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Questioning and doubting; what is the defining difference between the two?

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The essential concept of questioning is inquiry that generally ends with a question (?) mark, and the essential concept of doubting is uncertainty that generally ends with an exclamatory (!) mark.

You call something a question when you want to know about something, like, "Is there a God"? You call something a doubt when you know something but not sure whether it's correct, and you want to have clarification on it through doubt, like "I doubt that the God of Bible is the real God"!

Questioning and doubting are not mutually exclusive. For instance, while I DOUBT there’s a supreme being, my DOUBT could change, if certain fundamental QUESTIONS were definitively answered. But will those QUESTIONS ever be definitively answered? I DOUBT it! However, the ideal null hypothesis, or starting premise, should be met with the question, “Is this true”?, and doubt should be met with the exclamation, "I seriously doubt it this is true"!

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Thanks, pious!
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You are wholeheartedly welcome, buddy.
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there is no difference.

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That's what I was thinking, too. But that's why I asked. This religious girl gave a talk today about God, and said "question, but never doubt." I found it baffling. It made me curious. I've heard people trying to separate the two words, they seem the same to me as well, but I wasn't sure. I looked them up, and the definitions only slightly vary.
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Shaylen what she said does make sense to Christians. It's saying to question God is ok, just don't doubt Him. When you doubt God and question Him, it more that you don't really believe and more or less are looking for reasons not to believe at all.
I question things all the time, still believing in God. It helps me know and understand Him better.
There's a huge difference in questioning God, and doubting. That's what the phrase is referring to.
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Doubts are GOOD though, we should always doubt, and question. Knowledge is power and the more you know the less likely others will use and exploit you. And naw, it's called being objective.
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I don't need to "look for reasons;"
I do not believe on God, it's pretty simple...
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I can agree that questioning and doubting are different. Lol funny, somewhere else YOU told me they were the same.
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No, I didn't. Because they aren't the same. I question how things were done by God. I do not doubt they were. Maybe we talked about when I was a doubter, didn't believe, but not in this context.
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Unless I am mistaken, I could've sworn it was you that said so. If I find where, I'll pull it up. Perhaps it was someone else, but I could've sworn it was in an encounter we had.
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What ever keeps your motor running Shaylen....
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Wasn't trying to argue, I just thought you'd said that. No need to get snarky.
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I know, and you don't ever at all haha! I'm really not in the mood for this silly nonsense today. Maybe tomorrow, k?
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I don't have time to argue, let alone be on ask as much; have a psychology quiz to study for, and a philosophy essay coming up, and family matters to resolve. I also have no interest in "silliness". I'm sorry if you disagree, but I think I've remained pretty civil. Today a teacher challenged me in my view points, so I explained them. I could've just as easily taken that as arguing. Her words; It's obvious this brings up emotions with either party. try to open your critical thinking lens; what would you do to resolve this?" I suppose I could've taken offense to that, too, but I didn't.
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I can be respectful here and I will refrain from challenging your beliefs, especially since they're taken as being uncivil. I am not trying to be uncivil. Good day, way.
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You seem to be the one taking offense. I guess you don't like it when people challenge your comments huh? You've been all over mine for the past month, I wondered how you'd like it. Not so much I see. I understand you're young and for what ever reason, have a problem with me but I'm suggesting if you can't take don't give. You've come on my answers arguing with me even posting verses you don't understand, that prove my point and still argue! Teens are like that. You just don't like it when someone disagrees with you. So anyway, I hope you have a wonderful day in school. And I truly wish you well.
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I'm confused as to where in my comment above you you're detecting offense. And here I thought I was trying to be respectful and hospitable. The last month? I think I've commented to your answers about twice or thrice. I don't like it when someone disagrees with me? Not so. I've explained that multiple times as to what my intent is. I don't understand why you get so upset when people challenge your religious beliefs, (actually, I think I do,) and I've already stated that if it upsets you so much I'll stop doing so. Like I said, I was raised religious, I've read the entire bible, and I probably understand it more than you think. I view things objectively. I'm not a teenager....
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Who are you to say I don't understand them? That is beyond me.
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lol I am holding off on the young comment. The age discrimination card is used to refer to another's intellect or education as lacking when the other person has nothing of consequence to say. I have never seen a connection between being young and disagreeing with people; the that boils down to individuals. I don't mind when people disagree with me, in fact, it seems the other way around. I think I have already explained that and made it quite clear, whether or not you choice to accept what I am explaining, is your choice.
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Questioning means you are just not sure. Doubting is more like you don't think its true but you are still not sure.

