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Sunday, June 07, 2009

God is not bothered by honest doubt

Gideon is a classic example. He saw an angel, and knew it was one. He asked for two miracles, wherein a sheepskin, on the grass, was wet when the grass was dry, and the reverse. God was not upset by this, apparently. Then Gideon still doubted, and was told to go into the enemy camp, where he overheard an enemy soldier predicting that he, Gideon would defeat the enemy. (See Judges 6-7)

Thomas, of course, is also a classic example:

John 20:24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (All Bible quotations from the ESV)

And Jude has a warning to leaders, that they should ". . . have mercy on those who doubt." (1:24)

Thanks for reading.


Keetha Broyles said...

I did put your name in my most recent post - - - not a quote - - - not really a shout out - - - just mentioned you - - -

Martin LaBar said...

Thank you!

I will probably get back to commenting today.