A true story – Student vs. Professor
One of the students courageously replied, ‘Yes, he did!’
‘God created everything?’ the professor asked.
‘Yes sir, he unquestionably did,’ the student replied.
The professor answered, ‘If God created everything, then God created evil. And, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil.'
‘Of course,' replied the professor.
The student stood up and asked, ‘Professor, does cold exist?’
‘What sort of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never felt cold?’
The other 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. Everybody 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 (-460F) 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 professor responded, ‘Of course it does.’
The student replied, ‘Once again you are incorrect, 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.’
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 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. It is 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 and enlightenment 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.’