Dark Before Dawn: Deconstructing Doubt [Pilate]

Dark Before Dawn: Deconstructing Doubt [Pilate]

Dark before the Dawn: Pilate

Doubt is not the end of faith 

Sarah kept walking in the dark 

John was reminded to remember the good 

Seek God, he wants to be found 


Different kinds of certainty 

Scientific Certainty 

Historical Certainty 

Relational Certainty 

Almost nothing that makes any real difference can be proved. Fredrick Buechner 

Where there is uncertainty there is faith

Every person on this planet lives in uncertainty and faith

God loves faith 

Heb 11:6 Without faith it’s impossible to please Him

Cynics: Assume there are no answers, disbelieve fist  

You gave me insufficient evidence Bertrand. Russell

Scratch the surface of any cynic and you will find a wounded idealist underneath.  Ortberg 

Biblical Cynic Pilate 

John 18:33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

John 18:35- “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

John 18:37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

John 18:38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

There are reasons to believe

Why Jesus? 

If I step, I trust. If I don’t step, I don’t trust.