Doubting Thomas teaches value of faith

 

JESSE FONKERT

jlfonkert10@ole.augie.edu

Keeping the Faith

Lent has come and gone, and two weeks ago we were finally able to celebrate the resurrection of the Messiah.

One of my favorite stories from this time of the church year is that of St. Thomas. For those who are not familiar with this story here is a quick summary.

Jesus is resurrected on Easter Sunday and Mary Magdalene and a few others witness Jesus and he speaks to them. Time passes and the disciples are gathered and St. Thomas refuses to believe that Jesus is risen until he has put his fingers into Jesus’ wounds. Jesus appears and says “Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed” (John 20:29).

Upon seeing Jesus, Thomas proclaims, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28).

I feel that that story applies even more today than before because of the current state of Christianity. Many Christians are leaving the church for a number of reasons and losing faith. They do not see a reason to believe in Christ because in today’s culture one does not simply believe something until one sees it. We all struggle with our faith at some point in time but it is where we go from that point that defines us. If you are having problems with your faith, one of the best things you can do it talk to someone about it or open up the good book to a random page. In the past when I have randomly opened up the New Testament and read a random verse, I have been amazed at what I have found. The verses that found me helped me in my times of struggle and gave me strength when I most needed it. Blessed are those who have not seen yet believed.