Then I remembered reading an article how the court system does not trust eyewitnesses. People see what they want to see, in some sense In the words of the Innocence Project:
Eyewitness misidentification is the single greatest cause of wrongful convictions nationwide, playing a role in 72% of convictions overturned through DNA testing. While eyewitness testimony can be persuasive evidence before a judge or jury, 30 years of strong social science research has proven that eyewitness identification is often unreliable. Research shows that the human mind is not like a tape recorder; we neither record events exactly as we see them, nor recall them like a tape that has been rewound. Instead, witness memory is like any other evidence at a crime scene; it must be preserved carefully and retrieved methodically, or it can be contaminated.
Or as was reported from the grand jury of Officer Wilson, many people filled in the blanks from the media, or they changed their story to match another story. Maybe their own bias revealed itself in their story.
But none of this explains why Thomas did not accept the testimony of his 10 friends. How could he continue to believe Jesus was dead when they all saw him alive? A week later, he also saw and believed. Something was blocking his mind from believing the truth. Of course, believing a dead man came to life is something pretty radical to believe. But, there were ten witnesses.
How many times do we refuse to believe something that seems so incredible despite the witnesses. Maybe, we don't trust eyewitnesses either. Maybe we just want to believe what we want to believe.