Monthly Archives: May 2012

Jesus in Genesis

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pi...Back at Easter time, I wrote a series of posts on the connections between Creation, the Fall, the First Chapters of Genesis and Jesus’ work and suffering for us. Looking around the WordPress forums I learned that it wouldn’t be a smart thing to just repost them, so here are the direct links:

Pain and the Creator

The Seed of the Woman

Jesus, The Seed of the Woman

Covering Sacrifice

The First Murder and the New Covenant

This is the heart of my belief and the heart of what God, our Creator, has done to bring us back into fellowship with Him.  His Name be forever praised!!!

Then [Jesus] said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27

New stuff at Creation Conversations

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There are no symbols that represent skepticism. This is one symbol that can be used to represent skepticism, skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, critical inquiry, and truth-seeking. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remembered to check Creation Conversations earlier this month but they hadn’t put new Free Resources up yet.  Today got an email that they’re up now.

You will be excited to hear that they have a $3,000 essay competition for high schooler juniors and seniors.

This year’s winner is Timothy Weir with his essay Skepticism and Faith.   Here’s a quote:

“As Christians, we regularly engage in conversations with skeptics of our faith, and it is our duty to defend our beliefs before them, as stated in Jude 1:3 (Holman Christian Standard Bible), “…contend for the faith that was delivered to the saints once for all.” How, then, do we fight skepticism? To answer this question, we must first understand the various forms of skepticism, how they are similar, and how they are different. By understanding the concept of root ideas, we can focus on the core issues of debate, and not become entangled in countless objections.”

Whew, this guy uses way bigger words than I do!  Think he’s been reading  a lot of old books to build his vocabulary?

Here’s the rest of the interesting Free Resources to check out:

PDF intro to The Ocean Book

And one Giant PDF of The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved

There’s more that I’ve mentioned before or that are aimed at grown-ups, too, so be sure to check them out.

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.Proverbs 25:25 

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We’re all Space Aliens! Not!!

Meteor Deep from Igdir

Meteor Deep from Igdir

I was going to do a post talking about Study the Word’s statistical probability of Abiogenesis happening.  But, it turns out that Sir Fred Hoyle, the mathematician who claimed that life is sure to happen if you just give it 4.5 billion years, isn’t too popular with mainstream Evolutionists.  They can’t deny his numbers, but they dare not admit that Earth should only now be forming its first microbes.

 

However, with Sir Hoyle’s help, scientists have again picked up the ancient belief in life from space.   Continue reading

Dr. Ben Carson, Neurosurgeon, Creationist

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Dr. Benjamin Carson, left, seated with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, listens Thursday, June 19, 2008, as he is announced as a recipient of the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom, at ceremonies in the East Room of the White House.

This past week’s News to Note over at Answers in Genesis had a link to an article talking about the trouble Emory college got into for, *gasp,*  having a Creationist speak there!

I’m not going to say much here because the article at Evolution News is so well done.  This isn’t a pro-Evolution site, but seems to be run by the Discovery Institute (you’ll remember it’s in Seattle in the movie Expelled).  They aren’t 7-24-hour-days Creationists, but they are well aware of God being the Creator!

The Bible Science Guy has a really good article about Dr. Carson as well: Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists – Ben Carson

Here’s Dr. Carson’s page at John Hopkins Hospital.

And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. Luke 9:50

Laws of Physics

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Physics > mechanics > kinematics > Equations of Motion > Graph a(t)

Laws of Science “2. can usually be formulated mathematically as one statement or equation (or a few), or at least stated in a single sentence, so that it can be used to predict the outcome of an experiment, given the initial, boundary, and other physical conditions of the processes which take place.”

A couple of months ago I picked up a copy of Is God a Mathematician” at a discount store because it sounded interesting.  The author, Mario Livio, thinks that the Catholic church rejecting Galileo’s work proves that the Bible has nothing to say about science.

Apparently, the Church at that time believed that everything in space was perfect, so the moon couldn’t have craters even if telescopes showed them.  They also thought Joshua’s long day (Joshua 10) meant that the sun and moon went around the earth, so Galileo couldn’t have been right.  Of course, this doesn’t begin to prove that Evolution and long ages are facts (called a Straw Man Argument), but this was just a small part of Livio’s book.

