4. ~SOUNDINGS~: PART 1 – The Essentials | 4th Essay – Evolution

by Frank L. Jordan III

4. Evolution

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Evolution

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In order for life to develop as a whole,

     forming an ecology within an environment

          that is often hostile to it,

          a plan must be followed.

Who knows this better than God?

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Our world’s biology must be an intricate fabric

     of mutually supportive species—

          some feeding, some being fed upon,

          some cooperating, some competing,

               some living, some dying,

               some sacrificing, some partaking of the sacrifice.

To put it bluntly, the indispensable ecology

     of our world having to be what it is

          derives from the indispensable nature

          of the elements, of life, and of life’s processes

               having to be what they are.

A plan must be followed.

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God is the author of the forms of life.

The vast majority of plants must have roots,

     a stem or trunk, branches, leaves.

God patterns most higher life forms to have sense organs,

     a head containing a brain, a body—

          with body parts to transport the species,

          to experience sexual pleasure and reproduce,

               or to manipulate the species’ environment.

But the individual species are given creative freedom

     as they evolve from simple to more complex organisms.

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Each species supplies the need to adapt to its environment,

     the yearning to survive, to reproduce,

          to protect itself, to find shelter, to progress,

          to express itself, to love.

God supplies the power to each species, to all species,

     to achieve these goals.

But God tempers the achievements

     of each species (except one)

          in consideration for the world’s ecology as a whole.

Notice how it all works so well together—

     except for diseases, accidents, hostile weather,

          natural disasters, and evil.

But these are topics in themselves, for another time.

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Here is an explanation of the development of a species

     in light of this philosophy.

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A small horse-like creature needs to survive.

     Its need is strong.

It has been food for fearsome felines once too often.

God recognizes this need,

     knows the creature’s every fiber,

          knows the environment it thrives in

          like the back of an omnipresent hand.

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God knows what would make things more difficult

     for the creature’s predators.

So God, with fathomless love and knowledge,

     empowers the creature with a defense—

          one written on its very hide.

And, over time, the zebra has its stripes.

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In a pack, the stripes twist and merge,

     making the individual zebra harder to spot,

          giving the species the edge that it needs,

          not to mention a bit of self-expression—

               a collaborative effort, these stripes.

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This approach to evolution can be applied to

     thousands of life forms—plant and animal.

Have fun.

I suspect God does …

     especially with the primates.

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