A few mornings ago, I was sitting at a small table at my local Starbucks, sipping on my vanilla latte and reading my news feed on my iPhone. Starbucks was crowded and I was sharing the table with another guy who was reading the newspaper.
“Holy shit!” I exclaimed. The guy sitting across from me looked up and asked if I was okay.
“Some congressman said that it’s a fact that the earth is 6,000 years old. Can you believe this guy?” I responded. “He also believes in creationism.”
“Why do you find that disturbing?” he asked.
“Seriously? This guy is a representative in the Congress of the United States. He can create and vote for legislation that affects all of us, legislation that is based upon stories from the Bible.”
“So, he believes that the earth is 6,000 years old and doesn’t believe in evolution. He believes that one day God just created Adam and Eve and that they were the first two people on Earth.”
“That’s what I believe, too,” he said. “You don’t buy that bullshit that the our planet is billions of years old or that we evolved from monkeys, do you? That’s ridiculous.”
“We didn’t ‘evolve from monkeys,’” I said. “Humans and apes evolved from the same ancestors; from the same biological tree branch.”
“No, that’s just wrong,” he replied, a look of incredulity on his face. “Read your Bible, man. God created Adam and Eve in His image. Humans are a unique species. We are above all other creatures. We alone, among all of God’s creations, have a conscious mind. We alone have souls.”
Now I was the one who was incredulous. “Wake up and join the 21st century. The Earth isn’t only 6,000 years old. Adam and Eve were not really the first two human beings alive. If they were, and they had two sons, Cain and Abel, and if, as the Bible says, Cain slew Abel, where did the next generation of humans come from?”
My table-mate remained silent, so I continued, “Are you suggesting that Cain had an incestuous relationship with his mother? After all, she was the only female on Earth, according to the Bible.”
“This whole evolution thing is a relatively recent theory, and that’s all it is, just a theory,” he finally said. “The Bible has been around for two thousand years. It’s the word of God. It’s beyond question. You can’t equate some cockamamie theory developed by man to the gospel written by the hand of God.”
Exasperated, I just shook his head. “You should consider running for Congress. You’d fit right in.”
This post was created for today’s one-word Daily Prompt: Create.