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Op-Ed special
Tale of Two Dogs
Special Contribution
By Babu G. Ranganathan
A bulldog

As I was walking down the road the other day I overheard a German Shepherd talking to a bull dog. I heard the German Shepherd saying to the bull dog "You can't be a dog because you don't look like me! Why, just look at your flat nose and jaw, your round head, your stumpy neck, and short legs. You look more like a cat than you do a dog! Hey, is that your nose or your mouth? Hahahaha! Do you grow that ugly wooly hair like poodles have? How can anything that looks like you have the soul, intelligence, and feelings of a dog? Who gave you the right to be called a dog? Get out of my sight you ugly looking thing!"

I mention the above illustration to make a point to those who are racists. I hope that you will repent of your sin of racism, which is a great sin against God Who created all men in His image and has commanded all men to love one another, and that you will receive the love and forgiveness of God which is in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior Who paid the penalty for all our sins through His death and shedding of His blood on the Cross of Calvary and Who rose again from the dead to give us eternal life.

You see, just as a co-signer to a bad loan takes the full legal blame and liability to pay the entire debt on the loan so, too, Jesus Christ, God's eternal and only begotten Son, took upon Himself the full legal and moral liability to pay the entire debt for our sins.

The Bible says that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth and that on the Cross He bore our sins in His own body and received the punishment from God (the Father) that we deserve for our sins and then He rose again from the dead. The Bible teaches that the penalty for even one sin is so great that we could never completely pay the penalty. Only God Himself is capable of fully paying for our sins and Jesus Christ Who is God (the Son) did just that on the Cross of Calvary. It was for us that Christ suffered and died on the Cross! Christ took it upon Himself to pay our debt. Because Christ took the blame and punishment for our sins, God (the Father) can be just in freely forgiving us of our sins when we genuinely repent and put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ to save us.

You know, people often ask how all the different races of men could have descended from Adam and Eve. But, in principle this is no different than asking how children with different color hair can come from the same parents. Just as some couples today carry genes to produce children with different color hair, so too Adam and Eve, our very first parents, ultimately carried the genes to produce descendants with different color skin and physical features. Of course, you and I today don't possess the genes for producing all the varieties of humans as Adam and Eve did. Just as you can get a pure bred from a mutt but not a mutt from a pure bred, so too all varieties of humans were able to come from Adam and Eve our first parents.

All varieties of humans belong to one natural species since all varieties of human beings are inter-fertile, and this is biological proof that we are all descendants of a common human ancestor. This is why the Bible says that God "hath made of one all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth ..." (Acts 17:26, KJV). The Bible clearly teaches that God created all human beings in His image. Therefore, as one of my former pastors, Dr. Carl E. Abrahamsen, Jr., so truthfully and eloquently stated, to hate a fellow human being who has been created in the image of God because of the way he or she looks is a great and serious sin and offense against God which needs to be confessed and repented of before the Almighty.



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The above opinion piece is written by Mr. Babu G. Ranganathan (Email: bgrnathan@yahoo.com), religion and science writer who was recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis Who's Who in The East. He holds a B.A. with concentrations in theology and biology. His articles can be reached at www.religionscience.com

 

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