2nd August 2020

Patron Saint of Doubters 

“And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them…Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at my hands…Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’ And Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’”
John 20:26-28 (NKJV) 

Have we as Christians made doubt a sin? Have we taken a very natural reflex which God put into us and made it into a transgression?

There are two pitfalls with doubt. One, you make doubt an unpardonable sin. You make yourself and others believe by force: God said it, I believe it, that settles it!

Second, is to indulge doubt and begin to question everything. We live in an age of dogmatic doubt. No tradition or community or faith system is to be believed. We end up with a kind of burned out cynicism in which no one and no idea is to be trusted.

The big double standard here is that when we doubt everything, we don’t doubt our own doubt. Does that make sense? We don’t doubt our own abilities to question whatever it is we’re attacking. Maybe there are secret fears or desires that fuel us and our doubt is not a pure intellectual quest. Doubt can become a snake that bites its own tail after a while.

Thomas, the patron saint of doubters, became the great proclaimer, and he can be very encouraging to us. All of us might have had a little trouble if Jesus came back from the dead, which no one had ever done, and everybody just said “Hooray!” and believed it without any friction. Thomas proves doubt is not a sin.

Thomas is included in Jesus’ story because he asked questions—as anyone would—when seemingly bizarre things happened. And notice Jesus’ response. Jesus, who had a pattern of going out of his way for sinners, disabled, and unseen people, makes a special trip to come close enough to the doubter so that Thomas can touch the evidence himself. And it changed Thomas’s doubt into belief and worship. Jesus wants to put our doubts to rest.

Prayer
Holy Father, may Thomas’s faith and the Lord’s intimate involvement with each one of us turn our doubt into our proclaiming, “My Lord and my God!” In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study presented by Greg Williams

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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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