The Improbability of the Origin of Species by Evolution

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

(Genesis 1:11-12) NKJV

There’s a major glitch in THE NARRATIVE of evolution that you may not be aware of: did the four habits herb, vine, shrub and tree evolve before or after the differentiation of flower structure?

Genesis gives us three plant habits, or forms: grass, herb and tree. Elsewhere the Bible describes a fourth plant habit, the vine, notable for producing wine but having wood which is useless except to burn.


We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Son of man, how is the wood of the vine better than any other wood, the vine branch which is among the trees of the forest? Is wood taken from it to make any object? Or can men make a peg from it to hang any vessel on? Instead, it is thrown into the fire for fuel; the fire devours both ends of it, and its middle is burned. Is it useful for any work? Indeed, when it was whole, no object could be made from it. How much less will it be useful for any work when the fire has devoured it, and it is burned?

(Ezekiel 15:1-5) NKJV

These are the four plant habits according to the Bible:

  1. grass,
  2. herb,
  3. tree,
  4. vine.

In Biological classification systems there are also four habits, but they are slightly different. Grasses are considered to be herbs, and woody plants are divided into trees and shrubs:

  1. herb (including grasses),
  2. vine,
  3. shrub,
  4. trees.

However you choose to look at it there are 4 plant habits. Now consider that there are about 400,000 species of vascular plants. Some of these are aquatic, so we can say that about 350,000 species are terrestrial. All of them can be described as one of the four habits. These are classified into about 620 families. Families are based on common features of flower morphology.


Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

Within families the plants are classified into genera based in part on the plant habit. This means that each family is likely to have genera of trees, shrubs, herbs and vines. If the classification of plants is phylogenetic, and follows evolutionary relationships based on DNA sequence comparison, then we are left with an interesting conundrum: did the habits tree, shrub, herb and vine evolve independently in each of the 620 families? Never thought about that before, did you?

  • The probability that 620 plant families each evolved 4 plant habits is 4620
  • This number is so big that it can’t be displayed in Google Sheets:
    • Error Numeric value is greater than 1.79769E+308
      and cannot be displayed properly.

The Bible makes it very clear that God created plant habits first, then the kinds.

  • The probability that 4 plant habits were created with 620 types of flower morphology is 6204
  • This number can be displayed in Google Sheets:
    • No Error 1.48E+11

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