So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27 (KJV)
Our eighth grade class was studying evolution. The teacher asked the class if anyone could prove that man did not evolve from apes. My heart pounded, but my hand shot up almost involuntarily.
Every eye in the class was on me. I had to speak up for God. Studying evolution was interesting. To me it was a lie.
"Bonnie, can you prove to the class that we did not evolve from apes?" the teacher asked.
"Yes," I answered. "Can I see the Bible?" I picked up the Bible on the teachers desk and opened it to the scripture above, and read it out loud. Then I read these verses from Genesis 2:21—23 which, paraphrased, said, God put Adam in a deep sleep and took one of his ribs. He closed up the flesh where He had removed the rib. Then, taking the rib, He made a woman and brought her to Adam to be his wife and helper.
Closing the Bible, I put it back on the teachers desk.
Dead silence filled the room. I sat down and waited, afraid to look at anyone and see the scorn on their faces. God's words had closed mouths and hopefully, opened minds.
I let out a long, cleansing breath. A warmth spread over my body. It was as if I had been hugged by some unseen arm embracing my shoulders.
The bell rang, ending the last class of the day.
Father, may young people open their minds and believe that You created them in Your image with a purpose for each of them. Amen.
© 2017 Evelyn B. Ryan