It is very exciting to me to realize just how much God loves math and used it to set up His universe.  I’m not that great at math myself, but I remember how cool it was to figure out how algebra works (I just couldn’t remember how to do it the next day!).  Here’s the fist paragraph of the Amazon review of Livio’s book:

“Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature.  From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that — mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true…. how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us?”

Those who refuse to admit that there is a Creator have no answer to these questions.  WE DO!!

The LORD possessed me [wisdom] in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. Proverbs 8:22-23

Interestingly, there is one study of distant stars that ‘seems’ to have broken one of the laws of electromagnetic interaction.  If you want to know what that means read this Article “for kids” and leave me a comment if you can explain it!  The only thing I understand is that the way light from very distant stars is acting in the northern part of the sky is different from their southern sky cousins.  There’s a good picture of this on a skeptic’s article showing the (very slight) variation in wave length.

That the constants of the universe would have one minor exception in very distant space fits what God has been telling us all along.  And all I was looking for was info on how absolute these laws are!!!

One more point on all of these clues in the Bible is the uncomfortable fact that God has chosen to almost always disguise Himself.  God doesn’t want us to worship, serve, fear and love Him because we Must but because we Choose to. Although the Bible records a few times when God appeared to people in an unmistakable way, these times are always rare.  Even then, people sometimes chose to refuse to honor God for who He is (Genesis 4:6; Daniel 5:5; Numbers 22:13+31:16).

Jesus said: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23

Interestingly, both of these posts were in my email inbox today:

Absolute Proof of God by way of Chief of the Least

Why Skeptics Doubt Genesis from Dancing from Genesis

The Accuracy of the Bible on Astronomy: Part 2

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Isaac Newton’s personal copy of the first edition of his Principia Mathematica

Continued from yesterday’s post:

He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. Job 26:7

This one doesn’t need any explanation as we all know this is the literal truth.  The only question is, how did Job know?  The rest of the world quickly forgot the truth.  Many people believed that a turtle held up the earth. I’ve also heard that there’s a Russian story of a whale holding up the earth. Continue reading

The “Disease” of Millions of Years

A message from the founder

The “Disease” of Millions of Years gets to the heart of the time issue with the Creation/Evolution debate.  It is tempting to go along with the idea of millions of years, but it is the compromise that starts people on the path towards atheism (I personally would rather be an atheist than to believe in a god who had to kill billions of creatures to get to the level we are at today).

Without millions of years, Evolution is impossible and laughable.

With millions of years of fossils, God’s claims in Genesis 1-11 are just myths.

Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.  I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. 

Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall [reverse] it? Isaiah 43:10-13

The Accuracy of the Bible on Astronomy: Part 1

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Cover via Amazon

Last month I asked Dr. Jason Lisle  if he had done a book that talked about all the Bible references to astronomy.  Sure enough, he had done one called Taking Back Astronomy.  As soon as I could I bought a copy and I’m thrilled with it.  Since Dr. Lisle’s new book, the Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky is published by the same group (New Leaf Publishers, the one’s I want to write for someday), it is sure to be beautiful enough to display as a coffee table book.   But, this isn’t a book review post (I’ll do those when this blog is popular enough to get free samples to review), so on to what the Bible has to say!!

My dad showed me a couple of years ago how he had noticed God talking about “stretching the heavens,” which I’ve already posted on.  That alone is enough to prove that the Bible knows what it’s talking about on the nature of the universe. The rest of these are just icing on the cake.

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: Isaiah 40:22

Doubters like to say that this verse proves that the Bible writers thought the earth was flat like a plate, and they’re right that the word here doesn’t mean sphere or ball.  The word used for circle is the geometric word for compass it just tells you that God drew a circle on the earth.   There are two other verses that use this term, Job 22:14 and Proverbs 8:27, both of them are talking about astronomy too. As we know, people from right after the Flood were sailing the world and well knew that the earth was a sphere. But if you look at the earth from space, it does looks like a plate.  Isaiah was pointing out how big God is.  Notice that this is one of the “stretching the heavens” verses!  It is wonderful how they all fit together.

