"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth"
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Below are some of the contents of issue No. 119.
Also in Our World No. 119
Nature Notes: How plants spread their seeds
Plants that look like stones
Weird and Wonderful: The American Wood Frog
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Can you imagine a world without plants? No beautiful flowers, trees, fruit and vegetables or green grass? Plants not only provide us with food, but they also make energy from sunlight by a process called photosynthesis. Plants take carbon dioxide — a poisonous gas — from the atmosphere and produce oxygen for us to breathe. We simply, couldn’t live without them!
In the beginning, God created plants as food for people and animals. He said, “Look, I have given you all the plants that have grain for seeds. And I have given you ll the trees whose fruits have seeds in them. They will be food for you. I have given all the green plants to all the animals to eat.” (Genesis 1: 29-30). God placed Adam and Eve, the first people on earth, in the Garden of Eden. He told them they could eat fruit from every tree, except one. Sadly, they chose to disobey God and had to leave the Garden (left). Sin spoilt God’s good creation and death and suffering entered the world. Animals no longer just ate plants. The Bible says that “All people have sinned.”(Romans 3: 23). It also tells us that God loves us very much and that He sent Jesus His Son to die on the Cross for our sins. Through faith in Him we are forgiven, and can live with God for ever when this life ends, because Jesus rose from the dead.
Plants with strange appetites
SOME plants — known as carnivorous plants — eat insects. They use a number of methods to trap their prey. The Sundew (right) has leaves covered in a sticky glue — rather like flypaper designed to catch flies. When an insect becomes trapped, the plant curls up in 30 seconds and begins to “eat” the insect.
Pitcher plants have rolled-up leaves in the shape of a long tube, and most of them trap insects. But one species (left) feeds on bat droppings! How does it do this? Bats send out signals (called sonar) which bounce off objects and help them navigate. This pitcher plant has a special reflector to attract the bats’ signals. The bats enter the plant, where they find a safe place to roost during the day. The bats’ droppings fall into the bottom of the tube, to provide food for the plant! The bats return the favour by pollinating the plant. On the left is a wasp trap. Sugar and water are placed inside to attract the wasps, but when they get inside they can’t escape. Of course, this trap was specially designed to catch wasps, but it is much simpler than the plants. Surely they also must have been designed — by God the Creator!
There could be as many as 400,000 different species of plants on the earth. Some of them are very strange, but all of them point to creation.
The Bible tells us that in the beginning God said, ‘“Let the earth produce plants. Some plants will make grain for seeds. Others will make fruit with seeds in it. Every seed will produce more of its own kind of plant.’ And it happened.” (Genesis 1: 11). God made sure that plants only produce more of their own kind by putting coded instructions inside each seed. It’s fascinating to watch a seed grow. If you plant a bean in a glass jar (left) with blotting paper or tissue around the side, and keep it watered, you can watch as the root grows downward and the stalk upward. You can be sure that it will only grow into a bean plant, because of those instructions. Instructions never come by accident, and the only one who could have written the instructions inside a seed is God! Every seed is evidence for creation.
Orchids come in many shapes and sizes, and some of them have a very clever way of getting insects to pollinate them. Bee Orchids send out a special scent to attract male bees that are searching for a mate. However, they also look just like a bee! Do you think these orchids could have gradually evolved to look and smell like a female bee? They must have been created like this in the beginning, otherwise they would not have been pollinated.
The Bucket Orchid also uses scent to attract bees. When the bee enters the flower, it slips on a slimy surface, and falls into the “bucket” which contains liquid. There is only one way of escape: through a narrow tunnel. The plant glues pollen sacs to the bee’s back before letting it go. If the bees visits another orchid, the same thing happens, but this time the pollen will be passed on to the new plant.
This complicated method could never have evolved gradually. Each part had to be designed to work together.