Tuesday, 26 March 2013

He set up little factories called plants

The following inspirational passage is lifted from A Trilogy by T. T. Turner:
The Bible is always in harmony with regard to its teachings and its statements. Very often the difficulties arise from our limited understanding, or perhaps some preconceived and fixed idea on our part and sometimes they are due to a lack of prayer in which we should ask God for understanding. Let us reflect for a moment. When God created man he made him from the "dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul." Gen. 2:7. 
Man was made from the 'dust of the ground' or, as we would put it today, from the chemicals and minerals found in the soil. The words 'chemicals and minerals' were not part of ancient Bible vocabulary. In order to maintain our bodies in optimum health and efficiency we must constantly eat foods that contain all the chemicals out of which we are made. The very ground all around us contains these chemicals. 
Many a mother had been appalled to catch her diminutive offspring eating a fistful of dirt, but this often happened with children whose tiny frames register a deficiency in some chemical or mineral. But God did not want us to replace the body's chemicals and minerals by eating a regular bowl of soil - He wanted eating and drinking to be pleasant occupations for us and so He set up little factories called plants which lift our necessary chemicals from the soil and package them in the variously-named and pleasant-tasting fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc. Be that as it may, He also placed within the human body a system or mechanism whereby we are able to reproduce creatures like ourselves, called children, and pass on to them many characteristics of our own, namely, the mechanism of heredity with its genes and chromosomes.