Concerning Thomas we read, “So 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.” (John 20:25)
Doubt is a strange creature. Not only does it visit the timid, but can even unsettle the most stalwart of saints. Just nine chapters earlier in the Gospel of John, Thomas declared, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
Let us also go, that we may die with Him…
Have we uttered similar words only find ourselves back peddling in unbelief, when some trial confronts us? Surely it is so.
Intellectual giftedness isn’t a sure remedy either. Here I am reminded of something Alvin Plantinga once wrote. Reflecting on his faith, he said that sometimes Christianity is as sure to him as the existence of a place called South Bend, Indiana. But then at other times, and much to his dismay, he wonders if he’s profoundly wrong and doubts it all.
Doubt. All of us wrestle with it. All of us can sympathize with the man who cried, “I believe. Help my unbelief.”
Listen as D.A. Carson helps us think biblically about doubt. It is a great message and one that will surely profit many. I especially enjoyed his personal stories. I commend it to you.
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