No matter what you do, you can’t seem to get your spiritual questions answered. You’re always doubting the Bible. You’re the “Doubting Thomas,” fervently devoted to your Lord but plagued by doubts that just won’t go away.
Why does this happen to some people?
Why do we get spiritual doubts about things we thought we knew the answer to?
There are three main reasons why it feels like you’re always doubting the Bible. The good news is that each of these three reasons can be fixed. Let’s take a look.
Always Doubting the Bible Because of Worldview Crisis
The first reason it can feel like we are always doubting the Bible is because of worldview crisis.
If you’ve been raised in a conservative Christian environment and have recently made a transition to a more secular school or workplace, you might find yourself encountering an onslaught of objections to the Biblical message.
This can be overwhelming as new and conflicting information stretches your Christian worldview almost to the breaking point.
Typically, people experiencing worldview crisis due to religion don’t stay for a very long time in this stage of cognitive dissonance, because it’s just too much mental effort to keep it up. They will often either move to a nonreligious stance or they will vigorously engage their doubts, research answers, and come out the other side of the crisis much stronger.
Always Doubting the Bible Because of Unresolved Trauma
The second reason you may feel like you’re always doubting the Bible may be from unresolved trauma or loss in which you can’t seem to reconcile your understanding about God with the terrible thing that happened.
If you’ve experienced the death of a loved one, rape, incest, abuse, neglect, or even the loss of something very dear to you, like a relationship or a job, these can be very tough to reconcile with religion.
If God is love, why does He let bad things happen? If God is powerful, why didn’t He stop it? These kinds of questions can lead to a persistent feeling of distrust for God and chronic doubts about the Bible.
If this describes you, what you need to know is that God welcomes your doubts and questions, and He is strong enough to handle the full depth of your emotions.
Sometimes we tip-toe around God and pray very politely when inside we’re actually confused and seething with anger.
If this describes you, I would recommend researching something called “theodicy,” which is basically the theological term for how to answer the question of why God allows bad things to happen to good people. If reason 2 describes you, please take a look at this video:
Always Doubting the Bible Because of Scrupulosity
The third reason why people might experience recurrent, distressing, sticky doubts about the Bible is something called scrupulosity.
Scrupulosity is a term to describe religious manifestations of obsessive-compulsive disorder. (Click here for my Ultimate Guide to Scrupulosity.)
A lot of people think that OCD is this cute and quirky little disorder, but it can actually be severely debilitating and is definitely something to take seriously. OCD affects about 1 – 3% of the world’s population. Not everyone with OCD has religious obsessions and compulsions, but many do.
Symptoms of scrupulosity include chronic doubts about the Bible, about your salvation, about whether you have sinned or not, or about whether you are following God’s will.
It often includes something called “intrusive thoughts,” which are really weird and distressing thoughts that just pop into your head and cause a lot of distress but won’t go away no matter how hard you try. Intrusive thoughts might be an urge to curse God, a scary thought that maybe you have denied Christ or sold your soul to the devil, or a fear that you might lose control and hurt someone.
If any of this sounds like you, I would encourage you to head over and take the free scrupulosity quiz to find out your likelihood of having religious OCD.
It can be a VERY distressing condition. But what you need to know is that scrupulosity is not a lack of faith, it is not sinful, it is a mental health hijacking of your relationship with God — and it is something that can be fixed.
So these are our three main reasons why you might be experiencing chronic doubt about the Bible — worldview crisis, unresolved trauma, or scrupulosity. I hope this gives you some helpful insight and maybe suggests a direction to do more research.
If you have other questions about chronic spiritual doubt and anxiety that you would like to have answered, drop me a comment below and I will do my best to answer it in an upcoming video and/or article.
Best wishes on the journey!