Monday, November 20, 2006

God did NOT create evil - Albert Einstein

This write-up is taken from forwarded email... Don't know how true Albert Einstein was dragged into this but worth a ponder.

Did God create everything that exists? Does evil exist? Did God create evil?

A University professor at a well known institution of higher learning 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, he certainly did," the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything; then God created evil. And, since evil exists,and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."

The student became quiet and did not respond to the professor's
hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once morethat the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "May 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 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 (-460 F) 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 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 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 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 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

A true story per se.

As usual, if anyone finds this entry sensitive. You are entitled to comment in many ways preferred. Living up to the spirit of blogger responsibilities.

5 comments:

Dave said...

How's this for a question: Did the Spanish Inquisition exist? One can define cold as the absence of heat because we can define heat. But there is no evidence of - and thus no definition for - god, and thus, no such thing as its absence. Trivializing acts of evil by calling them innert and passive is inexcusable. The destruction of the world trade centre (for example) was not due to any "absence of god." In fact, if one were to look at those who perpetrated it, one might conclude that it was brought about by a little TOO MUCH "god".

If anyone is interested in Albert Einsteins ACTUAL opinion on god, I present this quote (along with its source, for those who would accuse me of putting words in Einsteins mouth, as the author of this blog has done):

"About God, I cannot accept any concept based on the authority of the Church. As long as I can remember, I have resented mass indocrination. I do not believe in the fear of life, in the fear of death, in blind faith. I cannot prove to you that there is no personal God, but if I were to speak of him, I would be a liar. I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil."

-Albert Einstein, as quoted in W. Hermanns, Einstein and the Poet - In Search of the Cosmic Man (Branden Press, Brookline Village, Mass., 1983), p.132

Brandon Teoh said...

Thanks for comments.

Free-thinking can be a religion too, as well as politics. Religion is really just what someone believe and make decisions based on it.

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