Taking a New Testament and opening it at Luke 1:32*, the Jew asked: "Do you believe that what is here written shall be literally accomplished, 'The Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever'?" "I do not," answered the clergyman, "but rather take it to be figurative language, descriptive of Christ's spiritual reign over the Church."
"Then", replied the Jew, "neither do I believe literally the words preceding which say that this Son of David should be born of a virgin; but take them to be merely a figurative manner of describing the remarkable character for purity of him who is the subject of the prophecy."
"But why", continued the Jew, "do you refuse to believe literally verses 32 and 33, while you believe implicitly the far more incredible statement of verse 31?" "I believe it", replied the clergyman, "because it is a fact."
"Ah!" exclaimed the Jew, with an incredible air of scorn and triumph, "you believe scripture because it is a fact; I believe it because it is the Word of God."
*Luke 1:31-33: And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.