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Did God Create Evil?

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Bob Soulliere    
  Did God create everything that exists? Does evil exist? Did God create evil?
A University professor at a well known institution of higher
learning 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, he certainly did," the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything; then God created
evil. And, since evil exists, and according to the principal that
our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."

The student became quiet and did not answer the professor’s
hypothetical definition.
The professor, quite pleased with himself,
boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the
Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question,
"Of course", replied the professor.
The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?"
"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you
never been cold?" The other students snickered at the young man’s

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. 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 (-460 F) is the total
absence of heat; and 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?"
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. 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 everyday. It is in the daily examples 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

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