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 could
not exist. His students were always afraid to argue with him because of his impeccable
For twenty years, he taught this class and no one ever had the courage to go against his
views. 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 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 twenty years, they had been to 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 a required 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 or did, could ever shatter his faith, or so 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 in the back of the classroom.
The professor shouted, " You fool!!!! If God existed, he can keep this piece of chalk from
breaking when it hits 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 of his shoe. As it hit the ground, it simply rolled away, not broken.
The professors 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 Gods love for them and of his power through Jesus.
Contributed by Maureen F. Kaucher