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Did God create evil?
A university professor challenged his students with this question. “Did God create everything that exists?”
A student bravely replied, “Yes, he did!”
The professor answered, “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.”
Another student raised his hand.
“May I ask you a question, sir?”
“Of course,” responded the professor.
The student rose to his feet. “Professor,” he asked, “does cold exist?”
“What kind of question is this? Of course cold exists! Have you never been cold?”
The young man replied, “In fact, sir, cold does not exist.
According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is, in reality, just the absence of heat. We can only study something when it has energy or transmits energy. We cannot study cold.
Absolute zero (-460 degrees Fahrenheit) is the total absence of heat. 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?” “Of course it does,” replied the professor.
The student looked at him. “Once again you are wrong, sir.
Darkness does not exist, either. Darkness is, in reality, the absence of light. We can study light, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wave lengths 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 ofman’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations arenothing else but evil.”
All eyes were on the student as he responded, “Evil does not
exist, sir. Or at least, it does not exist in itself. Evil is simply the
absence of God. It’s just like darkness and cold – a word thatman has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love, that exist just as do 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, stunned. The young student’s name was
– Albert Einstein.