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To believe with certainty, we often begin with doubting

The Bible tells a story about Thomas, the disciple who questioned the validity of the stories of Jesus after His resurrection.

He told his colleagues “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25) Then an odd thing happened. When Jesus appeared before him the story goes that he did not actually touch Jesus at all. He merely saw and heard him and believed. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:27-28).

Thomas earned the name “Doubting Thomas” but had Thomas not challenged the others, his depth of belief might have been hidden by cultural and peer expectation. By just saying “yes” because it was the “politically correct” thing to do. But, by struggling through the experience of doubt and then belief, his belief was matured, assured and cured. His belief was solidified through his struggle with doubt.

Don’t be afraid to admit that you have doubts. Unless you express them, you may never address them in conversations with the teachers and preachers in your life. Share your concerns; get them out in the open; and God will bless you with a more complete belief and an increasingly mature faith.

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