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How to Defeat Doubt

January 28, 2020
By Martin Luther

Abimelech called Isaac and said, "Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, “She is my sister'?" Isaac said to him "Because I thought, 'Lest I die because of her.’ "

GENESIS 26:9

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How to Defeat Doubt

Well-founded fear can be becoming to him and can befit a steadfast man. This is the way Isaac fears and is weak. Yet he is excused, for he is fearful as a steadfast man. But it pleases me to take from this passage the opportunity to discuss doubt, God, and the will of God.... You must kill the other thoughts and the ways of reason or of the flesh, for God detests them. The only thing you have to do is to receive the Son, so that Christ is welcome in your heart in His birth, miracles, and cross. For here is the book of life in which you have been written. And this is the only and the most efficacious remedy for that horrible disease because of which human beings in their investigation of God want to proceed in a speculative manner and eventually rush into despair or contempt. If you want to escape despair, hatred, and blasphemy of God, give up your speculation about the hidden God, and cease to strive in vain to see the face of God. Otherwise you will have to remain perpetually in unbelief and damnation, and you will have to perish; for he who doubts does not believe, and he who does not believe is condemned (Mark 16:16).

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