Science

Science“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?”

“Absolutely.”

“Is God
good?”

“Sure!
God’s good.”

“Is God
all-powerful? Can God do anything?” !

“Yes.”

“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?”

“Yes,
sir.”

“Evil’s
everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?”

“Yes.”

“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
stoped 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?”

“Yes.”

“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 sunded
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.

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