Stop doubting and believe! Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed!
These are words of Jesus, inspired by God, for all who want to hear His word. Like the Apostle Thomas, Doubting Thomas, we often find ourselves doubting when we suffer trials and tragedies. However, when things are going smoothly in our lives we find ourselves trusting and believing in God more. Why should we trust less when we experience bad things. Good people suffer trials, Christian people suffer trials, Atheists, Agnostics, every person suffers trials. However, when Christians suffer trials, they do not suffer alone, they suffer knowing that God is with them in their heart, soul and mind and only wants “fullness of life” for His children.
God wants us to believe in Him without asking for signs. Signs are acceptable when looking for comfort, for example, after the death of a loved one, we often look to signs in nature for comfort (rainbows, cardinals, ringing bells, butterflies, flowers). However, when we ask for signs in order to believe this is not acceptable to God. He wants us to believe in Him without seeing. Hebrews 11:1 it states that ” Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Thomas the Apostle believed in Jesus because he had seen his wounds. Let us remember that the Holy Presence of God surrounds us daily even though we do not see Him and remember His words during times of anxiety and fear, “Peace be with you!”
John 20:19-31 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Purpose of John’s Gospel
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
To be a “mature” believer is to be full of wisdom, not earthly wisdom, but God’s Wisdom. Reflect on the verse from the Wisdom of Solomon 9:6 “for even one who is perfect among human beings will be regarded as nothing without the wisdom that comes from you.” The Bible contains the writings taught not by human wisdom but by the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:13). The Bible (Basic Information Before Leaving Earth) is a Judeo/ Christian manual of operation that reveals “the things of the Spirit of God”—things from God that us humans can’t know on our own. The Apostle Paul began chapter 2 by explaining that He did not come with “eloquence” or “human wisdom” because he wanted the faith of his hearers to depend upon the power of God. He explains that worldly wisdom is useless in understanding the gospel, rather what we need is God’s spirit. “For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” Jewish thinkers in this period thought that people could understand God’s plans only by the gift of this wisdom and his Spirit. Christians are indwelt with the gift of the Holy Spirit during Baptism, our bodies become temples for the Holy Spirit. Then the Holy Spirit bestows upon a Christian the gift of wisdom, one of the many gifts a person receives from the Holy Spirit. St. Augustine teaches us that,” Wisdom is the knowledge of Divine things.” Wisdom allows us to “see things from God’s perspective”. In his book, The Three Ages of the Interior Life, R. Garrigou-Lagrange writes, “The gift of wisdom, the principle of a living contemplation that directs action, enables the soul to taste the goodness of God, to see it manifested in all events, even in the most painful, since God permits evil only for a higher good, which we shall see later and which it is sometimes given us to glimpse on earth.” The gift of wisdom enables us to better understand how God will often allow trials and tribulations to enter our lives which in turn if we trust Him can bring about a greater good. (God does not want the trials, but only allows them) We may not comprehend exactly what the greater good is at the time, but we will have the wisdom to trust God. If we continue to grow in holiness every day and deepen our relationship with God we can become mature believers, believers who possess God’s wisdom. Thank you God for the Gift of the Holy Spirit, we bless and praise you in Jesus’ holy name.
1 Corinthians 2 NIV
2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
BRESCIA, ITALY The fresco of angels adorating of Holy Spirit in church Chiesa del Santissimo Corpo di Cristo by Paolo da Caylina il Vecchio (circa 1501)
John’s Gospel Reading is not really about physical blindness, but spiritual blindness. We are spiritually or morally blind and not until Jesus heals our blindness can we see life the way God wants us to see life. We are all in the dark as if blind until we allow our faith in God to heal our transgressions. God wants us to seek Him, seek forgiveness and see the truth. The only way we can see the truth and be true disciples of Jesus Christ is to study God’s Word and allow the Holy Spirit to work within us. When we are healed of our blindness we see the world and people through God’s eyes. We no longer judge others, we no longer think sin in one is greater than another, we love our neighbors, no matter what color, race or religion, we see animals, plants and nature as special gifts bestowed to us to enjoy, we live life in the present, we give glory to God for our blessings and even during our trials, we walk with eyes wide open and no longer in the dark. God bless each one of us!