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Star ^_^ lol
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Star for answering :)
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I like this answer!
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Lol, thanks everyone
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Questioning is when an individual is still actively seeking answers to a conundrum.
Doubting is when an individual is at a stand still or at the end of their investigative search. Not knowing which way to turn, to seek further information or clarification of the information they have already obtained.

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It is two sides of the same coin. Questioning generally means you are honestly seeking answers. Doubting comes from the same source but is accompanied by apathy, you really don't care about the answer.

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Thanks, Cal. :) I still have to attend church unfortunately right now, but I just found this weird in a talk about believing in God; she said, "doubt, but never question." And someone else on here, also tried to claim they were completely different. It just made me curious!
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This is the first answer that makes sense!
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That is very strange shaylen. Its like she is saying, go ahead and stop when you get to the point you no longer think its true, but whatever you do, don't seek answers.
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That's odd Shaylen because in another response you quoted the person to have said "question, but never doubt", which of course is a whole other meaning.

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Cal, perfect answer!
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I meant my original phase. It was an honest mistake the second time, simply accidental re-wording. I just woke up. I'll get back to you guys. Only got like 4 hours of sleep. -_- she said "question, but never doubt."
@infedel-it is strange. I listen to these people comments objectively (when I'm not tuning them out; I HATE going to church,) and the things I hear are so odd! Essentially, she's saying its ok to ask questions (in which case, thump your bible and pray to find answers, because the "world" will cause you to fall away, of course,) but never doubt, ever. I firmly believe that doubts are good. It's basically a way to keep people ignorant and in line, to tell them otherwise. If I never doubt or question anything, I can be used and disposed of by just about anybody.
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To preclude doubt is a completely inorganic way of conducting discourse and antithetical to seeking truth, its a gross transgression on the function of the mind and a perversion to do this and she should be ashamed.
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I agree whole heartedly! But unfortunately that's the mindset of many religious people, despite what they say. I don't consider seeking answers to only searching deeper into your own faith.
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Exactly. Such is the essence of faith though. Conclusion first and then fill in the gaps. Its the antithesis to science.
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To do so goes against Gods first commandment. I understand that you don't understand but once you DO find God, there is no doubt. You may have questions, but no doubt. And God does not reveal Himself to people who doubt Him. When you doubt, you are looking for reasons not to believe. Or I should say excuses to argue with those who do believe.
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Not necessarily, like pious said, you doubt when what you think may be true, you become unsure of. Questioning leads to the seeking of answers. It is good to be unsure of things; if you went through life followed through with what everyone said, and followed ideas blindly, others could easily take an opportunity to exploit you. Like Plato said "the unexplored life is not worthy living." And like Budda said "doubt everything. Find your own light." Doubts are healthy, doubts often even keep us safe, and keep us from quickly accepting ideas that may be dangerous. A wise man once told me that knowledge is power, the more we doubt, the more we question, the more likely will desire to find answers. The less likely others will be able to use and exploit us. My professor always provided real world examples. One example he provided was a crime that happened in the US, where a man had a uniform, kept a siren on his car, would pull women over, tell them their tail light was out, and asked them to come with him. The women neither doubted or questioned him, because of his uniform. You know what happened to these women? He r@ped and murdered each one of them. We should always question and doubt situations, ideologies, beliefs, ESPECIALLY authority, and even religion. Why would "God's" number one commandment be to not doubt? Doubting is healthy, it's the way our mind works to think critically and for oneself. Asking someone not to doubt or question you, and willingly doing so, is how others exploit you. I don't attempt to "argue" with you, I am simply trying to pull a perspective. If that upsets you, and it seems it does, I will stop. I'll stop from now on, alright? I have no ill will towards you, I don't even know you, aside from being religious. I do feel illy towards religion, I see it as exploitive and a way to justify prejudice and an unhealthy way of seeing the world, which is why I try to challenge and get others to question it. I understand Christianity better than you think. I was brought up religious. I prayed daily, read my scriptures, the whole works. I loved "God" and "Jesus." It was when I started to think objectively about religion, and then starting seeking answers and educating myself, that I stopped abiding by these beliefs and ideologies. Don't fall under the presumption I don't understand, because I do. Your statement sounds like something I would've said, not too long ago, and I know exactly where that thinking comes from.
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I even help off commenting to your answer; upsetting you, is not my intent.
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@infedel-too true!
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The answer depends on the situation. If one is faithful to a religion, he/she is probably going to have short and infrequent moments of questioning. But others may have frequent moments of doubt. The doubt usually results in questioning. However, questioning (because of doubt of everything, or, perhaps, full open-mindedness in everything) can also lead to faith. If a non-believer is questioning his/her current belief, or just questioning anything or everything, it may lead the person to believing in and being faithful to one thing, such as Christianity. At first, when being introduced to the religion, he/she will have some doubts before the faith comes. So no, they are not the same thing. One may question because of doubt, or one may question to eliminate doubt. I hope my rambling made sense...

