An atheist strikes up an inevitable conversation with his religious friend.
“YOU?RE RELIGIOUS AREN?T YOU?”
“SO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?”
“IS GOD GOOD?”
“Sure! God’s good.”
“IS GOD ALL-POWERFUL, CAN HE DO ANYTHING?”
“ARE YOU GOOD OR EVIL?”
“I am a sinner, so I am evil.?
The atheist grins knowingly.
?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, 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.?
His friend does not answer, so the atheist continues.
?HE DOESN?T, DOES HE? MY BROTHER WHO WAS RELIGIOUS DIED OF CANCER, EVEN THOUGH HE PRAYED TO GOD TO HEAL HIM. HOW IS THIS GOOD? CAN YOU ANSWER THAT ONE??
His friend remains silent.
?YOU CAN?T, CAN YOU??
The atheist rethinks his argument.
?LET?S START AGAIN, IS GOD GOOD??
?IS SATAN GOOD??
?THEN WHERE DOES SATAN COME FROM??
?IS THERE EVIL IN THE WORLD??
?AND GOD MADE EVERYTHING, CORRECT??
?THEN IF GOD CREATED EVERYTHING, AND SINCE EVIL EXISTS, ACCORDING TO THE PRINCIPLE THAT OUR WORKS DEFINE WHO WE ARE THEN GOD IS EVIL.?
Again, his friend of faith had no answer.
?IS THERE SICKNESS? IMMORALITY? HATRED? UGLINESS? ALL THESE TERRIBLE THINGS, DO THEY EXIST IN THIS WORLD??
?SO TELL ME WHO CREATED THEM??
No answer again, so the atheist repeats his question but is still no answer. Suddenly the atheist breaks away to pace, feeling confident in his argument.
His friend stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of his own.
“Tell me, is there such thing as heat?”
?YES, THERE?S HEAT.?
“And is there such a thing as cold?”
?YES, THERE?S ALSO COLD.?
“No, there isn’t.”
The atheist gives a curious look to his friend.
“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, 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, just the absence of it.”
Silence in the room made the drop on a pen sound like a hammer. His friend continues.
“What about darkness, is there such a thing as darkness?”
?YES. WHAT IS NIGHT WITHOUT DARKNESS??
“You’re wrong again. 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?”
“SO WHAT POINT ARE YOU MAKING??
“Yes. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.”
The atheist?s face cannot hide his surprise this time.
“FLAWED? CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW??
“You are working on the premise of duality,” his friend 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. 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, is there such a thing as evil?”
?OFCOURSE 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 friend replied, “Evil does not exist, 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 atheist was silenced.
Answer by Jaden
This friend had to be on your “5” cause thats a long convo lol, was she your BFF Jill ?