"Let me explain the problem science has with religion."
The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of
his new students to stand.
"You're a Christian, aren't you, son?"
"Yes sir," the student says.
"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 grins knowingly. "Aha! The Bible!"
He considers 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 does not answer, so the professor continues.
"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 remains silent.
"No, you can't, can you?" the professor says. He takes
a sip of water from 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 doesn't hesitate on this one,
"Then where does Satan come from?"
The student falters, "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
"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."
Again, the student has no answer.
"Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness?
All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?"
The student squirms on his feet. "Yes."
"So who created them?"
The student does not answer again, so the professor
repeats his question, "Who created them?"
There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks
away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized.
"Tell me," he continues onto another student.
"Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?"
The student's voice betrays him and cracks. "Yes,
professor, I do."
The old man stops pacing, "Science says you have five
(5) senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever
"No sir. I've never seen Him."
"Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or
smelt 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
"Nothing," the student replies. "I only have my faith."
"Yes, faith," the professor repeats. "And that is the
problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith."
The student stands 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 turns to face the student, obviously
interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet.
The student begins 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." 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 (-458 Fahrenheit) 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."
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the
classroom, sounding like a hammer.
"What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing
"Yes," the professor replies 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
its 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 cannot 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 begins to shake his head, still smiling,
as he realizes where the argument is 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 endeavor, are you
not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?"
The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until
the commotion has 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 looks
around the room, "Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's
brain?" The class breaks out into laughter.
"Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's
brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt 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 is silent. The professor just stares at
the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the
old man answers, "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 continues, now, sir, is there such a thing
Now uncertain, the professor responds, "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
comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light."
The professor sat down.
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