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I believe and I question. Mostly tho, questioning is wanting to know God better where
Doubting is questioning but still not satisfied by the answer.

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What is going on now??
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Good answer!!
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Thank you!
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Hey waycup. Did you see my response to your comment on the Mason bloodline question?
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I thought I commented? I'll look.
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Found it haha! I left a comment back.
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Doubt often leads to questioning. If you doubt a premise's veracity, would you not then ask questions to determine whether that premise held true or not?


For example, when I was still Christian there were certain claims and stories I had doubts about, as they just didn't seem to make sense. As a result, I asked questions and did research to find the answers. So I don't know how that quote you were given makes a lick of sense- all questions have doubt at their core. If you didn't doubt something, why would you question in the first place? You'd have no need to.

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Questions don't always mean doubt. When you asked your mom and dad how babies were made did you doubt they existed?
When you question something it's often to get more information on something you find interesting. It doesn't mean you have doubts. Sometimes yes, but not always.
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Even the Bible says: "Dearly Loved friends , don 't always believe everything you hear just because someone says it is a message from God; test it first to see if it really is. For there are many false teachers around.(1 John 4:1) Living Bible. As you can see on ask.Com, everyone has a different point of view. " Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
Some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons." ( 2 Timothy 4:1)
KingJames Version What Jesus taught was the truth, what many teach today is not. It's up to you to find out what is the truth? What does the Bible really teach. " Not all who sound religious are really godly people. They may refer to me as Lord,' but still won't get to heaven. For the decisive question is whether they obey my Father in heaven. At the Judgement many will tell me, Lord, Lord, we told others about you and used your name to cast out demons and to do many other great miracles.' But I will reply
, You have never been mine. Go Away, for your deeds are evil." ( Matthew 7:20-23). Living Bible

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Great answer!!! Although I'm not a big fan of the Living Translation...
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Thank you! I like to use a variety of Bible Translations to compare. That is not my favorite as well. :-)
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Well that's the best way to do things :) especially if you compare it to the literal Greek/Hebrew translation and have a nice Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary handy :)
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Personally, when I have information I'm not sure of, I have doubt. A question is when I'm looking for information.

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Questioning seeks answers. Doubting rejects them.

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I don think its rejecting, it's skepticism.
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If I doubt my friends explanation of what he did then I am rejecting his answer as completely true. Doubting is rejecting the idea that the information you have is an appropriate answer.
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Questioning is trying to find an answer to something you don't fully understand. Doubting is wondering if what you already know is wrong.
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As always, I'd enjoy discussing anything you'd like in whatever detail you want.

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Thanks, Rain. :) And I'm good for now! Pleasure seeing you here. Hope you're well!
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This one's my favorite. I think you nailed it.
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