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi,p who sinned,q this man or his parents,s that he was born blind?”3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.t 4 As long as it is day,u we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”x (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. 8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”z 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” 10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” 12 “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said.
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?”e So they were divided.17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” The man replied, “He is a prophet.”18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders,i who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.k 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,”m they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” 26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses!p 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God,s he could do nothing.” 34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.39 Jesus said “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
As a parent or guardian, you want to protect your child from harm. Prior to making the decision to vaccinate your child, you should know about the following:
- how vaccines work
- how vaccines effect your child’s immune system
- vaccine risks and side-effects
- vaccine ingredients
- vaccine safety
Do Vaccines Prevent Diseases?
The purpose of vaccines is to prepare the immune system to protect the individual from a theoretical future exposure to the pathogen. The problem; however, is that this preparation of the immune system is grossly insufficient/incomplete. Vaccines are tested for “efficacy” in clinical trials by measuring an antibody response in the recipients (an antibody is a protein in the body that responds to and attacks the antigen – in other words, the pathogen). So, if vaccines are able to elicit an antibody response in laboratory, the assumption is that these vaccines are efficacious. The most important leap in logic, and flaw in this reasoning is the presumption that an antibody response equates to immunity, which is incorrect.
Unfortunately, vaccines have not been tested for effectiveness. In other words, there is no observational data actually proving that vaccines can protect you or your child from getting infected with, and spreading, the pathogens against which you are vaccinated. There is proof that vaccines can produce antibodies in your body. However, the current consensus in immunology is that immunity is a highly complex, multifaceted, individual response that requires much, much more than a mere antibody response. Evidence of this can be seen in various infectious disease outbreaks in vaccinated people, globally.
Vaccination does not mean you will be protected from the illnesses against which you are vaccinated. In fact, you will be more likely to succumb to other illnesses.
Vaccines and Your Child’s Immune System
Vaccines affect the immune system by revving it up, like pressing the gas pedal in your car. When your body naturally encounters a pathogen/germ, its engine revs up. But after you have naturally recovered from that illness, your body calms down (returns to normal/homeostasis). One of the main problems with vaccines is that they rev your immune system up perpetually, akin to flooring the gas pedal in your vehicle (and not letting up). This is dangerous. A hyper-active immune system has been shown to cause damage to many organs and organ systems internally, including brain damage. Your body does not easily calm down following vaccines, especially after numerous vaccines.
Vaccine Side Effects/Risks
Like any pharmaceutical drug, vaccines can cause side effects. But unlike all other pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines do not receive gold standard testing. As a result, side effects are much more numerous and severe than any other pharmaceutical product. Side effects can include but are not limited to the following: swelling at injection site, rash, fatigue, syncope/fainting, headache, nausea, chills, sudden infant death syndrome, fever, seizures, autism, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, brain swelling, shock, anaphylaxis, cardiac arrest, ataxia, drowsiness, insomnia, narcolepsy, myalgia, arthralgia, urticarial, edema, upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, paralysis, allergies, asthma, eczema, autoimmune disease, infertility, and death. Vaccines have also never been tested for potential to produce cancer, and there is evidence supporting the hypothesis that vaccines do initiate cancer.
|Type of Ingredient
||Example of Damaging Effect
||Thimerosal (only in multi-dose vials of flu vaccine)
||Brain damage, paralysis, disruption of proper immune functioning
||Brain damage, paralysis, disruption of proper immune functioning
|Residual cell culture materials
|Residual inactivating ingredients
||Inflammation near injection site
||Destruction of good bacteria in the gut
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a passive surveillance system to receive vaccine injury reports. However, it’s voluntary, and most doctors do not know how to recognize adverse reactions, so the data in it is underreported by a factor of at least 100. If you experience a reaction after a vaccine, you or your doctor can submit a report. The US government has awarded about $4 billion to vaccine victims over the past 30 years.
PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR PETS
Tom Stavola, Jr. recently contributed this article on VacTruth (www.vactruth.com) about the extermination of a civil rights bill by two senators: “The civil rights bill these Democratic Senators exterminated was simple: it would have guaranteed individuals and families the right to self-quarantine in their homes in the event of a pandemic, without fear of being criminalized for simply existing in their natural state (i.e., free of antibiotics or experimental vaccines).” Read more here: https://vactruth.com/2018/04/24/racist-california-democratic-senators/