Haiku #1: God’s Guessing Games

doubting thomas

Why make me wonder

You can make it so simple

For me to believe

[See More Haiku at HaikuFromHell website.]

God made it simple for the Apostle Thomas. When Jesus died on the cross, Thomas still doubted and said, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” Thomas got his wish and believed.

Jesus later throws a wrench into Thomas’ thinking and says, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” (John 20:29) So, was Jesus not blessing Thomas because he needed proof?

When I was a Christian, that’s all I asked for. Just show me something to make me believe. I never got the proof.

If Jesus is the model of perfect faith, and his twin is Thomas, who models doubt, then what we understand is that faith and doubt are not antitheses—they’re twins.

Mark Schaefer, The Certainty of Uncertainty

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