What does Jesus think about our doubt?
Am I a doubter? If I am honest, yes, there are times I doubt. So did some of the 11 disciples. They all went on to serve Jesus in a mighty way. Thomas, while famous for being “a doubter” wasn’t the only one. John the Baptizer, the cousin of Jesus, had doubts.
Do I hold back? Of course I do. Some times I refuse to be clear about who Jesus is. Afterward, I kick myself. I am ashamed. Jesus uses it as a way for me to learn to be a better disciple. The power of the Holy Spirit always convicts me.
What does it mean that “some doubted”? Tim Chaffey offers some insight.
Matthew 28:17 includes a confusing phrase that has led to some controversy. During Christ’s post-Resurrection appearance on a hillside in Galilee, some of His disciples worshiped Him, “but some doubted.” Some critical scholars have used these three words to support their idea that the disciples were only experiencing a vision. Some Christian apologists have claimed that these three words prove it is wrong to use evidence for the Resurrection in witnessing to unbelievers, even claiming that it would be sinful to do so. Still other Christian apologists use this phrase as evidence for the authenticity of the New Testament, because they believe Matthew included an embarrassing detail about some disciples not believing in Jesus even though He was right in front of them (Geisler and Turek, pp. 276–277).
What are we to make of these claims? How could people who knew Jesus had died on the Cross possibly not believe that He had risen from the dead when He was standing right in front of them?
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Here is some insight from Aaron Berry on how to prepare young adults to overcome doubt. Aaron is a co-author for the Pursuing the Pursuer Blog.
Doubt. It’s a common struggle in the Christian life.
And if there’s one group of people in your church who most likely struggles with doubt the most, its young people.
As they grow and mature, they stop asking what and start asking why. They stop taking things for granted and start examining things for themselves. Because of this, we as Christian parents, teachers, and pastors need to be serious in our effort to help our youth overcome the doubt they’re struggling with.
As someone who has been raised in church my whole life, I know what it’s like to have serious doubts that stay hidden.
And as I’ve grown and matured in my walk with the Messiah, I’ve experienced both helpful and harmful approaches to conquering doubt. As you desire to raise up the next generation to love Jesus and honor his Word, consider these five suggestions:
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Luke got it right. Knowing and having supernatural courage (faith) about Jesus is what it is all about. He made it his mission to present “the facts”. He investigated it down to the last detail.
Imagine having been there and seen and known so many who experience Jesus. Imagine getting it right and writing about it. It is ours and we can know too. What a story. Thanks for men like Luke.