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Doubt: What did Jesus say about Doubt

Jesus addressed doubt on several occasions, emphasizing faith, trust, and belief in God. One of the most direct accounts related to doubt can be found in the story of Thomas, one of His disciples, who doubted Jesus’ resurrection until he could see and touch Jesus’ wounds himself. This story is recounted in the Gospel of John:

John 20:24-29 (NIV):
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.
25 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.”
26 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!”
27 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.”
28 Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Faith Beyond Sight: Jesus highlighted the importance of belief without needing physical proof. This encourages believers to have faith in God’s presence and work in their lives, even when they cannot see it directly. The blessedness of those who “have not seen and yet have believed” underscores the value of faith that transcends the need for physical evidence.
  2. Understanding Doubt as Part of Faith: The story of Thomas shows that doubt is a natural part of human experience and spiritual journey. Jesus did not condemn Thomas for his doubt but rather provided him with the evidence he needed to believe. This teaches that seeking understanding and grappling with doubts can lead to a deeper, more resilient faith.
  3. Personal Relationship with God: Jesus’ invitation to Thomas to touch His wounds demonstrates God’s willingness to meet us where we are in our faith journey. It shows that God is approachable and personal, inviting each believer to experience Him in a way that addresses their unique doubts and strengthens their faith.


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