Edmund Halley was an English geophysicist, mathematician, and meteorologist who is best known for computing the orbit of Halley’s comet. On one occasion, he was strongly denouncing Christianity. Upon hearing Halley’s remarks, Sir Isaac Newton said, “Halley, when you speak of astronomy and mathematics I will listen to you, but not when you talk of Christianity. You have never tried it. But I have tried it and know it to be true.”
There are scores of strident voices in our world today denouncing the Christian faith. Many are academics, successful business types, celebrities, and etc. Because they have had a measure of success in their various endeavors, they believe they can speak with authority on things they know nothing about. I have much the same response as Newton did so long ago. I may listen when they talk of things they have studied and for which they have earned respect in the larger community. But I have no interest in listening to people speak on things they know nothing about. When it comes to faith in Christ, I have tried it, tested, and proved it over and over.
When people make grand pronouncements about things of which they know little or nothing, Shakespeare’s line in Hamlet seems to me to apply, “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and furry signifying nothing”. Speaking to the sages of His day, Jesus said, “You see these signs in the sky and know what they mean. In the same way you see the things I am doing now, but you don’t know their meaning” (Matthew 16:3, NCV).
Words in Psalm 34:8 (NCV) call for careful examination before jumping to any conclusion: “Examine and see how good the Lord is.”
The wonderful old hymn “‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus” expresses my position beautifully:
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His word;
Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know ”Thus saith the Lord”.
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him, How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more.
My advice to everyone, those who know Him and those who don’t, is simply this: “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him” (Psalm 34:8, KJV).
~ Brother Roy