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An Interesting thought

Discussion in 'Youth Forum' started by MissAbbyIFBaptist, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. MissAbbyIFBaptist

    MissAbbyIFBaptist <img src=/3374.jpg>

    May 3, 2002
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    I received this in an email today. Just thought I'd pass it on here. It probably belongs in the inspiration section, but I wanted the youth to see it especialy. so here it is:

    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 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 because of his 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 believes 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 would do nothing but stop and stare.
    Most of the students thought 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 enroll.
    He was a Christian, and had heard the stories about his professor.
    He was required to take the class for his major, and he was afraid. But for three 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 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 would 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, and then ran out of the lecture hall.
    The young man who had stood, proceeded to walk to the front of the room and shared 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.
    ~Abby [​IMG]
  2. preecherboymatt

    preecherboymatt New Member

    Jul 6, 2003
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    oh well, guess even proffesors can be taught a lesson by, well themselves. but perhaps he will think twice before he is wrong [​IMG]
  3. Sularis

    Sularis New Member

    Sep 4, 2000
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    Try to hunt this story down - and you cant

    Despite the fact its a nice story
    I think its one of them hoaxes
  4. LandonL

    LandonL New Member

    Feb 3, 2003
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  5. T.U.L.I.P.

    T.U.L.I.P. New Member

    Jul 11, 2003
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    Maybe it happened, maybe it didn't but I think the point to be made is the God is much more powerful than we give him credit for. Oh sure, we SAY he's omnipotent and that he answers prayer, but I believe that our faithlessness deprives us of seeing many great acts of God. We must pray and ask God to increase our faith...Hebrews 11 is a good place to read about the kind of faith that we need-and are so often lacking.
  6. InTheNameOfLove

    InTheNameOfLove New Member

    Jul 13, 2003
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    It doesn't matter that much to me if this story is true or not, I just love the message. (Just to get something off of my chest:AAAARRRRGGGHHH!!!!! JUST BECAUSE YOU PRAY ABOUT SOMETHING YOU WANT OT HAPPEN DOESN'T MEAN IT WILL! GOD DOESN'T TAKE ORDERS, HE GIVES THEM!!!!!!!) Sorry, that was directed toward the professor, even if he's fictional, 'cause there are many out there like him.