Student and Professor talk Faith

Found this on Facebook…

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent.)

Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Is satan good ?

Student : No.

Professor: Where does satan come from ?

Student : From … GOD …

Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student : Yes.

Professor: So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer.)

Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them ?

(Student had no answer.)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

Student : No , sir.

Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Professor: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.

Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, 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. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness 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? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?

Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is 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?

Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

Student : 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 not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class was in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class broke out into laughter. )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? 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, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

P.S. That student was Einstein.

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2 Responses to Student and Professor talk Faith

  1. Phonie says:

    I believe there is value in believing in God but you should still keep facts straight and sound logic alive. First of all, this is just a writing circulating the internet and is not related to Einstein at all. I’m sure Einstein went back and forth with religion just like any other human being but towards the end of his life he wrote a letter stating that he does not believe in the existence of God. Of course people change all the time and he also said “Science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind.” The creationist vs. evolutionist binary falls into the blind. Evolution does not need to conflict with belief in God. Religion offers understanding of human relationships and human history created by human. Science is about the physical realm and the question of “How did the physical form of humans take shape?” and that’s where evolution comes in. Also both the professor and students lay out infantile and silly arguments and are limited because it’s from within one world view and does not escape the cubicle it built. You would not have this problem if you were thinking of religion and science from a different perspective but his would be too much to explain at this point. The silliest argument is the one about the brain because you don’t need faith that the brain is there. You can technically crack the head open and see the brain is there but even without knowing that we can simply know. “Every human has a brain, therefore the professor has a brain.” Also thoughts cannot be seen or smelled or whatever, but through education we can express thoughts into forms such as articulate speech or writing. (Some are better on one area than than the other.) Anyway, the two fictional characters who lay out seemingly smart sounding arguments are just playing in their own playground not transcending any area whether it’s science or religion and just running in circles of wordplay. A better answer which doesn’t go into fake intellectual talk but addresses the nature to the question of why God let the prof’s brother die would have been “God healed your brother. He took him to a place where no pain exists.” or he could have said “Your brother was a scumbag to others and made others suffer. So, God being good, decided that he needed to go.” These two answers would have been sound and would not mix up the disciplines that exist to answer different questions to begin with.

    • Rachael Eliz says:

      I didn’t know it wasn’t actually Einstein! Thankyou for telling me, though the story still has value to me. Nope, evolution doesn’t need to contradict with belief in God. I wouldn’t say there arguments were silly, although entertaining in this case. It is rather a lot like a political discussion I think! Not a lot to it, very basic and takes a lot of words and more like banter than anything else, but clever. Answering not very well thought-out thoughts with equal retorts, yet respectful, and bringing the professor around a bit. Sure it seems that everyone has a brain, but hey with evolution one day it might be different! 😉 Yep they’re playing in their own playground, but I think that’s where we have to start. Then we can move forward into things such as that of the “He took him to a place where no pain exists”. That’s my thinking anyway! Thanks for commenting.

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