“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20: 29)
Thomas needed to see materially in order to believe the truth of Jesus’s divine sonship and of life spiritual and immortal. He was not a bad apostle because of his doubting and questioning, but Jesus did admonish him in a way for believing that only the senses could report to him reality.
Jesus understood that believing spiritual sense rather than and even in spite of the material senses and their presentations, was a blessing. He saw those apostles and other followers who could simply honor the Truth because it spoke in their hearts and then stay with that in praise and gratitude, were gaining the greater good for it. Their spiritual perception, their soul-senses giving them the assurance and inspiration, was a blessing without measure or condition, and it set them free.
Let us show the doubting Thomas in ourselves and in others some mercy as they continue to ask for active evidence of heaven in body and in life. This doubt itself can lead to answers to that essential and eventual clarity. But let us also seek to quell that need to have material proofs of what matter has no capacity to prove—Truth, Life, and Love. We have not seen Jesus in the flesh, and yet we know he gave us the supreme demonstration of life everlasting. So, simply believe, and be blessed.
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