Does Evil Exist?

This is an urban legend that has been around
for years. As legends go, you cannot always
prove that they are true; however, they sure
provide some good food for thought.A university professor challenged his
students with this question. “Did God create
everything that exists?”
A student bravely replied, “Yes, He did!”
“God created everything?” the professor
“Yes, sir,” the student replied.
The professor answered, “If God created
everything, then God created evil, since
evil exists. And according to the principal
that our works define who we are, then God
is evil.”
The student became quiet before such an
The professor was quite pleased with himself,
and boasted to the students that he had
proven once more that the faith in God is a
Another student raised his hand and said,
“Can I ask you a question, professor?”
“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 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. Everybody or
object is susceptible to study when it has
or transmits energy. Absolute zero (-460
degrees F) is the total absence of heat.
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. We can study light, but not darkness.
In fact, we can use Newton’s prism to break
white light into many colors and study the
various wave lengths 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 exist?”
Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of
course, as I have already said. 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 not like faith, or love, that exist
just as does light and heat. 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.

The young student’s name —
Albert Einstein.


Post a Comment

Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: