Does Evil Exist? Science versus religion....interesting and thought-provoking

  1. i got this in an email this afternoon. don't think i've seen it here, hope you enjoy it. i don't know if the identity of the student is true, but i do know the physics concepts described are accurate.

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    [color=#a713b7]does evil exist?

    [color=#a713b7]the university professor challenged his students with this question.


    [color=#a713b7]"did god create everything that exists?"


    [color=#a713b7]a student bravely replied, "yes, he did!"

    [color=#a713b7]"god created everything?" the professor asked.

    [color=#a713b7]"yes, sir," the student replied.

    [color=#a713b7]the professor answered, "if god created everything, then god created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then god is evil."

    [color=#a713b7]the student became quiet before such an answer. the professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to christian faith was a myth.

    [color=#a713b7]another student raised his hand and said, "can i ask you a question professor?"

    [color=#a713b7]"of course," replied the professor.

    [color=#a713b7]the student stood up and asked, "professor, does cold exist?! "

    [color=#a713b7]"what kind of question is this? of course it exists.
    have you never been cold?" the students snickered at the young man's question.


    [color=#a713b7]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.

    [color=#a713b7]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.

    [color=#a713b7]absolute zero(- 460 degrees f) is the total absence of heat; 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."

    [color=#a713b7]the student continued, "professor, does darkness exist?"

    [color=#a713b7]the professor responded, "of course it does."

    [color=#a713b7]the student replied, "once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. darkness is in reality the absence of light.

    [color=#a713b7]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?

    [color=#a713b7]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."

    [color=#a713b7]finally the young man asked the professor, "sir, does evil exist?"

    [color=#a713b7]now uncertain, the professor responded, "of course as i have already said.

    [color=#a713b7]we see it every day. it is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man.

    [color=#a713b7]it is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. these manifestations are nothing else but evil."

    [color=#a713b7]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 not like faith, or love that exists just as does light and heat. 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."

    [color=#a713b7]the professor sat down.

    [color=#a713b7]the young man's name --- albert einstein
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   purplemania
    Very thought provoking. I think it odd that people try to prove or disprove God's existance with words. Man's logic is not God's logic.
  4. by   leslie :-D
    thought provoking and potentially controversial to some.
  5. by   mitchsmom
    apparently it's an urban legend:
    http://www.snopes.com/religion/einstein.asp
  6. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    mitchsmom, that's a great website. I enjoyed reading it.

    I think we can assume that if the conversation between the student and the professor occurred, it probably wasn't Einstein who was the student.

    And we might even assume that these conversations didn't actually take place.

    However, they do present some interesting metaphors which answer some of the questions about if God exists why can't we see Him, etc.

    As for trying to fit God into man's limited comprehension, I am in full agreement there as well. I think that's why God invented faith.
  7. by   mitchsmom
    I didn't even realize until after I posted it that it had all that info at the bottom.

    Interesting ideas all around.
  8. by   barefootlady
    Maybe I am just too stupid to understand this question. In a world of Adolf Hitler, Dahmer, and Bundy is that a question we even need to think doesn't have a positive answer.
    But in a world where we have Ghandi, Mother Theresa, and Mandella there is also great good.
  9. by   jnette
    Quote from purplemania
    Very thought provoking. I think it odd that people try to prove or disprove God's existance with words. Man's logic is not God's logic.

    Quote from chris_at_lucas_RN
    I think we can assume that if the conversation between the student and the professor occurred, it probably wasn't Einstein who was the student.

    And we might even assume that these conversations didn't actually take place.

    However, they do present some interesting metaphors which answer some of the questions about if God exists why can't we see Him, etc.

    As for trying to fit God into man's limited comprehension, I am in full agreement there as well. I think that's why God invented faith.
    Ditto.

    Thank you.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from jnette
    Ditto.

    Thank you.

    Me too ditto. I liked the op. Very thought provoking.

    steph
  11. by   StatBlues
    Thanks for posting this.............
  12. by   cwazycwissyRN
    cool..........................or shall I say "the absence of most heat. :chuckle

    enjoyable read! Thanks
  13. by   lil' girl
    Well I think perhaps the student was a lawyer........

    But the post does raise some interesting suggestions and prompts more questions..
  14. by   Tweety
    I was thinking urblan legand too. I doubt a conversation like this occurred, but someone just thought it up and wrote it down.

    Nonetheless it's a very interesting take on the world.

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