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
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."