“We grow by questioning and probing the uncertain, not mindlessly embracing the orthodox”¹
I think often as Christians we get this idea that asking questions or having “doubts” is wrong. We think that you are only a “seeker” before your a Christian, but once you accept Jesus its almost a “don’t ask” sort of thing. We build programs like Alpha, for “new Christians” or people seeking, where asking questions is ok. But our mentality is that if youve been a Christian for years, you shouldnt be asking those sorts of questions, you certainly dont want to be classed as a doubting Thomas.
If it werent for Thomas asking questions we wouldnt have some of the most quoted Scriptures/ Answers. Like;
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going. Thomas said to him, Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?
“Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”²
The reality is the answer wasnt known. It was ok for Thomas to ask, we didnt see Jesus snap back at him, or even disregard the questioning. Instead He responds, as He does with our questions. Its only when we begin to dig for treasure do we find it, and so it applies with the gold that is in Gods truth. We wont grow when we just take others word for it all the time. We need to engage in pursuing Gods truth and understanding it in our own lives.
You can reflect/question things of the bible without “fully doubting” Gods plan for salvation, and thats perfectly healthy. Dont be settled just religiously following the traditions of man or of his teaching, but allow transform to come about in your life when you dig deeply in the Word of Truth, allowing yourself to become vulnerable before God with your questions.
Once we have been open, honest and vulnerable with God about our questions, and have grown in the process as He teaches us…My prayer for you and me both, is that our response would be that of Thomas…
¹Swindoll, “The Owners Manual for Christians” pg 192 ² John 14:3-6
My LORD and My GOD