16-4-3 Faith

Faith – Second Sunday of Easter

Is Faith always good? Today’s reading is on Doubting Thomas. He only believed what he saw. Is this scientific? Do we all act like this?

John 20: 19 to 31:

[19] Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. [20] And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. [21] Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: [23] Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. [24] But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. [25] The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. [26] And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. [27] Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. [28] And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. [29] Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. [30] And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: [31] But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

 Faith comes to Doubting Thomas

Is blind faith good? For most people yes. I do not believe the Creation story to be literally true for good Reason. Many people however do not hold it to be true rather out of a general sense of disrespect than one of insight. Those do not want to have to do with science. Even though they have faith in the Theories of Evolution and the Big Bang, they cannot give three pieces of evidence for either theory without looking them up. And even, if they look them up they might not understand them. Can you, Dear Reader, give three pieces of evidence for one of these two theories or for both? Most people can’t. If you find that hard to believe, ask around.

Many people reject faith and ‘believe’ in science as if science was another religion. They have faith in the work of scientists but they themselves do not understand it . Those people might as well accept the Pope as infallible and that’s in my opinion the origin of this claim. People usually do not seek Understanding, but they seek a person whom they can believe, in whom they can have faith.

In the US many are concerned about the possibility of Donald Trump becoming president and they think about ways to avoid this. (I’m straining not to say they are trying to cheat.) The issue is not that person. The issue is that it appears that there maybe very well a majority of US Americans voting for him! That is the issue! There are so many people of an oversimplified faith, not a Christian faith but a faith in him or someone else who represents the simple minded people’s soul! That is a failure of education! This results from equality in education. We learn how to have impressive speeches, but we do not learn to have the patience for respectful critical thought!

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Amen!