I know this is long enough as it is, but allow me to add my own preface. As I continue to be educated on Christianity as a faith relationship with God, I find it increasingly exciting to use the wisdom and knowledge God has given me to understand Him and how He works. In addition, it becomes much more rewarding to share His truths with others.
Many of you may know I have my distaste for much of modern day science which more and more accepts theories as fact. Likewise, so many philosophers have eroded themselves into unacceptable debators of deception. God has given us science and knowledge to prove Himself and His wonders to us. As our society closes God out of our homes, schools, hearts and even churches, it leaves gapping holes in our understanding of science and philosophy. These holes are filled with mans own ideas, extremely flawed, and very wrong from the truth.
Once you understand these simple facts, it becomes much clearer as to why we have so much garbage in our country today. It's a decreasing understanding of the truths and the unwillingness to accept the truth from the few who dare to share it today. For those who are willing to hear and receive the wisdom and knowledge from God, He will surely give it. But you must seek it! Having said this, read the following story. I hope it will reveal something for each of you. For me, it continues to raise my awareness and fuel the fire of excitement that should be in all Christians.
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May you receive his blessings,
"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?"
The professor grins knowingly. "Ahh! 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 them? Would you try?"
"Yes sir, I would."
"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?"
He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. In philosophy, you have to go easy with the new ones. "Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?"
The elderly man runs his bony fingers through his thinning hair and turns to
the smirking, student audience. "I think we're going to have a lot of fun
this semester, ladies and gentlemen."
"Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?"
"Is there sickness in this world? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness. All the
terrible things. Do they exist in this world?"
The student tries to hold the steady, experienced gaze and fails. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace the front of the classroom like an aging panther. The class is mesmerized.
"Tell me," he continues, "how is it that this God is good if He
created all evil throughout all time?"
The professor swishes his arms around to encompass the wickedness of the
"All the hatred, the brutality, all the pain, all the torture, all the death
and ugliness and all the suffering created by this good God is all over the
world, isn't it, young man?"
"Don't you see it all over the place? Huh?"
"Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?"
"No, sir. I've never seen Him."
"Answer me, please."
The professor smiles sagely at the underling, "According to the rules of
empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't
exist. What do you say to that, son? Where is your God now?"
Another Christian raises his hand, "Professor, may I address the class?" The professor turns and smiles, "Ah, another Christian in the vanguard! Come, come, young man. Speak some proper wisdom to the gathering." The Christian looks around the room, "Some interesting points you are making, sir. Now I've got a question for you. Is there such thing as heat?"
"Yes," the professor replies.
The professor's grin freezes. The room suddenly goes very cold.
The second Christian continues,
Silence. A pin drops somewhere in the classroom.
"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 use to define the word. In reality, Darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker and give me a jar of it. Can you give me a jar of darker darkness, professor?"
Despite himself, the professor smiles at the young effrontery before him.
This will indeed be a good semester.
"Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start
with and so your conclusion must be in error."
The professor makes an admirable effort to regain control. Suddenly he is affability itself. He waves his hand to silence the class, for the student to continue.
"You are working on the premise of duality," the Christian explains. "That for example 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 cannot even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism but has never seen, much less fully understood them. 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, merely the absence of it."
The young man holds up a newspaper he takes from the desk of a neighbor who
has been reading it. "Here is one of the most disgusting tabloids this
country hosts, professor. Is there such a thing as immorality?"
"Wrong again, sir. You see, immorality is merely the absence of morality. Is there such thing as injustice? No. Injustice is the absence of justice. Is there such a thing as evil?" The Christian pauses, "Isn't evil the absence of good?"
The professor's face has turned an alarming color. He is so angry he is temporarily speechless. The Christian continues, "If there is evil in the world, professor, and we all agree there is, then God, if He exists, must be accomplishing a work through the agency of evil. What is that work, God is accomplishing? The Bible tells us it is to see if each one of us will, of our own free will, choose good over evil."
The professor bridles, "As a philosophical scientist, I don't view this matter as having anything to do with any choice; as a realist, I absolutely do not recognize the concept of God or any other theological factor as being part of the world equation because God is not observable."
"I would have thought that the absence of God's moral code in this world is
probably one of the most observable phenomena going," the Christian replies.
"Newspapers make billions of dollars reporting it every week! Tell me,
professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?"
"Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?"
"Professor. Since no one has ever observed the process of macro-evolution at work
and cannot even prove that this process is an ongoing endeavor, are you not
teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a priest?"
"So you don't accept God's moral code to do what is righteous?"
"SCIENCE IS FLAWED?" the professor splutters. The class is in uproar. The Christian remains standing until the commotion has subsided. "To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, may I give you an example of what I mean?" The professor wisely keeps silent. The Christian looks around the room, "Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?"
The class breaks out in laughter. The Christian points towards his elderly, crumbling tutor, "Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt theprofessor's brain?" No one appears to have done so.
The Christian shakes his head sadly, "It appears no one here has had any sensory perception of the professor's brain whatsoever. Well, according to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science, says the professor has no brain."
The class is in chaos. The Christian sits, because that is what a chair is for.
"Professing to be wise, they became fools."