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Does evil exist?312 weeks ago
 
The university professor challenged his students with this question. Did God create everything that exists?

A student bravely replied "Yes, He did!"

"God created everything?" the professor asked.

"Yes sir", the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything, then God created evil. Since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then God is evil". The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "Can I ask you a question professor?"

"Of course", replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?"

The Professor replied, "Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?"

The students snickered at the young man's question.

The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have not heat.

The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?"

The professor responded, "Of course it does".

The student relied, "Once again you are wrong sir. Darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton's prism to break light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present."

Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?"

Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course, as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil."

To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is not light."

The professor sat down. That young man's name was Albert Einstein.
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6 Comments:

Dave Maison said...8/2/07
 
That just doesn't make any sense :L :L :L :L :L :L :L .

And I don't believe the Einstein bit either!
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Dave Maison said...8/4/07
 
Well think about it - evil things happen all over the world and are a result a lack of sense of moral correctness, nothing to do with religion. Good things are done by non-religious people and bad things are done by religious people - it's nothing to do with 'the presence of god'. If you think about it even more, the vast majority of 'evil' in the world has been carried out in the name of one god or another so :P !
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Stephen Naismith said...9/4/07
 
Hmm, not sure I agree with that. Stating evil as a lack of God demotes the position of the devil, who, according to the bible, exists. For example, taking Job, God allowed the devil to take an active role in punishing Job, not simply leaving him.

Einstein was a Jew brought up in a Catholic school, so it's possible he said that, but I'm not really sure he would. At most he said he was agnostic.

Still, it's a nice story. Sorry Laura, I've just demeaned your blog, it was a nice entry really. On the down side this comment made me sound way way smarter and more arrogant. than I actually am. Hmm...
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Philip Thompson said...9/6/07
 
Hmm, not sure I agree with that. Stating evil as a lack of God demotes the position of the devil, who, according to the bible, exists. For example, taking Job, God allowed the devil to take an active role in punishing Job, not simply leaving him.

Einstein was a Jew brought up in a Catholic school, so it's possible he said that, but I'm not really sure he would. At most he said he was agnostic.

Still, it's a nice story. Sorry Laura, I've just demeaned your blog, it was a nice entry really. On the down side this comment made me sound way way smarter and more arrogant. than I actually am.
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Ali Wilson said...9/6/07
 
hmm... some original thoughts there Phil :-)
i like to throw a spanner in the works so here goes...
i believe God is good. As in God is everything good. Nothing good isn't from God. And in that sense every evil is the absence of God/good.
I have to be careful with that though because I believe God is more than just a good force.
I dont believe the devil to be the opposite of God though. I think his position needs demoted. He was a mere angel gone wrong and for that reason can only work when God isn't there / God allows him to.
Do you know how it ends??
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Philip Thompson said...9/6/07
 
I'm just aware that I'm at Uni soon so I really need to get started with plagiarizing practice as it's the only way I'll be able to do essays. Stephen says that there's enough difference in my statement that nobody should get suspicious. He also said I'm welcome to copy his essays at Uni which is very kind of him.
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