Response to the Columbus Dispatch
"Research links spice use to health in hot climates"
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"Cookbooks are really a written record of our co-evolutionary race against foodborne diseases and pathogens," said Paul Sherman, a professor of behavioral ecology at Cornell University and the lead author of a recent Bioscience journal article exploring the variations in traditional spice use. "The general point is that things taste good usually because they're good for us," he said. Eugene Anderson, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, said people have known about the medicinal benefits of spices for centuries. What makes Sherman's work so exciting, said Anderson and others in the field, is that it's a first to provide extensive scientific evidence in support of that conventional wisdom. In turn, the new evidence is allowing scientists to explore how and why our ancestors developed their taste for spices in the first place.
Here we have another example in the Dispatch engaging in misleading, evolutionary propaganda. This article should be more accurately titled, "The Evolutionist Grinch that Stole Creation". It is doubtful that our earliest ancestors discovered the medicinal benefits of spices completely on their own, with no guidance from God. It is clear from the Bible that at some point in time, God instructed them on this matter. Consider this Bible verse:
And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on
that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade,
neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new
fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of
the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf
thereof for medicine. Ezekiel 47:12
In this verse, we see a picture of a loving God who provided not only basic food necessities for his created children, but also plants containing medicinal values. Evolutionists try to steal away this picture of a loving God providing for his children by claiming that our discovery of these medicinal plants occurred purely out of evolutionary necessity. Nowhere in this article was their any mentioned that God created these plants for our benefit, or that God gave mankind instructions about this.
But these phytochemicals act as more than just aromatic accessories. the compounds have evolved over time to protect plants from invading insects, fungi, parasites, bacteria and animal predators.
What proof can evolutionists offer that any plant has ever "evolved" this kind of capability? Where are the transitional plants containing the intermediate versions of such plants? They are non-existent. Statements like these are a good example of the misguided evolutionist world view. Everything must be interpreted in terms of atheistic evolution. God had nothing to do with any of this. It doesn't seem to matter to the Columbus Dispatch or these misguided scientists that God plainly said He created all the plants, and he intentionally gave some of them medicinal capabilities for our benefit. To those who read this kind of spiritual poison, you may want to ask yourself why does the Dispatch leave out what God has said on issues like this? Why does the Dispatch avoid getting the creationists view on matters like this? Why didn't this article tell you the truth about where plants really came from. They did not evolve. They were created by God Himself:
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, [and] the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed [is] in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good. Genesis 1:11-12
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