A believer was preaching in a park about how God created the heavens and the Earth and the animals and man. The crowd was in awe and marveled at his knowledge of all things mystical and magical.
Then a skeptic stepped forward, confidently proclaiming, “That’s not how everything came to be.”
Not one to step back from a challenge, the believer asked, “Then how do you think we became?”
“Through evolution,” the skeptic said. “We began from a single-celled organism, which split and split and mutated, and through millions upon millions of years of natural selection, everything you see around you, everyone you see around you, grew from that one source into all that you see today.”
The believer stroked his chin. “How did you come upon this knowledge?”
“It’s science,” said the skeptic as he proudly handed a book of science to the believer.
Receiving the book, the believer flipped through its pages, his lips curving into a smile as he said simply, “So that’s how God created everything.”
The crowd was in awe, marveling at his humility.
“What of your book?” the skeptic asked. “How can you still be loyal to its words?”
Closing the science book and handing it back to the skeptic, the believer said, “My book merely represents a beginning of knowledge, not the end of it, as does your book. There is still much to learn, which is why I study my book with as much care as you study yours. This is something we have in common.”
The skeptic looked upon the believer in disbelief. “Your faith is not shattered?”
Patting the skeptic on his shoulder, the believer responded, “On the contrary, my faith is strengthened. Of course God’s magnificence is so, that it could not be contained in a single book.”