“Let me explain the problem science has with Jesus Christ.” The atheist professor of
philosophy paused before his class and then asked one of his new students to stand.
“You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?”
“Yes sir,” the student answered.
“So you believe in God?”
“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 grinned knowingly. “Aha! The Bible!” He considered 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 you could. Most of us would
if we could. But God doesn’t.”
The student did not answer, so the professor continued. “He doesn’t, does he? 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 remained silent.
“No, you can’t, can you?” the professor says. He took 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 didn’t hesitate on this! one. ” No.”
“Then where does Satan come from?”
The student answered: “From…God…”
“That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?”
“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.”
Without allowing the student to answer, the professor continued: “Is there sickness?
Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?”
The student answered: “Yes.”
“So who created them?”
The student did not answer again, so the professor repeated his question. “Who created
them? There was still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer broke away to pace in front of the
classroom. The class was mesmerized.
“Tell me,” he continued onto another student. “Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?”
The student’s voice was confident: “Yes, professor, I do.”
The old man stopped pacing. “Science says you have five senses that 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 actually felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelled your Jesus? Have you
ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?”
“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 replied. “I only have my faith.”
“Yes, faith,” the professor repeated. “And that is the problem science has with God.
There is no evidence, only faith.”
The student stood quietly for a moment, before asking a question of his own. “Professor,
is there such thing as heat?”
“Yes,” the professor replies. “There’s heat.”
“And is there such a thing as cold?”
“Yes, son, there’s cold too.”
“No sir, there isn’t.”
The professor turned to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly became
very quiet. The student began 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 hit up to
458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is
no such thing as cold; 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.”
There was silence across the room. A pen dropped somewhere in the classroom and sounded like a hammer.
“What about darkness, professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?”
“Yes,” the professor replied without hesitation. “What is night if it isn’t darkness?”
“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 the word. 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. “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 could not 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 evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do”
“Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?”
The professor began to shake his head, still smiling, as he realized where the argument was
going. A very good semester, indeed.
“Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that
this process is an on-going endeavour, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now
not a scientist, but a preacher?”
The class was in uproar. The student remained silent until the commotion had subsided.
“To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an
example of what I mean.”
The student looked around the room. “Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the
professor’s brain?” The class broke out into laughter.
“Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s
brain, touched or smelled 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 was silent. The professor just stared at the student, his face unreadable.
Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the old man answered. “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
continued. “Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?”
Now uncertain, the professor responded, “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 results when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”
The professor sat down.