DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I want to believe in God and Im trying to, but every time I think Im about to get there I become filled with doubts and Im right back where I started. How can I overcome my doubts? K.G.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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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 wasnt enough for Thomas. Doubting Thomas (as weve come to call him) said he wouldnt 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 wasnt 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, dont 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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