Don’t be a Doubting Thomas
By Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | April 4, 2018
“Don’t be a doubting Thomas.” I’m sure many of us heard that from our parents, and others while growing up. Like many of the common sayings we use today in our daily conversations, this saying can trace its origins to the bible.
Thomas, also called Didymus, was a real person, and one of Jesus’s twelve disciples. When several of the disciples told Thomas, they had seen the resurrected Jesus,” We have seen the Lord,” Thomas responded with doubt. Thomas told them “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25).
Eight days later when Thomas was together with the other disciples, Jesus came to them and stood in their midst. He said to the disciples “Peace be unto you.” Jesus then spoke to Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” Thomas responded to Jesus by saying, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:26-27). Jesus then said to Thomas, “Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
It is certain since Thomas had doubt, Thomas also had belief in Jesus Christ. Thomas doubted the resurrection of Jesus Christ because he had not physically seen the resurrected Jesus Christ, along with his injuries incurred during crucifixion. His faith was lacking in what he had been told by the other disciples and hadn’t seen for himself.
The definition of doubt is to be uncertain of things, or of your ability, or of the ability of another. It’s a negative feeling for the outcome of something, or of some event. In contrast, the definition of faith is almost the direct opposite. Faith is to have the complete trust, belief, or confidence in someone or something in absence of tangible proof. The presence of doubt is the enemy of faith and is a tool of Satan to undermine and destroy your faith in God.
“Doubt discovers difficulties which it never solves; it creates hesitancy, despondency, despair. Its progress is the decay of comfort, the death of peace. “Believe!” is the word which speaks life into a man, but doubt nails down his coffin.” C.H. Spurgeon
As imperfect humans, thoughts of doubt plague all of us. Only fools and God can say they are free of all doubt in all things. There is an old saying that a man that knows no doubt knows nothing. While doubt will exist in us all, it is the unattended doubt that will spiral, turning from doubt into the loss of faith, that is the tool of Satan to destroy your faith in God.
The friend of doubt is ignorance. Ignorance means the lack of knowledge or information and through ignorance the vines of doubt will grow and spread throughout your life. Together, doubt and ignorance are enemies to all areas of your life, including your spiritual life and your relationship with God. While ignorance is the friend of doubt, truth is the enemy of doubt. Jesus said we are to have childlike faith; to be humble and teachable, and as a child to ask questions in search of truth, to learn what you don’t know, and to believe. Growing in truth and faith through reading and learning of the word of God, you will remove the negative presence, power, and influence of doubt in your life; “the truth shall set you free.”
“Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32).