Tuesday, October 9, 2007

One Life Two Life Red Life Blue Life

OK, so maybe not a full-on CIA spy secret agent double life. Just a secret life in my brain. The one where my questions go around and around and around, in loops that get smaller and smaller until I shake my head and lose sight of them. I know the rhetoric so well that I can't quite escape it.

I doubt!

God accepts doubt.

But I doubt God!

That is OK, David doubted God too.

No, really, I mean I really doubt.

Ask God for wisdom and He will give it to you.

But how do I ask him for something when I --

He gives to those who ask in faith without any doubting.

Yes, like I said, I --

If you ask for wisdom, you will be free of doubt.

I am quite, quite sure I am not the first person to have noticed this teeny tiny bit of circular logic in the book of James. I remember debating it in youth group in the late 1980's, come to think of it. We didn't come up with an answer for it then either.

One doubt, two doubt.
Red doubt, blue doubt.

Black doubt, blue doubt,
Old doubt, new doubt.

This one has a little star.
This one has a little car.
Say! what a lot of doubts there are.