Archive for December, 2007

Evil is simply the absence of God

Friday, December 28th, 2007

A science professor begins his school year with a lecture to the students,
“Let me explain the problem science has with religion.” The atheist
professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new
students to stand.

“You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?”

“Yes sir,” the student says.

“So you believe in God?”

“Absolutely.”

“Is God good?”

“Sure! God’s good.”

“Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?”

“Yes.”

“Are you good or evil?”

“The Bible says I’m evil.”

The professor grins knowingly. “Aha! The Bible!” He considers for a moment.
“Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can
cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?”

“Yes sir, I would.”

“So you’re good…!”

“I wouldn’t say that.”

“But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could.
Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.”

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. “He doesn’t, does
he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to
Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?”

The student remains silent

“No, you can’t, can you?” the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a
glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.

“Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?”

“Er…yes,” the student says.

“Is Satan good?”

The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. “No.”

“Then where does Satan come from?”

The student falters. “From God”

“That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in
this world?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?”

“Yes.”

“So who created evil?” The professor continued, “If God created everything,
then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle
that our works define who we are, then God is evil.”

Again, the student has no answer. “Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred?
Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?”

The student squirms on his feet. “Yes.”

“So who created them?”

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question.
“Who created them?” There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks
away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. “Tell me,”
he continues onto another student. “Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?”

The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. “Yes, professor, I do.”

The old man stops pacing. “Science says you have five senses you use to
identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?”

“No sir. I’ve never seen Him.”

“Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?”

“No, sir, I have not.”

“Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have
you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that
matter?”

“No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.”

“Yet you still believe in him?”

“Yes.”

“According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol,
science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?”

“Nothing,” the student replies. “I only have my faith.”

“Yes, faith,” the professor repeats. “And that is the problem science has
with God. There is no evidence, only faith.”

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His
own. “Professor, is there such thing as heat?”

“Yes,” the professor replies. “There’s heat.”

“And is there such a thing as cold?”

“Yes, son, there’s cold too.”

“No sir, there isn’t.”

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room
suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. “You can have
lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white
heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We
can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any
further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be
able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.”

“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 (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is
only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold.
Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the
opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.”

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding
like a hammer.

“What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?”

“Yes,” the professor replies without hesitation. “What is night if it isn’t
darkness?”

“You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it 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? That’s the meaning we use to define the word.”

“In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness
darker, wouldn’t you?”

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a
good semester. “So what point are you making, young man?”

“Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start
with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.”

The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. “Flawed? Can you
explain how?”

“You are working on the premise of duality,” the student explains “You
argue that there is life and then there’s 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?”

“If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes,
of course I do.”

“Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?”

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where
the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

“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 now not a scientist, but a preacher?”

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has
subsided.

“To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me
give you an example of what I mean.”

The student looks around the room. “Is there anyone in the class who has
ever seen the professor’s brain?” The class breaks out into laughter.

“Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the
professor’s brain, touched or smelt the professor’s brain? 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, with all due
respect, sir.”

“So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?”

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face
unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. “I guess you’ll
have to take them on faith.”

“Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,”
the student continues. “Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?”

Now uncertain, the professor responds, “Of course, there is. We see it
everyday It is in the daily example 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 TOP TEN PREDICTIONS FOR 2008/Jessie Nehlsen

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007


1. The Bible will still have the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost.

Jessie Nehlsen

Faith on solid ground?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Jesus warns us against worry. (Luke 12:22) The best weapon against fear, and worry is faith. Everything is possible for him who believes. (Mark 9:23)
Faith is sizable. Jesus said if you have faith small as a mustard seed, you could move mountains. (Matt 17:19-20) I have found that there is three levels of faith. Faith that walks on solid ground, faith that stays in the boat, and faith that walks on the water.

Walks that walks on water.

– Peter walks on water. (Matt 14:29)
– Abraham believes with a barren wife. (James 2:23)

Would you trust God even in a season of high waters?
I know from my own experience that December is tough month but there is good news. Grace is available to all who believe.

Faith that stays in the boat

It seems natural to remain in the boat when the wind blows. It’s comfortable in the boat. We all like to that kind of faith because it is easy. Lord I believe it’s you walking in the water, but I rather stay in the boat. The disciples reacted that way, but not Peter.

Faith that walks on solid ground.

This kind of faith is that of Tomas. (John 20:24-25) Some of us want to everything going well before we believe. But the reality is, when things are all right, we don’t necessarily rely on God any longer. Some times the water is just a test, an opportunity for our faith to grow strong.
When we step out the boat, God puts victory under our feet. Let’s remember in this season that Jesus is Lord in all circumstances. He promised to never leave nor forsake us. If we’ve been strong in our faith in the pass but this time around the storm seems bigger, Christ is even bigger. I you have never been strong in your faith; this is a good time to rise up and experience a victorious life.
Because Jesus is Lord of all; the wind and the sea submit to Him; all things are possible to those who believe in Him.
May the grace of God shines upon you this Christmas season as we continue to fully trust in Him.
PWK.

I’ve found joy being a Christian/ Charles Okafor

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

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The Love Of Jesus/ Believe Akwemovi

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

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CRABBY OLD MAN

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

When an old man died in the geriatric
ward of a small hospital near Tampa , Florida , it was believed that he
had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going
through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and
content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to
every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Missouri .
The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the
Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for
Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his
simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this little old man, with nothing
left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem
winging across the Internet.

Crabby Old Man

What do you see nurses? ..What do you
see?
What are you thinking…..when you’re
looking at me?
A crabby old man, …not very wise,
Uncertain of habit …….with faraway
eyes?

Who dribbles his food…….and makes no
reply.
When you say in a loud voice…..’I do
wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice …the things
that you do.
And forever is losing ………. A sock
or shoe?

Who, resisting or not………..lets you
do as you will,
With bathing and feeding …. The long
day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that
what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse……you’re
not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am ………. As I
sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, ….as I eat at
your will.
I’m a small child of ten…….with a
father and mother,
Brothers and sisters ………who love
one another

A young boy of Sixteen ..with wings on
his feet
Dreaming that soon now. …….a lover
he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty ……my heart
gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows……that I
promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now ………. I have
young of my own.
Who need me to guide …. And a secure
happy home.
A man of Thirty …….. My young now
grown fast,
Bound to each other …….. With ties
that should last.

At Forty, my young sons …have grown
and are gone,
But my woman’s beside me…….to see I
don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, ……. Babies play
’round my knee,
Again, we know children …… My loved
one and me.

Dark days are upon me ………… My
wife is now dead.
I look at the future ……………I
shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing……young
of their own.
And I think of the years… And the love
that I’ve known.

I’m now an old man………and nature is
cruel.
‘Tis jest to make old age …..look like
a fool.
The body, it crumbles……….grace and
vigor, depart.
There is now a stone……..where I once
had a heart.

But inside this old carcass …… A
young guy still dwells,
And now and again ……my battered
heart swells
I remember the joys……….. I
remember the pain.
And I’m loving and
living………….life over again.

I think of the years .all too
few……gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact……..that
nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people ……….open
and see..
Not a crabby old man. Look
closer….see……..ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an
older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul
within…..we will all, one day, be there, too!

PLEASE SHARE THIS POEM
The best and most beautiful things of
this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart.

God Bless.

A true friend is someone who
reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

To Worship God, Is What I Live For/ Farai Tsimba

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

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