For those who have not read Part One
The first extreme view of faith, which is focused on beliefs alone and is common in American evangelicalism, often leads to the perception that doubt is bad.
One verse that has contributed to this misperception is James 1:6. However, as is the case with all passages, it is important to examine context. The proceeding verse clarifies that verse 6 only pertains to asking for wisdom. Additionally, the context of the entire letter contrasts types of wisdom – God’s true wisdom is described as pure, peace-loving, gentle, and merciful. False wisdom is earthly, nonspiritual, demonic, and characterized by jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder, and evil. Therefore, it makes more sense that the “wavering” in James 1:6 would be in where we seek wisdom. This is reflected in the New Living Translation:
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