On YouTube, recently, a video was posted of a Christian program called “The Way of the Master” wherein the hosts, Ray Comfort and actor, Kirk Cameron gave their argument for creationism based on the “design” of a banana.
Included in their argument were points they said showed that the banana was a product of Intelligent Design, i.e., God. They said the banana is shaped to fit the human hand; that it’s color-coded so we know when it’s not ripe, when it’s overly ripe, and when it’s just ripe enough; that it has a handy pull tab, and perforations to allow peeling, and it is sweet, delicious, and nutritious, and even bent toward the mouth so nicely, tapered on the end so it can be pushed in with ease…this was their “proof” for God as Creator of the Universe and all the fruit in it.
Well gang, this is where it helps to know something about science. The wild banana-the one “God” created-was almost inedible. It had hard black seeds inside it. The banana references in history were related to it’s original form of plantains. It wasn’t until 1836, that a mutant banana was found by Jean Francois Poujot, a Jamaican banana farmer. The fruit was yellow instead of green or red. Cuttings were taken from the mutant plant, and over the years, genetically engineered BY MAN to be what we find in the supermarket today. Since the genetically modified fruit, known as the Cavendish Banana, had no seeds, it had to be grown through cuttings. So there were no God-given convenience factors in place originally, as Comfort and Cameron suggest, nor even did they originate in the proper climate.
Bananas do not grow simply from seed. Man intervened long ago and crossed two varieties of African wild bananas, the Musa acuminata and the Musa balbisiana, got rid of the many seeds that were an unpleasant presence, and improved the flavor and texture from hard and unappetizing to its present soft and irresistibly sweet flavor.
Today bananas must be propagated from large rootstocks or rhizomes that are carefully trans-planted in a suitable climate, namely the hot tropics…(Banana.com).
So yes, the banana has an intelligent design, but the designers were humans.
And here’s another thought: according to the creationist argument of Comfort and Cameron, “God” must also have made the coconut, and most of us are aware of how user-UNfriendly, THAT fruit is. You have to have a hammer to get it open. Did God, then, just want us to work harder for our food?
One commenter understood the absurdity of it all and gave me a good laugh. On a blog about this video, the commenter said, “Hey, my banana is curved AWAY from my face….oh, wait…”