He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. Job 26:10,11

Here we have the verb “to compass” much like in the last verse.  Dr. Lisle takes this to mean that the twilight line dividing the day side of our planet from the night side is always a circle.  I hadn’t realized this verse was talking about astronomy until I read that verse.

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Hubble telescope image known as Pillars of Creation (I didn’t invent that title)

Verse 11 is not mentioned in Dr. Lisle’s book, but I would guess that doubters like to say this verse means that Job thought there were pillars holding up the heavens.  You might want to try this idea on for size.  The “pillars” of heaven don’t have to be stone columns because the Hebrew word is the same one used for the “pillar of cloud by night” in Exodus. Perhaps Job was talking about Nebulae!

I decided to do a GoodSearch to see what kind of technology it would take to see a Nebula since we know the Ancients had telescopes. This page says what you need is a big aperture.  So then I went to find out what that meant.  Turns out the bigger the glass, the better for this and we know that’s something the Ancients certainly had.

I have no idea if this is what Job was really talking about, but it’s a good possibility.  I also found that the first “modern” astronomer to record having seen nebulae was Charles Messier in 1758. Here’s a list of his telescopes, they don’t seem to have been too powerful, so it is quite likely that ancient telescopes were powerful enough to have seen some of these objects.

Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Deuteronomy 4:39

A Personal Testimony to Read

Oil painting,

“Praying Hands” by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)

For those of you who are old enough to be thinking about the big issues in life, like Eric Hovind mentioned in his email letter, here’s a testimony to read.  It is interesting to see Misty go through the thought process of searching out truth.  I especially enjoyed how she realized that there must be a Creator God and how she recognized the wrongness of the idea of vanishing into cosmic oneness.  I’m also glad she knew that a person is a person no matter how small and to see the attraction of people who are true friends with Jesus. 

Not being a Catholic myself, I still recognize why every church being a law to itself was troubling for her.  It is sad, but it is one of the best tactics the Enemy has for diminishing our power in the world.  She happens to be wrong about the unchanging nature of Catholic doctrine, but if there was a church that had stayed true for all these years without swerving, I would sure be interested.

I ran into this story on Barbara Curtis’ facebook page.

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  Acts 17:26-28

New Links (mostly about Sea Creatures) I’ve put up

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Eglwys Beuno Sant – St Beuno’s Church Pistyll The painted board over the altar reads “Clodforwch yr Arglwydd canys da yw” “Praise the Lord for he is good” (I just thought this church is beautiful!)

I didn’t wait for Saturday to post some new links, but I hadn’t told you all about them until now.  The Setzers with Creation Family Ministries have put up a new page that goes along with their VBS theme this year.  The front page of Secrets of the Sea is very beautiful and they have a few interesting pages. Be sure to catch the jelly fish and check out the “Creature Feature” page. A couple of the pages are still under construction, so you’ll want to check back soon.

 

Next there’s Ian Juby’s YouTube video link.  For some reason that he explained on one of his interview with Creation Today, he picked the crazy name “Wazooloo” for his tag (I think it had to do with finding one that wasn’t taken already).   It looks like he has four pages of videos, so that should keep you busy for some time!

Over at Protect the Word, Jacob Howard has finished his series on Bacteria and has just started talking about water dragons, aka pliosaurs and plesiosaurs, I know I won’t want to miss it!

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. Psalm 111:1,2

Ancient Astronomy

Rekonstruktion der Himmelsscheibe von Nebra

Nebra Sky Disk

Ancient technology Friday!!I know how much we all love to hear about how smart our great, great great…. grandparents actually were, so here’s today’s installment.

I was looking around for something else and ran into this page with excellent pictures of intact crystal eyes on Egyptian statues.  Scroll down to the close-ups to see just how lifelike they are.  Here’s another guy, carved of sycamore wood with his eyes intact.  This goes along with my post on Ancient Optics.

And here’s a long page on ancient telescopes which covers basically the same info I’d already mentioned.  They also had something I hadn’t known showing how a large concave mirror can be used as a very effective telescope.

I also found more info on Nero’s eyeglass.  Turns out it was actually a monocle made of beryl, which is the bigger gem family that the emerald is a part of.  Most sites want to claim this is the first time someone used a vision corrector, but does that seem likely to you?

