Doubt or unfaithful?

19 It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.” 24 Thomas, the one called Didymus, one of the Twelve, wasn’t with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger in the wounds left by the nails, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.” 26 After eight days his disciples were again in a house and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus entered and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!” 28 Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus replied, “Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.” 30 Then Jesus did many other miraculous signs in his disciples’ presence, signs that aren’t recorded in this scroll. 31 But these things are written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son, and that believing, you will have life in his name. (John 20:19-31, CEB)

This is always the passage for the Sunday after Easter. Where Thomas gets a bad rap for some faulty translation.

The text actually reads καὶ μὴ γίνου ἄπιστος ἀλλὰ πιστός. Which we get translated in the NRSV as do not doubt but believe. And above it is better with “No more disbelief. Believe!” the words in question here are ἄπιστος and πιστός. Even if you can’t read the Greek you can see that these words are the same except for the ἄ. The ἄ is put on a word to negate the word. So whatever the word is the first word is dis the word. So to say do not doubt but believe is not really what is meant because doubt is not the opposite of belief. Doubt leads us to discover and question and that is not the opposite of belief. Thomas wasn’t with the other 10 locked away, where was he? He didn’t see Jesus and he wants nothing more than the rest already got. To see Jesus.

SO do not think you can’t question or wonder about faith. God is big enough to take it. And do not think that doubt is the opposite of faith. Doubt pushes us to a deeper faith. And God is big enough to take our doubts.

Loving People. Loving God.

Published by asacredrebel

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