If the Opposite of Faith isn’t Doubt, What Is?

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I asked my Christian friend this question assuming the opposite of faith was doubt, but apparently not.

How Christians define faith is much different than the way we regularly use it. Can someone explain what Christians mean by faith and what is the opposite of faith?


The opposite of faith is not always doubt and is not always unbelief. For example, depending on the context of the text about faith, the Bible presents faith as belief or as fidelity (faithfulness). To doubt something said or heard is not automatically unbelief. There is a difference between doubting something to be so and doubting something because doing so is seeking clarification. Genesis 3:1 presents a good case whether doubting leads always to unbelief about what God said or whether doubting sometimes leads to clarification. Genesis 3:1 (NASB) reads, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The question, “Indeed, has God said?” by itself is not a sign of doubt that leads to unbelief or doubt that seeks clarification. What leads the reader to conclude that the question made is leading someone to unbelief is the questioner. The serpent being craftier than “any beast of the field which the Lord God had made” is leading its prey to doubt and away from faith (belief, in this case). I can ask the questions, “Did God say that?” or “Is that what the Bible means?”, but I am asking them seeking clarification because of the probability that I misread the texts. Doubting in itself is not necessarily opposite of faith (belief) if the intentions is to seek clarification. However, doubting by negating what the Bible clearly says is unbelief because, in doing so, I am questioning with a condescending spirit the authority of the Holy Scriptures.


as a doubter from my perspective theres a diference between simply doubting  and flat out rejecting faith . so i’d say the answer is as simplistic as that , best examples would be the mainstream tv show atheist science enthusiasts and people like bill maher , they dont doubt religion they completely oppose it.

I agree on rejection


The opposite of faith would have to be both: hating & rejecting God
I think doubt as an opposite would diminish what we mean by faith to an extent like how London said.

Saving faith in Christianity is a:

1) Turning away from our natural desires or you could say repenting from self reliance (usually self) because we recognize that “every intention of the thoughts of our heart is only evil continually” Genesis 6:5  the human race is inherently evil yet we love ourselves but repentance begins with a low view of self & a hatred of your sin Matthew 5:3


2) Trusting Jesus & his desires (a trusting faith). This is literally removing yourself (or your idol) from being lord of your life & involves relying on God in everything who is perfect to begin with.

I think an antitheses would be turning away from God, hating who he is (he’s supposed to be your God), and trusting in who you are and your way, loving your own sin while considering what’s actually good to be evil.

Self reliance is opposed to faith, but if you get to the bottom line hating & rejecting God is the opposite of  faith (loving and trusting him) opposed to sin. I go past self reliance because some people are more consumed with other creatures like another sinner or idols of a false religion… thoughts?

What Does It Mean to Believe? http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-faith/


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