It is interesting that in the gospel narratives when the women who first learn of Jesus resurrection rush to tell the apostles, they are met with disbelief. The two men on the road to Emmaus tell their story and are also met with disbelief. Finally, the apostles experience Jesus themselves and he” upraided them for their disbelief and hardness of heart.” It is difficult for us to get beyond our stereotypes and prejudices and believe that those we think of as inferiors might have the truth. We do not believe what to us seems impossible. Because we have preconceived notions, we miss the wisdom of others and the insights from the intuitive and sensitive parts of ourselves.
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.
I will try to live a balanced life rooted in reality without ignoring the intuitive and imaginative parts of myself.
Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.
Mark 16: 9 – 15
Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.
W. Clement Stone
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
Philip K. Dick
Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.