Thursday, May 2, 2013

Adapting to the Environment

Tuesday morning I listened to a great story on Troy Public Radio entitled "He Helped Discover Evolution, and Then Became Extinct", a story about Alfred Russell Wallace.  I have an insatiable curiosity and love hearing about nature and new things, so I listened with interest, although caution.

One comment in particular caught my attention: 

By 1855, Wallace had come to the conclusion that living things evolve. But he didn't figure out how until one night three years later. He was on the island of Halmahera, ill with a fever, when it came to him: Animals evolve by adapting to their environment.

While I believe that plants and animals can adapt to their environments, I firmly believe this is limited to the characteristics God has given to the plant or animal.  As a Christian I wanted to yell out, questioning them as to why God couldn't have just made these creatures this way, specifically for this area of the world.

It's good to get the opinions and beliefs of others, but we must always remember that the Bible says that God created the heavens and the earth, and everything that is in them.  He created them by their own kind, and each, from plants to animals and everything in between, reproduces after it's own kind (from the first few chapters of Genesis).  In other words, a dog and a cat can't create a new type of creature, etc., but two different cats could create a new breed of cats -- staying in one's own kind or family. Neither did man come from a long line of sub-human creatures to eventually become what we are today (the Bible clearly states that God made man and woman in His own image, male and female).

In summary, God is the Creator of all, and nothing happens that is outside of His design.  Including adaptation to one's environment.

Linc to Troy Public Radio's story:

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