Is doubt and faith parallel in regards to the strenuous extraction of independence that must take place? Do not both lay one’s sensibilities and perceptive knowledge to the side as incomplete, and submit to the higher ground which is existent yet mostly unidentifiable? The process may parallel, but they most certainly do not produce the same result. Faith, in the scriptures, is described as a “certainty” despite the lack of sensible observation. Certainty and doubt are antonymous; yet, is not the doubter sure of his yielded item of doubt? Then the greater distinction must be the item of dependence, not the process.
The doubter notes his existence and capabilities as finitely limited. The man of faith does the same. It is here where the divergence is drawn; in that, at this motionless moment, the man of faith moves forward – by the power of God – and the doubter yields. The doubter is unsatisfied and apathetically sulks in it, whereas the faithful man, despite the absurdity, thrusts his dependence onto the higher ground – the transcendent God – and moves forward.
Skepticism is a nihilistic assertion, but it is not illogical. We are indeed broken, in need of fixing, and worldly remedies are in need of scrutiny. It is what one does with his skepticism – whether he trusts the higher power, or carries on in his determined inane, trivial, vacant, inconsequential, and hollow existence – that resolves his route.