Over a year ago, I knew how important it was to draw all of you into the ministry of reaching out about our Creator God. So I put up a page inviting you to Pray for Us. At the time, my work was way under the radar and I think there had been only one or two “skirmishes” on the blog.
Times have changed.
If you go to my “about” section on facebook, you’ll see how many rules I’ve had to put in place to keep my sanity and still allow interaction (when possible) with people who have yet to acknowledge Jesus as their Creator, Savior, and Lord. Compared to some of the other pages and ministries I’ve seen, I’ve still got it easy.
There is a real battle for the minds and hearts of humanity. Whether we owe allegiance to a Creator God or are autonomous accidents [don't have to deal with anyone above us] is one of the main flashpoints across most of the world. That puts all of us right on the front lines, plus in the support lines behind the main workers.
Last week there were a handful of interactions online which broke my heart. Several people were so incapable of following guidelines, I had no choice but to block them without having a chance to share Jesus with them. Someone else tried to comment on the blog with such an insulting email name I couldn’t post it.
Then there have been a few on our side who still have a lot of growing in Jesus and His Spirit to do. Only God has the power to help them remember to imitate Christ rather than the Enemy they rail against.
These burdens are far too heavy for me to bear alone. Then I remembered God never meant me to try. I need my family’s help! So do all the people reaching out to the world outside. We aren’t extra special saints, just called. We are vulnerable to all kinds of attacks on our own. Jesus describes us as His body; we are designed to work together and support one another in a humanly impossible task.
So, here’s what I’m adding to the Pray For Us page:
- May God’s Holy Spirit be the ruler and influence on every person coming in contact with my sites (this includes this blog, the facebook page, Twitter account, and Google+)
My prayer is that the Enemy’s lies will be exposed and the Holy Spirit will work in a special way to soften and prepare hearts for the truth of the Bible. We are instruments for communicating this truth, but without open minds and hearts, there is no hope. With God, all things are possible.
- May each of us interacting with duped people who give us a hard time be filled with supernatural peace (my heart normally races every time this happens), compassion, and wisdom
Natural humanity either wants to ignore those who disagree, or argue with them and call them names. God’s ways are not ours. If He doesn’t speak through us, we are no different from everyone else.
I’ve heard many testimonies of people who found Jesus because they realized He was the Creator. Please pray that truth seeking people would find the information about Creation scattered around the internet and that many people will be added to Christ’s kingdom through our work.
In the same vein, we pray many people will find their faith in and commitment to Jesus grounded and strengthened by the confidence understanding the scientific support for the Bible brings.
Thank you and God bless!
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase. I Corinthians 3:6-7
Yesterday someone was looking for this prayer and ended up on my Pray For Us page. I don’t think that was what they were searching for, but it got me thinking. What should scientists, and anyone else thinking scientifically, ask God to help them with? Here are some of my thoughts and I’d love to add any more you all come up with as well.
Dear Creator God,
Today I’m seeking to understand more about you and the way you made the world. I know your thoughts are as high above mine as the heavens are above the earth (Isaiah 55:9), but I also know you love to fill us with your wisdom when we ask for it (James 1:5).
I come to you knowing you have all the power and authority (Matthew 28:18); it is only when I fear you and place my mind under yours that I can really know anything (Proverbs 1:7). Remembering you is also what I need to develop theories and think through how to use the facts I uncover (Proverbs 8:12).
Thank you, Jesus, for being the root and foundation of science (John 1:1-4 The Word= λόγος). Thank you for translating God’s truth into a language we can understand (John 1:14; John 14:9). Please guide my thoughts and actions to the best ways to uncover the truth.
Bless me with wisdom to see what natural people would never dream of looking for.
For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever (Matthew 6:13). Amen
“Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature, it befits us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our minds, but rather, above all else, of the glory of God.” -Johannes Kepler
“Without Him I understand nothing; without Him all is darkness… Every period has its manias. I regard Atheism as a mania. It is the malady of the age. You could take my skin from me more easily than my faith in God.” -Henri Fabre
“…the glory and greatness of Almighty God are marvellously discerned in all his works and divinely read in the open book of heaven. For let no one believe that reading the lofty concepts written in that book leads to nothing further than the mere seeing of the splendour of the sun and the stars and their rising and setting, which is as far as the eyes of brutes and of the vulgar can penetrate…” -Galileo Galilei
Way back, I wrote about how Evolutionists still believe in spontaneous generation, just giving it a new name: Abiogenesis. That post mentioned Pasteur a bit and included a picture of one of his experiments using “swan flasks”. Ever since then, I’ve had a trickle of people searching for info about Pasteur’s flasks.
