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Thomas

 “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas”
By Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio 
(1571 – 1610)

Facing Doubt

Thomas, a disciple who followed Jesus is often remembered as “Doubting Thomas”.  When the other disciples told him of seeing Jesus alive after He had been crucified Thomas said, "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" (John 20:25).  Days later when Jesus appeared to them, Jesus 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" Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:27). 

Jesus didn’t rebuke Thomas for his doubt and questioning.  Instead Jesus said told Him to come close and see for himself.  In facing his doubt Thomas was in the process of building his faith.  History tells us that Thomas went on to be a missionary / pastor possibly planting churches as far away as India. 

Today, many people doubt.  They doubt the existence of God and His love.  They live in a world without meaning or purpose.  Most have never considered the teachings of the Bible or for that matter even read the Bible. 

However, there are modern skeptics who have faced their doubt.  They “put their fingers in the side of Christ” by examining the evidence for themselves.  One such individual was the Oxford scholar, C.S. Lewis.  Lewis, a devoted intellectual atheist, was challenged by his friends to examine the claims of the Christian faith.  As he studied the literary and logical evidence he eventually came to faith in Jesus Christ.  As his faith grew he became a leading defender of the Christian faith.   Another example is Josh McDowell.  As young man, McDowell was angry at the world.  Much of his anger was focused upon members of the Christian faith.  He set out on a mission to collect evidence that would disprove Christianity.  In the process He collected the evidence that would lead him to Faith in Christ.   Lewis and McDowell discovered that a “leap of faith” could be reduced to a small jump by their willingness to confront their doubt.

Below, you will find resources to help you to face your doubt.  The creators of this web site do make any money from these materials.  They are offered to you as tools to help you confront your doubt.  At the bottom of the page there is a response form.  If you have a doubt that you would like to share with the volunteer staff at CRU we will be happy to help you.

Books by C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity
Surprised by Joy
The Great Divorce

Books by Josh McDowell
More Than a Carpenter
Evidence That Demands a Verdict
Answers to Tough Questions

Books & Media by Lee Strobel
The Case for Christ
The Case for Faith
Finding the Real Jesus
Lee Strobel DVD Collection


Other Books
Know Why You Believe
by Paul Little
& James F. Nyquist
 

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