Wednesday, September 18, 2019

How I know there is a God #2 (Hey! There's a tree in my yard!)

Just look at her.  Isn't she a beauty?  Do you know what that is?  That my friend, is a tree!  You know what is special about that tree?  That tree is special because she has over three TRILLION siblings on earth.  That's 3,000,000,000,000.  Hmm.  So maybe that means she is actually not special.  But think about this.  There are roughly 400 trees for every human being.  12,000 years ago, before modern agriculture, there were twice that many trees.  Yep, 6,000,000,000,000.  I am not making this stuff up.  I got this information from the source of all tree wisdom  ... "Scientific American." These guys aren't making it up either.  It took them 421,529 measurements from 50 countries on 6 continents to figure it out. (They have a lot of tape measures and yardsticks down at Scientific American.)  Hey... I believe them.  It really is true that when you cut a tree down and count its rings, there truly is a ring for every year the tree has lived.  How the heck did that happen? Who decided that 1 ring would equal one year?  And ... get this ... those rings can actually show biological conditions.  Things like drought, volcanic eruption, and such, can often be seen in the rings as well.  Trees live longer than any other organism on earth. Some trees can call for "back-up" against the insects that harm them. Say what?  Evidently it is true. Certain trees species have been shown to emit odors that attract predators that kill the insects that kill the trees.  Wouldn't you like to have such faithful friends?

There is more but I think you get the point.

So let's ask ourselves "The Question" again.  Is it more difficult to believe that trees just happened?  (Look at my front yard.  It's empty.  BOOM!  OH, WOW!  THERE'S A TREE!")  That trees  evolved from nothing to become the super species that we see in our forests and front yards today?  Or is it more difficult to believe that trees were created?  You know ... somebody super smart designed them, made them, and planted them on our planet for our pleasure.  Chance vs. intent.

Because we cannot deny it ... we have trees.

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