Eventually, I got so curious I did some searching of my own. Here’s what I found:
Darwin’s Origin of Species book retelling the ancient idea of biological evolution was first printed in 1859. From the beginning, many people recognized what believing in life creating itself would do to Christianity and human equality, including Louis Pasteur.
Just a few years before, Pasteur had begun studying how microbes (tiny living creatures like bacteria and yeast) were the cause of food spoilage. He was in a perfect place to understand what Darwin was claiming and the scientific truth about life. He was soon busy showing how impossible the #1 necessary step of Evolution was: getting life to start in the first place.
Others had tried to show whether microbes just popped into being whenever things were right or not. But no one really knew how these invisible things worked and they made mistakes like letting air in or not heating things enough to kill everything.
We all understand what Pasteur was the first to figure out: you don’t have to touch something dirty to get germs on you. Bacteria and viruses float around in the air ready to settle into a pleasant environment like your lungs and nose.
Pasteur proved this when he managed to catch some microbes from the air in cotton. He cultured the cotton and it grew the same kinds of microbes as usual. Now it was time to see if stopping those airborne germs stopped life from starting in a flask.
Here’s how Pasteur did it:
- First he made flasks with bent, “swan”, necks. This was to trap all the organisms in the air before they could get through
- He filled the bottom of the flask with some broth microbes liked to grow in
- Then he boiled it to kill anything already there
- While it was still hot, he melted the glass at the tip of the neck to keep microbes from getting in
nothing grew in the broth
- Even when the sealed end was broken off, the swan neck did its job
still nothing grew in the broth
- Finally, Pasteur tipped the flask to expose the broth to the trapped microbes
sure enough, it started to culture just like usual
As you know, Pasteur’s experiments were undeniable; what he discovered was true. To this day, evolutionists don’t like to talk about spontaneous generation; most books skip right over it to the “first cells”. The most recent experiment “proving” you could get life to start from non-life is over 60 years old. Scientists have even turned to asteroids to give them enough time for the impossible to happen.
But, nature serves its Master whether people are willing to worship Him or not.
Let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings, and might overcome when you are judged. Romans 3:4
You can do Louis Pasteur’s experiment for yourself with the right supplies. This article on how to do it at Biology Junction is worth the read even if you don’t have a lab.
There’s also an interesting 7 minute video about the Swan Flask Experiment at the Education Portal.
Did you notice how much these pages sound like creationists? The people who believed in spontaneous generation are rightly seen as ignorant of reality.
I found a lot of information for this post in the Answers Research Journal article by Alan L. Gillen and Frank J. Sherwin III: Louis Pasteur’s Views on Creation, Evolution, and the Genesis of Germs
With the help of family and friends, I’ve been collecting Creation resources to check out and sort based on importance for you. This is one I’ve been wanted to share most. It’s going in the top-tier spot, aka “your family needs this!“
Why? Because Persuaded by the evidence is all about people. It has enough eye-crossing science-speak for me to hold off giving my kids until they’re about 13 or so, but that’s just part of the focus. This book is about how these scientists and others came to dedicate their lives to Jesus and recognize Him as the Creator God. Which means a lot of people who don’t care much about science will connect to this book.
Being a lady, I found this book much better than a romance story. You have the same tension wondering how they will find their Savior: What did it take? What held them back? How did God break through to them in the end? What most attracted them to Jesus? And the best part is, I have the same Lord and Savior! Ahhh, the wonder of it!
So, for girls, this is especially good. For guys: well, it’s all written by guys, so there’s nothing mushy about it.
For young people, It addresses a lot of the questions and doubts they experience now, or will when college starts. A few stories were of men who stayed firm about the Bible their whole lives, but the rest came out of the Evolutionary worldview.
For parents, some tell how they strayed from the Bible’s account and came back later; which is particularly important as their stories can serve as warning for us to avoid the same mistakes.
