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by Vidya Sury April 16, 2004 0 comment

>”Let me explain 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


>person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help


>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


>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?”

>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


>”Who created them? ”

>There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace


>front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized.

>”Tell me,” he continues. “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


>identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever

>seen Jesus?”

>”No sir. I’ve never seen

>”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


>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


>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


>suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain.

>”You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat,

>white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything

>called ‘cold’.

>We can hit 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 -458 degrees.

>You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of


>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 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 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


>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


>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.”


>Faith is beyond rationality.

>”If you accept defeat as an inspiration to try again, Success will

>only be a matter of time”


>Think About It :

>The Goal of life is Perfection…However

>GOD tolerates excellence.

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