A well-known hymn encourages people to sing,
‘No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life.’
It is a fine sentiment – no more doubts – and the message of Jesus Christ, crucified, risen and reigning, is a powerful antidote to doubt.
But what about the times when doubts and fears do arise? Few people could say that they never have any doubts about the reality or goodness of God, the trustworthiness of the Bible or the life to come, and one impressive feature of the Bible is that it includes the stories of people who struggled with such issues –
that includes such people as Abraham, Elijah and John the Baptist, not to mention ‘Doubting Thomas’.
Since ‘All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness’ (2 Tim. 3:16), we can learn from their experiences and this book seeks to help readers deal with their own doubts or the doubts expressed to them.
‘I have my doubts’ is a common phrase in my native Scotland. It reflects a careful and realistic rather
than a cynical approach. Sometimes Christians are faced with doubts of another kind – the fears and
questions which come from our culture, our own sinful hearts and above all the father of lies. How do
we deal with these? This short book is a helpful biblical, practical analysis of doubt and how we deal with it in different circumstances. Excellent.’
Rev David Robertson, Minister & Evangelist – Hamilton Presbyterian church, Newcastle, NSW, Australia;
author of, among others, The Dawkins Letters and Magnificent Obsession.
‘This book, written with warmth, sensitivity, and sound Biblical application, will be a huge help to
many ordinary Christians as they struggle with the perplexing questions that challenge their faith.’
Rev Iver Martin, Principal, Edinburgh Theological Seminary
David J. Randall has ministered for more than fifty years, mostly in one congregation in Aberdeenshire.
He has also served the wider church in various capacities, including a term as convener of the Church of Scotland’s Apologetics Committee and a period as chairman of Solas, based in Dundee.
Since retiring in 2010, he preaches regularly and has written several books, including A Sad Departure, Messages from Grandad and Come and Behold Him (Christmas Through Different Eyes). He and his wife, Nan, live in Forfar and are members of the Free Church in Broughty Ferry. They have two sons who are ministers, one deceased son, one daughter and six grandchildren.
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