*** This is a true story of something that happened just a few years ago at USC. ***
There was a professor of philosophy at USC who was a deeply committed
Atheist. His primary goal for one required class was to spend the entire
semester attempting to prove that God couldn't exist. His students were
always afraid to argue with him because of his impeccable logic. For
twenty years, he had taught this class and no one had ever had the
courage to stand up to him. Sure, some had argued in class at times, but
no one had ever really stood up to him. Nobody 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 twenty 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 hitting 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
classroom 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 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
the 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 told of
God's love for them and of his power through Jesus. This is an awesome display of a little thing called faith!!!!!!
"Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name,
He gave the right to become children of God. Children born not of natural
descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God."
"But He knows the way that I take. When He has tested me, I
will come forth as gold."