168mph Fastballs and Doubts About Christianity

Last Wednesday was April Fool’s Day. I have never liked April Fool’s Day. I don’t like idiots. I don’t know why we have a day to celebrate them.

30 years ago there was a classic April Fool’s Day prank pulled by Sports Illustrated. They did a huge article on a guy, Sidd Finch, who could throw a 168-mph fastball due to his excessive training in yoga, who was considering leaving baseball to play the french horn.

The subhead of the article reads, “He’s a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd’s deciding about yoga — and his future in baseball.”

Read the first letter of each word. “Happy April Fool’s Day–ah fib.”

Many people believed the article. Two general managers of other ball teams called the commissioner expressing reservations about the safety of hitters. On April 8, Sports Illustrated had a blurb saying that the fictitious pitcher had retired. It wasn’t until April 15 that they admitted the whole thing was fake.

Ever wonder if Christianity is just a huge April Fool’s joke?

I think every believer would admit to that haunting thought in the back of the head saying, “What if this is all fake? What if I’m wasting my time? What if I’m being fooled and in the end, I’m just a fool?”

Doubt is part of faith. Until we have definitive proof, we will have doubt. Seeing is not believing; seeing eliminates belief. Blessed are those who have not seen, yet believe. We walk by faith, not by sight.

People tend to doubt what they should not and trust what they should not. Since we have a whole day set aside for it, we understand the intrigue of being fooled. We are a skeptical people.

This is a good thing. Skepticism is what leads to learning. Doubt leads to seeking answers. Don’t buy the line that doubt is always bad. Yes, it can be, but it doesn’t have to be.

If you have doubts about Christianity, about Christ, the resurrection, about life after death, or anything else, that’s fine. But don’t just wallow in the doubt.

Seek and you will find. Do some research. Check out the alternatives. If Christians get hot and bothered about doubt, about researching other options, it merely shows our insecurity.

Christ is big enough to defend Himself.

For me, I’ve looked at the other options. Christianity, although containing many things hard to be understood, was the most credible option to me. Other religions have the veneer of being humanly devised. See my recent post about why I believe the Bible.

Faith will push you. Faith has to be hard. Faith will contain elements of doubt throughout. But what will you do with that doubt? Will you rant and rave against God? Will you give up? Will you be inspired to search it out? Will you mock those who believe what you cannot?

Answer carefully. Until we see God as He is, doubt will linger. Is your faith big enough to handle doubt? If you never have doubts, be careful, there’s a chance you never think.

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

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