hold opposing worldviews will.
Do You Have To Be 100% Sure?
So is it a problem that we are not 100% sure we are right? No, I don’t think so. If you are the type of person that needs to have every question answered before you make a decision, you will never be able to make one. There will always be questions we can’t answer, no matter what worldview you hold.
And having questions or doubts shouldn’t preclude us from coming to a conclusion. G.K. Chesterton once said, “The object of opening the mind, like opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” So don’t fear your doubts. And don’t let it keep you from shutting your mind on the solid truth of Christianity.
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