One of the hardest things about experiencing doubt in a Christian community is the frequent assumption that doubt means moral destruction. This is not always articulated, but in many cases, doubt is seen as the beginning of a “slippery slope” down into a life of wickedness and debauchery, and those who doubt are often treated as if they already hit bottom.
Valarie Tarcio sums up this view: “Atheists (and even liberal Christians) have no basis for morality. Nothing—and I mean nothing!—stands between a godless person and debauchery or lechery or even violence.” Tarcio then goes on to provide a series of quotes taken from Photographer Chris Johnson’s book, A Better Life, which demonstrate that Atheists do have strong moral intuitions and motivations, even without God or religion. See the full article:
The assumption of moral destruction because of doubt can be very destructive to a believer (or non-believer) who expresses doubts about some facet of faith. The fear of being stigmatized as “sinful” stifles genuine inquiry that might otherwise lead to productive answers. It is important to keep both this poisonous assumption and Tarcio’s (and Johnson’s) rebuttal in mind when dealing with doubt in the faith. Doubt in itself does not mean that people are immoral; it simply means that they have questions that have not been answered.