Was Doubting his Sin?

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

–          John 20:24-29

 

“The saying ‘Blessed are those that have seen and have believed’ has nothing to do with our original assent to the Christian propositions.  It was not addressed to a philosopher inquiring whether God exists.  It was addressed to a man who already believed that, who already had long acquaintance with a particular Person, and evidence that that Person could do very odd things, and who then refused to believe one odd thing more, often predicted by that Person and vouched for by all His closest friends.  It is a rebuke not to skepticism in the philosophic sense but to the psychological quality of being ‘suspicious’.  It says in effect, ‘You should have known me better.’  There are cases between man and man where we should all, in our different ways, bless those who have not seen and have believed.  Our relation to those who trusted us only after we were proved innocent in court cannot be the same as our relation to those who trusted us all through.”

–          C. S. Lewis, ‘On Obstinacy in Belief’

 

James 1 talks of the doubter being double-minded and not to be trusted, but C. S. Lewis brings up a different view of the Apostle Thomas.  Thomas had all the information before he saw Jesus in the flesh.

 

In John 11:16, Jesus has been told that Lazarus is dead, and it is Thomas who says that they should go and die with him.  This illustrates more than Thomas’ thoughts that death is the end, but that mourning death is a death in itself.  He was emotionally involved in the death of Lazarus.  He, above all the others, should have been the most impressed by Lazarus rising from the dead.  It should have removed the concept that death is the end.  Yet, he was ‘suspicious’.

 

Do we get suspicious?  In these troubled times, is there anything that is not suspicious?  There is so much political agenda wrapped around any reporting of facts, it is hard to discern what is fact.

 

But when it comes to things regarding God, can we trust Him?  Is that not what brings us to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?  I have heard others mention this.  The thing that they like most about God is that He does not change.

 

God rings true every time.  We can believe in Him.  We can trust Him.  He will not lead us astray.

 

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

 

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