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Believing Thomas

©2002 By Thomas H. Peterson All Rights Reserved We Americans (even the poorest of us) are extremely wealthy by Biblical standards. So even though I am not wealthy by American standards, I always shudder when I read the scriptural passage about how difficult it will be for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. One of the early Christians who has always given me some comfort is Joseph of Arimathæa. Some have been of the opinion that he, like Nicodemus, showed no great courage in continuing as a member of the Jewish elite while keeping his belief in the teachings of Jesus secret. I believe, however, that it took great bravery in the context of Christ’s death, with all his other fol