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Does God exist?
Beauty of a Woman
Cahoots
Cat out of the bag

Finding Time
Finding your bliss
Goal
Help Others Win
Noah's Ark
Perspective
Problems
Liberals to left

DOES GOD EXIST?

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science
has with God, The Almighty.

He asks one of his new Muslim students to stand and.....

Professor: You are a Muslim, aren't you, son?

Student : Yes, sir.

Prof: So you believe in God?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Prof: Is God good?

Student : Sure.

Prof: Is God all-powerful?

Student : Yes.

Prof: 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 is silent.)

Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fellow. Is God good?

Student :Yes.

Prof: Is Satan good?

Student : No.

Prof: Where does Satan come from?

Student : From...God...

Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student : Yes.

Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything.

Correct?

Student : Yes.

Prof: So who created evil?

(Student does not answer.)

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things
exist in the world, don't they?

Student :Yes, sir.

Prof: So, who created them?

(Student has no answer.)

Prof: 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.

Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?

Student : No , sir.

Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have
you
ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.

Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student : Yes.

Prof: 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.

Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Prof: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

Prof: Yes.

Student : No sir. There isn't. (The lecture theatre becomes 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 it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?

Student : 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 it's called darkness, isn't it?
In reality, darkness isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness
darker, wouldn't you?

Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?

Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Prof: 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?

Prof: 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 shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument
is 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 is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain?

(The class breaks 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?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son.

Student : That is it sir.. The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all that
keeps things moving & alive.

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Beauty of a Woman

The beauty of a woman
Is not in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries,
Or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman
Must be seen from in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman
Is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman
Is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
The passion that she shows,
And the beauty of a woman
With passing years -- only grows!

Cahoots

In the Middle Ages Germany was rife with thieves and bandits who lived near the Black Forest in shacks called kajuete. Whn several bandits lived together, they were in kajuete with one another. The phrase, "in cahoots with", now describes two or more people who are upto no good.

Cat out of the bag and pig in a poke

In medieval England small pigs were sold in markets in "pokes" or little bags. At times however, some crafty farmers took to putting a cat in the bag. They warned buyers that if they looked, the pig might run away. Those sceptics who did look invariably "let the cat out of the bag."

Finding Time

Find elastic segments in your tether, and stretch them to the maximum.

 Finding Your Bliss

If you are doing something you would do for nothing, then
you are on your way to salvation.

And if you could drop it in a minute and forget the
outcome, you are even further along.

And if, while you are doing it, you are transported into
another existence, there is no need for you to worry about the future.

--George A. Sheehan (adapted)

Goal

The person with a fixed goal, or a clear picture of his
desire, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply
in his subconscious mind and thus can realize his goal in a
minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just
pursue the thought unceasingly, and you will achieve
realization, for all your faculties and powers become
directed to that end.
Claude M. Bristol

Help Others Win

A few years ago, at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry.

The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and looked back. Then they all turned around and went back. Every one of them. One girl with Down's syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, "This will make it better." Then all nine linked arms and walked
together to the finish line.

Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story. Why? Because deep down we know this one thing: What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our course.

"... And they call some of these people "retarded"..."

Liberals to "left" and "conservatives" to right

On October 1, 1791 the first French legislature convened after the Revolution. The assembly was packed with 745 members. As it happened, the liberal or radical members were seated to the left of the speaker, and the conservative members to the right. The practice spread and the terms, "left wing" and "right wing" are still used around the world to denote two political beliefs, liberalism and conservatism.

Noah's Ark

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark...

One: Don't miss the boat!
Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
Four: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six: Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine: When you're stressed, float a while.
Ten: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

Perspective

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following. There would be:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
 

Problems

WELCOME YOUR PROBLEMS

Every solution has a problem. You can't have one without the
other. So why do we say that we hate problems?
 
Deep down inside, where our wisdom lives, we know that
problems are good for us. When my daughter's teacher talks
to me during open house and tells me that my daughter is
going to be "working more problems" in math than she worked
last year, I think that's wonderful. Why do I think it's
wonderful when my daughter gets more problems to solve, if I
think problems are a problem?
 
Because somehow we know that problems are good for our
children. By solving problems, our kids will become more
self-sufficient. They'll trust their own minds more. They'll
see themselves as problem-solvers.
 
When people took their troubles to the legendary insurance
giant W. Clement Stone, he used to shout, "You've got a
problem? That's great!" It's a wonder he wasn't shot by
someone, given our culture's bias against problems.
 
But problems are not to be feared. Problems are not curses.
Problems are simply tough games for the athletes of the
mind. And true athletes always long to get a game going.
 
Source: Steve Chandler, "100 Ways to Motivate Yourself"


Author's Name: Dr. Dipak R. Sarbadhikari
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Updated: 21 Aug 2005

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