Review: AiG’s Creation Museum: Part 2

Continued from Part 1:

Before heading into the main part of the museum we caught the Men in White show. It was fun to watch, especially when the Flood misted us all with water at just the right moment. I don’t think it is likely to change a hardened unbeliever but I doubt that was their purpose. The website with all their well-documented articles has much more information to show the science behind our beliefs. The touch of frustration the angels had when the lady couldn’t hear them was just the right reminder that if we don’t share, nobody will.

I’ll just skim over the main exhibit maze. It was all quality stuff and my daughter really liked the special kids’ entrance area that I couldn’t fit into.  Everything was broken up into bite sized pieces, but if it was crowded, I know we would have missed a lot.  It was a bit disappointing to see how few interactive stations there were.  Probably their choice of layout had to do with space considerations, but hands-on learning is the greatest asset of having a physical location rather than just books and videos.

The ark section was really cool. If the full-sized replica is anywhere near as well done (as I’m sure it will be), it will be incredible.  The way AiG has thought through the practical aspects of smart people stuck in a boat with a zoo of animals for a year has my full admiration.  I’d never considered them having a garden in those low light conditions or using posts to gradually expose more hay to the grazers as needed.

After finishing the maze we visited the traveling collection of Bible related materials off the pizza plaza.  It was small but awesome with cuniform and other writings dating back to nearly the time of Abraham.  I hope the sponsors are able to accomplish their goal of a permanent museum in D.C.

Then we stopped at the chapel for a kids story reading time.  My mom and I were both impressed with the book Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers: The Gospel.  It put things very gently and in similar ways to how we have always shared Jesus and God’s message with little ones.  The reading lady very kindly took one of my calling cards and has e-mailed me letting me know she likes my site. 🙂

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This photo was taken before they’d finished landscaping, but you can see the eating terrace on the right

If you can afford to eat in their cafe, DO! The pizza is great (large enough for two kids to share) and my pot-roast-connoisseur mom highly recommends theirs. The wait staff is very friendly and keeps the counters so clean they lay their knitting and crochet on it for between customers. And, in warm weather you can eat on the deck overlooking the pond and garden.

The grounds- sigh! It was chilly the day we went, so my kids and I just ran down the steps by the cascades to see the pond for a minute.  It would be worth having to deal with more company to come on a lovely June day and spend a few hours enjoying the garden paths.  They weren’t too large, so you could enjoy everything in an hour or two, but the whole place is worth a second visit.

If you can, take advantage of their 2nd-day-free offer and make a double day trip when you go. The book store alone needs a couple of hours to really check through everything! My mom went on a spending spree (thanks, Mom) and they even shipped it all back for us at a very reasonable rate.

The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. Psalm 111:2 

PS no sign of my photos on the memory card, so I’m afraid you’ll have to go and take your own to see more.

Review: AiG’s Creation Museum: Part 1

Blog-size-Mag-CoverIt’s been two weeks since my mom, kids and I spent a lovely day at the Creation Museum.  The forced delay has been kind of nice because the things we still remember are the best!

All the main speakers with Answers in Genesis were out of town, so we didn’t get to say “hi.”  I can’t say I blame them; there were only a handful of visitors on the last Wednesday in November.

BTW, having museums, zoos and such almost to ourselves is one of the nicest perks of home schooling.  I’m completely spoiled about this; it is so pleasant getting the best seats at shows and strolling leisurely through the coolest exhibits. Plus, getting practically private waitstaff is addictive!

The first thing we did was visit the planetarium.  The show was very well done with 3D effects and a step by step expansion of size to keep your brain-fuses from getting fried within the first minute.  It was a little disappointing not to have the narrator mention how easily the Bible explains why we can see things “millions of light years away” in a very young universe. My guess is that Dr. Lisle and the rest decided it would take too long and they have other resources to address the issue.  Personally, I think it would have been worth the extra 30 seconds to mention “stretching the heavens” as God so carefully told us.

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My favorite bits of the whole building were the hallway displays of fossils and other rocks.  It was awesome to be only inches from rocks that once floated in outer space.  Seeing real fossils in full scale was worth the visit all by itself!

The scale of things was one of the best parts of being there in person.  AiG is very generous in sharing their information and pictures free online, so there was very little that I learned by going to their location.  But, the size of things is difficult to show in a picture.

