True Believer

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
may 18, 2002

This one is a true story of an incident that happened just a few years ago at USC (University of Southern California).

There was a professor of philosophy there (at the college) who was a deeply committed atheist.  His primary goal was 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 ” 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 twenty 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 this 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 the 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 an hour.

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  1. TheMitchNiche said:

    Awesome story!


  2. The power in one believer in God is without me assure. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead resides in each one. Awesome when one stands with God!


  3. Debbie said:

    My daughter went to USC. .. I’m so blessed by this story! Thank you and God bless you!


  4. Love it, love it, love it. Can’t reblog because of self-hosted site, but copied it and sending pingback to you so you know you got the credit!! Thanks so much, awesome story!


    • I just wanted to let you know that since I am following you, I put a link to your site in my left-side navigation menu entitled: Some Blogs I Follow
      Love your writing and inspiration and maybe (even though I’m new to blogging) can get some more coming your way! God Bless!


      • Hey Pastor Roland, Thanks for putting the link for Morning Story and Dilbert on your Blog site!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  5. I’ve heard that story before but it’s an inspirational thought to my morning and a great reminder of the power of the Lord. Many blessings on your day!



  6. Wow! My jaw just dropped and I am speechless. Gotta share this one! Thanks Kenny for sharing with us!


  7. I heard this story years ago, except the professor was holding a glass test tube. The student asked permission to pray, to which the professor mockingly agreed. In front of the class, he prayed that the test tube would not break. When the professor let go after the prayer, his perspiring hands caused the test tube to land on his shoe and roll off unbroken. Whether it is true, or an urban legend, it’s still a great story.


  8. Excellent! Nothing needs to be said, because God said it all when he kept the chalk from breaking.


  9. This is a testament to the Creator indeed! These liberal professors who force their own agenda
    infringe on the rights of others constantly. Yet they feel that they are entitled to their first amendment
    rights and if others are not mutual to their beliefs they are idiots in their eyes. Additionally who is this professor to test God, just as Jesus told Satan in Matthew 4: 5-7:
    5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

    “‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

    7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.

    However, evidently God desired to teach this arrogant man a lesson.


    • I have found from many years of doing a website and for several years a forum, that even if a story turns out to NOT be true, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the analogy of it is still true! Sometimes you need to look past the literal for it is not always the literal that is important but the thought BEHIND the story. Even Jesus taught in parables. That doesn’t mean they weren’t true, and it doesn’t mean they were true, but the principle of the story is what He was trying to teach! This is what sadly tripped up the Pharisees time and again. They viewed the Law as something real and tangible when the Law was given to show we CAN’T attain it, literally, but with God, All things are possible!
      God bless all who are able to see the “heart” of a matter!


      • Thank you for this comment. You have blessed my heart! And you have just defined what I call Dilbert material! Take care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  10. eurekascarlet said:

    I am not a Christian for one thing. I am Muslim woman living in the southern part of Asia. I liked your story on this one, it made us realize that God works in so many different ways. Thank you for sharing this one!


  11. mtetar said:

    God is in control, real, alive, and good. Thanks for sharing HIS Mighty Power. Be Blessed, Mtetar


  12. Reblogged this on Who Gives A Hoot? and commented:
    Yesterday marked a year since I clicked “publish” on my first post, so today starts the second year. But, who gives a hoot, right? I couldn’t let the day pass without sharing something with you. I like this post by Morning Story and Dilbert. So sad no one stood sooner, but what a testimony! I hope you enjoy it. Happy Tuesday, y’all. 🙂


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