I Believe, but I Also Doubt

friend with question marks, showing his doubt about something

Dear Pastor Andy, what is it called if you believe there is a God, but don’t attend church (because the ones in my town are nothing more than popularity contests), and you pray, but you find yourself questioning the actuality of it…and you don’t wanna say you don’t believe because you kinda do? I know, it sounds like a religious procrastination. I’ll admit, I’m lost!

My Reply: There’s a place in the Bible (Mark 9:21-24) where a man tells Jesus, “I believe! Please help me with my disbelief (or doubt)!”

The basics of Christianity is that it’s not a “religion” for the sake of obtaining salvation, but a “Relationship” with God through His Son, Jesus the Christ.

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 10:9 that if you believe Jesus exists, acknowledge Him with your lips as Lord, and believe that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved.” But like any relationship, you need to nurture your relationship with God by praying (talking with Him), reading the Bible, meeting with other Christians in worship (going to church), etc…not for the sake of doing, but for the sake of “becoming” like Jesus and knowing Him better (being, not doing).

Also, don’t be so focused on labels…I’d say that if you’re not sure, pray and ask for help with your doubt. You could start off by saying, “God, I’m confused…” and mention everything you typed in this question. Then keep your eyes open for His answers. You could also ask for help in finding a church where you could freely worship Him with others who have (or have had) similar doubts, and prayed for the same opportunity.

—Pastor Andy G.


  1. Hebrews 10:25–“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near”. That’s encouragement to be a part of church, directly from God’s Word. As for some churches being “popularity contests”, there may be some that have a “reputation” but are really dead (see Revelation 3:1-6), but pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17) that God will lead you to a good church that is devoted “to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer” (Acts 2:42–reflecting the early church’s sincere beliefs, which I believe still serves as a model for us as a church today).

  2. What do you mean by “kinda believe”? Are you doubting your salvation? Are you 100 percent sure that when you die that you will go to heaven for all eternity? If so, then how do you know?

    • Hey Keith, thanks for stopping by my blog and posting a question/comment. However, the question you’re asking seems to be a need for clarification from the asker, which I cannot give you, other than from what I’m understanding by the context of his question.

      He’s a confused (possibly teen) who believes that he believes in Jesus, says he prays and all, but doesn’t go to church because he recognizes that all the ones around him are hypocritical. When he says that he “kinda” believes, I think he’s saying that he does, but isn’t being discipled by anybody who can help him deepen his walk with Christ, so he has doubt about some things, and may not even be completely sure about what he does believe. Also, the fact that he asks what somebody like him is “called”, I’m guessing that others are pushing him to label himself based on his level of beliefs in Christ.

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