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# Does Evil Exist? Quotes from Einstein

 I stumbled upon this text, I don't know how genuine it is but it is quite interesting. I just thought I'd share it here. Does evil exist? The university professor challenged his students with this question. Did God create everything that exists? A student bravely replied, "Yes, he did!" "God created everything? The professor asked. "Yes sir", the student replied. The professor answered, "If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then God is evil". The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth. Another student raised his hand and said, "Can I ask you a question professor?" "Of course", replied the professor. The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?" "What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?" The students snickered at the young man's question. The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. 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 (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat." The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?" The professor responded, "Of course it does." The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present." Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?" Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. 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 not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat. 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 young man's name — Albert Einstein. Thanks, Milan asked 31 Jan '11, 17:55 Milanz 405●2●10 Wow way to go Albert Einstein! Cheers! It is hard to answer this question after that, that was great. (31 Jan '11, 18:26) Wade Casaldi 1 http://www.snopes.com/religion/einstein.asp (01 Feb '11, 21:15) Vesuvius Since snopes says this was a Rabi I think it is a shame his name was lost replaced with Einstein's name because it is still a great answer. (02 Feb '11, 03:22) Wade Casaldi showing 1 of 3 show 2 more comments

 4 While I partially agree with Michael, I don't think "love is the absence of evil". Love just Is - it's not dependent on the presence or absence of anything and I don't think it has an opposite. It's the only thing that's real. As for evil, I think it's just an illusion we create to excuse our own fears - it's easier to blame them on something or someone outside ourself rather than accept sole responsibility and stop stunting our own growth. answered 03 Mar '11, 20:36 Michaela 34.4k●1●15●72 1 Don't know who started it but double up vote. I like when we take more responsibility for our actions. Sometimes it looks like we really are "Actors" :) (04 Mar '11, 07:38) you Well put Michaela! couldn't agree more! thank you, namaste (04 Mar '11, 16:33) daniele Thank you both :) (04 Mar '11, 20:12) Michaela showing 2 of 3 show 1 more comments
 2 People have choices in life, so it is the choices that they will make that will be determined, as either good, or evil. So, my point is evil is a conscious choice we make, and if, and when, we do make the choice to do evil, then we will have to accept the consequences thereafter! If evil exist that is because we choose to give life and rise to its existence of our own free will! Also, since we create our own reality, why do we need to give life and rise to evil into our reality? We create evil that we see, hear, and talk about, without us to create it into our life, there would be no evil. Therefore, evil is in the mind of the beholder, and it does not exist, it is created into ones' self belief for self action! So, in essence, evil does not exist unless we create it into our own reality! answered 01 Feb '11, 08:14 Inactive User ♦♦ 259●1●10●134
 2 in some respects what is typically labeled evil should be called ignorance, a misintrepretation of life, yet a fully consciouness decision, that may attract baser elementals, who revel in separateness. answered 02 Feb '11, 02:13 fred 18.2k●6●6
 2 Yes, evil does exist because God created it so that mankind would have something to choose from since he gave man free will to choose to serve and love him but if there is nothing else to choose from than you would automatic choose God by default for their is nothing else to choose from. Now, when I first read that in the bible that God created evil that through me for a loop for a long time and I would re-read it to that point and stop and could not go any farther. But after several more tries I was able to read on and get an understand from God that was why he created evil. Sorry I can't give you the verse and chapter but I will search and try to find it for you and place it here later. But Einstein was correct evil is just merely the absent of God so very true indeed!!!! answered 06 Feb '11, 11:46 flowingwater 6.9k●3●15●90
 2 Einstein was never involved in any conversation like this in any record. This story was made up in 2004. Einstein said many things about religion (things he REALLY said). Why don't you people take the trouble to read it? "A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive." (Albert Einstein, 1954) He had far more Buddhist in him than biblical Christian. answered 05 Oct '11, 01:23 Rick 1 11●1 I am sure he said many things. (05 Oct '11, 04:22) Fairy Princess

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