Chicken or Egg

I never really understood the apparently age-old question of “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?”

It never made much sense to me. The chicken would have to come first, because otherwise nothing would sit on the egg to incubate it and thus it would never hatch.

Also, the Bible describes creation as God’s making the animals, so I always pictured full-grown animals being created, not eggs or infants. Can’t be infants, because they would have similar problem as the egg: not being able to survive without a parent.

Then I realized the dilemma was probably proposed by an evolutionist or someone who didn’t subscribe to the idea of creation. Because to him, it would be a problem. Okay, not really, but there are other items that are more of a puzzle if you deny creation.

Which was first: the flower or the bee?

Same dilemma – how could the flowers survive without bees (or other such pollinating insects)? And how could the bees survive without their food source of the flower? If the flower evolved first, then why would it bother having to need pollination? Or flower petals to attract bees? If the bee arrived first, then how did it survive without pollen and nectar?

Now that I think about it, the old-earth creationists might have the same problem. Because all vegetation was created on the second day, but living creatures weren’t created until the fourth and fifth days. If one interprets the word “day” as “age” or “epoch”, then none of the flowers would have survived without pollinators. You may notice I used the word “might” at the beginning of this paragraph. That’s because the Bible doesn’t describe insects specifically. Fish, yes; birds; yes; cattle, yes. I’m lumping the insects in with the living creatures, not vegetation. But one could argue – would have to argue to hold the old earth view – that insects were created with vegetation.

Which was first: the male or the female?

Same dilemma – if only one evolves, then that line is not going to survive. They would have to both evolve at the same time, and in the same place.

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.

Genesis 1:24

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