• A faith that promises to provide firm answers and relieve our doubt is a faith that will not hold up to the challenges and tragedies of life. Only deep trust can hold up.

    - The Sin of Certainty

  • When we reach that point where things simply make no sense, our thinking about God and life no longer line up, any sense of certainty is gone, and we can find no reason to trust God but we still do, well . . . that is what trust looks like at its brightest—when all else is dark.

    - The Sin of Certainty

  • Trust remains when our reason betrays us, when we don’t understand what is going on, when we don't see what God is up to, when God for all intents and purposes is not faithful or trustworthy. Our level of insight does not determine our level of trust. In fact, seeking insight rather than trust can get in the way of our walk with God.

    - The Sin of Certainty

  • Doubting God is painful and frightening because we think we are leaving God behind, when in fact we are only leaving behind ideas about God that we are used to surrounding ourselves with—the small God, the God within our control, the God who moves in our circles, the God who agrees with us.

    - The Sin of Certainty

  • Letting go of the need for certainty is more than just a decision about how we think; it’s a decision about how we want to live.

    - The Sin of Certainty

  • The need for certainty is sin because it works off fear and limits God to our mental images. And God does not like being boxed in. By definition, God can’t be.

    - The Sin of Certainty

  • I believe the Bible models a faith that does not rest on whether we are able to be clear and certain about what we believe. In fact “belief” and “faith” in the Bible are just different ways of saying “trust.” And trust works, regardless of where our knowing happens to be.

    - The Sin of Certainty

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