Day 6: The Development of the First Software

Genesis 1:11-13

God said, “Let the earth yield grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with its seed in it, on the earth”; and it was so. The earth yielded grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with its seed in it, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

Here we find out where the first plant DNA came from. It came from the mind of God, the first Programmer. We also learn something about His design concept; a concept we have difficulty recreating today as software engineers.

God started out by developing software systems that were fully integrated with hardware and could reproduce computers within a pre-determined types. These computers could
then reproduce more computers. Not only that, these computers were made of chemicals that could actually be eaten! There’s more about that later in the week.

It wasn’t until recently that we discovered that some of the words that God used for creation were encoded into the seeds of the plants that God formed on this third day. We are still trying to learn about this software today. If you have every used any of the computer “sim” games, you realize that software is well suited for the reproduction concept. God must smile as He watches His little creatures play with the building blocks of creation.

Think about that for a moment. God created software so complex that it could recreate itself! We are getting closer to this kind of idea today. Since we are all made in God’s image, I believe we all have a little bit of “programmer” inside of each one of us. I think all of us also have the ability to name things. So, I guess we’re all “geeks.”

To think that God made all of the DNA for plants on one day is staggering. My clients would love it if I could program that fast with such amazing results!

Evolution: God’s word and recent scientific discovery exposes some problems for the evolutionary worldview. The existence of information in living systems clearly suggests a level of linguistic complexity that normal humans relate to as having come from a mental source. If you found a letter laying in the grass, you would assume someone or something with a mind wrote it. You would not assume that it was written by the grass and sun over millions of years. Well, grass happens to be a letter about how to make more grass. To be consistent, the same rule should seem to apply.

Theology: The idea that a day of creation is symbolic for a thousand years wouldn’t naturally work out here. Many of the plants require pollination and the animals would not have been created yet for possibly a thousand years. Not to mention that the sun would not yet exist!