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Doubting Thomas – The Other Side of the Coin

One of the most well-told Bible stories is that of Thomas the Apostle, who doubted the resurrection of Jesus when his fellow Apostles claimed to have seen him.  Upon Jesus’ appearance, Thomas believes, and Jesus says that it is better to have believed without needing to have seen.

This is obviously an important point for Christianity (and Mormonism), because just about all the followers of the religion aren’t going to see Jesus any time soon.

But there is an odd facet to this story that is discussed much less often.  Specifically, in the book of Mark, after the resurrected Jesus appeared to Mary, she reportedly went and told all of the assembled Apostles and [i]none of them believed her[/i].

This would seem to be the exact same situation face by Thomas, and they didn’t believe either until Jesus appeared to them.  So Thomas was no different than the other Apostles.

 

9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.

13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

(Emphasis added)

Mark 16

So the next time someone tells you the story of “Doubting Thomas” (or, should you have wavering faith yourself, accuses you of being a “Doubting Thomas”), have them read Mark 16 and point out that Thomas was no different than the other Apostles, who also “doubted” until Jesus actually appeared to them.

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