One Tree

Botanist P. – (Presupposition) Wants to base all his conclusions about the forest on one odd tree.

Botanist C. – (Context) Wants to base his conclusions about the forest on the actual forest.

Narrator – Optional part. Offstage. Used to make application in the end.

(Both characters are wandering through the forest with large bags. Each is decked out with scientific equipment. Botanist P. stops at an especially alluring tree while Botanist C. continues to investigate the entire forest.)

Botanist C. – (In amazement) What an astonishing forest… I am so glad we were chosen by the board of directors to study this place.

Botanist P. – Yes… Such a strange thing these woods are. The trees here are of a peculiar sort.

Botanist C. – I could not agree more! We need to hypothesize why this forest is growing at such an exponential rate. Our colleagues came up with a few enticing theories but none proved true in laboratory tests.

Botanist P. – (Emphatically) I know exactly how we should tackle this persnickety problem!

Botanist C. – (Enthusiastically) Do you think we should take observations of all the trees before we begin?

Botanist P. – No.

Botanist C. – (Curiously) Is it possible that we should take a small sampling before we begin?

Botanist P. – Entirely unnecessary. No.

Botanist C. – (Confused) What do you think we should do?

Botanist P. – I am going to study this one single tree right here! It will tell us everything we need to know about the entire forest.

Botanist C. – (Flabbergasted) I don't think we can get a good picture of the whole forest through one tree.

Botanist P. – Don't be ridiculous! This tree is all we need! (He begins to make observations on his pad and "Oh" and "Ah" at the tree.) You see this branch? It is lacking in bark… Must be a trend in these woods.

Botanist C. – (Looking a few of the other trees) No. I think that's probably just a mark on the tree. None of these other trees are missing any significant pieces of bark.

Botanist P. – (Very excitedly) Oh! Look at this! Here at the base of the tree there is what seems to be a streaky purple color. It must be a result of the extended growth. (Furiously writing)

Botanist C. – But none of the other trees have any purple hues evident. I don't know if that's something we can assume…

Botanist P. – (Ignoring his colleague) Now look here! It appears there is a definite tilt of this tree to the south. This must feed the exceptional growth in the forest! (Jotting down more notes) Yes… Yes…

Botanist C. – (Motioning with his hands) Three of these trees are growing towards the north and this tree is twisted to the east. Just because this tree is pointed towards the south doesn't mean anything.

Botanist P. – My friend! (He pauses and stands) I have a shocking hypothesis.

Botanist C. – (Cautiously) Alright. Tell me what you're thinking.

Botanist P. – (Striding back and forth with a confident saunter) I am hypothesizing that these trees are growing at an impressive rate because they have adapted! Yes! Adapted! In order to compete in this forest these trees are shedding their bark to grow more quickly. Now, because of this adaptation, there is a slight purpling due to a change in the wood at the molecular level. This, in turn, causes a twisting southward that only boosts such impressive growth.

Botanist C. – (Long pause) That doesn't even make any sense.

Botanist P. – Nonsense! It makes complete sense to me! (Mysteriously) This one tree has unlocked the secrets of the entire forest! (Losing all emotion. Very professional.) I believe our work here is done. (Marches out of the forest. Botanist C. goes back to work)

Narrator – Any scientist who tried to study a forest by looking only at one tree would be considered very foolish. Why is it alright to make statements about the Bible based on just one verse then? We have to be careful not to single out one or two verses in the Word of God in an attempt to prove the Bible teaches something it really doesn't!