We’ve looked at how Biblical Creationists are said to believe in something called “Fixism” or, the idea that God created all creatures just as we see them today. Scientific observation will show anyone that idea can’t be true.
We also know Evolutionists believe every organism is part of one big family going back to a single ancestor (or very small group of single-celled ancestors). This also goes against everything we observe in science. Instead we see each creature having children close, but not identical, to their parents. Most of the time we have no problem saying they are part of the same species.
But sometimes things get really shaken up.
We live in exciting times for Creation Science. With the help of DNA studies and all the scientific advances in the world, it is way easier to discover real family relationships. Even 50 years ago, most of what scientists had to go on was how a creature looked and acted. Today all kinds of organisms are being reclassified because we’ve found their genetics to be different from what we’d figured they had to be. (For an example, check out the confusion over the Giant Panda’s closest genetic neighbors).
BTW, what does this tell us about fossil creatures where we can’t possibly compare their genetics? How can anyone say it’s a fact that some things are related? They have no option but to assume the way the bones and other things look prove their case.
There is also a push right now to get a good idea of the kinds of animals God would have brought to Noah on the ark. This is an important thing to know. Did Noah need to take pairs from each of the 100,000+ species with him? If we thought he did, we would end up throwing out the whole story because there is no way they could all fit!
So, Answers in Genesis (who are saving up to build a full-sized replica of the Ark) and others are really studying these things. Here are some of the things they’ve found:
- Camels can have babies with Llamas (called a Cama, and are they cute!)
- A Toothed Whale can have babies with a Dolphin (called a Wholphin)
- A Swan and a Goose can have a baby (called a Swoose)
Many (but not all) of these hybrids can’t have babies themselves like a mule (a horse/donkey mix), but it does make you wonder. When the world was much closer to the “very good” condition God originally created and all creatures had a huge variety of genes for differences, could there have been one “super” creature for each of these groups?
What’s more interesting is when creatures separated by oceans can still have children together. When they can’t fly, like the camels and llamas, Uniformitarians will tell us they have been evolving apart for millions of years.
As with all origins science, we have to use our imaginations, make guesses, and try to check if our assumptions fit the facts. There were only a handful of eyewitnesses of the Flood, and no records of what the animals on board the Ark actually looked like!
They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. Genesis 7:14-15
For more, check out these articles:
Answers in Genesis:
Mammalian Ark Kinds (long, but lots of pictures)
Frog Kinds on the Ark (brand new!)
Creation’s Hidden Potential (a short talk about how Creation Scientists think about creatures changing)
Creation Ministries International:
Some time ago I wrote about a temple complex near the mountains of Ararat which everyone agrees is really old. In fact, archaeologists date it to 8,000 BC (or earlier) even though the style is quite ‘advanced.’
Why would they claim this site is so old when they want us to believe people back then were simple, wandering nomads? I discovered it was because of Carbon-14 dating of the charcoal buried among the stones.
Now, the question is, why did the C-14 give a date so old when we know the world hadn’t even been created 10,000 years ago? That question has been niggling at the back of my brain ever since. This past week I ran into enough information to start searching for the answers and you should have seen me shout when I ran into them!
Everyone knows Carbon-14 levels are NOT constant through time
The other day I found out scientists are sure there was some kind of cosmic ray burst back in the late AD 700s. They know because trees living at that time have an “observed excess of carbon-14”. That means, they dated to much younger than we know they really are.
If things can have “too much” C-14, isn’t it possible for differences in the past to cause other things to have “too little” C-14?
Amazingly, I heard to the answer less than an hour after asking the question. I was listening to an interview with the author Dr. John F. Ashton who wrote the book Evolution Impossible. Towards the end of the program, Dr. Ashton mentioned how earth’s magnetic field keeps cosmic rays out which prevents extra C-14 from being produced in the first place.
Of course, I already knew earth’s magnetic field is keeping those rays out, I just didn’t realize these rays made C-14!
Everyone knows Earth’s Magnetic Field is weakening
It was a little hard to find a website willing to admit this without being Creationist, but National Geographic has an article on it. Do they figure out the world can’t have lasted as long as Evolution requires because of this fact? Oh, no, they just say it’s going to slow down and then start up again in the opposite direction (as they claim it’s been doing for billions of years). We’ll see how that one works out.
To find out how fast the magnetic field is fading, I checked out the Institute for Creation Research which specializes in this area. Turns out scientists have observed a drop in the magnetic field of 7% since we started studying it in 1835. ICR’s scientists figure at current rates it loses half its power in just 1,400 years. Even in Jesus’ time it would have been more than twice as strong than it is now. Wow!
Everyone knows Cosmic Radiation forms Carbon-14
I found a simple explanation of this process at an .edu website, but the web page background is really hard to read. Here’s what they say:
The reason C-14 works so nicely to date things is that plants absorb it all the time they’re growing and everything eating plants gets the plants’ C-14 into their tissues.
