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science and the Bible

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'Let me explain the problem science has with religion.' The atheist professor of Philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.

'You're a Christian, aren't you, son?'

'Yes sir,' the student says.

'So, you believe in God?' 'Absolutely.'

'Is God good?'

'Sure! God's good.'

'Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?'


'Are you good or evil?'

'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?' 'Yes sir, I would.'

'So you're good...!'

'I wouldn't say that.'

'But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if youcould.

Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't.'

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. 'He doesn't, does


My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to

Jesus to heal him.

How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? 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.

'Is Satan good?'

The student doesn't hesitate on this one. 'No.'

'Then where does Satan come from?'

The student falters. 'From God'

'That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in

this world?'

'Yes, sir.'

'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.'

Again, the student has no answer. 'Is there sickness? Immorality?

Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?'

The student squirms on his feet. 'Yes.'

'So who created them?'

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 student's voice betrays him and cracks. 'Yes, professor, I do.'

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.'

'Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?'

'No, sir, I have not.'

'Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus?

Have yo u ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that


'No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't.'

'Yet you still believe in him?'


'According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol,

science says your God doesn't exist.

What do you say to that, son?'

'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.'

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His


'Professor, is there such thing as heat?'

'Yes. '

'And is there such a thing as cold?'

'Yes, son, there's cold too.'

'No sir, there isn't.'

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'. We

can heat it up to 458 degrees below zero, which is noheat, but we can't go

any further after that. There is no such thing as0Acold; otherwise we would

be able to go colder than the lowest - 458 degrees.'

'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 (-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. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is

energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.'

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding

like a hammer.

'What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?'

'Yes,' the professor replies without hesitation. 'What is night if it isn't


'You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of

something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing

light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called

darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define theword.' 'In

reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness

darker, wouldn't you?'

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a

good semester.20 '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 working on the premise of duality,' the student explains.. 'You

argue that there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God.

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 either one. To

view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death

cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just

the absence of it.' 'Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that

they evolved from a monkey?'

'If you are referring to the natural evolution ary process, young man, yes,

of course I do.'

'Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?'

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where

the argument is going.

A very good semester, indeed.

'Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution20at work and cannot

even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching

your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?'

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has


'To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me

give you an example of what I mean.' The student looks around the room. 'Is

there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?' The

class breaks out into laughter. '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?'

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face


Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. 'I guess you'll

have to take them on faith.'

'Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,'

the student continues.

'Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?'

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.'

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.

If you read it all the way through and had a smile on your face when

you finished, mail to your friends and family with the title 'God vs


PS: the student was Albert Einstein

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