There has always been the element of “believing when you see it” or seeing the physical evidence of a matter before it can be believed. Especially concerning God and His existence, many who are considered Atheists choose to look at God as one who does not exist because there isn’t any proof to show that He does. However, choosing to believe or not to believe is a decision that one makes. Whether or not you or I believe in God, does not negate His existence. The key is taking the leap of faith to believe in what we cannot see. Some call it “blind faith” however, as it relates to God it truly takes humility to admit that we as humans are not supreme in our being. The truth is, it takes a willingness to be accountable to someone higher than yourself which in this case is God.
In John 20:29, we see an exchange of words between Jesus and one of His Disciples by the name of Thomas. The scripture reads in the NIV version:
“Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” In John 20, the passage records the resurrection of Jesus. Mary Magdalane finds that the tomb of Jesus is empty and alerts two of the Lord’s Disciples. Peter and another Disciple discover that the tomb is empty, and they returned to where they were before. Then in verses 11 through 17 Mary converses with two angels, and Jesus at the tomb. Jesus gives her a command in verse 17 to tell the Disciples of His resurrection.
It is important to note that this chapter gives us an insight into who “Doubting Thomas” is. Thomas was one of the Disciples, and he was known for his skepticism in Christ’s resurrection. Jesus first appears to the Disciples in verses 19 through 23, however Thomas does not see Jesus until later. In verses 24 through 29, we see an exchange between the Disciples, Jesus and Thomas:
(NIV) “Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
In the above scripture, Thomas immediately shows his disbelief but he also shows that he must see the proof of Christ’s resurrection in order to believe. We live in a society that operates in the same way. There must be emphatic proof that God exists or that Jesus was indeed the Son of God. Thomas doubted that Jesus rose from the dead, because for one he was prideful in his own thinking and certainty that the man standing before him was not Jesus the Christ. Secondly, Thomas needed physical proof in order to believe that Jesus was indeed resurrected.
There are many in our world today, who are skeptical of God’s existence and the whole idea of Christianity. Some of it is because of how there have been poor examples of those who profess Christ. In turn, there are those who see hypocritical behavior and they shrink back in distaste for what is supposed to be an authentic message and lifestyle. However, much of the disbelief comes from pride and not having actual proof from the human and worldly standpoint.
In order for one to understand who God is, they must first surrender their life in every area which means having the humility to admit that we as humans are not supreme in our being. It takes relinquishing one’s stance to finally see the glory of God through new eyes. This means, confessing your pride and your sins before Jesus Christ. It also means accepting Christ as your savior, which involves living in a submitted fashion before a Holy God.
Secondly, it involves a choice to believe even in the unseen. Jesus said to the Disciples in the latter part of verse 29, “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” This means, that a person who chooses to believe and has not even seen the individual or entity in question is blessed. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that we are to walk by faith and not by sight.
When you walk by faith, you are leaning unto God and trusting in Him for who He is and what He can do. By believing in God, you are taking yourself out of the equation and allowing God to show you the path to a better life. There are scriptures that are full of miracles that were received based on one’s obedience and belief in what God could do. Even in our world today, there are miracles that occur as a result of what God has done.
However, it takes true humility to surrender to what we cannot see. Only those who choose to live in spiritual blindness, will fail to see the wondrous works that God is able to do. It is the boldness in a person that challenges the doctrine of a world that refuses to acknowledge who God is because of a “lack of physical proof”. However, if one desires proof they can be pointed to plant life, the ocean, the sun – these are things that man could not and did not create. Even our very lives are a testament to the creator.
The great thing about God is that despite humanity’s insistence in disbelief, He gives us a chance to believe. Jesus Christ was offered as a sacrifice for you and I. Knowing God through Christ, is the best decision you could ever make. While you are alive, you have an opportunity to believe, but the choice is yours. Those who have already made that choice, we are secured eternally. You too can have eternal security, by relinquishing your pride and believing. One can only know who God is through an authentic relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. The best proof is the proof that you will receive when you see that God is indeed as real as others say He is, but you must see it for yourself.