Some had never been exposed to anything but Evolution. Some became Jesus’ followers first and then struggled with the Bible’s claims about origins. A few accounts are from the early 20th Century when very little Creationist material was available. Their stories are all over the map in every way.
Large parts of this book are filled with the science leading them to doubt the Evolutionary storyline and turning them to the claims of the Creator God. The subjects range from “why are there still continents if the world is as old as claimed?” to “how can we know right from wrong if everything is random?” Lots of people saw the impossibility of Evolutionary changes producing the order and complexity we see in living creatures.
The last section of the book is a treasure in itself. It is accounts of some founders of the modern Creationist movement. Did you know Dr. Henry M. Morris rose on the shoulders of other outspoken men of God and science? Dr. Duane T. Gish, Dr. Gary E. Parker (who has a particularly poignant story), and Dr. Andrew Snelling are all in here. Morris, Gish, and Snelling are names you can’t avoid in our field. How delightful to know their stories of God leading and preparing them for the places they fill!
I recommend this book for every home which has teenagers or older living in it (yes, that means you, parents).
In the same way, my words leave my mouth,
and they don’t come back without results.
My words make the things happen that I want to happen.
They succeed in doing what I send them to do. Isaiah 55:11
Christian Book Distributors sells the book for $10.99
Creation Today sells the book for $11.99
The Institute for Creation Research has another review to check out as well.
Thanks to a doting grandma, my family got a set of these 3 videos for Christmas. We finally remembered to pull them out the other night and quickly devoured them!
I’m planning to make a page of recommended resources so you all can make well-informed decisions on how to spend your valuable money. This set will make it on the list, probably on the 2nd rank just under the “GET THIS FOR SURE” necessities.
Here’s why. I learned stuff from these films. Rather a lot of stuff, way more than I expected to since animals are a favorite subject of mine. That puts it firmly in the “get this to share with your local group” category by itself.
Then there is the filming. Some parts come across at less than BBC and National Geographic quality, but that didn’t bother my kids. Sometimes it is nice to spend a few minutes just hanging out with manatees and giraffes without something dramatic happening or being yanked on to the next jaw dropper after just a few seconds. There was one spot on the 3rd video with horses that could make you ill if you’re prone to that, but it was just for a few moments.
I was a bit surprised when my kids volunteered to put in the 2nd video the day after watching the 1st. Although I had found the information interesting, it hadn’t seemed nearly as exciting as their usual kid’s animal programs. But, even my younger boys wanted to see it and all but the 2-year-old stayed to watch the whole show. That put the ranking higher by itself.
Besides cool nature footage, these videos are built around the testimony and teaching of Dr. Jobe Martin. It’s rather like listening in to a lecture with really good graphics. At first I considered this a drawback to recommendation, but I’ve been thinking about his style for a bit now and here are my thoughts.
One of the most important things to guarding our minds and training our children to guard their minds is to learn how to think. Dr. Martin was fully immersed in the Evolutionary worldview for a number of years, he knows how they explain everything. He also understands the void such thinking leaves.
Every video opens with Dr. Martin’s testimony, although it is presented in more detail in the 1st one. It was the complete lack of ability to explain animal’s survival features that eventually forced him to look for a different answer to explain reality. Praise the Lord, his search eventually led him to Jesus Christ as the solution to the puzzle of life.
I suppose it could get old listening to Dr. Martin point out how impossible it is for Evolutionary thinking to account for feature after feature. The way he does it isn’t grating, though, and I have the feeling hearing this line of thinking repeatedly will be helpful to my kids. Without having to think about it, they will be aware of some of the major hurdles blocking the way for any animal to develop from a less complicated one.
Some of the other materials I plan to recommend are going to be over my kids’ heads until they reach their teens. These videos meet them where they are. Even a 5-year-old animal lover can begin to see how much more sense it makes to believe in a “genius” Designer than random chance.
It is also a lovely break to have piece of media that already has praise for our Creator God built into it. This is true of every video put out in the creation science field, but it is important to consider as well.
You can watch the 1st film through Netflix (with snide reviews on the order page) or purchase the set for yourself. There are more places you can get these (my mom got them at AiG) but CBD has the best price (surprise, surprise) and Creation Today is the one I’d appreciate you helping out if you can spare a couple extra dollars.
