Today we’ll Baptise Mimi, Abby and Katrina, all who had their doubts about Christianity when they first arrived here at Northside.
There is also another Christianity Explained gathering this afternoon where most people are just checking out Christianity.
Here’s what I am learning in the process…
Doubt is quite natural.
Many people coming to Christianity for the first time will ask:
How do I know God is real? Why is there suffering in the world? How do I know the Bible is true?
These are all good questions to ask.
On the other hand, when it comes to Christians, many people are raised in communities where those questions are not asked. They inherit their beliefs. As a result they have not made Christianity their own.
Here’s what I am getting at.
Both doubters AND believers have a moral and intellectual responsibility to examine their doubts and the fundamental beliefs underneath them.
But here is the best way for that to happen.
If you have only skeptics together expressing their doubts then they won’t examine their doubts. If you have only believers together expressing their faith they won’t examine their faith. Both won’t express and examine their doubts and faith as well as if they were together.
On the other hand, what if they were in a learning community where believers AND doubters are coming together regularly to examine their beliefs and their doubts alongside each other. What if we were one of those places?
The Baptisms. Christianity Explained. This Sunday has been a wonderful glimpse of what that could look like when this happens.