One thing that is interesting to me about God is why He
bothered to create the fantastic diversity of life on this
world. I believe that the plants and animals that exist
today are mainly for our benefit, not only for the pure
enjoyment they give to nature buffs like myself, but also
for us to use as tools, hides, food, work animals, and
Let me also state that it is my own personal belief that
there is no logical reason to separate evolution from
religion...whether living plants and animals evolved from
one thing or another, or whether they were just 'zapped'
into existence as they were, it still all came from God.
This is not meant to be a dissertation on whether or not Man
descended from the apes, or who Adam and Eve were. Even
though I talk a lot about God and religion, I am not trying
debate creation versus evolution, or whether humans were
created instantaneously or through a slow evolution.
All I am saying here is that evolution appears to be a
beautiful and experimental thing, and for it to happen at
all, it would need the powerful hand of God to control it.
The fossil records that we find often indicate that a life
form has just 'popped' into existence. In fact, even the
verbiage they use in the scientific articles...such and such
animal 'appeared' late in the Jurassic age, and then
'suddenly disappeared'...is telling. The remains that are
found often imply sudden appearance and disappearance of life
forms, with no 'missing links'.
I think I believe more in the 'Macro Evolution' theory...
in which species generally appear to have been created
spontaneously...but undergo smaller changes in their
physiology over a period of time in response to external
For example, many bark moths of North America have always
been a very light color, which matched the color of the
bark of the trees they land on. Many of these trees in the
Northeast have, unfortunately due to pollution, darkened in
color, causing the light-colored moths to stand out easily,
and making them vulnerable to predators.
Small mutations have occurred where they have darkened their
color, which enables them to blend in to the discolored
trees more easily.
Okay, so why the vast diversity of life on our planet that
has taken billions of years to evolve? Since most of the
living things that have ever existed are now extinct, what's
the purpose of it all?
Why did God create the dinosaurs?
Quite simply, because He can! Remember, we are created in
God's image, which means we are like Him. And what do we
do? We try to create beautiful things...art, movies, music,
We do it because we can, and we are using the small bits of
intelligence and talent that we have inherited from God.
He creates beauty to please Himself...and others...just as
we do...and to give us an insight into what the Nature of
God is like.
Peace be with you.