The Light In All Of Us

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16

One day, I happened upon a rather interesting post on Facebook. It was a video about the story of young Einstein in school. It opens with a question from the teacher to his students on whether or not God is evil. The teacher then makes his case by stating that since He created everything, including man, who is evil, then God must be evil as well. By this point, most people would be thinking, “Well, that’s a valid point,” and it is. That’s Deductive Reasoning 101. Little did the teacher expect, however, that a small hand was raised in God’s Defense.

“Teacher, does the cold exist?” asked young Einstein. His teacher laughed and said, “What a silly question. Of course it does.” Einstein replied, “In fact sir, it does not exist. It is just the absence of heat.” This apparently left the teacher stunned, saying nothing in response. Einstein then continued making his point, “Teacher, does darkness exist?” His teacher quickly replied “Certainly, it does exist.” Einstein shook his head and said, “No, sir. It does not. Darkness is just the absence of light.” The teacher was left speechless yet again, allowing Einstein to ask one last question. “Teacher, does evil exist?” he asked. The teacher, a little annoyed, replied “Yes. As I have said, God created everything, therefore He created evil.”

What came next surprised me. “No, sir. You are wrong. It does not exist. Evil is just the absence of God. Like the cold and darkness, evil just another way of saying that God’s love is absent from the hearts of man,” he said, sitting back down. Now, whether or not Einstein actually did this in his lifetime, we will never know. Either way, that is exactly how we should shine the light God has bestowed upon us. As I’ve said before in a previous entry, do not let fear stop you from doing this. As the saying goes, “If God is with you, who can ever be against you.”

Your boy,

Seth Martin


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