“Do you find food for the lions?
Do you feed their hungry babies? Job 38:39
Who feeds the ravens when their babies cry out to God
and wander around without food? Job 38:41
“Have you given the horse its strength
or clothed its neck with a flowing mane? Job 39:19
When I checked my e-mail this morning, I saw that I’d actually had some messages from readers! (BTW that doesn’t happen too often, feel free to talk to me!) This time it was from a guy who has the misfortune of using blogspot (sorry, I’m biased!), so I’ve never noticed his work until now.
Erick Reinstedt is a home schooling dad and pastor out in CA (Lord bless him!) who posts at A Great God and Good Coffee. I especially like his newest post The Heavens Declare Part 2 talking about earth, our sun, and what to do with the knowledge we are always learning!
Pastor Reinstedt also highly recommended another Creation Ministry that I’d not run into yet. Dr. Rick Oliver had been an Evolutionary teacher who wasn’t happy if there was even one student who hung on to Creation at the end of the semester! God used the Mount St. Helen’s eruption, that nearly took his life, to bring him to faith in Jesus Christ our Creator and Redeemer 7 years later. How awesome is that! He’s been teaching kids and grown ups about God and His Creation for many years now and makes trips across the country (I didn’t see if he goes international or not) to share with Churches and groups about the truth of Creation vs. Evolution.
I wasn’t able to find much on Dr. Oliver’s main site, Confounding the Wise.org, but a quick GoodSearch turned this collection of videos up. It would be cool to invite him (or any of the other groups on my list) to speak at your church or see when they will be within driving distance of you.
OK, on to today’s WordPress collection!
A blog called bigrubberbandball muses on God’s Creation inspired by a trip to the zoo and An Octopus, Really?
Jacob Howard of Already Answered talks about how Blue Stars declare God’s recent Creation.
“lilies, sparrows, and grass” writes on how impossible it is for mutations to have formed us (or a biology book) in Not from Gibbons.
The Arizona Christian compares Answers in Genesis’ take on “Lucy” and the mental stretches of the Evolutionists to make “her” almost human in ASU Pushes Lucy the Ape as Human.
Birds of the Bible For Kids doesn’t disappoint with a picture-filled post on the Ringed Plover.
And lastly, two posts on the major problems for people who want to believe in God, Jesus, and Evolution too:
- Theistic Evolution and Gnosticism: Should Christians Embrace Evolution? Part V by A Daughter of the Reformation beautifully explains why there is no reason for Jesus to suffer and die for us if death is just part of life. Gnosticism is the ancient belief that Satan created the world and therefore everything you can touch, including your body, is evil (plus a lot more)
- Fall, What Fall? by Green Baggins shows what happens to our view of ourselves if we leave out a real temptation and fall into sin by a real Adam and Eve. For those over 12, please read this, you WILL face this kind of thinking!
But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Every man is brutish in his knowledge: Jeremiah 10:10-13a
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Since I mostly just copied and pasted today’s post, I’ve spent the extra time hunting around online for more links and things. Besides the page I mentioned earlier, I’ve found some more traveling speakers with their ministry sites:
Creation Education Center with Jay Seegert is based in Wisconsin. He travels through the Midwest and shares with churches and other groups about how complicated DNA really is and lots more. I heard about him while preparing supper tonight on the Creation Today show (you do know they’re the BEST right?). He’s easy to listen to and has some excellent things to point out including something that you can use to compare the National Debt to!
David Rives Ministries is based in TN; he talks a lot about astronomy and other things that look quite fascinating. If you get Christian cable channels, you might have already seen his talk on The Heavens Declare the Glory of God. To read what he has to say for free, check out the Article archive page.
Next I found a family ministry called Creation Evangelism Tools Ministry. Their “website” is here on WordPress but they haven’t updated their blog in a few weeks (it looks like they’re moving and stuff). If you like to do word searches you’ll enjoy their Kids page, but I think the best thing I found on their site is their list of Creation Scientists! The ones that are highlighted take you to Answers in Genesis’ page on that scientist, but they have more on their list than AiG does. The really awesome thing is that all these scientists are living right now. This ministry also has a few bios of historical Creation Scientists. The claim of Evolutionists that Creationism stops any real progress is a myth!
