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A University professor at a well known institution of higher learning challenged 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, he certainly did," the student replied.
The professor answered, "If God created everything; then God created evil. And, since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."

The student became quiet and did not answer the professor's hypothetical definition. 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, "May 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?" The other students snickered at the young man's question.

The young man replied, "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; and 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 the various wavelengths of each color. 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. 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 examples of man's 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. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe 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 like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light."

The professor sat down.

The young man's name - Albert Einstein.
I can't remember where I found this, but I thought it was the coolest thing I've ever read.

I had never heard that Albert Einstein was Jewish until I read this. Simply amazing!

It's titled "My Hero" because I never really thought Einstein was religious, but it turns out he was. Who says scientists don't believe in religion?
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black7shadow Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there's no way a human can live without a soul and there's no way that a real scientist shine without having religon to enlight his way...
MyColourPalette Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
This is amazing, although I think that it is very much debatable :) Much love for Einstein :heart: :D
MyPaint-YourBlood Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant! Absolutly brilliant!
Einstein is an insperation!
He truely uses his mind and knowledge to gain
wisdom and reality to be exposed.
His way of thinking is unique to find.
dpow3r Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Just for the clarification , Einstein was a Jewish and later became a deist .
Jaybiveli-the-don Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
I've checked thoroughly, Einstein didn't say that. They're various versions of this with changed scientists. Sorry, but this isn't true. If it is I'd like to see it's verification, I haven't found one. And oh, I do believe in God (though I'm not christian) and I believe God wants us to be honest.
FruityFruitJuice Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Yes, this is quite amazing and very inspiring.
Plus, since he was atheist o.o
dagnimoon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
wow!!! I love this text, and the wonderful part is that Einstein always find the way to make the imposible, posible, and to show up that he wasn't only a great genius of physics, he was a human being.
matrixframe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
man, this touched me. I knew about other stuff he had done, but not this. gives me more reasons to love Einstein :)
Emberspirit Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
This is really great! I wonder if I can create a situation in school were I can pull this of. ;)
Yeah, yeah...Einstein will always be remembered, if not...
Scottkettle815 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw this same story written many times before, with a different hero every time. It's fiction. There was never a conversation like that between Einstein and an Instructor.
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