An interesting article from “Creation Revolution”, October 15, 2012
Bees are fascinating insects. They come in many different sizes, shapes and colors. Throughout the world, there are about 20,000 species of bees. Most people are afraid of bees and run from them because of their painful stings.
But did you know that if all of the bees in the world were to die today, that within a year there would be the worst famine in history and hundreds of millions of people would die of starvation. Many insects pollinate flowers, but not like bees do. Many farmers have bee hives near their fields to insure their crops get pollinated. Without the bees nearby, many crops would fail or not produce nearly as much as they do with bees.
Some plants rely entirely on bees to pollinate them. For one reason or another, very few other insects pollinate some of these flowers. Without bees, a number of plants would soon become extinct.
And this is why they pose a problem for evolution.
According to most evolutionists, flowers evolved about 200 million years ago and bees evolved only 100 million years ago. So how did all of the evolving plants get pollinated for the first 100 million years without bees?
Evolutionists suggest that perhaps other animals or insects may have pollinated the flowers during this time, but that presents another problem. According to them, mammals were barely starting to evolve from reptiles about that time and birds didn’t come along for at least another 50 million years. The insects that had evolved were often too big to fit inside a flower to pollinate it, such as dragonflies with 3 foot wingspans.
The difference of 100 million years is a huge problem for evolutionists and they know it, but they continue to create stories to try to hide the problem of no bees.
The Bible also teaches that flowers existed before bees, but it wasn’t 100 million years earlier. In Genesis 1:11-13 it says that God created plants on Day 3 of Creation:
And God said, ”Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
Then in Genesis 1:20-23 it says that God created everything that swims in water and flies in the air:
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
According to the Bible, there were only 2 days between the time when God created plants and when He created flying creatures, which would have included bees and other flying insects. Those 2 days would have given the flowers time to open and be ready for the bees to pollinate them as well as for hummingbirds to feed from them.
For evolution, bees and flowers are a real problem, but when you turn to God’s Word, you see that it was all perfectly designed to work from the very beginning. The Bible provides many more answers to the problems that evolution faces. God’s Word is always true, 100% of the time. Man’s word is often wrong and cannot be trusted. That’s why I always look to God’s Word before looking to man’s word and I encourage you to do the same.