There are two things about the Ancients that make it hard for me to post much about them.  They were obsessed with the heavens and they were terribly into idol worship.  Of course, those two things are connected.  Although they used their observations of the movements in space to find their way around the world, they mostly used this knowledge to decide the best times to worship their gods.

You could go to dozens of webpages that talk about these things, but quite a number of them are by people with the same mindset.  Astrology is sadly still very popular.  I’ve checked each of these pages, but I don’t recommend wandering their sites without a grown up!  This one sticks to the facts and shows how common it is for most of the ancient monuments we’ve found to be aligned to the heavens.  Here’s one location they missed in Heath, Massachusetts.  Turns out it is aligned to the heavens too (check out that page for all the other structures people were building in New England back then!).  [I first heard about these places at s8int.com, the Christian site.]

Ancient people did more than make lenses to study the stars directly and build important monuments in alignment with the heavens.  Some of the most ancient pieces of artwork we have are really little moon and star maps.  It’s anyone’s guess what they were all used for.  I’ve seen someone who thought that one calendar would have helped a new mom figure out when her baby was due!  What we do know for sure was that the stars and heavenly movements were of great importance to people very soon after the Flood. If only they had remembered to honor the Creator God who maintains all these things for His own glory.

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6 

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:14-18

Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: Isaiah 66:1a

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.  Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? Jeremiah 7:18,19

For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 1:11

Another page on the Nebra Star Map that’s worth studying.

A Letter from Eric Hovind

(I got this e-mail tonight and wanted to pass it on to all of you.  Really makes you think!)

Official seal of Orlando

Proof of God Conference October 12,13 (they sure picked a nice location!)

From Eric Hovind of Creation Today:We are very concerned by the fact that most Christians can not defend their faith in God.

I was speaking at a church recently when I asked the audience, “If you were born in India would you be a Hindu right now?” Most nodded their head and said yes, they thought they would be. Then one gentleman responded, “But we would only be Hindu out of ignorance.” To which I asked, “How do you know you’re not a Christian out of ignorance?” They didn’t have an answer.

When I ask church members around the country, “Why are you a Christian?” approximately 95% are unable to do what God commands us to do and, “give an answer for the REASON of the hope that is in us.” That is exactly the reason we are holding the Proof of God Conference in Orlando, Florida this October!

I would like to personally invite you to join myself and several other dynamic and engaging speakers as we teach people how to defend the God of the Bible.

The message is needed, the speakers are booked, the date is set, now we need you to respond. Go to proofconference.com and register today!

For God’s Glory,

Eric Hovind

President, Creation Today

Vestigial Organs Are Not Vestigial!

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The plica semilunaris of conjunctiva is thought to be the vestigial remnant of a nictitating membrane in humans.

One of my frequent commenters here is Don Ruhl of The Bible Meditator.  Today he has a Creation Science post for you all.Vestigial Organs Are Not Vestigial!

It’s kind of long, but his points are great. The funny thing is how we keep finding purposes for all of these things, but common thought and especially kids’ textbooks tend to be decades or even centuries behind teaching these findings.  For example, the “animal stages” developing babies go through was shown to be a hoax in the 1870s, but they still teach it!

Interestingly, how we develop in our mother’s womb explains many of these features in humans.  Answers in Genesis has an excellent article on this, including the “plica semilunaris” [don't ask me how to say it!] you see in the picture.

Here are some articles on the other “Vestigial” organs that Don Ruhl ran out of room for:

Answers in Genesis: Setting the Record Straight on Vestigial Organs

Answers Magazine: Hind Leg Bones on Whales

ICR: Blind Cave Fish

ICR:; Self-Cloning Lizards

And, for the guys: AiG: Why do Men Have Nipples?

Or, here is one long article that covers them all (including Dandelions):

Creation Studies Institute: Vestigial Organs: To Function or not to Function, that is the Question

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31

For the creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, that is, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:20-23

How to Read a Typical Geology Article

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Devils Towers West wall is a direct vertical climb of 600 ft (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today we’re going to practice learning the truth from an ordinary science page that wants you to believe in Evolution.  I ran into a perfect one studying for yesterday’s post on Devils Tower so we’re going to see what the US government tells us about this landform.As unusual, I’m setting this link to open another page so you can easily click back and forth to see what I’m talking about.National Park Service: Devils Tower Geologic Formations  

The first paragraph is from what people have seen and recorded, no problems there!

