Did God Create Evil?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2008 in Legacy | No Comments

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 principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.”

The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?”

“Of course,” replied the professor.

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

The professor replied “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. Everybody 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. 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, but 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 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

(DISCLAIMER: I have no idea if this is for real, true, or if someone made it up. However, it’s factuality doesn’t have much to do with the point, does it?)

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9 Comments

  1. Brandon Donaldson
    January 9, 2008

    Very nice! I have never heard this. Whether fictional or true, it is a brilliant and simple answer to a very difficult question. I have got to give some link love to this one.

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  2. josh Allan
    January 9, 2008

    Thanks Brandon! I hadn’t heard it either until my bro-in-law shared it with me. Good stuff…

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  3. Joshua
    January 9, 2008

    Yeah, i just recently heard this one…i thinks its friggin awesome whether its true or just a little write up….

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  4. Lon
    January 9, 2008

    awesome quote… i think i heard it ages ago, but it was long forgoten… it’s good stuff.

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  5. m
    January 9, 2008

    that wacky einstein…
    always thinking and making sense.
    when will he ever learn, that people prefer ignorance, that it is the only thing that allows us to feel good about ourselves when we experience the unknown?
    cool stuff brutha…
    -m

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  6. josh Allan
    January 10, 2008

    Josh & Lon, thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you guys have found the new blog! And Matt, your sarcasm is welcome here, as always. ;-)

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  7. m
    January 10, 2008

    oh good, because there are only so many places that my sarcasm is accepted. i feel truly welcomed.
    -m

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  8. AJ
    April 7, 2008

    Good one!! Read it long back but nice to read it again.. But, hey, I certainly am not the agnostic kinds. I am a beleiver. But it is pretty appalling at times to realise there is LACK or ABSENCE of the Grace of the almighty when we look at certain instances! EVIL DARKNESS is all fine. but PAIN, POVERTY and a lot more a little too prevalent. Tough to take it..

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  9. josh Allan
    April 11, 2008

    Hey AJ, thanks for stopping by! There certainly is a great deal of darkness out there, eh? Overwhelmingly so, at times, I agree.

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