No More We Doubt Thee: Why It’s Okay to Be a Thomas

I’ve always loved the story of Jesus appearing to Thomas.

Maybe it’s because of the skeptic in me. Growing up in the megachurch movement, I watched thousands of people around me every Sunday, swallowing a self-help gospel hook, line, and sinker. It wasn’t the Joel Osteen style, “you were born to win” sort of self-help gospel. I think that’s what it was so easy to digest to the usual churchy, Christian crowd.

(By the way, despite what the megachurch movement would like you to believe, they are jam packed with the usual church, Christian crowd, not by scores and hoards of newly attracted disciples.)

This kind of self-help gospel was a different style. It’s therapeutic quality was shrouded by claims of absolute morality, inerrancy of Holy Scripture, and the utter simplicity of the Christian life. It was out of this movement that a lot of the common quasi-spiritual cliches were born, catchphrases of self-reliance or pithy abdication, baptized with Christian culture god-language.

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2018/04/08/no-more-we-doubt-thee-why-its-okay-to-be-a-thomas/#Fva7buimu3UsRe2I.99

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God’s Chosen

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”1

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4 Facts About Faith

 “Unbelief starves the soul; faith finds food in famine.”

– Richard Cecil

FAITH IS ASSURANCE

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What is Faith? (VIDEO)

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What Really Is Faith and What Does It Mean?

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There is a lot of confusion about the nature of faith in our culture today. If you ask someone to define “faith” you will likely hear something along the lines of “Believing something without evidence” or “Belief without proof.” There are traditions in both religion and philosophy that accept such a view. However, there are other understandings of the nature of faith in Christ that take evidence to be important. That is, many hold that a credible faith is a rational faith. It is not just that faith and reason are not only consistent. Rather, faith in some sense, depends on reason.

First, there are those who think that faith and reason are unrelated. The name for this school of thought is fideism. This is the view that faith neither depends on reason nor is it based on evidence. Instead, it is a non-rational belief, or perhaps even an irrational one. If faith and reason come into conflict, faith loses.

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What Really Is Faith and What Does It Mean?

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4 Reasons God Tests Our Faith

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