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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 15, 2003
Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected. - Gandhi
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Did God Create Evil?
There is a story about a professor at a college with a reputation for being tough on Christians. At the first class every semester, he asked if anyone was a Christian and proceeded to degrade them and to mock their statement of faith.
One semester, he asked the question and a young man raised his hand when asked if anyone was a Christian. The professor asked, "Did God make everything, young man?"
He replied, "Yes sir He did!"
The professor responded, "If God made everything, then He made evil."
The student didn't have a response and the professor was happy to have once again.... proved the Christian faith to be a myth.
Then another man raised his hand and asked, "May I ask you something, sir?"
"Yes, you may," responded the professor.
The young man stood up and said "Sir, is there such thing as cold?"
"Of course there is, what kind of question is that? Haven't you ever been cold?"
The young man replied, "Actually, sir, cold doesn't exist. What we consider to be cold, is really an absence of heat. Absolute zero is when there is absolutely no heat, but cold does not really exist. We have only created that term to describe how we feel when heat is not there."
The young man continued, "Sir, is there such a thing as dark?"
Once again, the professor responded "Of course there is."
And once again, the student replied "Actually, sir, darkness does not exist. Darkness is really only the absence of light. Darkness is only a term man developed to describe what happens when there is no light present."
Finally, the young man asked, "Sir, is there such thing as evil?"
The professor responded, "Of course. We have rapes, and murders and violence everywhere in the world; those things are evil."
The student replied, "Actually, sir, evil is simply the absence of God. Evil is a term man developed to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. It isn't like truth, or love, which exist as virtues like heat or light. Evil is simply the state where God is not present, like cold without heat or darkness without light."
The professor had nothing to say...
Submitted by Thurman Petty
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Beloit College "Mindset List" for the Class of 2006
Part 2 of 2 [Jul 14, 15]
Just in case you weren't feeling old enough today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the Faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming freshman.
32. Vanessa Williams and Madonna are aging singers.
33. Perrier has always come in flavors.
34. Cherry Coke has always come in cans.
35. A "hotline" is a consumer service rather than a phone used to avoid accidental nuclear war.
36. The drug "ecstasy" has always been around.
37. Genetic testing and DNA screening have always been available.
38. Electronic filing of federal income taxes has always been an option.
39. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has always been available to doctors.
40. Trivial Pursuit may have been played by their parents the night before they were born.
41. The U.S. has always maintained that it has a "clear right to use force against terrorism."
42. The drinking age has always been 21 throughout the country.
43. Women have always been members of the Jaycees.
44. The center of chic has shifted from Studio 54 to Liza's living room, live!
45. Julian Lennon had his only hit the year they were born.
46. Sylvan Learning Centers have always been an after-school option.
47. Hip-hop and rap have always been popular musical forms.
48. They grew up in minivans.
49. Scientists have always recognized the impact of acid rain.
And in 1984, perhaps it was "Too Soon to Tell"...
Technology analysts questioned the need for briefcase-sized computers.
The National Children and Youth Fitness Study announced that children were overweight and underactive.
A CPA organization heralded that computerized audit systems were being used to avoid errors and they were doing much better at spotting mistakes and providing internal audit controls.
Film critics declared that George Lucas was looking for new directions because Star Wars interest was waning.
Videotape technology was said to be killing the film industry and slowing cable network development.
Analysts stated there was no market for Direct Broadcast Satellite systems.
The U.S. Supreme Court declared sleeping to be a form of free speech.
© 2002 Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
Submitted by Marilyn Graham
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
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Reese, Michigan (AP):
Family events are a full time job for Angeline DuRussel.
With 101 great-grandchildren and a 102nd on the way, the Bay City-area woman doesn't have time to do much else.
DuRussel, who turned 97 on Saturday, became a great-grandmother for the 101st time after the birth of her latest great-grandchild Sunday. Deborah Shamel, of Vassar, gave birth Sunday morning, according to Becky DuRussel, one of DuRussel's grandchildren.
Now that the latest baby has been born, the family is awaiting the next birth. Baby No. 102 is on the way, with a due date in September.
DuRussel's large number of descendants has not kept her from learning the names of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nor has it slowed her involvement in the family's graduation parties, weddings and reunions, said daughter-in-law Florine DuRussel, 70.
"If someone has a wedding, she is there," said Florine DuRussel. "If there is a baby shower, she is there."
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