This is a long post. A story read by my friend, Mico. It's worth reading. Share this to everyone!
A science professor begins his school year with a lecture to the students, "Let me explain the problem science has with religion." The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.
"You're a Christian, aren't you, son?"
"Yes sir," the student says.
"So you believe in God?"
"Is God good?"
"Sure! God's good."
"Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?"
"Are you good or evil?"
"The Bible says I'm evil."
The professor grins knowingly. "Aha! The Bible!" He considers for a moment. "Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?"
"Yes sir, I would."
"So you're good...!"
"I wouldn't say that."
"But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't."
The student does not answer, so the professor continues. "He doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?"
The student remains silent.
"No, you can't, can you?" the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.
"Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?"
"Er...yes," the student says.
"Is Satan good?"
The student doesn't hesitate on this one. "No."
"Then where does Satan come from?"
The student falters. "From God"
"That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?"
"Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?"
"So who created evil?" The professor continued, "If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil."
Again, the student has no answer. "Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?"
The student squirms on his feet. "Yes."
"So who created them?"
The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. "Who created them?" There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. "Tell me," he continues onto another student. "Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?"
The student's voice betrays him and cracks. "Yes, professor, I do."
The old man stops pacing. "Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?"
"No sir. I've never seen Him."
"Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?"
"No, sir, I have not."
"Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?"
"No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't."
"Yet you still believe in him?"
"According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?"
"Nothing," the student replies. "I only have my faith."
"Yes, faith," the professor repeats. "And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith."
The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own. "Professor, is there such thing as heat?"
"Yes," the professor replies. "There's heat."
"And is there such a thing as cold?"
"Yes, son, there's cold too."
"No sir, there isn't."
The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. "You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees."
"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 (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it."
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
"What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?"
"Yes," the professor replies without hesitation. "What is night if it isn't darkness?"
"You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it 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 it's called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word."
"In reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?"
The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. "So what point are you making, young man?"
"Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed."
The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this time. "Flawed? Can you explain how?"
"You are working on the premise of duality," the student explains. "You argue that there is life and then there's 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?"
"If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do."
"Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?"
The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.
"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 now not a scientist, but a preacher?"
The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.
"To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean."
The student looks around the room. "Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?" The class breaks out into laughter.
"Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain? 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, with all due respect, sir."
"So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?"
Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable.
Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. "I guess you'll have to take them on faith."
"Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life," the student continues. "Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?"
Now uncertain, the professor responds, "Of course, there is. We see it everyday. 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 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.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The hardest part in my life is when I am starting to have everything, the peak of my joy, but then, suddenly, I have to leave it all behind. I have to leave everything, all my pleasures and loved once to fulfill my destiny. I do not know what the future holds for me as I go on and leave things behind. I do not know if I am for this forever or if time comes and I will go back again. I keep on asking, "God, why me?" and I also have many "What ifs.." on my mind. For several years, I tried to go on my own but I am still haunted. Haunted by what I should be. There is no assurance if I am for that, but my heart will never be contented and I will still be haunted by these thoughts if I will not try this. I have always been afraid to ask God for signs because I do not want to know His will for me. Why? Because I am afraid to face it. I am afraid of the future. I am afraid to be away from my loved ones. I am afraid to have detattachment. I do not want to leave things behind. I do not want to turn back on my dreams. I want to fulfill them. Yet, later I have discovered that my heart has its own dream; and its dream is what God wants me to do. But I am scared. I do not have the courage. But this time, I think I will try. Maybe this is the right time before it is too late. Few months from now, I might be leaving. I am not so sure yet, but I think God is. This is hard for me to do. But the best time to do things is the time when one does not want to that thing. I offer it up for God. This is painful, but I have to. Whoever reads this, please, pray for me as I will always pray for you there. God Bless you!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I arrived at Manila Cathedral around 8pm last Friday(Nov. 7). At first I was a bit confused because there was only ONE brother(Br. B), TWO 3rd orders(MALE) and THREE X-men. whoa. There were no Sisters around. When I entered the cathedral, Br. B said that I would be the one to handle the program and be the host for the vigil. whoa!! I was not prepared! +*+*+ Ako? naku, ilang youth ang nandun tapos ang dami pang mga Titas.. hayy grabe, sabi ko, "paano ko mabubuhay ang crowd na ito?" Hay, actually hindi ko alam kung paano ko napasunod at nabuhay ang ganoong crowd. Hindi ko na nga alam mga pinagsasabi at pinaggagawa ko. Holy Spirit na may gawa nun. :) 2 lang kasi ung sisters na pinayagang lumabas at ung ibang brothers late na dumating kasi may kanya-kanya silang assignments. back-to-back kami ni Br. Bernardine. hehehe. hayy, tapos nagchoir pa ako. (pasensya na sa mga choir, sintunado ako! haha. :) +*+*+ It was very energy draining but because of God and for the love of Mary and Jesus evrything went on in success though there were a little mismanagement due to lack of brothers and sisters. :) Thank you God! It's really a great honor to be a host for vigil.
I am a VICTIM! VICTIM for Your Love.
Ibang-iba ang feeling. kahit alam kong hindi ako deserving maghandle ng vigil, tinulungan po Ninyo ako. It is You, Lord ang nagdictate ng mga sinabi at ginawa ko doon.
Lord, sinadya niyo po ba na gawin akong emcee/host by accident? sinadya pero by accident eh noh.. o baka surprise un?! hahaha.
Sana maexperience ng lahat ang ganito .. :)
There is a great and unique happiness in serving You. Happiness beyond suffering.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Here is a video from Alliance (my family! :]) on Reproductive health bil! hindi kasi maayos ung pagkaupload ko nung una.. :) GOD BLESS!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Mexico's Roman Catholic church is condemning the increasingly popular celebration of Halloween as "damaging and against the faith."An article on the Web site of the Archdiocese of Mexico warns that "those who celebrate Halloween are worshiping a culture of death that is the product of a mix of pagan customs."It adds that Halloween "has been identified with neo-pagans, satanism and occult worship." The archdiocese urges Mexican parents to replace trick-or-treating with costume parties in which children dress up as a character from the Bible, and are given a bag of candy with instructions to give away one piece to each of their friends with the words "God loves you."
-THIS WAS POSTED BY A FRIEND, KEVIN QUIAMBAO :)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
haha.. hindi mapanindigan yung 40 days na no outside communication eh. hindi naman sa ganoon. there are just things that I must do with communication and media. And in the first place, wala naman ako sa formation house. para sa kanila lang yung 40 days. naman.:D mas may maitutulong ako dito habang nasa labas. iba raw ang sacrifice for 40 days ng nasa labas. hehehe.
Anyway, I'm asking for your prayers for the MHCC brothers(OATH) and sisters(LIHM-COTH). thank you. God be with you!
LIHM-COTH nagmerge ngayon ang LIHM at COTH. why? It's a congregation's secret. All we can do is PRAY. The devil is working on his way to destroy Mary's works.
call me crazy. call me weird. I do this for Jesus and Mary.and of course for you, my friends. Everyone is my friend. :)
*+*+*In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph! -Our Lady at Fatima *+*+*
Monday, October 20, 2008
I'll be OFF for 40 days for a very very important reason!
PLEASE ALWAYS PRAY the ROSARY.
Please do the 4 THINGS. Rosary.Confession.Communion.Adoration.
This is to prepare yourself in the "state of grace". Everyone canMUST do this. Maybe not all of you can understand this but please have FAITH in GOD. ASK Mother MARY for GUIDANCE.
ONLY GOD KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN SOON.
Thank you! Just keep in touch. okie? :)
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