The Stage is Set

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Chalk cliffs with a thick layer of loess The brown coloured loess was deposited during the last ice age.

Now we get into unobserved history.  Notice that they mention that sedimentary rock can form with either water or wind.  I had an interesting hunt finding out what kinds of rock are formed by wind without water helping.  Finally I found this page: Sedimentary Rocks.  If you scroll past all the water formed varieties, you’ll find a paragraph on “Wind.”  The two types of wind formed rocks are sand dunes (which aren’t always formed above water) and something called “Loess” (it’s a German word that means “loose”).

I’ve heard about Loess [Low-es in English] when studying about the Wooly Mammoth, because they seem to have smothered in the dust storms that eventually were packed into Loess deposits.  Here’s an interesting page about Loess from Canada.  Note that all the Loess we have was formed recently when the Ice Age glaciers started melting back exposing the rock flour they had ground up.

Somehow I don’t think this was what Devils Tower was formed in.  Seems like we’re stuck with water-formed sedimentary rocks!

This next part is why I wanted you to see this.  They just slowed the video waaaayyy dowwwwn.  Just take their millions of years, seas coming and going, and speed it up to real time.  What do you have?  A pre-Flood shallow sea catastrophically destroyed by an enormous Flood that washed things around for close to a year.  It all fits in just like they describe only far faster.

Note that they admit that the Tower was formed during all of this.

The Tower is Formed: An Ongoing Debate

This stuff is great. Who doesn’t like a good mystery? And here there aren’t dead bodies involved!

Rock Climbers at Devils Tower National Monument

Rock Climbers at Devils Tower National Monument (Photo credit: Photomatt28)

The Tower is Uncovered

Love this part, “the forces of erosion, particularly that of water, began to wear away the soft sandstones and shales…” (italics added by me). They forgot to put in the millions of years!! Oh, that’s because the evidence is against this, as “the Tower itself is slowly being eroded.”  If it has been more than a few thousand years (like, 4,500 or so?), the Tower would show a lot more signs of falling down.  See my post on Erosional Features for more about this.

Everyone knows the evidence we have for the Flood, they are just blinded to the truth because it’s too uncomfortable.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. II Corinthians 3,4

Movie Links

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Well, I’m not going to have a bunch of links today because of Mother’s Day busyness, but I wanted to pass something on to you all.  First I checked at Creation Connections because I had forgotten to tell you what was new to download for free in May.  Seems like they forgot to upload anything new this month, so you can still catch that book on wooly mammoths if you forgot last month!

Next I went to Creation Today, because they have a lot of resources I haven’t told you about yet.  They have a cool brick and mortar store in Pensacola, Florida that is really a small museum.  It even has a dinosaur that you can ride on!  They also have an online store with a lot of the usual books and DVDs and some unusual things as well.  You might want to check out their apparel page, it’s got some great ties for Father’s Day along with some interesting T-shirts.  They also have a great TOY page!

What I really wanted to find today were the two movies that I know are being made right now that talk about Genesis and Noah’s Flood.  I’ve had the link to www.arkhunterthemovie.com up for a while, but it doesn’t have very much info on it.  This episode of Creation Today is where I first heard about this film and they have a long interview with Jeremy Wiles who is putting this together.  Even if you have a slow internet connection, the bits of video are worth the wait!

The other movie in the making is the Genesis Series.  They have an amazing trailer up to watch now and it says they should have the first part of their work done sometime this year!

Jesus said, “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,” Matthew 19:4

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  Matthew 24:37-39

Be sure to check this Creationist blog out

Partially submerged ruins in the Mediterranean

At the risk of giving away the secrets of where I find cool stuff in the future, I’m going to share a blog that I’ve run into since receiving the Versatile Blogger award.

But first I wanted to pass on to you all is the set of posts that Jacob Howard, over at Study the Word, is writing about this week. His topic right now is bacteria and since today’s post is titled Logy-Bacteria-Energy-Part 1, that must mean he’s not done with his study yet!

