And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. Genesis 1:11-13
While today’s verses are talking about plant life a very important point is made that each kind of plant produces the same kind of plant. Wheat makes wheat and apples make apples. Apples don’t make wheat. Now this does not means that the offspring are identical copies of the parent plant(s). In each species there is an enormous amount of diversity. This is true with plants and true with animals. Each species’ offspring is almost always recognizable as the parent’s offspring. This fact is very obvious to everyone.
So where am I going with this line of thought? If one observes the natural world around us then kind begetting kind is very obvious. However we are told that in the past one kind gave rise to a completely different kind. Now to be fair this change occurred over an extended period of time but if we accept Darwin then every living thing on earth started with a single celled organism that arose billions of years ago and what the Bible says is just so much myth.
So who is right? When I have asked about the lack of new kinds of life in historic times I have never received an answer that holds water. What I have been told is that today the various classes of life are just too specialized and we should not expect to see new kinds evolve. To me this is just a little too convenient. Before we were aware of evolution we had all kinds of changes but now that we can observe nature things are just too specialized to evolve. So, mammals give rise to mammals, apes to apes, fish to fish and today everything is as the Bible says it should be.
The question arises weren’t animals always specialized to fit their environment? Evolution tells us that natural selection selects those that are most fit for the current environment. Sounds like specialization to me. When we look back in history one of the most specialized groups of animals were the dinosaurs. They filled every environmental nook and cranny. Yet we are told the evolved into not one new class but two, birds and mammals.
Not only does God’s explanation make sense, it fits with what we observe around us. Yes small changes do occur in a species but wholesale changes just do not happen. God or man, the choice of who to believe is ours to make.
Have a blessed day,