Let’s move a little further into the discussion of things which may keep us from belief. Confusion has already been mentioned. Another reason we sometimes have difficulty with belief is that we sometimes choose to reject proof.
As we continue in Luke 24 we see that the disciples, three times, were offered evidence and each time they dismissed it as “idle tales,” then as “astonishingly unbelievable,” then, ultimately, they experienced personal, face-to-face, frightening evidence which convinced them once and for all. It took pursuation and more than one proof.
John 20:29 says, “Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
Jesus sent proof to His followers of His resurrection. The disciple Thomas said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe” John 24:25.
Here is the crux of the matter. Thomas needed proof. Proof was given. Then Thomas came to believe immediately. I am convinced that if you need proof He will provide proof in a way that is uniquely meaningful to you. Thomas got proof. We can get proof too based upon His willingness for us to know Him. However, when proof is given belief must follow. To,reject the truth is eternally devastating.
John 20:31 provides evidence that God wants us to have proof of His Son, Jesus… “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” Furthermore, He could provide an endless library of proof as seen in John 21:25, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”
One more fact about proof from Jesus teaching comes from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in which two men lived and died. One went to paradise, one to hades. The one in hades asked that a messenger be sent to his family so they could avoid hades. Jesus essentially said, proof has been sent and rejected… additional proof will not help those who are “proof-challenged.” See the details in Luke 16:19-31.
Do not let your own rejection of proof defeat you in your battle for belief.