Have ye any doubt?

Many times throughout our lives, our beliefs in certain things can change.

For example, I once believed the grass was green and the sky blue. Over time, I came to realize that the opposite was true. The grass is actually every color except green (which it reflects); and the sky is every color except blue.

I once thought that my Dad could do anything; he was my hero and I looked up to him. Then I grew up, and I realized he had done anything and everything he thought was necessary for me to be a better person.

For years, 12 disciples spent their time with Jesus, day in and day out. They spent hours listening to his preaching and teaching. They observed probably hundreds or thousands of miracles, most of which were never documented in the Bible. Still, by the end of Jesus’ life, they had beliefs and doubts that would change.

At some point, each disciple had to come to the personal knowledge of “who Jesus was.” We don’t know how and when each disciple considered the reality that Jesus truly: 1) was the Son of God, 2) able to do anything, and 3) was foretelling the future.

In the end however, the Bible documents the doubt that Thomas had. Despite years of instruction and proof after proof of Jesus’ ability, Thomas had to see with his own eyes and touch with his own hands to believe that Jesus was truly resurrected from the dead.*

What about you? Do you have any doubt about Jesus? Do you have any doubt that what you’ve learned is true?

Did you know that the wise men never actually visited Jesus in the manger, despite widely distributed pictures and displayed nativities?** …and there were not necessarily three of them.** This is one reason that I like pastors who clearly ask their church members to bring their own Bible and read along with them as they quote Scripture.

I don’t want your beliefs to be swayed by people who mis-quote or mis-teach the Bible. If you have any doubt, look it up. Another reference many people don’t believe, but is true is that atheists claim the Bible says “There is no God.” Their statement is actually TRUE! The Bible does say this, BUT READ CAREFULLY the FULL text: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1)

Read it for yourself – the Bible that is. And allow God to teach you one on one what you need to know. I have no doubt you’ll be better off if you do.

*In John 20:25, Thomas stated he had to see and touch Jesus personally. In John 20:28, it is not clear whether Thomas physically touched Jesus during their encounter.
** Matthew 2: 11 states “And going into the house, [the Magi] saw [Jesus] with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold, and frankincense and myrrh.” References to Magi at the nativity are prominent everywhere, and despite the inaccuracy of them, don’t let this knowledge detract from the powerful message that Jesus came to earth to be born and die – so that we can be born again in His righteousness.

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