This is a true story of something that happened
just a few years ago
at USC. 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 couldn't
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 anyone here who still believes in Jesus,
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
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
the classroom. The professor shouted, "You FOOL!! If God existed,
he could keep this piece of chalk from breaking when it hit the
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, unbroken.
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 themand
of his power through Jesus.
"Yet to all who received 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
"But HE knows the way that I take. When
HE has tested me, I will
come forth as gold." Job 23:10