Sunday, September 7, 2008

Does Evil Exist?

I read this story on the blog, "What You Got 2 Say" and I loved it enough to share it with you:

One day, a professor of a university decided to defy his pupils.

He asked, “Did God create everything that exists?”
A student answered bravely, “Yes, He did.”
“…everything?” asked the teacher.
“Yes! Everything.” Was the answer of the student
“In this case, God also created evil, correct? Because evil exists.” Said the teacher.

The student had no answer and remained in silence…..

The teacher was delighted at the opportunity to prove one more time that God was only a myth.

Suddenly, another student raised his hand and asked: “May I ask you a question, professor?”
“Of course you may”, replied the professor.
“Does cold exist? asked the student.
“Of course.” answered the professor, “Did you never feel cold?”

“Actually, sir, cold does not exist. According to studies in physics, cold is the total and complete absence of heat. An object can only be studied if it has and transmits energy and it is the heat of an object that transmits its energy. Without heat, the objects are inert, incapable to react. But cold does not exist. We created the term cold to explain the lack of heat.”

“And darkness?” continued the student.
“It exists.” replied the professor.

“Again, you’re wrong sir; darkness is the total absence of light. You can study light and brightness, but not darkness. The prism of Nichols shows the variety of different colors in which the light can be decomposed according to the longitude of the waves. Darkness is the term we created to explain the total absence of light”

And finally, the student asked “And evil, sir, evil does not exist. God did not create evil. Evil is the absence of God.

Now it was the professor’s turn to remain silent….

Well if you are wondering who the student was, he is none other than Albert Einstein. What a great thinker he was.
(image above is from this great flickr photostream)


fabulousabstinence said...

Don't know why this hasn't been commented on yet, it's a great post. I knew Albert Einstein was a mathematical genius, now I know he was philosophical too. His poor teacher never had a chance, lol.

Amanda Conley said...

Ha ha! So true!