Yesterday I was looking around GoodSearch for pages on underwater erosion and a WordPress blog came up.  I don’t know why I didn’t run into it on my tagline searches; I guess he doesn’t use the tag “Creation” in his posts!  Anyway, I was thrilled to have found a young earth creation scientist who writes here!  James I. Nienhuis has been blogging at Dancing From Genesis since 2007 and, boy, does he have a lot of posts! Continue reading

The Book of Jude and Genesis

MethuselahI’m way behind in a Precepts Bible study of the book of Jude, but yesterday I got to the end of the first week.  They recommended that we find a way to share what we were learning about the book with others.  I’ve been a fan of this tiny book snuggled up against Revelation for a long time and I’m excited to share what Jude tells us about Genesis.

Jude’s book is only 25 verses long, so it’s a great way to impress people with your ability to read very quickly.  “Mom, I read a whole book of the Bible this morning!”  Or something like that. :-D  He has only a few points to make focusing on how easy it is to lose the truth we have been given in the Bible and warning us of ungodly men who use religion to cause all kinds of wickedness.

The first time Jude mentions ancient history is something that we only get in tiny bits and pieces through the Bible: the fall and punishment of angels who followed Satan.

6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

There must be two classes of demons, because we know that there are still lots of them on the loose in the world [Matthew 8:28,29] even though the ones mentioned here are already bound.

Next, Jude moves on to the cities of the plain of Jordan which is now under the Salt (Dead) Sea. Continue reading

Lucy to move into the Creation Museum

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Back in February, Ken Ham announced on his blog that the Creation Museum was planning a new exhibit showing different models of the famous “Lucy” skull.  They had already worked up 4 versions of “her” that look like varieties of living great apes.  They were also planning to make a fifth model that would just show how wild artistic license can go on these kinds of bones.  Ken Ham was thinking of maybe doing the last head with blue skin and hair just to show how outrageous artists can make something like this look.  Well, I had a better idea.

WashoeAfter searching around on AiG’s site for a way to e-mail them (it’s not exactly easy!), I sent them my suggestion.  They e-mailed me back and said they were considering it.

I saw over on the Creation Museum’s Facebook page that they’re planning to open the exhibit on Memorial Weekend. But there’s no picture of the last head, so we’re still in suspense.  But, if the last head looks like a 1980s punk rocker, you’ll know they really liked my idea.  I decided to post this before they publicly announce what the full exhibit will be so I can prove that I already knew.  Besides, even if they had a better idea I know that it will be really, really good!!

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:24,25

Creation Science 4 Kids is up at Facebook!!

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It took me some time to figure out how to set up a Facebook page as a public entity rather than a private person, but thanks to my very dear husband, I’ve got a page up today!!  It’s not very fancy yet, nor will it ever be (like being a home schooling mother and pastor’s wife leaves me a lot of time as it is), but you a more than welcome to let all your facebook friends know.

Eventually I hope to get some paying gigs writing for Creationist book and magazine publishers, but for now the only benefit to more people knowing about my work is to

God’s Kingdom.  And that is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

Mutants R Us???

One of my first posts on this blog was on the question of whether dark-skinned people moved south to be comfortable and the other way around, or if we changed to match our environment.

I’ve been looking for the answer ever since and am rather surprised by how little we know about this, at least for people.  In fact, this draft has been sitting in my stack for some time while I’ve tried to puzzle out just what we know about the variety of features we see in people around the world.

When I first started looking at what we know about adaptations (the ability an animal or plant has to change), I was getting very confused. Turns out bacteria can adapt quite a bit, very quickly to the environment they are put into. But after just a little time that ability to keep changing slows way down.

In fact, bacteria being able to survive environments specially designed to try to destroy them is one of the Evolutionist’s favorite ways to show that Evolution must be true.  What they don’t tell you is that there has never been a case where new pieces of DNA (the tiny books inside every cell) got written from nowhere.

But this doesn’t tell us much about ourselves, because we sure don’t see people adapting to a new climate the way bacteria do.  In fact, there are a number of populations that have been transplanted (willingly or not) from the kind of environment you expect to see such people in, to very different ones.  It’s been over 200 years since dark-skinned Africans have been living in North America, and some of them have been living in England and Canada for well over a hundred years.  There have also been pale people originally from Europe living in Australia and across Africa for several hundred years.  In each of these places, unless they marry local people who have different skin color and such, their great, great grand children still look the same as their overseas cousins when they’re born (of course, you’re more likely to later get a tan if you live in a sunny, warm country, but that’s not changing your genetics).

