Reputedly a true story of something that happened some years ago at USC. It certainly COULD have happened,|
so is a good illustration of truth whether it literally occurred there or not. Snopes calls it a "charming parable."
There was a professor of philosophy there who was a deeply committed atheist.
His primary goal for one required class was to spend the entire semester attempting to
prove that God could not exist. His students were always afraid to argue with him because
of his impeccable logic.
For 20 years he had taught this class and no one had ever had the courage to go
against him. Sure, some had argued in class at times, but no one had ever really
gone "against him" (you'll see what I mean later). No one would go against him
because he had a reputation.
At the end of every semester, on the last day, he would say to his class of 300
students, "If there's anyone here who still believes in Jesus, stand up!" In 20
years, no one had ever stood up. They knew what he was going to do next. He would
say, "because anyone who does believe in God is a fool. If God existed, he could
stop this piece of chalk from dropping to the ground and breaking.
Such a simple task to prove that he is God and yet he can't do it." And every year,
he would drop the chalk onto the tile floor of the class room and it would shatter
into a hundred pieces. All of the students could do nothing but stop and stare. Most
of the students were convinced that God couldn't exist. Certainly, a number of
Christians had slipped through, but for 20 years, they had been too afraid to stand up.
Well, a few years ago, there was a freshman who happened to get enrolled in the
class. He was a Christian and had heard the stories about this professor. He had to
take the class because it was one of the required classes for his major. And he was
afraid but for 3 months that semester he prayed every morning that he would have
the courage to stand up no matter what the professor said or what the class thought.
Nothing they said or did could ever shatter his faith, he hoped.
Finally the day came. The professor said, "If there is anyone here who still believes
in God, stand up." The professor and the class of 300 people looked at him, shocked,
as he stood up at the back of classroom. The professor shouted, "You fool! If God
existed he could keep this piece of chalk from breaking when it hit the ground!" He
proceeded to drop the chalk, but as he did, it slipped out of his fingers, off his
shirt cuff, onto the pleat of his pants, down his leg, and off his shoe. As it hit
the ground, it simply rolled away unbroken. The professor's jaw dropped as he stared
at the chalk. He looked up at the young man then ran out of the lecture hall.
The young man who had stood up proceeded to walk to the front of the room and share
his faith in Jesus for the next half hour. 300 students stayed and listened as he
testified of God's love for them and of His power through Jesus.
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives unto the death." Revelation 12:11
"But He knows the way that I take. When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold."
Please continue to pass this on from one Christian to the next as a message of
encouragement and hope. - - Source Unknown
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