“…And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”’
In a study by Paul C. Vitz¹, history’s most famous high IQ atheists like Bertrand Russel, Friedrick Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx, all experienced varying family and relational challenges in their lives, like death and abandonment. They asked the question, How can a supreme good and all powerful God justify such evil? The question that was meant to be fundamental to their faith in God became a permanent stronghold for their detest for Him. What was once a doubt at its inception, now controls the philosophical and ideological world. God is either too lazy or can’t use his power for the good one wants.
On the other hand, sixty percent of the Book of Psalms are laments and out cries of “God where are you?” The Book of Job is a passionate account that causes deep reflection on the meaning of life and wellness. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, the wisest and richest man on the earth, also ponders the meaning of life and purpose. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…” For these characters, the same question that was fundamental to their faith in God brought them peace and wholeness in their tough times. (2 Corinthians 4:8-11)²
Seasons of life can make a big difference for our Well-being. Deep within the strata of mankind is the desire to believe, to have a purpose and to live a life of meaning. Our passions and desires, such as love, sex, drugs, power, money, and possessions, often rule us. We place such stress on “feeling good” that we forget to filter down our emotions. A naturalist struggles to admit that a heavy dose of faith is required in order to thrive in this life. A conservative religious person proudly says, “my faith is the most important thing to me.” Therefore, the battle between faith and reason rages on in the mind. God made faith to be the most reasonable thing, but left enough out for one to live by reason alone. Doubt ultimately exposes the weaknesses of reason that can only be supported by faith.
¹ Vitz, Paul C. Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism. Ignatius Press, 2013.
² The Bible. New International Version.