John 20:25 (NKJV)
25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
The disciple named Thomas is usually referred to as “doubting Thomas” because of his insistence on walking by sight, not by faith, regarding the resurrection of Jesus. But lets not be too hard on Thomas. There are many aspects of biblical experience that stretch the rational mind. The Bible is not irrational, but it can be trans rational, asking us to believe things that transcend our understanding ( the virgin birth, miracles, the resurrection, and so on.
Lets give Thomas credit for being honest enough articulate his doubts in precise language. He wanted to see the resurrected Christ, and evidence that it was really Him, before he committed himself to such a revolutionary event. Thomas would have had a problem if, after seeing Christ, he still refused to believe. John 20:26-27 (NKJV) 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
Its one thing to ask for evidence or understanding, its another to reject the One who says, “come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18)
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