Welcome to my Atheist Parables series. In the tradition of Plato, Jesus, and Aesop, I will use stories and allegory to examine issues of faith, reality and reason.
This is a parable based on the story of Thomas, from John 20. Thomas didn’t see Jesus the first time he appeared to the disciples, so he didn’t believe at first that Jesus came back from the dead. But Jesus was kind and helped him believe. What if Jesus had acted like this instead?
Jesus appeared to the disciples behind locked doors on Monday. He told them to receive the holy spirit and that he was sending them into the world. But Thomas, 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 in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus again came and stood among them.
Peter and Thomas were alone in one room of the house, when Jesus came in. Peter was overjoyed to see his friend, the Messiah, and he cried, “My Lord!”
“Peace be with you,” said Jesus. “The holy spirit is upon you.”
“Who are you talking to?” said Thomas. “There’s nobody there!”
“What?” said Peter. “Are you crazy? It’s Jesus! He’s right here!” Continue reading