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This is a true story of something that happened just a few years ago
at USC . . .
There was a professor of philosophy 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 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). 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
is 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
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 freshman stood 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 pleats of his pants, down his
leg, and off his shoe. As it hit the ground, it simply rolled away,
The professor's jaw dropped as he stared at the chalk. He looked up
at the young man and 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