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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 answer the professor’s

hypothetical definition.

The professor, quite pleased with himself,

boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the

Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question,


"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


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. 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 (-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...

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