“For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”
According to the claims of evolutionists, the dawn redwood trees lived from the time of the dinosaurs until about two million years ago. Then they became extinct. At the very same time this was the official scientific teaching, Chinese rice farmers were planting the tree because it was a good indicator of fertile rice fields.
Evolutionary scientists caught up with the real world in 1944, when they acknowledged the tree’s existence. In 1947, Chinese botanists sent dawn redwood seeds to Harvard University. Today, the dawn redwood is a popular landscape tree across America. This slender tree, with its gently drooping branches and bright green, feathery-looking needles, looks like a living Chinese painting. It grows up to four feet per year. Unlike most conifers, the dawn redwood drops its needles in the fall.
You might correctly ask, “Can’t scientists be wrong sometimes?” Yes! Like the rest of us, scientists are only human. That’s exactly the lesson. If scientists can be wrong about the present, they have no business telling us that the history recorded in the Bible cannot possibly be true. If a tree as important as the dawn redwood could escape their notice for so long, how can they tell us that life existed for millions of years before the first human beings?
Yes, scientists are human like the rest of us. That means that like the rest of us, their proper place is one of humility and thanksgiving before the Creator and Lord of the universe.
Father, I confess that it is not only those who would deny You who think too highly of their own knowledge and abilities. I have done the same. Forgive me for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and fill me with Your peace. Amen.
Wolf, Thomas H. “The Object at Hand.” Smithsonian, Sept. 1990. P. 26-28. Photo: Dawn redwood on the campus of San Jose State University, taken by John Pozniak and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.