If you have doubts, does that mean that you don't have faith?
Do they ever mix, meaning that you can have faith in God and doubts at the same time?
Does God disapprove of people who doubt?
Jesus had an interesting encounter with a man who was pleading for the welfare of his son. Here is how the story goes:
A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not." "O unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me." So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?" "From childhood," he answered. "It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us." " 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes." Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"- Mark 9:17-24Notice the honesty in that man. If he didn't have faith, would he have bothered to bring his son in the first place? However, he never held back or tried to put on a front with Jesus. He said, "If you can . . ." and " . . . help me with my unbelief." Both of those statements show great honesty and transparency as well as humility. It seems Jesus valued all three qualities. I don't think the situation would have been better for the man had he tried the "fake it till you make it" method. He demonstrated the faith he had in the person of Jesus by bringing his son and making his request and Jesus honored it.
I think that is how spiritual growth happens. We bring the faith in Christ that we have, obediently submit it to Him and take the next step He asks us to take, receiving God's grace, love and acceptance. Then we repeat those steps over and over again as we grow in Christ. In that way, we don't hide our doubts, but we don't sit on them either. We move forward in faith.
What do you think? Do doubts and faith mix? Where is God in our doubts?