In a California junior college, a Christian young man was preparing himself for a noble career. His professor and fellow students were infidels, a very common thing now in almost any college, in these last days of the apostasy, as so plainly foretold in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Alone, with the whole school as his adversary, and only the Lord Jesus to defend him, he was held up to ridicule and contempt. He was rated as a 'fool,' a term which in Psalm 14:1, God applied to his persecutors themselves.
Finally, his professor, who had no use for the God of the Bible, declared: "The only way to settle this matter is for the Christian student to write an article in defense of the Bible and I will choose another from the class to present the other side." Of course he selected one whom he considered the most capable of refuting any arguments his opponent would advance, and who himself hated the Bible.
The date of the contest was set. The infidel strenuously prepared himself, while the Christian looked to God for wisdom as commanded in James 1:5. The day of the contest finally arrived. The classroom was filled to capacity with an expectant crowd. With calm fortitude, born of humble dependence upon the God of the Bible for help, the Christian student quoted largely from the Bible itself. The ostentatious professor then proudly called on his champion. Intense silence gripped the audience as the supposed-to-be advocate of infidelity walked briskly to the front. With unusual calmness he said in substance:
"Honored Professor and Fellow Classmates, I thought it unnecessary to prepare a paper on the issue at hand, and will therefore give you orally, the result of my investigation. First, Iet me assure you, I have spent many hours searching through the Bible in a most exhaustive manner, for evidence of its untruthfulness. I sought diligently for possible contradictions, but found none. That you may know how thorough was my search, I read the New Testament through three times and the Gospel of John sixteen times. The more I read and studied the Book the more I became convinced that it was not of human origin. So sublime and so searching were the statements of the Bible that a feeling of condemnation crept over me. I seemed to be reading a Book written directly to me and for me. I became convicted, saw my sin and folly, and I am now a firm believer in the Bible as the Word of God. Not only do I believe the Bible to be the Word of God but I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour."
Who can imagine the sensation this supremely fair investigation and frank confession caused? Can it be wondered at that the professor's face changed color? The audience was thunderstruck and dumb. After a painful silence the infidel instructor sheepishly dismissed the gathering.
This is only another victory for the Bible whenever and wherever it is given a fair test.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me,
hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation;
but is passed from death unto life."
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:
and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;
but the wrath of God abideth on him."