Mar. 20- John 20

I want to talk about Jesus’ exchange with Thomas.  We often here that doubt is a bad thing, yet I do not here Jesus being upset with Thomas about his doubt.  Jesus could have come to the disciples and chided Thomas, but he doesn’t.  Instead he comes to them and tells Thomas to do exactly what Thomas said he wanted to do.  Then Jesus told him, “stop doubting and believe.”  What I took this to mean is Jesus was saying, now that you have seen the evidence, stop doubting.  He didn’t tell him it was a sin to doubt.  Doubting is a good thing for our faith, as long as while we have doubts we are looking for God’s evidence to dissuade that doubt.  Doubt becomes a sin, I think, when we allow it to blind us to the evidence God gives us to dissuade that doubt.

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