Does Evil Exist?

A friend posted this on Facebook and I thought it was great….if I can find out what his source was, I will edit this post to include it.
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Does evil exist?

The university professor 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”, the student replied.

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”. The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?”

“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 students snickered at the young man’s question.

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 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.”

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 every day. 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 not like faith, or love that exist 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.”

The professor sat down.

The young man’s name — Albert Einstein.”

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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35 Responses to Does Evil Exist?

  1. Brava!!!! Oh, he was so smart and he loved God, used to make up little songs on his violin to play for God. What a guy! So wise!
    And go here for a photo of him as a youth:

  2. Not only Einstein is a genius, he speaks of a faith with all conviction and absoluteness. I grew up in a Christian environment but I seldom hear people talk about their faith with pure passion and certainty. Inspiring post indeed! Thanks…

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Isn’t it wonderful when they do speak boldly yet compassionately about their faith? When we live our faith people believe our words of faith. Hope your day is filled with lovely blessings!

  3. reneeboomer says:

    Wow!! What a beautiful post!!

  4. Susan Michaels says:

    awesome…brilliant! …I’ve read this before and it grabs me every time!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I hadn’t seen it before. It IS brilliant. If you know the source, let me know. I’d love to include it. I haven’t checked online for the source just yet.

  5. jelillie says:

    I had seen this on Facebook too! Powerful words!

  6. It still does not answer the question that if God is architect of creation Satan(evil) is part of the creation or plan.

  7. Vina Kent says:

    Reblogged this on .

  8. Well done, love it!

  9. Fantastic. Thanks. 🙂

  10. Caddo Veil says:

    Wow wow wow wow wow–Great!!!

  11. jakesprinter says:

    Do good ,Look Good ,Feel Good and Evil will stay away from you lol,
    Nice post Kate 🙂

  12. pbus1 says:

    Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  13. Kathy says:

    Wonderful post. Reblogging it for later this week.

  14. Kathy says:

    Reblogged this on To Talk of Many Things and commented:
    From my invisible friend Kate of Believe Anyway.

  15. Madeline Lund says:

    Another uplifting and inspiring post. Made my day!

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