Everyday sayings of Jesus

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Doubting Thomas



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A doubting Thomas is someone who won’t take what you say on trust. He or she has to see it for themselves before they believe what you’re saying. But why a doubting Thomas? Why not a doubting Ian, or a doubting Beyoncé?

Thomas was the name of one of Jesus’ 12 disciples. According to the story, when Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to all his disciples… except for Thomas, who was out at the time. When Thomas came back, the disciples told him in great excitement that they had seen Jesus, but Thomas (unsurprisingly) wasn’t convinced. He wanted to see for himself, and so he has gone down in history as the epitome of doubt…

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!” 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.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
John 20:26-28 (click here for the full story)

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The salt of the earth… on the straight and narrow… a baptism of fire… many everyday sayings started with Jesus. Here are 30 of them. We’ve gathered the best known modern sayings and included some notes on what they mean and where you can find them in the accounts of Jesus’ life.

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arrow A baptism of fire

arrow The blind leading the blind

arrow Casting your pearls before swine

arrow Coming back from the dead

arrow Counting the cost

arrow A crown of thorns

arrow A den of thieves

arrow Do to others as you would have them do to you

arrow Doubting Thomas

arrow Falling on stony ground

arrow Going the extra mile

arrow A good samaritan

arrow Having a cross to bear

arrow Hiding your light under a bushel

arrow Jesus wept!

arrow Killing the fatted calf

arrow The kiss of Judas

arrow Left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing

arrow Man cannot live by bread alone

arrow A millstone around your neck

arrow Moving mountains

arrow On the straight and narrow

arrow The prodigal returns

arrow The salt of the earth

arrow Separating the sheep from the goats

arrow Sweating blood

arrow Thirty pieces of silver

arrow Turning the other cheek

arrow Until kingdom come

arrow A wolf in sheep's clothing

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