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What does it mean to believe?


“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

- Mark 9:24

“I believe in God …”

- from The Apostles’ Creed

What does it mean to believe?

Believing in God doesn’t mean that you don’t have any questions. You can have doubts and still believe. You can struggle and still believe. Don’t confuse certainty with belief.

Believing in God also doesn’t mean that you don’t get thrown for a loop from time to time. Life presents challenges to belief on a regular basis. Suffering, persecution and pain all can make belief difficult. But belief can outlive comfort.

Believing in God also doesn’t put you in a place where you’re opposed to reason or knowledge. There’s no such thing as faith that’s entirely blind. Belief always rests on some ground of reason or knowledge. We believe because of what we know, not just in spite of what we don’t.

Lastly, believing in God is not the same thing as a mental assent to a set of propositions. Our beliefs shape our behavior. We want to take time to dig into our foundational beliefs because we know that uncertainty and pain will emerge in our future and because we know we have to do something with what we know about the God who loves us.

What’s your relationship with belief? Do you find it easy or difficult to believe? Why?


Part of belief comes from my childhood. I was raised in a faith-based home and taught to believe that God is who He says He is and He does what He says He will do. As a teen, I rebelled against this teaching and literally ran back to faith when marriage was not what I thought it would be or thought it could be. But God in his great goodness confirmed in me as an adult that He is exactly God, living, faithful, GOOD, and best of all He loves me and cares about what happens in my life and He still loves prodigals whether they love or believe in Him or not.

The hard part for me is that I cannot see God.

Faith is not believing that God can, but KNOWING God will.

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