Why do trees bear ‘tasty’ fruit?
Actually, I didn’t receive a “tough question” from anyone this week – so I’m asking my own. Well, no… that’s not quite right either. I don’t really have this as a question. The Bible answers this question right from its first chapter. I guess to be accurate I’m asking this question to the faithless. How does the atheistic evolutionist explain the one simple and delightful fact that good fruit tastes good?
On the third day of creation God said,
“’Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” (Gen. 1:11-13)
He goes on to create living creatures of the air, the seas and land. Then on the sixth day He forms His masterpiece — beings like Himself. He creates mankind, male and female. To them He says, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” (v.29) He provided nourishment for all the other creatures also.
Now God must have designed this “seed bearing plant” economy into the vegetation when He created it earlier. Also at that time He must have made this vegetation tasty to the as yet uncreated human palate. Otherwise why would the humans desire to eat it?
We humans were designed a help to the vegetation also. As the first people walked about and discarded the cores or deposited their waste with seeds still in it, they provided both distribution and fertilizer for the plant species to spread beyond just the area beneath their branches.
Evolutionists will of course discount God and such intelligent design. But how do they think such a system got started? It would seem to me much more efficient for ‘evolution’ to produce trees which bear seeds directly from their roots rather than inside fruit hanging on branches. Why have the tasty fruit packaging? An underground root system producing seeds could initiate new growth far away from the tree. Why should an evolutionary tree look out for humans at all?
In all creation we see the Nature and Character of God – His Image. Many facts of nature also serve as analogies to life, and I believe that is no accident. For example, the law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:9), abiding in Christ and producing spiritual fruit (John 15), and how the words of a man reveal his heart (Luke 6:44-45) – and join us this Sunday as Pastor Steve begins a new series on the ‘fruit’ of the Spirit.
The account of the sixth day ends stating “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31). Well, I think so too, and for my money I’m going with God.
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