Editorials by Robert Kirwan

Did God Create Evil?
Hereís How To Reply To The Question The Next Time Someone Wants To Question Your Faith


Every now and then Christians are challenged to justify their faith in God. Some people just do not believe things they canít understand. Here is a little story that may help you the next time you find yourself in a conversation with a person who is trying to put you on the spot.


Once day a university professor challenged his students with this question..."Did God create everything that exists?"

A student excitedly 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 by such an answer. The professor, quite pleased with himself sat down. 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", replied the professor. The students snickered at the young manís question.

"In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study 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 Newtonís prism to break white light into many colours and study various wave lengths of each colour. 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. Isnít 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 manís 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. Evil is just like darkness and cold. It is a word that man has created to describe the absence of God," and with that the student sat back down.

NOTE: It has been said that the student was Albert Einstein, but there is no absolute proof of this. In any event, this may be a good story to remember the next time you find yourself in a serious discussion with someone who is questioning the goodness of God.


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