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WHY THE BEAN?
It's this way.
I like to read. One, it is enjoyable to me. Two, I can learn "stuff".
Three, it is a vanishing skill that I want to keep alive. You know
how it is today. Everything has gone to videos. And videos are
made by people who cannot write for people who cannot read. So,
I want to be different.
And, in my reading I ran into some fascinating "stuff" about the
old earth we live on. As Eric Metaxas points out,
"As scientific knowledge increases, we have more evidence,
not less, pointing to a creator."
Consider some of the things that are absolutely necessary
for life to even exist on this planet.
The speed that our old earth rotates.
If earth rotated slower. Days and nights would be too
long allowing the temperatures to be too extreme for
life to exist.
And, if it rotated faster, the winds would be so extreme that
it would blow you clear off the earth along with your hat.
The size of our planet.
If our old planet earth were larger, gravity would be too
strong. And if the earth were smaller, there would be
insufficient gravity to hold even the gases in their proper
places - let alone you.
I understand that we are the only planet in the universe that
has only one moon. And you know the effects it has on seasons
and tides even better than myself.
I understand that now scientists know of about 150 things like this
that if not as they are, life here could not exist.
They further explain that this happening by chance or random
That is a very, very, very slim chance of life happening by
accident. It is no wonder that John Lennox said:
"The more we get to know about our universe, the more the
hypothesis that there is a creator God, who destined the universe
for a purpose, gains in credibility as the best explanation of why
we are here."
Again, why the bean?
All this neat scientific stuff is way over my head. It makes
my brain hurt just to think about it. So I decided to concentrate
on just a simple old bean instead of the earth or the universe.
Where did the bean come from?
About the only answers I have found to this on the internet are
two areas where the bean "allegedly" originated. One, the
Andes mountains of Peru. Two the Lerma - Santiago basin
Then the two gene pools "allegedly" diverged some 11,000 years
ago. Now that would have been exciting to see. Two gene pools
diverging. More fun than a foot ball game.
Remember this is science stuff right out of the computer. Some
one else said:
"The earliest people in the Americas were people of the
Negritic African race, who entered the Americas perhaps
as early as 100,000 years ago, by way of the Bering straight.
These people would have been the first to plant beans."
Now that's science. Ten thousand years, a hundred
thousand years. Years are cheap, how many do you want?
So, beans were domesticated 11,000 years ago or
100,000 years ago. Take your choice.
But where did the beans come from to be domesticated?
I know. This image is not a bean. Those are acorns. You know
seeds for an oak tree. And beans are the seeds of bean plants.
I wanted to find the good picture of a single bean, but did not.
So, those acorns will have to do.
Buy now, even the origin of the bean is too much for me.
But I did find an explanation. The caption for the image
below was "bean factory". So beans come out of a factory.
I can understand that.
Now all I have to do is find out where the bean factory came from.
In fact I have a better idea. A simpler and more exacting one.
"Then he [God] commanded, 'Let the earth produce all kinds of
plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit' - and it was
done. So the earth produced all kinds of plants, and God was
pleased with what he saw."
(Genesis 1:11,12 GNT)