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Darkness does not exist, is the absence of light.
This phrase has attracted my attention and initially I thought it had a very good argument to defend the absence of evil, the text that I read originally was an email in which they attributed to Einstein his authorship to humiliate his professor atheist and show him that Evil does not exist. It is important to make clear that Einstein was not the one who said this phrase as you can check on this page https://www.snopes.com/religion/einstein.asp. You can find the original text at the bottom of this article.
Evil does not exist?
According to the original text, it is intended to infer that evil does not exist but that it is the absence of God such as cold does not exist given that it is the absence of heat or darkness does not exist given that it is the absence of light.
I differ from this argument that tries to prove that evil does not exist, the fact that darkness is the absence of light does not indicate that evil is the absence of God
My logic is as simple as that of the original text and I simply go back a step to examine the cause of the darkness being the lack of light.
For darkness to occur, something or someone must interpose between the source of light and the observer; For example, the night occurs when the whole planet intervenes to dull the sunlight, however, the light is still emanated by the sun.
According to the above, darkness at a spiritual level occurs because something or someone intervenes to obscure the light of God, and there I find that evil does exist and is dedicated to producing the lowest instincts in man so that each time it is more difficult to approach God.
One of the tricks of the evil one is to make us think that he does not exist and that he can act in an underground way by wearing down our life.
We need a source.
We are not light simply with wanting to be light, for us to be light we need a source of energy.
As a comparison we can see that a modern lamp, with LED bulbs and rechargeable battery only works if the battery has charge, otherwise it is a useless object. The owner of the lamp tries to keep his battery at 100% to be able to use it at any time, either to read or as an auxiliary light at home or camping.
In the same way for us to be light we must keep re-charged but how do we do it? People have different ways of recharging their spirituality and thus achieve a contagious look, a smiling face, a comforting voice and welcoming arms.
In my case, prayer is what leads me to feel so close to God that it frees my heart and allows me to leave myself to go to the other, to my neighbor. It is in this way that the scripture is fulfilled “ In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.s” (Mt 5:14–16).
And you: how do you recharge your light?
University professor at a well known institution of higher learning 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, He certainly did.” the student replied.
The professor answered, “If God created everything; then God created evil. And since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume! God is evil.” The student became quiet and did not answer the professor’s hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.
Another student raised his hand and said, “May I ask you a question, professor?” “Of course”, replied the professor. The student stood up and asked, “Professor, does cold exist?” “What kind of a question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?” The other 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 F) is the total absence of heat; and 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 everyday. It is in the daily examples 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 a 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 professor sat down. The young man’s name was – Albert Einstein.