Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 7, 2018

Science in the Bible – Chicken & Egg Dilemma

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Which Came First,
the Chicken or the Egg?

Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg?

This question has stumped people for years. Scientists, evolutionists, philosophers, and thinkers of every stripe have all been perplexed by this question.

Evolutionists cannot answer this question, although many have tried to argue that the egg came first. But where did that “first egg” come from if there were no chicken to produce it?

But a scientific paper in 2010 announced the discovery by British researchers at Sheffield and Warwick universities of a protein that is found only inside the ovaries of chickens. This protein, OC-17 (ovocledidin-17), is necessary for the formation of the chicken’s egg shell. The researchers concluded that the egg can only exist if it had been created inside a chicken. Therefore the chicken had to come before the egg. The chicken came first.
(See Structural Control of Crystal Nuclei by an Eggshell Protein.)

One of the researchers, Dr. Colin Freeman, from Sheffield University’s Department of Engineering Materials, said, “It had long been suspected that the egg came first, but now we have the scientific proof that shows that in fact the chicken came first.”

Why was this question so difficult for people? Why was it used as an example of an unanswerable question for so long? The answer is refusal to accept the testimony of Genesis. This would never have been a question if people had paid attention to the Genesis 1 record of creation.

In the Genesis record of the Great Creator’s work on Day Five, it states that He created winged fowl with the ability to reproduce after their kind. Therefore the chicken was created first with the capability of making eggs for reproduction.
Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day. (Genesis 1:20-23)

Which Came First?

This question occurs in many cases which befuddle evolutionists. It is a question for every bird that lays eggs and for every insect that lays eggs. But it occurs in many other arenas as well.

Chickens and humans, all mammals, birds, and reptiles, and most creatures are built out of proteins. The code for constructing the proteins is in an animal’s DNA. But proteins are required to make the DNA. So which came first, DNA or proteins?

This protein-DNA conundrum is a problem for evolutionists, but not for creationists. The answer is that the Great Creator created them together when He created each kind of creature.

Who first asked the “Which Came First?” question?

Surely it was a Biblical Creationist illustrating the absurdity of evolution and demonstrating that Creation is a logical necessity. Today the question is always asked rhetorically without this salient point ever being recognized. What a vivid display of man’s stubborn refusal to accept Genesis!

God created the world in six days by His Word. He designed reproduction according to kind to propagate life. Chickens produce eggs which yield chickens . . . in that exact order without variation. The chicken came first!

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years ago, the Genesis record testified that chickens came before eggs. Only within the last decade have scientists confirmed this Biblical truth and overturned the claim of most evolutionists that the egg came first.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths like this and those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. Why has the the discovery of the chicken-ovary protein received so little publicity?
2. You’ll probably hear the “Which came first?” question in the next month or two. What is your one-sentence answer from this blog?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 28th article in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life
17. Science in the Bible – Circumcision
18. Science in the Bible – Expanding Universe
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible
20. Science in the Bible – The Sun
21. Science in the Bible – Atomic Fission
22. Science in the Bible – Surgery
23. Science in the Bible – Dinosaurs
24. Science in the Bible – Biogenesis
25. Science in the Bible – Pigs with Wings?
26. Science in the Bible – Eating Pigs
27. Science in the Bible – First Aid

Read the sequel:
29. Science in the Bible – The Beginning

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Wednesday February 7, 2018 A.D.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. This was the first time I had heard of this protein.


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