Thursday, August 11, 2005
Vacation Bible School Week
I went to my regular Wednesday bible study. It was rather engaging. We were studying John the 11th chapter. This is about the Raising of Lazarus and the Resurrection. I get excited and I love discussion about Jesus Christ. He's the only person in history to have ever come back from the dead. During the discussion, the believers of that day like Mary and Martha had a strong faith and trust that Jesus was the promised Messiah. In the last day, Jesus will return and take his church away. This is called the Rapture, or caught away. Not convinced? Well, let me tell you a story.
A University professor challanged 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", 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 answer. 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, "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 that? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?" The students snickered at the young man's question.
The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the law physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible tostudy 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; 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 various wavelengths of each color. You can not measue darkness. A single 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 of 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 exist to itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe what happens when man does not the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's comes when there is no light." The professor sat down. The young man's name---Albert Einstein.
Well our disccussion got into deeper things that God has emotions just like we do. He created all of us and know all about us. Our emotions come from him. It's our turning away and rejection that separates us from Him. If you ever read that God hated, was angry and was grievous. It was of our disobedience. Even when we hate our brother we're the same as a murder. God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins on the Cross. His victory our death gives us eternal life in Him. If you believe in tomorrow trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved to live with Him in a safe, perfect world forever. Sounds to good to be true, then read and see for yourself at www.blueletterbible.org.