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Thomas is the disciple famous for his doubts, but his doubts, his skepticism resulted in him becoming the strongest kind of believer. The episode of Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery entitled Doubting Thomas focuses on the life of Thomas after his doubts were laid to rest. Did Thomas found the earliest Christian church in India? This episode tries to determine whether or not he made his way to India. The church was in India before the Middle Ages - was Thomas the messenger who brought the Good News there?
Thomas was present in all four Gospels but after Jesus's ascension, he disappears from the Gospel record. Where did he go? Thomas missed the pivotal moment of Christian faith - he alone of the disciples was not present when Jesus appeared to them following His resurrection. His absence has marked him through history with the title of the doubter. Did he lose faith in everything? Had he abandoned the other disciples with Jesus's death? The word of the others was not enough to convince Thomas that Jesus was in fact resurrected. Thomas needed to see to believe.
Did Thomas follow Jesus's command to go out into the world, making disciples of all nations? After the Gospels, the majority of the Disciples are lost to known history, to the New Testament. Can The Acts of Thomas, written more than a century after the canonical books of the New Testament be based on history? Or is this document a fantastical document with no historical basis? Was it possible for Thomas to go to India in the first century?
This episode takes the viewer on a journey to see if there is any evidence to prove that Thomas made his way to India, bringing with him the Gospel, This program is interesting as experts weigh in and examine the evidence.
I was provided early access to this episode solely for the purpose of reviewing it.
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