Does Evil Exist? ~ A Modern Parable

One day, a professor of a university decided to challenge his students. He asked, “Did God create everything that exists?” A student answered bravely, “Yes, He did.”

“Everything?” asked the teacher. “Yes, everything,” was the answer of the student. “In that case, God also created evil, correct? Because evil exists.” said the teacher.

To that, the student had no answer and remained silent.


The teacher was delighted at the opportunity to prove one more time that God was only a myth.

Suddenly, another student raised his hand and asked: “May I ask you a question, professor?” “Of course,” was the answer. “Does cold exist?” “Of course,” answered the professor. “Did you never feel cold?” 

“Actually, sir, cold does not exist. According to studies in Physics, cold is the total and complete absence of heat. An object can only be studied if it has and transmits energy and it is the heat of an object that transmits it’s energy. Without heat, the objects are inert, incapable to react. But cold does not exist. We created the term ‘cold’ to explain the lack of heat.”

“And darkness?” continues the student. “It exists”, replied the professor. “Again, you’re wrong, sir. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton’s prism to show the variety of different colors in which the light can be decomposed according to the longitude of the waves. Darkness is the term we created to explain the total absence of light.”

And finally, the student asked: “And evil, 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 crime and violence we see 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, it is 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. Evil is the absence of God.”

Now it was the professor’s turn to remain silent..

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