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Faith and Doubt

In John’s Gospel, after the resurrection, Jesus appeared first to the women and then to the disciples (minus Thomas). When Thomas heard the news, he was skeptical. I’ve always suspected Thomas doubted because his heart had been broken once already and he wasn’t eager to have it broken again.

But here’s the thing about Thomas: he didn’t allow his doubts to chase him away. He remained open to whatever possibilities God might have. And I think that’s the most important thing about his story.

Faith is not the opposite of doubt. According to Hebrews, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” That’s why I believe authentic faith is about learning to trust God even when we don’t have all the answers.

Likewise, asking questions is one of the ways we grow in spiritual wisdom and maturity. If you think about the story of Thomas, asking questions didn’t lead Thomas away from faith, but back to it.

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Join us at First Christian Church as we seek after the risen Christ, explore important questions, and grow in faith and love.