From a profound personal experience I "know" there is a superior being involved in our lives. The reason I quote "know" is that I recognize human limitations and I could be delusional or manipulated somehow. No person would ever be able to convince me of that but it is a possibility. I wouldn't want to hurt someones faith but I have not personally been capable of taking much on faith which is why I wouldn't expect anyone to believe me. I mention it because it happened to me in this world.
What I was told in a truly profound encounter was too unbelievable for me not to believe it happened and my brother was also told of the death in the family. We were both thousands of miles away. It went beyond just telling me of her death. It was also something physical to me but I didn't see it. It lifted me up 3 flights of stairs is the physical part. I don't believe whatever it was that came to me created the earth or trees and certainly not the universe. It was certainly a superior being that cared about my feelings for some reason that I don't understand. I think, just my opinion, religious people are essentially right about God but they often feel the need to attribute infinite abilities. Creating the universe and caring about people are logical contradictions that I couldn't get past not that people aren't worth caring about. I also believe we have a soul and there is an afterlife but not 100 percent convinced about it. I still question everything. The universe is insanely old and huge and that is just the visible universe. On the scale and age of the universe I just don't think we are that special. There is something involved in our lives and one of the things the superior being told me, not that it was God though I thought so at the time, involved an afterlife and my mother finding God before she died. I was an atheist/agnostic one minute earlier by the way. That is the part that was basically shocking to me. She had a visitor that explained it to her. My dad confirmed that to me when I got home. She knew she was about to die because it left her. She taught me to be a skeptical scientist. The being found me in Hawaii as I was about to go up some stairs. It has superior abilities that are beyond at least our current ability to understand. There is apparently more to us than simple biological creatures but we still physically evolved here. It seems like a contradiction but it is what it is. That part is clear from my chemistry degree and knowledge of science especially evolutionary theory.
I think there is a God but not quite in a way that is often taught. It is a minor distinction to me. From our perspective it would be the same. It is most of us that have the emotional need to be the center of existence with a God that created everything for us. To me that is prideful ignorance but then I used to think basically the same thing about believing in God. It also could be true but not in the way people think. JMO It could be our souls that were created. Our bodies definitely evolve here. It was seemingly a superior being that told my mother about God and the afterlife in the days before she died. I can't deny that is what she believed and what I was told in person by a being that knew of her personally. I was only told she was told about the afterlife and then found God before she died so not to worry. It was told to me in a kind way. I am rather forced to believe in God even though I don't really have faith. It is an assumption to me because of some being that visited me and told me. The only way I could doubt it is to assume that it was manipulating me but it seemingly came to spare my feelings. I trust it without understanding so I suppose that is a form of faith. It was something so far beyond me that indirectly told me about God that it seems somehow stupid to doubt it. It wanted me to believe God was real. That is way beyond being told something as a child by an authority. I don't exactly believe in God. I am quite certain of it. It comes from a seemingly unimpeachable source but that only applies to me because I was there. There is really no written words that could be more convincing. I would have to pig headed or insane to not "believe" in God after that.
After the dramatic true story, a boring response:
Before seeds there were spores. Some ferns called seed ferns increased the amount of food to some of the spores. Seeds are derived from something like that. I don't know if seed ferns were the actual direct ancestor of gymnosperms but it logically was some spore producing plant. We can even map the relationships in their genes. There is no doubt they are related and gymnosperms like pine evolved from something like a seed fern that produces spores. The seedless plants are more ancient than gymnosperms and certainly their ancestors. The genetic evidence is conclusive without resorting to children's games like it was put there to test our faith. The first land plants and many more primitive plants today reproduce by spores. The first seed plants evolved from spore producing plants so it is somewhat just semantics to say what the first seed plant was or what the first gymnosperm was. It was somewhere in a progression from spore producing to modern gymnosperms.