I’ve also run into someone else totally different that I will share with you all tomorrow, Lord willing. I’m very excited about this since it has been a dream of mine to share with others for years!
Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? Who hath told it from that time? Have not I the LORD? And there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Isaiah 45:21
Last week when I was going through my “local organizations” links, I ran into a brand new site by a Creation Scientist, Exploring Creation. You can check out about the creator, Todd Elder (the picture looks like he could do Gold Rush reenactments!), HERE. If you like to read encouraging stories of God’s ways at work in a person’s life, you will really enjoy this guy’s testimony. He has it split over a number of webpages, but here are
- his salvation testimony (he seems to be in a Messianic community from the sound of it)
- his experiences learning to follow God as his Provider
- him learning to trust in the hard times
I don’t know why he doesn’t mention the name of the true Messiah (personally, I think it’s a little dangerous not to since there is a false messiah out there), but his faith seems to be in the right place. If we only listen to people who “do” Christianity the exact way we do it, our list of friends is going to be very small.
But that’s just a side theme. The best part of Elder’s site is his photo galleries. Click on the keywords in the blue box to go on a trip around God’s creation and some cool places we North Americans can drive to! I’m very proud to see that he has two pages of Michigan photos, Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear, although they aren’t in the same league as the Grand Canyon and out west.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
I ran into a blog review of the magazine Creation Illustrated over at I Have Been Blessed for you to check out. Don’t miss that they send out free sample issues!
Be sure to check out this colorful post by ChristianBlessings that talks about the thoughts Sir Isaac Newton used to show God as Creator hundreds of years ago!
And I also ran into a guy in Christian service training at Living in the Gospel giving a brief summary of the most important things about Christianity. “The most profound concept in all of this, in my opinion, is that this is all the gospel. The entire story of this world, this earth, this life, is all just part of the gospel. We disobeyed and betrayed God, and now we live in sin apart from Him. But since the very beginning, He has been proclaiming this good news –”
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4
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Are your parents holding out on letting you go to the amusement park? Try telling them that it’s the best place to put Newton’s Laws of Motion to the test!
Check out this post from Science Essentials by Dr. Rhonda Forlow:
If you promise to write up a report about what you learned, they might just be a little more willing to shell out the big bucks to take you this Summer!
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11
I was looking around to see how far back the timelines of the earliest Post-Flood civilizations can be accurately traced and ran into this book:
The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended by Sir Isaac Newton, first published in 1728 (one year after his death).
Turns out Newton was very interested in the written histories of ancient civilizations. He was really good at reading Latin and Greek so it was no problem for him to study manuscripts dating back to the time of Alexander and examine how trustworthy their stories were.
I had planned on a topical article today, but there has been so many other things happening I’m doing two posts of links instead.
To “build my platform” as all writers are encouraged to do, I’ve finally joined facebook (you can also follow me on twitter- I think). As I do here, I want to have as many links to other Creationist organizations and speakers as possible and found a new one!
the Genesis Creation Science Institute is a local organization in the LA area of California. They have a very nice website with lots of resources and even a kid’s camp out there one week each August! I checked out their links page (all four resources pages have the same info) and am adding these sites to my links lists:
Evolution Flunks Botany- I’m definitely checking that one out, but it looks kind of technical (lots of big words)
Lambert Dolphin’s Library has a huge section of articles on Science and the Bible. For example, if you’ve ever wondered how all the different versions of the Genealogy of Jesus fit together (which I didn’t start to think about until I was in my teens), you will enjoy this article.
I’ve had Creation Evolution Headlines up for a while, but never really checked it out. I’m going to subscribe today so I can keep up to date on what’s going on in science and origins.
PS At Don Ruhl of The Bible Meditator‘s suggestion, I just submitted a request to write for Answers Magazine. I had seen their submission form a while back, but had no credentials yet for them to want me. We’ll see what they think of my writing. I just hope if they do like it that I’ll have time to keep up with you all, because you guys are the best!
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. Malachi 3:16
There is no way I could cover all that the Psalms have to say about Creation in one post, but I wanted to share with you some of the verses I’ve run across in my Bible reading this past week.
