Believing without seeing, isn’t believing blindly!

Someone posted in response to an article about providing answers and evidence to non-believers as they raise their doubts and objections to Christianity by saying, “Blessed is he who believes without seeing.” In reply, I say:

Yes, Jesus did say that, but at the same time he did show his wounds to Thomas, and he did show himself to the other apostles. He appeared numerous times and one time to even 500 people at once according to the early Church creed recorded in 1 Corinthians 15. In other words, Jesus didn’t leave everyone in the 1st century doubting about why the tomb was empty. He made it known, and though he hasn’t shown himself to everyone, the recorded testimonies of the apostles always pointed to their firsthand witness of the resurrection, and the witness and knowledge of their audience. Essentially they were in the business of providing evidence to support the good news of Jesus Christ and his life, death, and resurrection. They weren’t asking people to believe “blindly” and we shouldn’t do that either.

Michelangelo Merisi (or Amerighi) da Caravaggio's painting of Jesus showing and letting Thomas touch his wounds.
Michelangelo Merisi (or Amerighi) da Caravaggio’s painting of Jesus showing and letting Thomas touch his wounds.