In defence of Thomas

Many times we hear people are called doubting Thomases for demanding evidence or proof of something. Thomas, for those of you new here said to his fellow disciples when they said they had seen the Lord, that except he sees the hands and put his finger through, he is not buying the story. We are told Jesus rebuked him for making this demand. And believers since then take pride in not being Thomas. But I insist for knowledge to progress, we must be Thomas.

Our knowledge has only progressed to the extent that criticism has been alive allowing for testing of ideas, abandoning those that can’t hold and at the same time stating categorically that our knowledge is open to challenge. That we don’t have the final word.

So go out and become a Thomas, proudly and without shame.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

19 thoughts on “In defence of Thomas

  1. ladysighs says:

    And we continue to tell little children, “Quit asking so many questions.”

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  2. Few know this, but whist Thomas was poking his right index finger into Jesus’ cut open rib wound, fuckin’ GROSS, eh, his left hand was busy liftin’ Christ’s wallet outta his back, robed, pocket! That BASTARD!! Why Christ trusted that thieving prick, I’ll never understand.

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  3. jeannejam40 says:

    I will take doubting Thomas over Jesus any day! Jesus said he came to fulfill the law of the Old Testament which is an incredibly foul pornographic set of books!

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  4. Ron says:

    For me, the main takeaway is that Jesus did (allegedly) appear to Thomas and the rest of the disciples, so the precedent has been set. If Jesus was willing to alleviate the doubts and fears of those who should have required the least amount of convincing (i.e., his credulous followers) then he should be even more amenable to alleviating the doubts and questions of his most skeptical modern-day detractors — n’est-ce pas?

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  5. renudepride says:

    Another new fable that I’ve learned this week! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Naked hugs!


  6. basenjibrian says:

    an amusing take on this HERE.
    We need to take the doubt a little further. How do we know about Thomas’ doubt? Who saw this? Who reported it? Was the famous finger in the wound actually observed by the writer, or is this third hand folklore? From how long ago? John was written quite a while after the other Gospels.

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    • makagutu says:

      I am total agreement with JL. I used Thomas here because it is a story known by many people. But we have no reason to believe, on the mere say so of someone, that Jesus lived, if the being of Jesus includes believing that a miracle happened.


  7. jilldennison says:

    I was a ‘Doubting Thomas’ by about the age 5, and now at nearly age 70, I am as much so as ever. Show me the proof, and then maybe I’ll believe it, but I’ve got to see it with my own eyes to believe it.


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