16 – Searching for Answers – Influences

What will Joe do with the information Dr. Bob gave him at their chance meeting? Will he hang around and wait for Carol to take another break?


Joe sat at the bar and took another sip of his beer letting his mind continue to analyze the comments Dr. Bob had made when Carol walked up and asked if he would like another beer. I don’t think so. I need to go back home, get some sleep and be ready for work tomorrow morning Joe said smiling back at Carol. Well I thought you were going to update me on what has happened in your life Carol added. I would like to but I really need to get going. Well here’s a rain check with my new number on it, Carol smiled as she slid it across the bar to Joe. Give me a call if you ever want to get together. It would be fun. Joe tossed a twenty on the bar to pay his tab, picked up the paper Carol gave him saying it was great to see you again, stuffed it in his pocket and headed to his car.

Joe got in his car, sat back in his seat, turned on the radio and turned his mind loose trying to understand everything that just happened. He smiled to himself remembering how much fun he and Carol have had but then he remembered Sarah and how she made him feel and Carol never had that effect on him. What am I doing Joe mind snapped?

Joe fired up his car and headed home arriving just in time to catch the latest sports update. He headed off to bed and after a short time was sleeping like a baby. The next morning came quickly as usual and Joe got up, showered, ate breakfast and headed to work. He was almost there when he pulled over to the side of the road, picked up his phone off the seat next to him and dialed the office number. A recording came on and said; our office hours are between 8 and 5 Monday thru Friday. Please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. Joe looked at his watch and it was only 7:45 am and quickly said; this is Joe. I need to take a personal day today. Sorry for the late notice but I have something that has come up and I must take care of it. I will be back in tomorrow.

Joe pulled a U-turn just as Tom drove by. Waving at him, Tom wonder where he was heading. He must have forgotten his tools or something. Joe headed back home, turned on his computer as soon as he walked in the door, started a fresh pot of coffee, and quickly started his search for answers. He searched the word “evolution” and found so much information he decided to change his search to “evolution vs. creation”. After reading several opinions he came across and advertisement for the book Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction and the statement from  Edward J. Larson, The International Society for Science and Religion Library Project: … “an invaluable resource for those seeking to understand the American controversy over creationism and evolution from the perspective of an eloquent and knowledgeable partisan … offers an insightful overview of the American controversy over teaching evolution along with a representative sampling of short excerpts from both creationists and evolutionists. By reading it, teachers, parents, students and the public can be better prepared to answer creationist claims and defend the teaching of evolution”. Joe quickly logged into the library site to see if they had the book available. After seeing it was on the shelf he headed to the library to pick it up. He found the book on the shelf and taking it to a chair he sat down and started to read through the information. Skipping around from chapter to chapter he began to get a feeling that the evolutionary community had an agenda based on how the book seemed to give a foundation to exclude creationism. Joe sat back and remembered what Dr. Bob had said the evening before about the odds of evolution happening and how the Bible tells us a different story.

Joe got up and headed back to the shelves and located a Bible and opened it up to the first book and read the first few chapters. So this is really what Sarah believes. What if she is right? What if we were created? What if some forms of evolution are real but it really all started with creation by God? This could mean that what we are taught in school is one-sided and we have never been given the rest of the story allowing each of us to make up our own mind on the subject. If I wouldn’t have run into Sarah on the street that day, I wouldn’t even be investigating this.

Joe leaned back in his chair and thought about the talks he and Sarah has had and also Dr. Bob. Then he remembered Tom and how he said you don’t want to become one of those people who can’t do anything fun do you. Joe got up and looked for a research book on the Bible. Finding one he opened it up and a paper fell out on the floor. Picking it up he started to read what was written on it. It was someone’s hand written “Rules of God”. The first is to Love your neighbor as yourself and second is to Love God with all your heart. It went on to say that one should follow the Ten Commandments because these were the rules laid down by God our creator. On the bottom of the paper he could see a note written in small letters that said; why man has made up rules and then claim that they are from God – is wrong. Just follow the simple rules that will make one’s life great and this world would be a better place. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!

Joe stood smiling to himself, his heart was racing and all he wanted to do was call Sarah. He wanted to tell her what he found and how he was beginning to understand how she believed and why. That just the simple rules of the Ten Commandments which are really what everyone should do anyway and that he felt that the evolutionary world had an agenda and a desire to teach their side of the topic only he was starting to understand. How the world would be a better place if people were loved and not manipulated.

Joe put his books away and headed back to his car when he realized it was mid-afternoon already. Picking up his phone he called Sarah and she picked up after the first ring. Hi Joe, what’s happening? Well I played hooky from work today and have been at the library again and oh yah I saw Dr. Bob last night at the Pub. I really want to tell you what I have found. Are you free after work today? You played hooky Sarah responded with a laugh? No, not really. I called in and took a personal day to see if I could come to grips with everything Joe quickly replied. Before Sarah could say anything Joe said I need to see you. Can I come over? Well I am finishing up a project and getting ready to leave in about a half hour. Mom is planning on me to help her fix dinner tonight. Let me call her and see if she would mind if you join us. Can I call you back in a few minutes? Sure. But I don’t want to intrude on your family dinner replied Joe. I am sure it would be just fine Joe. I just don’t want to spring it on her at the last minute. I will call you right back.

While Joe sat in his car waiting for Sarah to call back, he closed his eyes and said; God if you are real, if you really made everything we see and hear, if you have that kind of ability then why do you let people do the bad things they do. I need to understand what is your plan anyway? If you are behind my dreams then I would like it if you would help me understand why and what you are trying to tell me but most of all just stop them. God please….. Joe phone was ringing and it was Sarah. We are going to eat around six and mom told me she would love to have you come over. If you want to come on over in about an hour, you can help me peal potato’s. Ok, I will see you in an hour at your place.

“To be continued”


Joe is excited to tell Sarah about everything he has discovered, about his chance meeting with Dr. Bob, but will he tell her about his old girlfriend Carol? 

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