Peanut gallery is a fun conversation between Albert Einstein and a professor.
An atheist professor of philosophy was speaking to his class on the problem science has with God, the Almighty.
He asked one of his God fearing students to stand and . . .
Professor: You do believe in God, don't you, son?
Student: Yes, sir.
Professor: Is GOD Good?
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, Young Fella. Is GOD Good?
Professor: Is Satan good? Student: No.
Professor: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From . . . GOD . . .
Professor: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this World? Student: Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Professor: So who created evil?
(Student did not answer)
Professor: Is there Sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible 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 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe the World around you. Tell me, son . . . Have you ever Seen GOD?
Student: No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever Heard your 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 doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my Faith.
Professor: Yes, Faith. And that is the problem science has.
Student: And is there such a thing as Cold?
Student: No, sir. There isn't.
(The Peanut Gallery became very quiet with this turn of events)
Student: Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat, a Little 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 after that. There is no such thing as Cold. Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat. We cannot Measure Cold. Heat is Energy. Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it.
(There was Pin-Drop Silence in the Peanut Gallery )
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 its called Darkness, isn't it? In reality, Darkness isn't. If it is, were you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn't you?
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 there is Life and then there is 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. But these are measurable entities.
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. Agreed ? 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 Cannot even prove that this Process is an On-Going Endeavor, Are you not teaching your Opinion, sir? Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher?
(The Peanut Gallery was in Uproar )
Student: Is there anyone in the Class who has ever seen your brain, Professor?
(The Class broke out into Laughter )
Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard your Professor's Brain, Felt it, touched or Smelt it? . . 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, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then Trust your Lectures, sir?
(The Peanut Gallery was Silent. The Professor stared at the Student, his face unfathomable)
Professor: I guess you'll have to take them on Faith, son.
Student: That is it sir . . . Exactly! The Link between Man & GOD is FAITH. Our humanness, our love and care of one another, that keeps things on Earth alive and moving.
Albert Einstein was reputedly that student. Can anyone confirm it? True or not, it's a fun and thought-provoking read. I confess to having doctored it a bit myself. To my knowledge Albert Einstein wasn't a Christian and I suspect this whole conversation is a fake, or at least far-removed from the original debate!
He was however a profound thinker on philosophical matters, quite apart from quantum physics.
It's safe being a conservative, Bible believing, conservative Christian. I know, because I am one, and have been since my conversion some 40 years ago. But, and it's a big question, things happen, Christians and the Church in general say and do things that make one hang one's head.
Do you really, like millions of Christians still believe that the Earth was created less than 10,000 years ago? That makes things very difficult for your fellow believers; a day is like a thousand years in the scriptures.
Are the dinosaurs just a figment of someone's imagination? Are those skeletons in our museums just part of an atheistic plot to prove that God doesn't exist?
It's safe not to question, think, review, and just believe and accept; but it's also dishonest; to self, and dishonouring to God.
Brian McLaren is without a doubt a stirrer. He challenges Christians not to be ostriches, but to face the difficulties squarely, and has no qualms about laying them out and presenting them graphically. And then leaving us to make up our own minds.
Of course there are difficulties. It's easy to trot out, God is good, God is all powerful.
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