How two skeptics were converted

 

 

Some time ago, two of the world's most prominent skeptics were West and Littleton, and they were two of the most brilliant intellects of their own or any age. They made fun of Christianity whenever they met. By and by they said: "There are two things we must explode and then we will have the Christian religion all tumbled into the ditch and nothing will be left." These were the two things: They said they would have to explain away the doctrine that Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day as the Scriptures teach, and they would have to explain that wonderful man, the Apostle Paul whose influence was so powerful in the world eighteen centuries even after he died. West said: I will explode the resurrection of Christ and blow it up," and Littleton said, "I will explain Paul."

They went their ways, and after weeks and weeks, by appointment they came together again, and Littleton said: "West, what have you to say?" West replied: "Oh, Littleton, I have something wonderful to tell you. When I came to explode the doctrine that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead on the third day, I had to be candid; I had to be sincere; I had to be honest; I had to search for my evidence. You may laugh at me Littleton, if you will, but when I looked into it honestly my mind and my deepest soul were convinced that Jesus did rise from the dead, and I prayed to Him and He saved me, and I am His friend."

Then Littleton answered: "Thank God, West! I have some thing just as wonderful to tell you. When I came to explain that man Paul and get rid of him, I too had to be thorough and candid; I had to search; I had to be true. You will rejoice with me, West, when I tell you that after I had searched and studied about Paul, by and by I found myself down on my knees just as Paul got down on his knees on that Damascus road, and my cry was his: 'Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?' And I am a Christian also West."

These two outstanding skeptics became two of the world's most noted Christians, and have written two of the noblest apologies of the Christian religion that have ever been penned.

George W. Truett

 

From: 2700-PLUS SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS By Duane V. Maxey

 

 

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