Do you have doubts about the Christian faith?
You know the story: Thomas was the only apostle not present when Jesus appeared to the disciples on the evening of his resurrection. When the rejoicing disciples later told Thomas that Jesus was alive, he flatly refused to believe them. He had seen the crucifixion.
The gospel goes on to relate that a week later Jesus indeed appeared to Thomas, and invited him to put his hand into the holes in his hands and feet. Thomas was utterly overwhelmed. His response was ‘My Lord and My God!’ He saw, he believed.
Then Jesus said something which is relevant to us today. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Jesus KNOWS it can be hard for you, who have never seen him, to believe that he is indeed alive, and Lord of all. Which is, of course, where we are today.
Perhaps you really struggle with doubt. Well, there are two courses of action you can take:-
1. Don’t read the Bible. Begin to forget what Christianity teaches. Don’t go to church.Don’t ask God, or anyone else, for help.
Your ‘doubts’ are perfectly honest questions, but stop looking for answers. Assume that because you have questions, there are no
2. Look for some answers. Find out what the New Testament actually says about Jesus – by reading it! Do not be confused into thinking that you ‘doubt’ something which you may not even really ‘know.’
Pray – remember that Jesus said that those who believe without seeing are ‘blessed’. So ask God that, if he is there, please would he ‘bless’ you by opening your eyes to spiritual realities. Go to church.
Yes, the Christian faith demands that we take God at his word, with no evidence other than his Word. But though we believe in Jesus without seeing him, we do NOT believe without considering him. Faith is not blind credulity and unthinking naiveté.
We have faith in the historic person of Jesus Christ. Peter writes some real encouragement in his first epistle, “Though you have not seen him,
you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9).
Rev Dr Roger Roberts
With many peaceful blessings