Not only can doubts arise in your heart because of your critics but sometimes they can also be as a result of your CONSCIENCE.
Have you ever done something and felt guilty about doing it, then start having doubts about it? Whenever we feel guilty we have a tendency to rationalize our beliefs so they’ll better fit your lifestyle.
1 Timothy 1:19 Cling tightly to your faith in Christ and always keep your conscience clear, doing what you know is right. For some people have disobeyed their consciences and have deliberately done what they knew was wrong. It isn’t surprising that soon they lost their faith in Christ after defying God like that. (LB)
If you have a guilty conscience you’re going to start denying your beliefs. I got a speeding ticket in Norco a few years ago on 6th street. The speed limit there is 35 mph, but I was going 45 mph. Even though I believe in the law and know that 35 mph is safe, the first thing I thought when I got the ticket was, “I think that 35 mph speed limit on 6th street is stupid and I believe it should be 45 mph!”
This happens all the time in other areas of our life. We say things like “I don’t care what God says. I believe …” Or “That’s your interpretation, but I believe….”
Your conscience can cause you to doubt your beliefs and cause you to rationalize your actions or lifestyle. That’s because our morality determines our theology and the way we act.
So, your critics can cause you to doubt God and your conscience can cause you to doubt God. Tomorrow we will look at the last reason why we sometimes doubt.
Romans 4:20 But Abraham never doubted or questioned God’s promise. His faith made him strong, and he gave all the credit to God. (CEV)