Last Sunday was ‘Thomas Sunday.’ The second Sunday of Easter is the time when we reflect on faith and doubt and focus on Thomas, the one who ‘saw and believed.’ Jesus, in turn says, ‘blessed are those who have not seen, yet believe.’
Here are some reflections from an anonymous blogger that posted on my sermon sight, I’m especially interested in what he says about ‘oversimplification and overgeneralization’:
So doubt is the enemy, eh? Yet doubt is necessary to understand the difference between true faith and false faith, as fear is necessary for prudence and anger is necessary for determination.
Human beings are suckers for oversimplification and overgeneralization. Religion preys on this weakness, among others. I would look for God beyond that myself. I find God understands the usefulness of doubt and the folly of saying one shouldn’t doubt.
I think there are many kinds of doubters. Mostly, I think a risen Christ is too threatening for the majority of us! If he is risen, then he’s a threat to our cozy little world.