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Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Nature of Evidence

John 20:19-29 (Amplified):
Then on that same first day of the week, when it was evening, though the disciples were behind closed doors for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace to you!

So saying, He showed them His hands and His side. And when the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy (delight, exultation, ecstasy, rapture).

Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.

And having said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit!

[Now having received the Holy Spirit, and being led and directed by Him] if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained.

But Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.

So the other disciples kept telling him, We have seen the Lord! But he said to them, Unless I see in His hands the marks made by the nails and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe [it].

Eight days later His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, though they were behind closed doors, and stood among them and said, Peace to you!

Then He said to Thomas, Reach out your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand and place [it] in My side. Do not be faithless and incredulous, but [stop your unbelief and] believe!

Thomas answered Him, My Lord and my God!

Jesus said to him, Because you have seen Me, Thomas, do you now believe (trust, have faith)? Blessed and happy and to be envied are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed and adhered to and trusted and relied on Me.
To paraphrase the Wizard's First Rule, people will believe what they want to believe, with or without evidence, and only rarely will it change, for it requires fundamental change within. Nowhere are we more ignorant of this as a whole than as it applies to our own nature as Man; in fact, history is little more than a chronicle of our inability to learn from our mistakes, and it is said that while history doesn't repeat itself, it certainly rhymes.

He is Risen. I wish you and yours a happy Sunday.


El Borak said...

A very happy Easter to you and yours.

He is risen indeed.

Wonder Woman said...

And a very merry Easter your way mister man!


Hippity hop, hop, hop...

MikeT said...

Et lux in tenebris lucet et tenebrae eam non conprehenderunt