Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Lesson in Faith: Taught by the Student

Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. FAITH.



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.

I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?

Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.

7 comments:

  1. That was awesome!

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  2. That was bullshit.

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  3. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Would like to hear your analysis on why you think it is so?

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  4. Einstein never had this conversation. Please do not use a lie to spread the truth. Doesn't speak much about our faith does it?

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101310547783594&set=a.690669904874.2231098.6302951&type=1&ref=nf

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  5. Thanks for letting me know that the author posted my link on his page. Here was my response to him:

    Steven Yang: I'm the "re-poster" you cited above.

    1. Judging from the comments your analysis seems to polarize the issue even more. I did not think that this post declared a "war on science". It was merely a discussion that made some valid points about faith and the belief of things unseen. That's my interpretation.

    2. Okay. Einstein may have not had this conversation. However, that doesn't negate the entire post. It's a story. It's not a David v. Goliath story. It's just a story based on some facts about the absence of those things unseen. I see that as valid and inspiring.

    3. When will we STOP fact checking ALL the time and just take something for what it is? An inspiring story that MIGHT get someone to think about God and religion differently. That was the point of my re-post. To inspire and maybe help someone think differently about faith in God.

    4. Stop blaming all the"bad" Christians for those who've chosen not to accept Christ and live accordingly. It's a personal decision. A direct relationship. This post is not going to steer people away from what the Holy Spirit puts on ones heart. I do believe we should all be better examples, but understand that it's a journey and sometimes we fail; just like David (2 Samuel 11), Peter, Judas (the list goes on) failed. Being human doesn't drive people away from the church, it's the idea that we are perfect beings here to judge everyone else, that people reject.

    5. Good day sir. Peace & Blessings to you!

    P.S. Thanks for letting me know that Einstein did not in fact have this conversation. I'll make sure to remove that portion from my site. :)

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  6. This is possibly the least intelligent thing I have read in a long while. First off, needless to say, this conversation never happened, and Einstein definitely did not have it.

    Secondly, needless to say, science is not based solely on senses the humans happen to be equipped with "by default". That would be an entirely unsupportable premise. You are (mostly) incapable of sensing (static) electric or magnetic fields, even though some very simple machinery can allow you to measure or sense them (yes, sense; if you put a small piece of iron into your finger, you can use it to sense magnetic fields; completely awesome but not recommended for the obvious reasons).

    Instead, we have the concept of measurement. You can't sense electric fields, but you can see how they cause objects around them to act. You cannot lick radio waves, but you can show that an AC current through one piece of metal causes a similar, but weaker, AC current through a nearby piece of metal. You can't touch evolution, but you notice that peoples' features are consistent with those created by a natural selection process, and that many fossils suggesting such a process have been found.

    Science is based on the much saner concept of empirical evidence: Any given theory interprets any set of existing evidence and can be used to create nontrivial predictions that can then be verified. Logically, if a theory cannot make any nontrivial prediction, it is arguably not a very useful theory (for example, if I believe batteries are powered by little gremlins that move charges around but disappear the moment they are opened, I can make no useful predictions with that theory). The Theory Of God makes no predictions whatsoever, except for ones which have been shown false -- that is quite a spotty track record.

    This argument, one of touching, feeling and smelling, addresses its readers as if they had never learned to think beyond learning object permanence. It centers on the idea that the only way of knowing is sensory or through some leap of faith, discounting not only years of scientific progress but the actual concept of common sense in the process. It is shamefully patronizing, and I feel sorry for those who have degraded themselves and their readers by posting or forwarding it.

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  7. 1. Did you seriously consider this story to be a fact based analysis of the existence of God? Of course we can touch a brain. This is a story of inspiration and of faith.

    2. Take it for what it is, a story. The author didn't ask for the scientific world to study and dissect his or her story. The STORY accomplishes what it sought to do, inspire through the existence of things unseen.

    3. Inspiration comes in many different shapes and sizes. For some this story could help reshape the thought process of those struggling to believe in something greater than themselves. You don't have to accept what others believe (that we all have souls, that we are spiritual beings living a human experience) but to dismiss it as if all things have been explained by science is foolish.

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