“Trust But Verify” was a phrase made famous by President Ronald Reagan. It gave him the politcal breathing space he needed to make arms deals with the Soviet Union while retaining his hawkish political persona.
There are three big questions skeptics ask of Christians. They have to do with the Christian narrative used to “prove” the existence of a god. The narrative is that prophesies in the Old Testiment were fulfilled in the New.
The first question is, who wrote these prophesies? The ancient writings were found to have passed through many generations of peoples, each of whom edited the previous one. (There were also tens of thousands of years human experience before the written word. Were there no prophets in all those generations?)
The second is, were the prophesies chosen after the prophesied event had already occurred? It is not difficult to conclude this could have happened.
The third question is, can we be certain the Biblical character, Jesus, was the person prophets were referring to? We know the Jewish faith still awaits the real deal.
This is where the “trust but verify” applies. It seems only reasonable spokespersons for the faith verify all three questions have powerful anwers.
Founders of the faith must have known they were on thin ice when they preached and wrote their material. They specifically ruled out Reagan’s, “trust but verify.”
“Have faith” was not acceptable to Reagan. It’s not to skeptics either.