Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
~ John 20:24,25
I’m thankful for the atheists,
and the critics.
They have called Christians out for teaching people to simply have “faith”, people would define it as belief without evidence, in Jesus, even though the evidence is all around us. Seeing these shortcomings, Peter Boghossian, an atheist philosopher and educator, authored his book, A Manual for Creating an Atheist. In the book, Bodhossian calls-out Christians for teaching their followers for years to “simply believe”.
NOTE: Our faith in Christ is not belief without evidence… or at least it shouldn’t be!
Christ never called the disciples to “believe blindly” that he was the Son of God and the Way, the Truth, and the Life, so why would we? We shouldn’t.
Throughout His time on the earth, Jesus performed many miracles, signs, and wonders to His disciples and others to prove that He was the precisely who He said he was. Thomas was frowned upon when he essentially said, “I won’t believe it until I see it,”, but Thomas had already witnessed all that Christ had done during His time on the earth. Jesus rebuked him a little for only because Thomas had already been given all the evidence he should ever need.
Jesus wasn’t rebuking him for seeking evidence; he rebuked Thomas for denying it was true after all Thomas experienced already. Over and over again Christ gave evidence for his deity.
The Church needs to change it’s approach; no longer can we tell people to simply “have faith”. THAT’S NOT HOW GOD INTENDED IT.
The early Church, while witnessing to non-Christians and preaching to its congregation, used logic and reason but also gave testimony to the things they had seen. After seeing these things, it still required them to place faith in Christ; however, this means their faith is not blind, it was the logical conclusion.
This is something I’ve known, and I am troubled by. Because of this, I wanted to research when this possibly could have happened. The conclusion: “The Second Great Awakening” in America.
This religious movement was centered around hell-fire-brimstone and being saved from over the fire. It inspired large evangelism talks and revivals centered around emotion and feelings, leaving little space for reason. While emotion is a part of the human spirit, resting your belief solely on emotion without reason, evidence, and logic, is the same as trying to put the roof on a house with no walls: it will not stand when the winds of persecution and accusation blow.
This has been to our detriment as Christians. We are now known as the people with “blind faith”, but we shouldn’t be. We always need to be ready to be sharpened, challenged, and grown, this is why Grounds4Faith is here! I hope that you’ll take full advantage of all our resources. Christ calls us to “always be ready to give a defense for the hope that you have in Jesus”. This defense is not “because it makes me feel warm and fuzzy”, it’s because there is incredible evidence that Jesus and the God of Jacob is who he says he is!