The Giraffes which Couldn’t Grow Long Necks Perished But Antelopes Survived!

Rothschild’s giraffe.

In the animal kingdom, every feature in an animal is useful. The horn for the horned is a source of defense. The hoof is for kicking all the enemies. The versatile paws for the cat family are their primary source of livelihood, without which they may remain as helpless as Samson on Delilah’s lap after stultifying his Nazarite oath. If you see a warthog possessing his tusks, don’t consider them useless or burdensome. It is because of the selfsame tusks that you may not dare stand in their way. The long neck of giraffes helps them reach for the higher plants to sustain their nibbling business.

Now, why did I talk about giraffes? Anytime I think of giraffes, I am reminded of what I learned in my High School Biology Class on the struggle for existence and survival for the fittest. So, according to this theory postulated by Charles Darwin in his publication, “Origin of Species by Natural Selection” (1859), some features evolved to adapt to the changes in the natural environment, and those who could not develop accordingly perished.

Giraffes are therefore presented to possess short necks, just like antelopes and goats initially. As herbivores, their survival depended on the availability of herbs, just like the rest of the herbivorous family. But over time, there was a severe drought that affected all the herbs but which could only be survived by those trees that did their assignments well, reaching for the underground water. The giraffes needed long necks to reach up higher to the taller trees to get their food. Hitherto, I quite well saw sense. I mean, we too do the same when our fruits are high up the tree. We get a ladder or throw our stones at an increased velocity, bridging the gap between the fruits and us.

Evolution process for the giraffe.

Therefore, it is a sensical thing to build bridges to get all the things we need. All that we need to get to the top is not within our side of the story. We often need to go across the precipice to grasp what lies yonder, essential to our survival. We often hung on life support, attempting to postpone our sunset before we lay cold in the heart of the earth. So the Giraffes are justified to grow long necks if this will help them survive the tough times. Maybe this was their version of life support as mankind does.

However, accepting this creates more problems, problems that demand candid responses based on measurable assumptions. Is it true that only giraffes were affected by the droughts? Are giraffes the only herbivores on the terra firma? We may excuse the goats because they depend on human benevolence and responsibility. But what about the gazelles and antelopes who didn’t grow long necks? How did they survive the turbulence of climate change?

Antelopes with no long necks survived😊

An astute Darwinian may silence the questions here by saying that evolution takes millions of years, and I’m not yet fifty. But don’t you realize that claiming such an immeasurable period makes it baseless and more of cheap talk. I would be bolder and say that assigning an infinitely large period is a cover-up strategy to justify the unscientific theory. This concept of millions of years defies the principles of simplicity and testability of scientific theories. And the lack of consistency is not a simple thing. If the giraffe’s long neck resulted from the need to survive the tough times, all the grazers should have long necks efficiently. But the reality is reminding us that the long necks are not evenly distributed.

An explanation is the most critical thing while selling an idea. Having heard the Darwinians speak, maybe we listen to what the creation story has to say.

Based on the Bible, the creation story presents the work of a master designer. There was no chaos or struggle for existence, but everything needed to sustain some other life form was made prior. That is why you will find that vegetation is created on day three, while animals were created on day five so that there was no alarm. God had a plan for the sustenance of the entire creation without any need for struggle to survive. Maybe the Psalmist puts it better:

He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; {Psalm 104:10-11, 14}
Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. {Psalms 147:8-10}
Winter rainfall.

God has always had everything under check. He has plans for everything He created. And out of His immeasurable love for the world, He has gone out of His way to clear a mess He didn’t create; sin and its degenerating effects on the life of man and animal. When the moral pollution went beyond the limit, he sent deluge upon the antediluvians but preserved life in the Ark.

What more can I say? Maybe Ellen White was more eloquent:

It is not by inherent power that year by year the earth yields its bounties and continues its march around the sun. The hand of the Infinite One is perpetually at work guiding this planet. It is God’s power continually exercised that keeps the earth in position in its rotation. It is God who causes the sun to rise in the heavens. He opens the windows of heaven and gives rain.

—The Ministry of Healing. P. 416

We are not alone. The invincible infinite power of the creator, redeemer, and sustainer, is guiding us.

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