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‘Sure! God’s good.’
‘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?’
‘So you’re good…!’
‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could.
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.
The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. ‘No.’
The student falters. ‘From God’
‘That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?’
‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?’
‘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.’
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 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.’
‘No, sir, I have not..’
‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’
‘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.’
‘Yes, son, there’s cold too.’
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”.
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.
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
‘Yes,’ the professor replies without hesitation. ‘What is night if it isn’t darkness?’
‘That’s the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn’t.
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 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 has never seen, much less fully understood
‘Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?’
‘Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?’
The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.
‘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?’
Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. ’I Guess you’ll have to take them on faith.’
Now uncertain, the professor responds, ’Of course, there is. We see it
everyday. 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.’
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.