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 20:24-30
How many people have you heard say that they couldn’t believe in God without tangible evidence? I’ve heard it plenty over the years.
What I’ve come to understand, however, is that when your mindset believes that existence is only proved by repeatable and measurable empirical data, that is a closed logic system that instantly rules out anything that doesn’t follow its rules. So, even if Jesus Himself came back in for scientists to analyze His hands and wounds, they would still be skeptical. They would find a way to explain Him and His wounds in some way that would satisfy their limited logic system.
To believers who understand His thoughts and ways are so much higher than ours, we see proof of Him all around us, every moment of every day. We have proof of His holy fire in our souls, and the joy that abounded in us ever since we invited the Holy Spirit into our hearts. We have proof in the miracles He works in our lives and those around us.
So don’t let the doubting Thomases infect you. Those who are intent on not understanding or believing outside their own logic system have already finished before they ever started. For me, all of science and human logic are simply subsets of God’s creation, so there are no conflicts or oppositions to be found.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He is our risen savior, and the Son of a Father who loves us like we never could. That joy and peace in our hearts fuels us to walk tall and carry His light through throngs of doubters in an unbelieving world.
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