Sinking in Skepticism
I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. Matthew 17:20
What’s the craziest conspiracy theory you’ve ever heard?
Some people have questioned the moon landing, while others believed that the fashion trend of ripped jeans was in fact…listen to this, “a means of communication, via specific forms of rips and holes, between agents of foreign states and their collaborators…”
In a world with few credible sources for much of what we hear, it’s easy to develop an attitude of skepticism. In fact, it can feel like a matter of survival!
Does skepticism have any place in a life of faith and obedience to God? It’s hard to obey God’s commands when questioning whether you can even hear His voice.
The Bible says that a man full of doubt is double-minded and unstable, storm-tossed on the waves of life’s circumstances (James 1:6). When it’s easy to believe, all is well! But when accusations and fears abound, faith in God’s love and goodness can disappear. God’s response to doubt is surprising: He wants to discuss our doubts with us (Genesis 18:13-15)!
Here’s what you can do: First, acknowledge your struggle and ask God for help (Mark 9:23-25). Take the faith you do have, no matter how small, and act on it. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible” (Matthew 17:20). God welcomes even a tiny bit of faith honestly lived out.
Faith is about believing God is as great, good, and powerful as He says He is. None of us have perfect faith, but we grow when we keep on in faith through acts of worship, obedience, prayer, and love!
 “List of Conspiracy Theories.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 6 Oct. 2023, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_conspiracy_theories.