A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious influence in his life came from his outspoken Christian friend. The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend’s sermons, …but he heard them often.
One night the diver went to the indoor pool at the college he attended. The lights were all off, but as the pool had big skylights and the moon was bright, there was plenty of light to practice by. The young man climbed up to the highest diving board and as he turned his back to the pool on the edge of the board and extended his arms out, he saw his shadow on the wall. The shadow of his body in the shape of a cross. Instead of diving, he knelt down and asked God to come into his life. As the young man stood, a maintenance man walked in and turned the lights on. The pool had been drained for repairs.
This was his commentary on the story:
“We who are saved were all on the edge of that board with hell below and the devil keeping us in the dark.”
The story didn’t include the person’s name nor the name of the college he was attending. So I went on a little search to verify the veracity of it because it seemed to be portrayed as a true story. Snopes.com says it is unclassified. I searched farther and found the story on a Christian website along with a picture of Greg Louganis. That might lead one to believe the story is about him – a bit deceptive. These are some of the comments that accompanied the story:
“Wow, impressive, you made up a story. I thought christians weren’t supposed to lie. The swimmer should do less praying and more getting the janitor guy fired for not putting up a warning sign, or locking the doors, or something.” Atheist Agent
“What are atheists so afraid of? If they really understood the evolution theory holds absolutely no water, zilch, they would have to believe in a higher power, and they would have feel the conviction of their sins. Ouch! Even if THIS story was made up, I’ve heard others that are true and just as compelling.” Ron
“It doesn’t matter if this is true, for I’ve seen things like this first hand that are true! Is it so hard to believe in a higher power than mans? I don’t believe the earth came about because of the big bang theory!” Butch
So all in all I think I come up with a big zero on the verifiable truthfulness of this story. What puzzles me, though, is that the two Christians who responded to the atheist’s comment seemed to have no problem with passing around an unverifiable story as truth. They have seen or heard of enough similar stories that ARE true to decide that it is inconsequential whether this particular one is or not. My question is this: Why, oh, why, then are Christians passing around a make-believe story when there are apparently so many verifiably true ones that could be told? Tell a true one – that would be a whole lot better and make a much better case for Christianity than the false one. Do the ends justify the means? Is it alright to tell falsehoods to further the cause?
Beyond that it was puzzling to me that when called out on the truthfulness, the Christians chose to deflect. What in the world does evolution or the big bang theory have to do with truthfulness of the story being told? Can somebody help me out here?