Some months after his conversion Stuart Hamblen said: "My greatest stumbling block has not been my old cronies out in the world but the skeptical Christians waiting and watching for me to stumble." "Nothing in the world is more beautiful than a new Christian before he has gotten around some old Christians."
That makes us think of what Franz Kafka wrote in reflections on The Great Chinese Wall: "The true way goes over a rope which is not stretched at any great height but just above the ground. It seems more designed to make people stumble than to be walked upon."
And all should be warned into carefulness of life by the words of Jesus in the start of His solemn warning of hell: "And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea" (Mark 9:42).
Kahlil Gibran wrote these words about stumbling: "When one of you falls down, he falls for those behind him—a caution against the stumbling stone. Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who, though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone."