The Professor And The Christian

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  1. I found this on the net a long time ago and have kept it ever since. Most of you have probably already read it otherwise if not then enjoy.:)

    The problem science has with Jesus Christ." 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 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 doesn't hesitate on this one. "No."

    "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?"

    "Yes, sir."

    "Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?"


    "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 senses 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 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 that, son?"

    "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. 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."

    Silence across the room.

    "What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?"

    "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
    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 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 Endeavour, are you not
    teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a

    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 as evil?"

    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

    The professor sat down.
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  2. lol Amen to that.
  3. :D

    Love it! Where does that come from? Is it just a parable or did it really happen? I've heard another version of these in which the student is at the end revealed to be a youthful Albert Einstein.

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