“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
Some time ago, a news article described how scientists had studied the genetic material of a magnolia leaf that supposedly died 20 million years ago.
It might seem amazing that scientists would be able to duplicate the genetic material of a fossil, but the technique does seem to work. However, we reject the 20 million year date in favor of a biblical history of life on Earth. In fact, what scientists found out about this leaf supports the biblical history.
The genetic information in living things contains the instructions for making that living thing. The color of your hair, eyes, skin, your height and all of your other features are contained in your genetic information. Scientists are not able to read that information in all its detail, but they can tell the difference between one kind of creature and another. They can also compare similarities and differences in great detail. But when they compared this supposedly 20 million year old magnolia leaf to modern magnolia leaves, they discovered that even in its genetic detail it was virtually identical to the modern magnolia. Scientists freely admit their surprise. No evolution had taken place!
As science increases its ability to study the genetics of ancient creatures, it will continue to fail to find evidence of evolution. That’s because all creatures were originally created in finished form, according to their kinds, just as the Bible says.
Dear Father, Your Word is true! I ask that its truth would continue to challenge those who seek to explain the world without You. And I ask that its truth would become even more influential among Your people. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Robinson, Jack. 1990. “Ancient leaf DNA copied at UCR lab.” The Press Enterprise (Riverside County, CA), Apr. 12. p. 1. Photo: Magnolia leaves. Courtesy of Forest & Kim Starr. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.