Author’s Note: The following dialogue occurred between an antagonistic, atheist college professor and a student who was a believer in Jesus Christ. I saw this on the friend of a friend of a friend’s blog. I have no idea whether it is authentic or not. My takeaway from this dialogue was a renewing of my mind about the authenticity of the Gospel and the importance of standing up for the Truth.
As I was reading this dialogue God brought two scriptures to mind. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16; and, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15
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
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Professor: Is GOD all powerful?
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. Is GOD good?
Professor: Is satan good?
Professor: Where does satan come from?
Student: From . . .GOD.
Professor: That’s right. Tell me. Is there evil in the world?
Professor: Evil is everywhere. And GOD made everything. Correct?
Professor: So, who created evil?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? Violence? All these 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 five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen 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.
Professor: According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable protocol, Science says your GOD does not exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes. Faith. That is the problem science has.
Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student: And, is there such a thing as cold?
Student: No, sir. There isn’t.
The lecture theater became silent.
Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, super heat, mega heat, white heat, a little bit of 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 than that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We can not measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, just the absence of it.
The lecture theater was dead silent.
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 it’s called darkness, isn’t it? If it is, well, you’d be able to make darkness darker, right?
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 that there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as finite, something you can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. Science 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 can not 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 can not even prove that this process is an ongoing endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class was in an uproar.)
Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out in laughter.)
Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched it or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrative protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The class was silent. The Professor stared at the Student, unable, or unwilling to respond.)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student: That is it, sir. Exactly! The link between man and GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
P.S. The Student in this story was believed to be Albert Einstein.