Some things were way bigger than you might think.  My 5 year old got scared in the dinosaur den (upstairs past the pizza plaza).  Since that experience he has decided all dinosaurs are no fun. I bet there would be a lot more kids glad we don’t run into living dragons too often if they all saw just how big and scary they could get!

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A photo of one of the real fossils. An adult’s hand reaches from about the elbow to the foot

Other things were smaller than you would expect. You know that new Lucy display they were so excited about? It is very well done, very clear, very convincing.  But, it’s small.  The whole display is in a column about 4 feet [1.3m] deep. Lucy is puny. Archeopteryx is even smaller.  I “knew” he was dinky, but there is nothing like being next to his bones to help you realize a person could have easily picked him up one-handed.

Unlike most of the fossils on display, archeopteryx was a copy.  Unless a Creationist digs one up and donates it to the Museum, they don’t have the money or power to get ahold of a game-changer fossil like the “dinobird.”  God needs His people to get out in the field and find things on their own so they don’t get ignored or used against Him!

I would have had this review up a couple of hours ago, but my photos are missing! My dear husband says there’s a way to get the memory card to cough up deleted pictures, so I hope to get them back for tomorrow’s post.  *Please God, some of them were really good ones!* Anyway, I’ve got a lot more to share, but it will have to wait ’til tomorrow.

Part 2 HERE

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

AiG: Model Cross Section of the Ark

Species: How Many Bats did Noah Need on the Ark?

The Great Flood! God Drowns Everyone

This picture is quite mythical

One of the arguments you will run into “proving” the global Flood never happened is this: it is impossible to fit all the land animal species onto the ark (so therefore the whole story is a myth).  That statement (minus the parenthetical conclusion) is true!  But does the Bible require Noah to fit all the known (and unknown) species onto the ark?  Hardly!

Here’s what I saw while studying for last week’s bat post:

  • Bats are categorized by scientists into 1,000 species
  • These 1,000 species make up 25% of the known mammal species on earth (lots of sites mention these facts. You can check it out on Going Bats.org, or one of many .edu PDFs: Ohio State’s is really cool!)
  • These 1,000 species are divided into only 18 families: 17 “micro” bats and 1 family for all the fruit bats + flying foxes

Today I ran into something even more interesting.  The only group of mammals more common than bats is the rodent group:

  • Rodents are categorized into 1,814 species, of which 1,383 species are mice and rats (if 1,000 species is 25% of all mammals, that leaves only 1,186 other species for all the rest of the mammal group)
  • These rodents are grouped into just 29 total families

Does that tell you something about how much room was actually needed on the Ark?  We know that even today new varieties of living things continue to form when a small population of animals are kept away from the rest of their kind (for example, check out the lizards that got moved from one island to another).

BTW if “Evolution” always meant what Science Daily says it means for those lizards, I’m an evolutionist. In fact, this is called “microevolution” and we Creationists have no problem with it at all.  I believe that my own family (and yours) as well as every other living thing has changed from the prototypes God first created.  However, we’re not better than the original version or turning into some other kind of creature, and neither is anything else!

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Argonauta species

From all of our observations, animals and plants that get separated from the main group start to look different and have genetic variations from the others.  Eventually, this sub-group may even no longer be able to have new little ones with the rest of the group.  But, does this take millions of years and produce totally new creatures with new functions?

Naturalistic Evolution has to answer that question with a “yes” because without new functions and creatures, their worldview is sunk.  But, no matter how hard we try, such radical changes have never been observed, they must be presumed and just believed in despite the facts.

3 ornithoptera specimens

3 ornithoptera specimens

Creationists look at the same set of facts and see that it was not necessary for Noah to squeeze many thousands of bats and rodents, and stuff onto the Ark.  The “species” we divide up today could have quickly developed from just a few well chosen (by God) DNA-rich ancestors that survived the Flood.

Just how to classify living and past animals and plants is one of the big areas of Creation studies now.  I’ve written a little on what we know about mutations (the only way to get things to change that Evolutionists will admit to) vs. original genetic variety.

