You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD good ?...
Student : Sure.
Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?
Student : Yes.
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?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Is satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor: Where does
satan come from ?
Student : From … GOD …
right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything.
Professor: So who created evil ?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness?
Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world,
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created
(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.
Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smell your GOD? Have
you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in
Student : Yes.
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.
Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theatre 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
(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)
Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
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,
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. 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. 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 class was in uproar.)
Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter. )
Student : Is there anyone here
who has ever heard the 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?
room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith,
Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man &
GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably
want your friends /colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?
this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.
By the way, that student
Want to See Change?
Whenever the Bible is heard and
obeyed, lives are changed! Christianity is more than a collection of interesting
facts; it is the power of God to every one who believes. What has God's power
done in your life since you first believed?
1 Thessalonians 1:5 NLT
For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you.
Is your Life Worthless?
We often feel that life is a failure unless we're getting a lot out of it: recognition, fun, money, success. But Paul considered life worth nothing unless he used it for God's work. What he put into life was far more important than what he got out. Which is more important to you-what you get out of life, or what you put into it?
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24
Sin is sin! No matter how big it is
Some sins seem bigger than others because their obvious consequences are much more serious. Murder, for example, seems to us to be worse than hatred, and adultery seems worse than lust. But this does not mean that because we do lesser sins we deserve eternal life. All sin makes us sinners, and all sin cuts us off from our holy God. All sin, therefore, leads to death (because it disqualifies us from living with God), regardless of how great or small it seems. Don't minimize "little" sins or overrate "big" sins. They all separate us from God, but they all can be forgiven.
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
Sharing our Faith
Peter and John were warned repeatedly not to preach, but they continued in spite of the threats. We, too, should live as Christ has asked us to, sharing our faith no matter what the cost. We may not be beaten or thrown in jail, but we may be ridiculed, ostracized, or slandered. To what extent are you willing to suffer for the sake of sharing the gospel with others?
Acts 5:40-42 NLT;
The others ac...cepted his advice. They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go.
The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”
Are you ready?
Jesus told the disciples to keep a constant watch for his return. Although nearly 2,000 years have passed since he spoke these words, their truth remains: Christ is coming again, and we need to watch and be spiritually fit. This means working faithfully at the tasks God has given us. Don't let your mind and spirit be dulled by careless living, drinking, or the foolish pursuit of pleasure. Don't let life's anxieties overburden you, so that you will be ready to move at God's command.
"Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:33-36 NLT
Do you always forgive?
To rebuke does not mean to point out every sin we see; it means to bring sin to a person's attention with the purpose of restoring him or her to God and to fellow humans. When you feel you must rebuke another Christian for a sin, check your attitudes before you speak. Do you love the person? Are you willing to forgive? Unless rebuke is tied to forgiveness, it will not help the sinning person.Luke 17:3-4 NLT
So watch yourselves!
“If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”
Pointing out the mistakes in others
Jesus doesn't mean we should ignore wrongdoing, but we should not be so worried about others' sins that we overlook our own. We often rationalize our sins by pointing out the same mistakes in others. What kinds of specks in others' eyes are the easiest for you to criticize? Remember your own "logs" when you feel like criticizing, and you may find that you have less to say.
Luke 6:41-42 NLT
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
Are you grateful for his forgiveness?
Overflowing love is the natural response to forgiveness and the appropriate consequence of faith. But only those who realize the depth of their sin can appreciate the complete forgiveness God offers them. Jesus has rescued all of his followers, whether they were once extremely wicked or conventionally good, from eternal death. Do you appreciate the wideness of God's mercy? Are you grateful for his forgiveness?
Luke 7:47 NLT
“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”
Do you want to be a leader?
Jesus described leadership from a new perspective. Instead of using people, we are to serve them. Jesus' mission was to serve others and to give his life away. A real leader has a servant's heart. Servant leaders appreciate others' worth and realize that they're not above any job. If you see something that needs to be done, don't wait to be asked. Take the initiative and do it like a faithful servant.
Matthew 20:25-28 NLT
But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
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