Solomon's Porch

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Did God Create Evil? >> compiled by Sean Bonniwell

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At a certain college, there was a professor with a reputation for being tough on Christians. At the first class every semester, he asked if anyone was a Christian and proceeded to degrade and mock their statement of faith.


One semester, he asked the question and a young man raised his hand when asked if anyone was a Christian.


The professor asked, "Did God make everything, young man?" Yes he did, sir," the young man replied. The professor responded, "If God made everything, then God made evil, and if we can only create from within ourselves, then God is evil."


The student didn't have a response and the professor was happy to have once again proved the Christian faith to be a myth. Then another man raised his hand and asked, "May I ask you something, sir?" Yes you may," responded the professor. The young man stood up and said "Sir, is there such thing as cold?" "Of course there is, what kind of a question is that? Haven't you ever been cold?"


The young man replied, "Actually, sir, cold does not exist. What we consider to be cold, is really only the absence of heat. Absolute zero is when there is absolutely no heat, but cold does not really exist. We have only created that term to describe how we feel when heat is not there." The young man

continued, "Sir, is there such thing as dark?" Once again, the professor responded "Of course there is."


And once again, the student replied "Actually, sir, darkness does not exist. Darkness is really only the absence of light. Darkness is only a term man

developed to describe what happens when there is no light present."


Finally, the young man asked, "Sir, is there such thing as evil?" The professor responded, "Of course. We have rapes, and murders and violence

everywhere in the world, those things are evil." The student replied, "Actually, sir, evil does not exist. Evil is simply the absence of God. Evil is a term man developed to describe the absence of God.


God did not create evil. It isn't like truth, or love, which exist as virtues like heat and light. Evil is simply the state where God is not present, like cold without heat or darkness without light."


The professor had nothing to say.




There are many reasons why God shouldn't have called us. But don't worry...


Moses stuttered.

David's armor didn't fit.

John Mark was rejected by Paul.

Timothy had ulcers.

Hosea's wife was a prostitute.

Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.

Jacob was a liar.

David had an affair.

Solomon was too rich.

Jesus was too poor.

Abraham was too old.

David was too young.

Peter was afraid of death.

Lazarus was dead.

John was self-righteous.

Naomi was a widow.

Paul was a murderer.

So was Moses.

Jonah ran from God.

Miriam was a gossip.

Gideon and Thomas both doubted.

Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.

Elijah was burnt out.

John the Baptist was a loudmouth.

Martha was a worry-wart.

Mary was lazy.

Samson had long hair.

Noah got drunk.


Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?

So did Peter, Paul -- well, lots of folks did.

But God doesn't require a job interview.

He doesn't hire and fire like most bosses,

because He's more our Dad

than our Boss.

He doesn't look at financial gain or loss.

He's not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging,

sassy, or brassy,

not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need.

As much as we try, God's gifts are free.

We could do wonderful things for wonderful people

and still not be . . .


Satan says, "You're not worthy." Jesus says, "So what? . ... .

I AM."

Satan looks back and sees our mistakes.

God looks back and sees the cross.

He doesn't calculate what you did in '98.

It's not even on the record.

Sure. There are lots of reasons why God shouldn't have

called us.

But if we are magically in love with Him,

if we hunger for Him more than our next breath,

He'll use us in spite of who we are, where we've been,

or what we look like.

Pray that as Christians, we will step out of our limitations

and into the Light of His truth and Salvation..


-- Author Unknown