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Four Ways that God Created Man
In March of 2008, a group of
Muslims in Memphis, Tennessee, invited Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr to lecture
on Family Values. He horrified at least some in the audience
(which included many physicians) by starting out with a denunciation
of the idea of evolution. He then rescued himself by a wonderful
transition story leading into his lecture on family values. I
liked the story so much that I asked his permission to retell it and
have retold it frequently. I probably don't do as good a job as he
did, but I hope you enjoy it.
(His website is http://ahmadsakr.com/
Don't believe that that stuff
about evolution. Man was created by God (Dr. Sakr, of course,
said "Allah", the Arabic word for God.) God is the only one who can
create Man. God is such an expert at creating Man that he has done
it in four completely different ways. Count them (holding up
fingers) one, two, three, four. Four ways God has Created Man.
First way. God made a man from
nothing, when God made Adam.
Second way. God made a woman,
starting just from a Man, when God made Eve.
Four ways, Two times two. First, Adam. Second, Eve. Four
Third way God made
Man. God made a man starting just from a woman, no man, when
Mary had Jesus.
Four Ways, God made man. (Counting on fingers:) Adam, Eve,
(Holding up the fourth
finger:) Everyone else has to cope with both a mother and a
I've been startled at the
number of times I've told this in a church Sunday School and a hand
has gone up: "You mean the Muslims talk about Jesus?" I'm a
Jew, and get to explain that yes, Muslim sermons frequently mention
Jesus, as the prophet who was the human
being closest to God, who ascended into heaven and will return to
make judgement, The Qur'an has many Jesus miracle stories, and
actually pays more attention to John the Baptist and to Mary than
the New Testament does.
I've also used the story in
another way: to explain to creationists that even if you don't
believe in the "long story" version of evolution, everyone does in
fact have a mother and a father, that understanding genetics can be
essential to understanding and treating some diseases, so the
study of evolution may be necessary, for long-term help of the
sick, even for a creationist.
Edward Ordman posted 2012.