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The Professor Said That There Is No God. The Student Gave Him an Inimitable Answer!

10 Jan

‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’
‘Yes sir,’ the student says.
‘So you believe in God?’
‘Absolutely. ’
‘Is God good?’
‘Sure! God’s good.’
‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do
anything?’
‘Yes.’
‘Are you good or evil?’
‘The Bible says I’m evil.’
The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! The
Bible! He considers for a moment. ‘Here’s
one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick
person over here and you can cure him.
You can do it. Would you help him?
Would you try?’
‘Yes sir, I would.’
‘So you’re good…!’
‘I wouldn’t say that.’
‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick
and maimed person if you could. Most of
us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’
The student does not answer, so the
professor continues. ‘He doesn’t, does
he? My brother was a Christian who died
of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus
to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Can
you answer that one?’
The student remains silent. ‘No, you
can’t, can you?’ the professor says. He
takes a sip of water from a glass on his
desk to give the student time to relax
‘Let’s start again, young fella. Is
God good?’
‘Er…yes,’ the student says.
‘Is Satan good?’
The student doesn’t hesitate on this
one. ‘No.’
‘Then where does Satan come from?’
The student falters. ‘From God’
‘That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he?
Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?’
‘Yes, sir…’
‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did
make everything, correct?’
‘Yes.’
‘So who created evil?’ The professor
continued, ‘If God created everything,
then God created evil, since evil exists,
and according to the principle that our
works define who we are, then God
is evil.’
Again, the student has no answer. ‘Is
there sickness? Immorality? Hatred?
Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they
exist in this world?’
The student squirms on his feet. ‘Yes.’
‘So who created them?’
The student does not answer again, so
the professor repeats his question. ‘Who
created them?’ There is still no answer.
Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to
pace in front of the classroom. The class is
mesmerized. ‘Tell me,’ he continues onto
another student. ‘Do you believe in Jesus
Christ, son?’
The student’s voice betrays him and
cracks. ‘Yes, professor, I do.’
The old man stops pacing. ‘Science says
you have five senses you use to identify
and observe the world around you. Have
you ever seen Jesus?’
‘No sir. I’ve never seen Him.’
‘Then tell us if you’ve ever heard
your Jesus?’
‘No, sir, I have not…’
‘Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted
your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you
ever had any sensory perception of Jesus
Christ, or God for that matter?’
‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’
‘Yet you still believe in him?’
‘Yes.’
‘According to the rules of empirical,
testable, demonstrable protocol, science
says your God doesn’t exist… What do
you say to that, son?’
‘Nothing,’ the student replies… ‘I only
have my faith.’
‘Yes, faith,’ the professor repeats. ‘And
that is the problem science has with God.
There is no evidence…only faith.’
The student stands quietly for a moment,
before asking a question of His own.
‘Professor, is there such thing as heat? ’
‘Yes.’
‘And is there such a thing as cold?’
‘Yes, son, there’s cold too.’
‘No sir, there isn’t.’
The professor turns to face the student,
obviously interested. The room suddenly
becomes very quiet. The student begins
to explain. ‘You can have lots of heat,
even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat,
unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or
no heat, but we don’t have anything
called ‘cold’. We can hit d own to 458
degrees below zero, which is no heat, but
we can’t go any further after that. There
is no such thing as cold; otherwise we
would be able to go colder than the
lowest –458 degrees. 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 (-458 F) is the total
absence of heat. You see, sir, ‘cold’ is only
a word we use to describe the absence of
heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we
can measure in thermal units because
heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of
heat, sir, just the absence of it.’
Silence across the room. A pen drops
somewhere in the classroom, sounding
like a hammer.
‘What about darkness, professor. Is there
such a thing as darkness?’
‘Yes,’ the professor replies without
hesitation… ‘What is night if it isn’t
darkness?’
‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not
something; it is the absence of
something. You can have low light,
normal light, bright light, flashing light,
but if you have no light constantly you
have nothing and it’s called darkness,
isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to
define the word. In reality, darkness
isn’t. If it were, you would be able to
make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?’
The professor begins to smile at the
student in front of him. This will be a
good semester. ‘So what point are you
making, young man?’
‘Yes, professor. My point is, your
philosophical premise is flawed to start
with, and so your conclusion must also be
flawed.’
The professor’s face cannot hide his
surprise this time. ‘Flawed? Can you
explain how?’
‘You are working on the premise of
duality,’ the student explains… ‘You argue
that there is life and then there’s death; a
good God and a bad God. You are viewing
the concept of God as something finite,
something we can measure. Sir, science
can’t even explain a thought. It uses
electricity and magnetism, but it has
never seen, much less fully understood
either one. To view death as the opposite
of life is to be ignorant of the fact that
death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life, just the
absence of it.’
‘Now tell me, professor… Do you teach
your students that they evolved from a
monkey?’
‘If you are referring to the natural
evolutionary process, young man, yes, of
course I do.’
‘Have you ever observed evolution with
your own eyes, sir?’
The professor begins to shake his head,
still smiling, as he realizes where the
argument is going. A very good semester,
indeed.
‘Since no one has ever observed the
process of evolution at work and cannot
even prove that this process is an on-
going endeavor, are you not teaching your
opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist,
but a preacher?’
The class is in uproar. The student
remains silent until the commotion has
subsided. ‘To continue the point you
were making earlier to the other student,
let me give you an example of what I
mean.’ The student looks around the
room. ‘Is there anyone in the class who
has ever seen the professor’s brain?’ The
class breaks out into laughter. ‘Is there
anyone here who has ever heard the
professor’s brain, felt the professor’s
brain, touched or smelt the professor’s
brain? No one appears to have done so.
So, according to the established rules of
empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol,
science says that you have no brain, with
all due respect, sir.’ ‘So if science says
you have no brain, how can we trust your
lectures, sir?’
Now the room is silent. The professor just
stares at the student, his face
unreadable. Finally, after what seems an
eternity, the old man answers. ‘I guess
you’ll have to take them on faith.’
‘Now, you accept that there is faith, and,
in fact, faith exists with life,’ the student
continues. ‘Now, sir, is there such a thing
as evil?’ Now uncertain, the professor
responds, ‘Of course, there is. 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 no light.’
The professor sat down.
The student was Albert Einstein.

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