I’ve been using Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s Bible Reading Plan this year and I’m really enjoying it. The first time I read through the Bible completely was when I was 16. There’s nothing that can replace studying God’s word for yourself. The Jesus I read about didn’t always act the Jesus we learned about in Sunday School!
The first few times I read through the Bible I just used a dollar store paperback that scrunched everything together with no gaps at the end of books. With a little calculation I figured out that 3 1/3 columns a day would get me through in a year. I do NOT like reading plans that have you read 3 chapters a day whether they’re Psalm 121-124 or Luke 1-3. It’s also tough for me to push through some of the OT sections like I Chronicles 1-6 and all the chapters on building the Tabernacle and Temple. That’s why I like having 4 different sections every day with M’Cheyne’s plan. People have been using this plan for over 150 years so there is a connection with our fellow Christians of old as well.
Well, that was introduction; on to what I read about this week!
Maschil [poem, thoughtful song] of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever:
thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. Psalm 89:1,2
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
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
Doing my usual Wordpress search I ran into this post “Praise ye him…”. Don’t know much else about the blogger, but whoever they are they’re 16, like science, God and Sherlock Holmes (could have been me at that age!).
And here’s an interesting piece called Creationists have Fossils, Evolutionists have Cartoons by South Philadelphia Ministry of Jesus Christ (they seem to be straightforward on their about page). Be sure to read the comments under the post. I’ve not had to deal with those yet, but now I might!!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Romans 1:16-23
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
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
Since my homepage is set to Answers in Genesis, I took an extra minute just now to see what had been posted this afternoon. Looks like this was the right time to start discussing Bible Believing Scientists! It’s kind of sad to hear that this one has joined the crowd up in heaven now, but isn’t heaven going to be fun hanging out with people like this?
Obituary letter for Professor John Rendle-Short by Ken Ham.
Thank you, God, for the work you were able to do through this servant of Yours and for the hope we can have of meeting him again one day!!
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1,2
Have you gotten to study about Louis Pasteur yet? Besides his work on preventing germs from spoiling your milk (Pasteurization) and immunization, he is most famous for proving that spontaneous generation is impossible.So what is spontaneous generation, and what do evolution and creationism have to say about it?
Spontaneous generation is the idea that life comes from non-life. From the time of the Greeks, people thought something like this must happen to make freshwater eels because they never saw any eggs. People in the 1800s had the idea that maggots just came to life on pieces of meat from nowhere. Pasteur did experiments that showed that the maggots come from the eggs that flies lay. Without flies you have no maggots.
Scientists have never seen a plant or animal that didn’t have a parent come to life.
Creationism says that God is the only one who never came into being since He IS, and time itself is one of God’s designs. This means that God goes infinitely backwards and forward in time and sideways (He’s everywhere at once). So, all genealogies of living things have God at the end of the list of great, great, grandparents. Luke says this clearly about people in Luke 3:38. God is the ultimate ‘parent’ and we are all His offspring Acts 17:28.
Evolution has to say that life came from mindless non-life. They MUST believe in spontaneous generation. This makes evolutionists very uncomfortable, so they’ve renamed this process “abiogenic origin” [life from non-life]. Sounds so much smarter doesn’t it? But does this idea hold water? If your eyes can handle crossing, check this page out: The people at Clermont College, U. of Cincinnati were nice enough to highlight the phrase that matters at the bottom of the page–
“Note that while some of these steps have been demonstrated in a lab, NOBODY HAS EVER MADE A LIVING CELL IN A LAB. While people have demonstrated bits and pieces of this process, the whole process has never been done in a lab. Rather, this is a theory of how things might have happened.”
Especially notice the fuzzy phrase, theory of how things might have happened.
Because this whole idea is so impossible, evolutionists try to avoid discussions about where the first life came from altogether. Check this debate intro from Creation Today:
“[The guy on the evolution side] defended the evolution worldview and even admitted that he pretended to believe in God to avoid answering the question of abiogenesis…. It took until near the end of the debate for him to admit he really was an atheist. We believe that his invention of a god for that evening was purely to avoid the issue of where life came from as he stated several times he was just discussing common descent and that abiotic origin was not evolution.”
God is so great, so smart that He made even the ‘simplest’ living things so complicated no one could miss that they were created.
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; Acts 17:24,25
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Revelation 5:13