Focus on Christ’s truth, not your doubts

Updated: 2013-04-18T01:02:18Z


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DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I want to believe in God and I’m trying to, but every time I think I’m about to get there I become filled with doubts and I’m right back where I started. How can I overcome my doubts? — K.G.

DEAR K.G.: Just a few weeks ago, Christians around the world celebrated Easter, the day on which we remember that Jesus Christ came back from the dead by the power of God, offering us peace and hope and new life. Repeatedly, the Bible says, he was seen by witnesses — even several hundred at one time (see 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

But one of Jesus’ disciples — a man named Thomas — refused to believe it. Others claimed they had seen Jesus after his resurrection — but that wasn’t enough for Thomas. “Doubting Thomas” (as we’ve come to call him) said he wouldn’t believe Jesus was alive unless he saw him with his own eyes and touched the wounds from his crucifixion with his own hands. He apparently even refused to associate with the other disciples, because he wasn’t with them when Jesus first appeared to them.

But later Thomas did join them — and on that occasion Jesus once again appeared to the disciples. Instead of rebuking Thomas, however, he simply invited him to see for himself that he had been raised from the dead. Thomas’ doubts vanished, and he now knew Jesus was alive. He immediately gave his life to him, exclaiming, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).

Why do I draw your attention to Thomas? For two reasons. First, seek out a church where Christ is preached and lived; they will help you overcome your doubts. Second, don’t focus on your doubts; focus instead on Jesus Christ. He alone is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

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