By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 4/9/2015
Easter announced the good news of the resurrection. This week NBC debuted a
miniseries: A.D. The Bible Continues. It could be interesting. But, I always have my doubts about biblical movies. On the one hand, I find them fascinating. Every interpretation of the text must make definitive choices on how to tell the story in order to have a single point of view. On the other hand, not even the Bible presents a single point of view on the life of Jesus. Instead of one, we have four. There is something about the publicity of it all that makes me intrigued and queasy at the same time.
Jhannes Haukur Jhannesson plays Thomas. Thomas is an intriguing disciple. He is known for doubting, but really it is his devotion to Jesus that marks his character.
“But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’” We call him, “Doubting Thomas.” Doubt is not a bad thing. We need a healthy sense of doubt, lest we fall for every email scam about a Nigerian prince and every easy version of the Christian life in those memes that people “share” on social media. Doubt can actually move us along in our walk of faith.
I am always reminded of G.K. Chesteron’s advice about the doubter:
In dealing with the [doubter,] it is not the right method to tell him to stop doubting. It is rather the right method to tell him to go on doubting , to doubt a little more, to doubt every day newer and wilder things in the universe, until at last, by some strange enlightenment, he may begin to doubt himself. ~ G. K. Chesterton
May our doubts lead us to turn our eyes away from ourselves and
turn our eyes upon Jesus.
Look with me.