What’s going on then?  How did we get from Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives to all the variations we see today?

Evolutionists have one answer for this.  The only reason anything is different from an amoeba is Mutations.  They have no other answer, don’t want there to be any other answer, so they don’t look for anything else.

But what about Creation Scientists?  I’ve been studying and asking around the Creationist community for a couple of months now and was starting to get frustrated.

Disclaimer:  The following rant is all me.

First, I refuse to accept the idea that the reason some people (like me) have freckles is because we’re mutants!!  I don’t see how God didn’t pre-plan for some of us to have really curly or super-straight hair, almond-shaped eyes, very light or dark skin, or extra narrow or wide noses.  These things are not caused by mutations, but by variation in our DNA books.

Think about what we know of God’s nature.  He doesn’t make the same snowflake twice! No one claims they are different from each other because they’re all mutants.  Study the planets and stars.  Not one of them is the same as another, but, like the snow flakes, they don’t have any DNA to mutate.  Yet God made them all different.

God is a God of variety and uniqueness.  Sometime, when I find the right pictures, I’m going to post about how a potter uses the same clay to make many types of objects.  Usually, you can tell they were done by the same artist, but they are never exactly the same.  Why should we be any different?  If you study out the chances of there being a person exactly like you in existence, the numbers of zeros behind the odds are mind-blowing!  These statistics aren’t based on mutations but on the complexity of human DNA.

I was very pleased when my newest edition of Acts & Facts from the Institute for Creation Research came this week. In the middle there was a short article on Genetic Diversity by Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins.  He was very honest about what we know and don’t understand yet.  Like me, Dr. Tomkins sees God using existing DNA to allow for and cause much of the variety we see in living things.  He said, “Clearly, genetic variability is part of God’s design for plants and animals, but it is employed as an engineered system with limitations. These systems of genetic variability are just beginning to be understood.”

The last thing he mentions is, “Biology researchers at ICR are currently reviewing creationist and secular literature on non-coding DNA to determine new venues of research into the field of genetic diversity and the role it plays in adaptation.”  This tells us scientists still have a lot of studying to do to understand what’s going on in genetics.  Unfortunately, since all the work done by Evolutionists is going to assume all change is caused by mutations, Creation Scientists will have to do a lot of screening to find the truth.

Now, there are certainly things we carry in our bodies that are mutations.  Anything that causes us to get sick, develop a disease or be at risk for early death is caused by the curse on Adam and his race.  There are also some variations, such as the ability to still digest milk as an adult that seem to be caused by mutations.  There are even some people who are born with pale skin and hair to dark skinned parents with no known pale ancestry.  This is probably in the same category as an albino.  But that doesn’t prove all pale people are just albinos!

God is a great and powerful Creator.  We are still just beginning to understand just how wise and deep His design truly is after several hundred years of really trying!

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. Psalm 139:13-18

Worldview and You

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Ravi Zacharias signing books at the Future of Truth conference (2004) at Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Illinois.

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I use GoodSearch to find things on the internet and now it’s time to tell you who I support with this program!  Ravi Zacharias has been preaching and speaking around the world for many years about Jesus, humanity and the need for a Christian worldview to make sense of our lives.  When I was about 12, I saw him speak at a church on the north side of Chicago and I’ve been interested in him ever since.

His sermons are my 2nd favorite things to listen to on my iPod while I do my chores.  Dr. Zacharias has an unusual ministry that focuses on the very smart and “wise” people of the world.  He speaks and works at Cambridge and Oxford in England.  He has spoken to many of the most powerful people in the world, people whom most Christians never have a chance to talk to.  He uses some very big words and big ideas, but his whole focus is on pointing people to Jesus Christ and the life and meaning He offers to everyone.

I’ve noticed over the past few months how often the beginning of Genesis comes up in his speeches and I know it’s not an accident.  If we let go of God as Creator and Adam and Eve as our first parents, we lose all of the foundation of our worldview.  Life becomes just a squishy mess that we can mold however we want to, but that can’t support us in hard times.  Continue reading