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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-19-2004, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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This may give some of you chills

I'm sure some of you have seen thie before, but I saw it again for the first time in a while and figured I'd share.

Phil. 4:13 states: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Here's the story: 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, was in the shape of a cross. The man felt a strange feeling, like someone was speaking to him. Instead of diving, he knelt down and finally 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.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-19-2004, 12:55 AM
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Where did you read that? An E-mail?
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Yeah it's a real nice story but I'd be interested to find out if it were true.

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Yeah it's a real nice story but I'd be interested to find out if it were true.
yea it would

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http://churches.wcg.org/inland-nw/powerof.htm

Found this on the net... still doesn't say too much about the validity of it.
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have to wonder about a university that would grant one of their top athletes -- a guy who's in training for the Olympics -- special pool privileges, then close their pool for repairs and drain it, without even notifying him about their plans.

Well, bureaucratic snafus do happen. Still, you have to wonder about a diver who walks around a pool, climbs up a ladder to a diving platform, and stands overlooking the pool in a building "under a ceiling of glass panes" on a night when "the moon was big and bright" yet didn't once notice the absence of light reflecting from where the water should have been. And you really have to wonder about an experienced diver who plunges into a darkened pool from a high-dive platform without having first checked the water to ensure that there are no objects (such as people) in his landing area.

Well, maybe Charles had a lot on his mind that night, being overburdened with his sins and all. Still, you have to wonder what would have happened to him if he'd been thinking about Judaism or Islam instead of Christianity. Did he have a diving stance in his repertoire that would have produced, say, a shadowy star of David shape on the wall?

Ah, but the Lord moves in mysterious ways. If the circumstances were different, surely He'd have tested Charles in some other way, or found an alternate means of providing a sign of His presence.

One important mystery remains unsolved, however. The Cincinnati Post reported that after receiving many e-mail inquiries about this story, the University of Cincinnati checked to see if they could verify the details. Although the university's swimming pool is housed in Laurence Hall, "a room whose west wall is made entirely of glass panes," a university spokesman said that only two Charles Murrays attended the school in the mid-1960s: one left before 1967, the other wasn't enrolled in 1967, and neither of them was a diver.

A reader has reported hearing around 1950 the same tale told about a then-unspecified school while he was a student at a Scripture lesson school in England. "We were supposed to draw the moral that the sign of the cross would save us, but I thought it was a daft conclusion even then."
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Snopes doesnt say it's untrue, however.....

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"The Father-heart of God was... thrilled with me -- an immature, mess-making spiritual infant... My heavenly Father was enjoying me while I was yet in the process of maturing, not sighing in disgust and waiting impatiently until I grew up. He loved and longed for me; He felt proud and was excited over me while I was falling short."
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