following is a modification of the famous editorial, “Yes, Virginia,
there is a Santa Claus” by Francis P. Church, first published in The
New York Sun in 1897.
here to see the original newspaper clipping:
Liberty Advocate: I am 8
of my little friends say there is no Jesus Christ.
says, "Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God."
tell me the truth; is there a Jesus Christ?
New Generation Way
My dear Virginia,
Your little friends are wrong.
They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.
They do not believe except they see.
They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their
little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s,
are little. In this great
universe of ours man, is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as
compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the
intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Jesus Christ.
He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist,
and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and
joy. Alas! how dark and
dreary would be the world if there were no Jesus Christ. For Jesus
Christ is The Light of the World. There
would be no childlike faith then, no hope, no joy, no peace, no love to
make tolerable this existence. We
should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight.
The Light of the World that fills us with hope, peace, love, and
joy would be extinguished.
Not believe in Jesus Christ! You
might as well not believe in God! You
might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the churches to catch Jesus Christ,
but even if they did not see Jesus Christ appear at the altar, what would
that prove? Nobody today sees
Jesus Christ, but that is no sign that there is no Jesus Christ.
The most real things in the world are those that neither children
nor men can see. Did you see
God create the world? Of
course not, but that’s no proof that He is not our Creator.
Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and
unseeable in the world.
And, Virginia, the disciples Matthew, Mark, and John followed
Jesus when He walked among us. And
what they heard Jesus say, and the miracles they saw Jesus perform are
written down in the Gospels of the New Testament.
And today Jesus lives in the hearts of men and women and children
who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who came to die for
our sins. Virginia, if you
continue to read and believe the Bible you will know the truth: Jesus
is the Christ.
No Jesus Christ! Thank God! He lives, and He lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten
thousand years from now, He will continue to make glad the hearts of men
and women and children around the world.
bless you and your little friends,