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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?'

'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 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?'

'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.'

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.'

'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?'

'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 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 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 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.

'Can you give me an example of a genetic mutation or a evolutionary process that can be seen increased the information in the genome?'

The professor was about to say something, but stops.  He looks like he couldn't even think of an answer.

'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 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, 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 darkness that comes when there is no light.'

The professor sat down.
A revision of a story from the web
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"Science is the glimpse of God's purpose in nature. The very existence of the amazing world of the atom and radiation points to a purposeful creation, to the idea that there is a God and an intelligent purpose back of everything . . .An orderly universe testifies to the greatest statement ever uttered; 'In the beginning, God . . .'"
Arthur H. Compton, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Though you might not believe in God, God believes in you.
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For answers:
[link] seek and find
[link] Tekotonics
[link] Got questions?
[link] Apologetics Press
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If you got something to ask (in a nice and humble manner), you can ask and I will give you my answer. But if you don't, DO NOT give me a hard time. I don't go and give bad comments to other people's deviations (whether it's of evolution or other religions).

I don't believe that Bible-bashing is a good deal, we can't force people to believe. All we do is plant God's seeds and let the Holy Spirit do it's job. Basically, just be the person who cares, instead of the person who bashes others.
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Kegger98 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
We'll, if evil is an absence of god, then what about place where the teachings of god didn't exist or even the idea of a single god? Or, what about the crusades or religious groups that commit evil things? Is that not evil since there's God?
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Hmm, I often wonder about that as well.  But I've come to the conclusion that even though the teachings aren't there, I have no doubt that God is working in those places and is setting everything up there for good and not evil.
The Crusades are quite a subject.  From what I saw, they were more of a political thing and not a religious thing.  Also, at that time, they've taught things that God doesn't approve of.  For example, the priest(s) at that day taught that if you went to war there, you will be forgiven for all of your sins.  This teaching is wrong and is not what God teaches, for that no man is righteous by deeds, but through faith and it is given, not earned, so no one can boast.
Mind you, I don't have all the answers and I'm not going to pretend that I do.  So, I'm just giving all that I know and some of my conclusions.
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Kegger98 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Doesn't that definition you gave of god being everywhere contradict the one in the story? 
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
God is everywhere, but the reason why suffering and evil exist is by the curse of the Fall, which caused by making a decision not influenced by God or his morals.  Evil acts are done by the person's evil intentions or by Satan's influence, not by God's influence or morals.
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Kegger98 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Then instead of saying evil is without god, it should be a lack of faith in the world is the cause of evil.
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
No, not a lack of faith, it's rebellion.  Going against God and his law.  For example, murdering an innocent in cold blood is not what God wants us to do and warns us against this act.  But, going against God's will and only going by their own (or Satan's) will is evil.
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Kegger98 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Thanks, I was looking for a word. Yeah, rebellion is a better word for it.
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
You're welcome :)
Yeah, rebellion is a really good word for it :D

To be honest, I was looking for that word too XD  Talk about embarrassing, huh?  How are ya?
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Degyfridou Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
That was beautiful :)
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thank you :)
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