By Toni Smothers
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 student became quiet before such an answer. 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
“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 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;
all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction a 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
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 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 not like faith, or
love that exist just as does light and heat. 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