by Bill Bright
One day I received a telephone call from a friend. He was working for his doctorate in one of the most prestigious theological seminaries in America. He asked if I would go with him to call on the head of the seminary, who was also his professor. He explained to me that his professor was a good man, a wonderful person and a brilliant scholar, but that he denied the deity of Christ.
This professor was one of the great church historians of this century. He was a famous theologian who had helped to train many thousands of young men to become pastors and other Christian leaders.
When we arrived and I was introduced, his immediate response was: "Mr. Bright, when you talk to college students about becoming a Christian, what do you tell them?" I was skeptical of his sincerity and weighed my words carefully.
He then asked a second question, "Better still, what would you tell me? I would like to become a Christian."
He added that his father was a great scholar who had greatly influenced his own views. The father did not believe in the deity of Christ. He believed Jesus was a good man who had a profound influence upon the world, but was not God.
The professor continued, "About five years ago I began to reevaluate my
personal beliefs and I began to study in earnest the writings of the church fathers and the original manuscripts concerning Jesus. The more I studied, the more convinced I became that Jesus is the Son of God." And when he asked, "Will you help me" (and I shall never forget this phrase) "know Him as my personal Savior?" I was deeply moved.
He also made a profound statement: "As a result of my research," he said, "I am now convinced that no honest person who is willing to consider the overwhelming evidence proving the deity of Christ can deny that He is the Son of God." Then he said, "Now, will you pray for me? I want to know Jesus as my personal Savior!"
I prayed for him, my friend prayed, and he prayed. And that day a great scholar met the living Christ, in the spirit of a little child.
Copyright (c) 2002, Bill Bright. All rights reserved.
Dr. Bill Bright is founder and chairman of Campus Crusade for Christ International
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