Here are some pages to check out to see what the scientists are saying about all this:

Answers in Genesis: Feedback: Species and Kinds and the Ark by Paul Taylor (my hero! very readable article) and, for those of you who never get enough info, the brand new scientific article: Mammalian Ark Kinds

Institute for Creation Research (none are very long):

Creation Ministries International:

I will make a special agreement with you. You, your wife, your sons, and their wives will all go into the boat. Also, you will take two of every living thing on the earth with you into the boat. Take a male and female of every kind of animal so that they might survive with you. Two of every kind of bird, animal, and creeping thing will come to you so that you might keep them alive. Also bring every kind of food into the boat, for you and for the animals.”  Noah did everything God commanded him. Genesis 6:18-22 Easy-to-read Version

September Free Resources plus Shopping Discounts

Free place to sleep

Answers in Genesis facebook page has a shopping special up through the 11th- $25 off of $100 or more.  You could even get ahead on some of your Christmas shopping, parents!  Or, you could just get that cool stuff you’ve wanted for yourself. 😀

This week’s e-mail from John Mackay’s Australian Creation group mentioned that they have some new podcasts up for FREE downloads.  I’ve got them on my computer, but haven’t put them on my iPod yet, but I’m assuming they’re really good (everything else from them is!).

As my long time  followers know, I really enjoy the Creation Today show.  This comes out about once a week and is always very interesting. You can watch it as a video or just the audio (like I do with my old machine).  If your new to this show, I recommend watching ALL their archives.  It’s way better than TV. 😀

Then, Creation Conversations has finally updated their FREE resources page (it used to be monthly).   It was worth the wait!  There’s a whole book to download free this month called, Flood Legends: Global Clues of a Common Event.  They also have a couple of book trailers and some introductory pages to some yet-to-be-released books.

I’m already figuring out how I can get my hands on one of those books titled “Genius of Ancient Man.”  Be still my beating heart!  I just hope they document their statements well (like the Evolution Impossible guy does).

Have fun and a blessed Lord’s Day!

But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.  Jeremiah 9:24 

Animal Olympics: antelope water race :-)

Links: Olympic Animals

Animal Olympics: antelope water race :-)

A while ago I wrote an article comparing other fast animals and the Pronghorn.

Creation Evolution Headlines has a whole lot more entries for the Animal Olympics:

Weightlifters No Match for Insects

More Olympic Creatures

Olympic Plants Perform in Place

Then, Answers in Genesis has several articles on Cool Animals in their News to Note:

“Serpent Research” blog: A transitional snake from the Late Cretaceous of North America that turns out not to be so transitional after all.

Science: “Disarming Deep-Sea Tactics”  The battle of the bottle-brush induces squid to unleash its secret countermeasure.  Have to love watching a deepsea creature and and brush duking it out!

Discover blog: “Geckos evolved sticky feet many times” Evolutionists not only have to believe things developed once, but over and over again.

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.  Job 12:7-10 

Mossy Rock

More Links added to the Roll!

Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower (Photo credit: mischiru)

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

Exciting news for the YEC camp!

The first chapter of B'reshit, or Genesis, wri...

The first chapter of B’reshit, or Genesis, written on an egg, in the Jerusalem museum

If you forgot what YEC stands for, check out this post from Grace with Salt.

Today in my email, I had a look at the new posts from Dancing from Genesis and was excited to learn about what the Southern Baptist Convention has just done.

Their annual convention just finished up on Wednesday and, while they were there, a new president was elected.  It would hardly be something for me to notice (it is nice to see they’ve grown up since the Civil War) except that the pastor they picked is an outspoken Young Earth Creationist!   Reverend Fred Luter, of the Franklin Ave Baptist Church in New Orleans, has been to Answers in Genesis and has talked to them to about speaking at his church about the truth of the Human Race next year.  You can read more about his election and God’s hand in it at St. Augustine.com.

Many people who love Jesus very much think that the world is getting worse and worse (it is) and that there isn’t anything we can do about it but pray for Jesus to rescue us quick!  That’s just giving up.  There is a war on and we can be part of it; God isn’t any weaker than He was in the past and He will never stop working.

What God needs are people who will stand up and follow Him NO MATTER WHAT.  Let’s be some of those people.  As for me, my goal since I was a girl has been to get to Heaven with as much treasure as I possibly can win!! How ’bout you?

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it:

[don’t let this happen to your country:] but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. Luke 12:33

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

Vestigial Organs Are Not Vestigial!

The plica semilunaris of conjunctiva is though...

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