Have you ever noticed that living organisms are similar in many striking ways?
They’re made of similar chemicals – carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, phosphorus and oxygen.
They’re run by similar genetic code – DNA and RNA.
They’re designed with similar cell structures – cell walls/membranes, chromosomes, ribosomes, Golgi apparatus, endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria/chloroplasts.
More complex organisms have similar organs – brain, heart, lungs, stomach, and intestines.
They have similar complex organ systems – skeletal, nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory and reproductive.
But why do we find so many similarities at so many levels?
Many people believe these similarities arose because everything evolved from a common ancestor starting with a ‘simple’ cell billions of years ago. They believe that birds evolved from certain dinosaurs because they see some similarities in the skeletons of both. They also believe that man evolved from apes because they see some similarities between apes and man.
But a biblical perspective suggests a different reason other than having a common ancestor.
The Bible tells us that God created all things in the beginning. If a common designer made everything to coexist in the same universe and follow the same natural laws, you’d expect to find many similarities among the things He created.
After all, even human designers use similar parts in different things they design.
Architects start with the same basic plans that have a foundation, plumbing, electrical, support structures, walls, ceiling, windows, doors and a roof. Even though there are so many different sizes and shapes of buildings, virtually every building designed by them has these basic features.
There are many different types and styles of cars, but they all have the same basic design and parts – engine, frame, doors, windows and wheels.
All computers, whether a PC or Mac all have a power source, cooling system, central processing unit, monitor and keyboard.
Likewise, God used the similar chemicals, genetic codes and systems found in living organisms.
In Genesis 1:29-30 we read:
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
If God had not used the same chemicals and genetic codes, we would not be able to get the necessary nutrients from the foods we ate. If plants didn’t produce the same sugars and carbohydrates, animals would not be able to eat the plants, fruit and seeds as God said in Genesis 1 and live.
The same is true in Genesis 9:3 when God told Noah:
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
If God had not used the same proteins and compounds in animals as He used in man, it would do us no good eat the animals God said we could eat, as we would not be able to digest them and replenish the proteins our bodies need to live. It only makes sense that God used the same basic design, same basic chemicals, same basic organs and systems and same basic genetic code for all of the living things He created.
All of creation is filled with similar wonders of design that are evidence of God’s handiwork.
Consider the spiral forms we see in galaxies, ferns, snails and subflowers, which suggest a designer who loves beauty in his designs.
We also find complex, incorporated systems in different animals, which no one believes arose from a common ancestor such as the platypus.
God used sleek designs for swimming in mammals, fish, and plesiosaurs.
He used marvelous designs for flying in mammals, birds, insects and pterosaurs.
God even used elaborate horn-like designs in mammals, dinosaurs, and insects.
In every corner of the universe, at every level of organization, the hand of God is clearly seen. The similarity in design and substance is compelling evidence of a common designer, God.
Even though so many people refuse to see or acknowledge the overwhelming evidence of our Creator God, the rest of God’s creation knows the truth as we read in Job 12:7-10:
But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind.
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