Published in the weekly bulletin at the church of Christ at Elkins on 8/10/2014
I read about a college professor who was an avowed atheist. One day in class he shocked several of his students when he flatly stated that there is no God, saying, "One nation under God, was unconstitutional, and further, he was going to prove there is no God." Addressing the ceiling he shouted, "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you 15 minutes!"
The lecture room fell silent. You could have heard a pin fall. Ten minutes went by. Again he taunted God saying, "Here I am, God, I'm still waiting." His countdown got down to the last couple of minutes when a Marine just released from active duty and newly registered in the class walked up to the professor, hit him full force in the face, and sent him back over teacups from his lofty platform. The professor was out cold! At first the students were shocked and babbled in confusion.
The young Marine took a seat in the front row and sat silent. The class fell silent . . . waiting. Eventually the professor came to, shaken. He looked at the young Marine in the front row. When he regained his senses and could speak, he yelled, "What's the matter with you? Why did you do that?" The young Marine replied, "God was busy. He sent me."
I also read about an unbeliever who got up on one of the heights of the Catskill Mountains, and in the presence of some atheistic companions, defied the God of Heaven to show Himself in battle. He swung his sword to and fro and challenged the Almighty to meet him in a single combat. The Almighty paid no attention to him, of course, but He just commissioned a little gnat, so small that it could scarcely been seen by a microscope, to lodge in his windpipe and choke him to death.
In the 17th chapter of Acts, in Paul's sermon in Athens, he was endeavoring to do just what is suggested in the examples above -- to show that God is real! ----- Earl Sutton