Friday, August 22, 2008

Did God create evil?

A University professor at a well-known institution of higher learning

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, he certainly did," the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything; then God created evil.

And, since evil exists, and according

to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume God

Is evil."

The student became quiet and did not answer the professor's hypothetical

definition. The professor, quite pleased

with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the

Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question,


"Of course," replied the professor.

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

"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been


The other 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 (-460F) is the total absence of heat; and all matter becomes

inert and incapable of reaction at that

temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how

we feel if we have no heat."

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

The professor responded, "Of course it does."

The student replied, "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 white 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 everyday. It is in the

daily examples 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 no light."

The professor sat down.

The young man's name -- Albert Einstein