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Do you visit the hairdresser or barber? Most of us do. A barber is an example of a personal service. People often need someone else to provide personal services that they aren’t skilled to do or are too difficult to manage. Many different personal services exist besides haircuts, including nail care, massage and chiropractic adjustments.
Did you know that fish also need personal care services? Many predatory fish develop dirty teeth and gills. Debris from meals and parasites clutter their mouths. What do they do? They rely on small fish to clean their teeth. They open their mouths and let the small fish swim in to tidy up. When finished, the small fish swim back out. The small fish gets something to eat and the big fish gets a clean smile. A very similar relationship exists between one species of bird and the Nile crocodile. The croc opens up and in steps the bird to pick his teeth clean.*
These symbiotic relationships fly in the face of evolutionary theory. Several different species would need to evolve in a symbiotic way, which defies the odds. How would the crocodile know not to eat the bird, the first time this occurred? How could it ever learn through generations of evolution to just hold its mouth open rather than gobble down a meal? On the other hand, these relationships between animals provide one more reason to believe in an intelligent creator God.
*Scott M. Huse, The Collapse of Evolution (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1983), p. 76.
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