43 And now Korihor said unto Alma: If thou wilt show me a sign, that I may be convinced that there is a God, yea, show unto me that he hath power, and then will I be convinced of the truth of thy words.
44 But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.
All things in nature testify that there is a God. I cannot help but be thankful for the beauty that I find when I glance up into the skies at the clouds or stars. The mountains that are all around us in Utah are a majestic testimony to the power of our Heavenly Father. To me nature also signifies the love of God for His children. Why would He create all these beautiful sights around us if He didn’t love us?
So, every time you find yourself wondering if there is a God or that He loves us, look around at the splendor that He created for you to enjoy. There’s no way that this all happened by chance. Someone orchestrated the creation, and the harmony in which nature exists is testimony to that fact.
There is a story, an urban legend, which is fun to think about, although the validity of such an event is questionable. Supposedly it was Albert Einstein that proved the professor wrong. The origin of the story is unknown, and cropped up in an email chain that started in 2004. But hey, it’s still fun to read.
The professor of a university challenged his students with this question. “Did God create everything that exists?” A student answered bravely, “Yes, he did”.
The professor then asked, “If God created everything, then he created evil. Since evil exists (as noticed by our own actions), so God is evil. The student couldn’t respond to that statement causing the professor to conclude that he had “proved” that “belief in God” was a fairy tale, and therefore worthless.
Another student raised his hand and asked the professor, “May I pose a question? ” “Of course” answered the professor.
The young student stood up and asked : “Professor does Cold exists?”
The professor answered, “What kind of question is that? …Of course the cold exists… haven’t you ever been cold?”
The young student answered, “In fact sir, Cold does not exist. According to the laws of Physics, what we consider cold, in fact is the absence of heat. Anything is able to be studied as long as it transmits energy (heat). Absolute Zero is the total absence of heat, but cold does not exist. What we have done is create a term to describe how we feel if we don’t have body heat or we are not hot.”
“And, does Dark exist?”, he continued. The professor answered “Of course”. This time the student responded, “Again you’re wrong, Sir. Darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in fact simply the absence of light. Light can be studied, darkness can not. Darkness cannot be broken down. A simple ray of light tears the darkness and illuminates the surface where the light beam finishes. Dark is a term that we humans have created to describe what happens when there’s lack of light.”
Finally, the student asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?” The professor replied, “Of course it exists, as I mentioned at the beginning, we see violations, crimes and violence anywhere in the world, and those things are evil.”
The student responded, “Sir, Evil does not exist. Just as in the previous cases, Evil is a term which man has created to describe the result of the absence of God’s presence in the hearts of man.”
After this, the professor bowed down his head, and didn’t answer back.
The young man’s name was ALBERT EINSTEIN.
Like I said, the validity of this story is questionable, at best. However, it does defend the notion that God is manifest in all His creations without destroying His goodness. It is an interesting way to look at things. We have been told many times that fear is the absence of faith, darkness the absence of light, and cold the absence of heat. Why not look at evil as the absence of good? We know that all men are born with the spirit of Christ in them, and we commonly refer to that spirit as a conscience. When someone acts against that spirit they lose it, and in the absence of good, they become evil. Evil cannot exist where good already is, just like darkness and fear cannot exist where light and faith exist.
So, while some people may try to say that the evil in the world is proof that there isn’t a God, I argue the opposite. If there were no God to compare to, then there would be no evil. The simple fact that we can see evil and know what it is demonstrates that there has to be an opposite power. All things denote that there is a God, every creation and the actions of those creations, from the smallest bird to the largest galaxy. Even people’s actions and reactions can be seen as proof.