Science and origins
Religion and origins
In Six Days
Why 50 Scientists Choose
to Believe in Creation
First published in In Six Days
Angela Meyer, horticulture science
Dr. Meyer is a former research scientist at Hort Research, Mount Albert Research Centre in New Zealand. She holds a B.S. in botany from the University of Auckland, an M.S. with first class honors in botany from the University of Auckland and a Ph.D. in horticultural science from the University of Sydney. Dr. Meyer (née Snowball) has published 11 refereed papers in the area of seasonal effects on fruit production and in 1994 was awarded the New Zealand Science and Technology bronze medal for excellence in kiwi fruit research and service to science.
There are several reasons I believe in the biblical account of creation.
Firstly, I believe the Bible to be the Word of God, accurate and truthful in all that it says. It has been tested and found to be true in history, archaeology and fulfilled prophecy. As we continue to test it in areas of science, I believe we will find it to be true there, also. I believe we can accept the Bible’s authority in the account of the origin of life.
Secondly, I believe the biblical account of creation because it is the best explanation for the complexity of life. I have never seen any evidence for evolution. All that I see around me in nature points to a divine designer.
In my own field of research, the control of flowering in crop plants, I see a wonderful precision demonstrated. The internal processes which govern flowering in each species are complex, interrelated and designed to produce the best outcome for the individual plant, in terms of numbers, position and quality of flowers and, therefore, fruit load.
Controlling factors, such as temperature, day length, light quality and various hormones, act upon the flowering process to different degrees, depending on the species, plant age, position, growing conditions and season. The whole system is not at all well understood by us mere humans—although we attempt to modify and maximize the system to our benefit in horticulture. This is all so complex and so interdependent that these systems cannot have come about gradually by chance. All plant life systems must have been complete and operative at the same moment in time—on Day 3. It is also significant that for pollination and seed distribution, many plant species need animals which were created on Day 5 and 6. A thousand-year gap between the days would not provide for the survival of many plants.
In addition, the extravagance of shape variation, color and patterns of flowers is a clear expression of a divine artist. Evolutionary processes would most likely produce a much more restricted, conservative and utilitarian display (if evolutionary processes were, in fact, possible).
Here I see the wisdom, greatness and power of our Creator God displayed.