Did Jesus really exist? Thread 164174
Originally posted by FreakyKBH
"Not a bad argument, but it's not going to get you very far when it comes to the spiritual life, as you appear to be interested in.
Case in point: Thomas.
He just couldn't wrap his physically-reliant mind around the claims he was hearing related to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Wanted concrete, put-it-in-my-face proof.
The Lord Jesus Christ didn't have too much of a problem with that, didn't reject him on account of his doubt.
Thomas was told to put his fingers into the wound... just to be safe it wasn't a ruse.
His faculties satisfied, Thomas acquiesed to his sovereign Lord.
He was received by Him, and then became an object lesson for the ages: blessed are those who believe without seeing.
That's kind of ironic, if you think about it.
The greatest mind that has ever been is not looking for people to accept Him on the account of the abilities of their minds.
He's using a completely different (if somewhat related) mechanism.
More perplexing: any idiot of baseline consciousness can accept what is physically and undeniably before them... thus rendering the rationale at least a little bit less important in the scale of things.
Faith is salvation's filter.
An all-powerful God could surely keep any number of artifacts or trophies sitting around on the off-chance that someone requests to see Noah's Ark or some such treasure.
Is that faith?
I know it sounds awfully corny, but faith is one of the three most important aspects of being known.
There's faith, hope and love.
Faith isn't quite there.
Hope is nearly so.
The goal is love.
You just can't get to the source of it except through faith."