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Don't Drop The Egg


"The Easter story is nothing but a myth," Jimmy's high school science
teacher announced to his class a few days before Easter break. "Jesus
not only didn't rise from the grave," he continued, "but there's no God
in heaven who would allow his son to be crucified in the first place."

"Sir, I believe in God," Jimmy protested. "And I believe in the

"Jimmy, you can believe what you wish to, of course," the teacher
replied. "However, the real world excludes the possibility of
miraculous events such as the resurrection. The resurrection is a
scientific impossibility. No one who believes in miracles can also
respect science."

"God isn't limited by science," Jimmy responded. "He created science!"

Engaged! by Jimmy's outspoken faith, the teacher proposed a scientific
experiment. Reaching into his refrigerator, he produced a raw egg and
held it up. "I'm going to drop this egg on the floor," he stated.
"Gravity will pull it toward the floor with such force that the egg will
most certainly break." Fixing Jimmy with a look of challenge, he
concluded his proposal. "Now Jimmy, I want you to pray a prayer right
now and ask your God to keep this egg from breaking when it hits the
floor. If he can do that, then you'll have proven your point, and I'll
have to admit that there's a God."

After pondering the challenge for a moment, Jimmy slowly stood to pray.
"Dear Heavenly Father," he began. "I pray that when my teacher drops the
egg...it will break into a hundred pieces! And also, Lord, I pray that
when the egg does break, my teacher will have a heart attack and die!

After a unison gasp, the stunned class sat in silent expectation. For a
moment the teacher did nothing. At last he looked at Jimmy and then at
the egg. Without a word he carefully put the egg back in the
refrigerator. "Class dismissed," the teacher said and sat down to clear
his desk.

The teacher apparently believed in God more than he thought he did.
Many people, like that teacher, deny that God exists, yet they run from
him, question him, and attack him whenever they get the chance. Jimmy
knew God wouldn't strike his teacher dead, but he also knew that his
teacher wouldn't bet his life on it.

As the old saying goes, "There are no atheists in foxholes." When your
life is on the line, the idea of God suddenly makes a lot more sense.


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