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Discovery Magazine 6/1/2009

Let There be Trees

According to the theory of evolution, plants first evolved on land around 465 million years ago. Certain trees, then, supposedly came along 80 million years later (around 385 million years ago). Trees with roots, seeds, and leaves are said to have evolved nearly 100 million years after the fi rst land plants. Supposedly, there were fi sh in the seas and various insects on the land, but according to evolution, seed-producing, fruit-bearing trees bloomed millions of years later.

What does the Bible teach about the origin of the various kinds of vegetation? On day three of Creation, the omnipotent God Who created everything with “the breath of His mouth” (Psalm 33:6) said: “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth” (Genesis 1:11). The Bible then reveals, “and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:11-13).

It is really very simple to understand. God made grass, herb, and tree, seed, spore, and fruit on the same day of Creation. He made the apple, the apple tree, and the apple seed all on day three. There were no processes that turned dirt into plants, plants into shrubs, and shrubs into trees over many millions of years. God said He did it in one day, “and it was so.” Furthermore, He did it prior to His creation of any animal life. Although evolution says that fish and insects were around before fruit bearing trees, the Bible teaches otherwise (Genesis 1:20-25).

Plants and trees are vital to our survival. They provide many of the foods we eat, a lot of the oxygen we breathe, many of the ingredients for medicines, and countless amounts of materials (like wood) that we use for all sorts of things. How great is our God for creating such amazing things as plants and trees!



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