Now Thomas, called Didymus, /
which means the twin, / has received a great deal of ridicule
from the Christian world / about
his doubting position. / But you know / you must give
some respect / to people who want
to know. / to people who are not satisfied
with hearsay. / You must give some
respect / to people who want to base their faith
upon as much knowledge / as they
can acquire. / You see, superstition, rumor,
and hearsay / is not a sufficient
foundation for faith. / I know that faith
transcend knowledge, / but you get
all knowledge / you can get before you stop.
For you see, / Thomas was moving
on fact. / And you see / fact can carry you
just so far. / It was a fact /
that Jesus was put to death, / that he was hanged to a tree.
It was a fact / that he
dropped his head and died, / and declared, / "It is
This was a fact. / It was a fact /
that they took him down / and laid him in a tomb.
All of this was fact. / But that
is so far as fact could go. / This is the reason
that Thomas couldn't go any
farther / because he was proceeding
on the basis of fact. / (You
understand what I'm talking about.) / His whole operation
was based upon empiricism, /
investigation / and what one can find out.
But you see, faith / (You
understand what I mean?) / goes on beyond the grave.
(I don't believe you know what I'm
talking about.) / Faith doesn't stop at the grave.
Faith didn't stop / when they
rolled the stone to the tomb. / And faith
didn't stop / when the governor's
seal was placed thereon. / For you see faith
goes beyond what I can see / and
what I know. / I can't prove God.
And you don't have to prove God. /
Somebody said, "If you haven't seen God
or you haven't seen heaven,"
/ and all that kind of thing. / That doesn't mean
anything. / Say, "Who's been
there?" / That doesn't mean anything. / What
you cannot prove, / what you
cannot see / is no argument against its existence.
You can't see electricity / but
God knows it exists. / You can't see energy,
but take all the energy / out of
this room tonight / and all of us would be dead
shortly. / Hnnh? / Many of the
forces of the universe, / you can't prove them,
you can't see them, / you can't
touch them, / but they do exist./ They are realities.
(I don't believe you know what I'm
But Thomas was like many of you /
that are listening at me tonight. / He wanted
to base his faith / totally upon
fact. / Totally upon faith / or rather upon fact.
But you see faith / moves out
beyond / what I can touch, / beyond what
I can investigate. / I don't know
where God is, / but I believe he liveth.
I don't know anything / about how
he raised his Son. / I'm not concerned
about whether / it was bodily or
spiritual. / I believe that Jesus liveth
tonight. / I believe / that he is
a living reality. / He is a transforming influence
in this old world of ours. / Don't
you know all these people / wouldn't have been
following him / by the thousands /
and by the millions / for twenty centuries
if he didn't live? / Don't
you know / all of these people / who go to their graves
with his name on their lips, /
saying, "Death cannot make my soul afraid
if God be with me there, / though
I walk through the darkest shades,
I'll never yield to fear. /
if he didn't live tonight." / (I don't believe you know
what I'm talking about.) / The
great impact that his name / has had upon history
would not have changed / the world
society / if he wasn't a living influence.
I believe he liveth. / So Thomas
wasn't at the meetings.
And you know / when you fail to
meet constantly / with that Christian fellowship
you miss so much. / You miss / so
much in inspiration, / you miss so much
in God-consciousness. / You miss
so much / in soul enrichment
when you fail to fellowship / with
that Christian society. / (I don't believe
you know what I'm talking about.)
/ So Thomas great mistake
was he wasn't there. / And when he
came in / after having given voice
to his doubts, / he eventually
presented himself / at one of the services.
And while they were no doubt /
musing and meditating upon God,
singing his praises, / while they
were no doubt / talking about the fact of his
while they were no doubt / talking
about their faith in the fact / that he was alive,
without a door being opened / he
walked in. / And thank God / he can walk
in here / without a door being
opened. / He can walk into your life
sometime when you / unconsciously
open the door. / The door of your life
might be open / and you don't know
it. / He can walk in / While they were
in their meeting / he walked in, /
without a door being opened.