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The Gift of Doubt

May 23, 2016

Wisdom from @RonnieMcBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer

doubtSeveral of Jesus’ disciples are known by the nicknames they either earned or brought with them from their past. Simon became “Peter,” the “rock.” John was most often referred to as “the one Jesus loved.” The other disciple named Simon was “the zealot;” Matthew, was the “tax collector;” and Judas, indeed, was “the betrayer.”

Included in any such list must be Thomas, “Doubting Thomas,” as he has been known throughout Christian history. A doubter, Thomas certainly was, but I don’t think he has received a fair shake; for his doubts ultimately drove him to faith. These doubts did not drive him away.

For example, after the resurrection, Christ appeared to his disciples. Thomas was not among them for the visit. So when they told him, “We have seen the Lord!” he refused to believe. Thus, the faithful have forever branded him a skeptic for his suspicious response. Yet, I think…

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