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

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