For every group of Yuletide carolers there is at least one person who wants to spoil the celebration. Celebrate anyway. A professor at a well-known university presented the question, “Did God create everything that exists?”

A student bravely replied, “Yes, He did!”

“If God created everything, then God created evil. And, since evil exists, according to the principle that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil.”

The student became quiet and did not answer the professor’s hypothetical definition, but then another student asked a question: “Professor, does cold exist?”

“What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?”

The young man replied, “In fact, sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. . . . We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.”

The student continued, “Professor, does darkness exist?”

“Of course it does.”

“Once again you are wrong, sir. Darkness does not exist either. . . . Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”

Finally the young man asked, “Sir, does evil exist?”

“Of course . . . . We see it every day. It is in the daily examples of man’s inhumanity to man. . . . These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”

“Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply . . . 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. . . .” After this, the professor gave up and sat down.

Don’t be intimidated when an atheist challenges you about your faith. Behind this person’s arrogant brashness is a heart which needs a Savior. Graciously stand for your convictions, and let your life exemplify the love and kindness God showed the world at the first Christmas. When you determine to let nothing keep you from celebrating Christ this season, even the grinches will join in the celebration.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.