A Faith Like (Doubting) Thomas

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It is often in the midst of the most devastating circumstances that we can question the reality of God's love and existence. Brian and Jamie's son was born with severe heart problems that kept him in and out of hospitals with complicated surgeries. They were on a roller coaster of emotions and in constant prayer for his life. This heart-wrenching real-life story illustrates the doubt that we can experience, even as devoted followers of Christ.

On some level, we all experience doubt in God. Even Brian and Jamie, who had seen God do a miracle in Corban's life, struggled with complicated questions after he died. David Zahl knows what it means to doubt. In this post, he builds from the example of Thomas to show the compassion of Jesus for those who doubt. David is the College and Young Adult Minister at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA. He is also founder of Mockingbird Ministries and author of The Gospel According to Pixar.

At some point, or on some level, we all experience doubts. When are you most inclined to experience doubt about what you believe?
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How do you tend to think about your doubts? Do you feel like they push you toward faith in Christ, or cause you to pull away from Him?
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John 20:24-27 (ESV)

Jesus and Thomas

24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

What do you notice about Jesus' response to Thomas' doubt? What encouragement should this passage have to those who struggle with serious doubts about their faith?
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Whether you are struggling with doubt yourself, or you are walking alongside someone who is doubting their faith, take heart in a Savior who shows His scars to us. He comes to us, pursues us, calling us to believe.