There’s no shame in simply starting with what you know. If you just continue moving forward, Christ will help you build your confidence.
When we doubt, we may think that we lack faith; however, we do not need to be ashamed of our doubt. The story in John 9 about the man born blind illustrates that when we doubt, we may not be as lost as we think.
When we read this story, we typically pay attention to the miracle of Jesus healing the blind man. So it’s easy to skim over what takes place afterward when the healed man is confronted by the Pharisees: a miracle of the blind man’s doubts changing into confidence in Christ. The video “Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind,” made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, focuses a lot on the events after Jesus heals the man, thus illuminating the second miracle.
The blind man has still not seen Christ when confronted by the Pharisees about who healed him, yet the blind man says, “Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see” (John 9:25). He demonstrates that we need only start with what we absolutely know and that our assurance will build from there. As the Pharisees continue to question the blind man, he confidently decides that the man who healed him is of God and that he, the blind man, will be the healer’s disciple.
You don’t need a perfect knowledge to move forward. Don’t be ashamed of the doubts you may have; just be brave enough to continue forward, building on what you know. If you do that, then, eventually, like the man born blind, Christ will change your doubt into confidence.
For the full story, watch the video “Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind” or read John 9:1-41.
—Elizabeth James, Latter-day Saint Insights
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Take a look at Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s “Come, Join with Us” to learn about doubting your doubts before doubting your faith.
Read “Rooting Your Testimony in Christ” for more information about how to nourish your relationship with Christ.