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Genesis

Genesis

Story or fact?

It doesn’t matter

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To the elders

They choose to believe

What they were taught

Our religion now

By their elders

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Gives us the freedom

To believe what we choose

Science

Or

The Genesis narrative

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Our kids

They’re not the same

By grade two

They are taught

Evolution

And the Big Bang

In Catholic

Institutions

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Their confusion

Not addressed

They take their

Own point of view

Or their parent’s

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The Bible

The Old Testament

A book of stories

The New Testament

They believe

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A child I know

An avid reader

Just nine

Reading her copy

Of the Sunday

School Bible

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There is no heaven

Above

She said

There’s constellations

One hundred billion galaxies

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Science is truth

Said her mother

The Bible stories

Are part

Of our culture

————-

That one sweeping

Statement

Wiped away

The whole of

The Old Testament

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That child

Her faith busted

May even doubt

The new

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It’s high time

We tackle this

Head on

It doesn’t matter

Whether the universe

Was created

In seven days

Or thirteen billion years

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Whether Adam and Eve

Existed

Or whether we evolved from apes

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Or we were created

By intelligent design

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What matters

Is that

We were created

By that great I Am

Who exists since time immemorial

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That the universe too

Is energy and matter

There has to be energy

To create matter

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The Big Bang

May have started

With a tiny dot

Of immense force

Or as now they say

A giant egg

Which burst

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Some say the universe

Has been

Expanding

And contacting

Back

To a tiny dot

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Doesn’t matter

There is a force

Immense energy

That science admits

Exists

Unexplainable

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So no matter what

Genesis says

Myth or truth

Or a myth

Containing a truth

That we are

God’s creation

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The fact remains

The creator creates

And that’s what

The narrator

Of Adam and Eve

Tells us

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God exists

He created

The universe

And all in it

And us

He is

Our Father

Our God

The great

I AM

By Jyothsna DSouza

I’m at home
With my children
With plenty of time
To read, teach, and muse

I believe if you have
The capacity
To do good
And others
They confirm
It is good
If it’s important
For many,
Not one
One must persist
To the end,
Till all one’s
Resources
Are exhausted

Man lives on hope

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