Scripture: “Then Jesus told him (Thomas), Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29 NIV)
Thomas’ name literally means “doubter”. Webster’s Dictionary defines “doubting Thomas” as an incredulous or habitually doubtful person; a skeptic, a questioner, and unbeliever.
After His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus appeared before His disciples to comfort them and to proclaim the good news of His victory over sin and death. However, Thomas was not present. After being told of Jesus’ appearance, Thomas stated: “Unless I see the nail marks, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it”. Thomas chose not to believe unless he had physical proof (John 20:19-30).
Like Thomas, there are some people who struggle to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are some who simply don’t believe, those who have doubts and some that cannot believe. Some cannot fathom the miracles of the Bible ever happening. Like Nicodemus, who asked Jesus “How can a man be born again from his mother’s womb?” Some struggle with Scriptural teachings and they ask “how can this be?”
Below is a list of possible reasons why some people don’t believe or choose not to believe, while other people have doubts and some believe without a doubt.
Confirmation of truth, some people need proof before they will believe. The story of Gideon gives us an example of this. Gideon requested proof of the vision God spoke of before He would believe. He not only doubted the vision, he also doubted God’s word. He had no faith without proof first (Judges 6:11-22).
Some people refuse to believe even though they see the truth. They choose not to believe for fear of an unwanted lifestyle change. Change is not well received by them; they believe what they want, and only if it fits the lifestyle they want to live. Some people choose to live without restraints.
Some can’t believe because their eyes are blinded and their minds have been closed by the enemy. They cannot see, nor can they understand.
Some seek the occasion as an excuse not to believe. Calling the Gospel fake and repeating the enemies’ lies that the Word of God is not true. This can cause other people to doubt.
Some use the Gospel as a means of self-support, they have hopes of achieving something for themselves, self-aggrandizement, seeking monetary awards or other accolades. This is proof of their unbelief for the Gospel is not to be peddled neither is it for sale.
Believers are the called of God (Rom. 8:28). They believe the Bible to be the true inerrant word of God. He is both Lord and Creator overall. All of creation speaks of and is proof of God. Without any doubts or hesitation, they know who God is. His love is proof that He is a loving caring Father. The Bible says that we are to walk by faith and not by sight. Having simple childlike trust that God is who he says that he is and that all things are possible to those who believe. God reveals Himself to those who choose to believe.
In conclusion, a week later Jesus’ disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them this time. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, see my hands and put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas replied “My Lord and my God!” This leads to my choice of Scripture, Jesus then told him “Because you have seen me, you have believed, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” I leave you with one question, “Do you believe?”
Blessing of love, peace, and joy to you!