Carbon-14 is created from nitrogen-14 in the upper atmosphere of the earth. Radiation from the sun collides with atoms in the atmosphere. These collisions create secondary cosmic rays in the form of energentic neutrons. When these neutrons collide with nitrogen-14 in the atmosphere carbon-14 can be created.
I just “happened” to run across another Creation Science radio show to listen to while I’m waiting for a new episode of the Creation Today Show. Guess what the first program I listened to talked about: Carbon-14 and those trees with higher levels than normal! Dr. Don Clark explained the C-14 in our bodies today has only been there for about a year or so since we keep cycling it out somehow. Cool!
It isn’t very scientific to assume the level of Carbon-14 in the atmosphere has always been exactly the same as it is today. But, if you make adjustments for a much stronger Magnetic Field, you might just get dates matching the Bible’s. Horrors!
Oh, yes, we’ve just found Carbon-14 in dinosaur bones. What does that tell you?
The beginning of your word is true: and every one of your righteous ordinances endure for ever. Psalm 119:160
Cosmic Rays aren’t the only things that mess with Carbon-14, check it out on my post HERE
Answers in Genesis has a whole chapter on Carbon-14
Bible Archaeology has an article on Carbon-14 and other Radiometric Dating methods
Carbon-14 isn’t the only particle produced by cosmic rays, Beryllium-10 and Chlorine-36 are made in a similar way. The paper I found is horribly long, but you can find out more on pages 33-39 of A Christian Response to Radiometric Dating by Dr Tasman B. Walker PDF
Read lots more about the Magnetic Field:
Answers in Genesis: #5 Rapidly Decaying Magnetic Field
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
One of the most exciting things about the modern Creation Science movement is how each group fills a need and appreciates the others, recognizing them as other members of God’s ministry. The Institute for Creation Research is one of the big players in this movement and without their science, we would have a much harder time exposing reality.
Although all science will support the Creator, there are some areas where Evolutionary thinking will never do the work needed to seek out the truth. The last thing radiometric dating worshipers would want to know is how many millions of years old newly laid lava dates to. Many areas like this would be very difficult for us without scientists who believe the Bible doing the work themselves.
This is something ICR is on the cutting edge of and I am very grateful!
Another area where ICR is top notch is deep Bible study. Since my teen years I’ve been bugged by preachers who say, “I’ve barely scratched the surface” of the Word and just go on to the next topic/passage. I don’t want to just “scratch the surface”, I want to mine the depths of God’s treasures! When I read ICR’s Days of Praise, I find men who are willing to get down and dirty with the Scriptures. I’ve even written to tell them how much I appreciate this during times when it isn’t possible for me to do it for myself (if you write a nice note, they’ll probably publish it, too).
Today I want to talk about my favorite example of this kind of study. The Hebrew words in Genesis 8:3 hold a wealth of meaning that would be impossible for a normal translation to even touch on. Then, when a geologist gets ahold of the original text, all kinds of realities come into focus.
And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. Genesis 8:3
Straight forward enough isn’t it? If you look at a bunch of translations, you aren’t likely to find out anything more than in the KJV. But, that’s before you break into the Hebrew!
I’d really like you all to check out the article on this over at ICR, so the rest of the post will just cover the basics for the under 12 year old crowd.
- The word they interpreted as “continually” is really two words in Hebrew.
- These two words mean: “to go” and “to come” plus that they kept doing it (which is why we translate it “continually”)
- So, a more precise translation of the verse would be “the waters returned from off the earth going and coming.”
What great science can we dig out of these two words? Geologists talk about things called a “megasequence”, “cratonic sequence”, or even just a “sequence.” These are enormous layers of sedimentary rocks laid down one on top of another. In all, geologists recognize 6 great “sequences.” Although there are some sedimentary rocks underneath, most of them begin with the “Middle-Cambrian” layers, which we put well into the Flood Year.
These sequences are so big they cross whole continents. Not only are they well known and studied in North America, but these same layers are recognizable in Brazil, Russia, and Africa! Of all things, you can find sequences that look “strikingly similar” across “all southern continents and also in India”.
Sounds to me like something was moving huge amounts of sediment around the world, dropping its load and then picking up more to dump in one layer after another. Maybe, instead of having to see this as an incredibly slow process, we could speed up the tape with a World Wide Flood?
Oh, but then the Bible might be telling the truth!
Something else I don’t have space for is the “going” part of this process. Geologists call it “regression” and, guess what? We are living in one: “the present has one of the lowest sea levels of Earth History.” Are you surprised?
And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. Genesis 9:11
There’s a idea for a general Christian parenting article that’s been banging around in my head since September. Today, I want to share one of the more important (and uncomfortable) concepts with you.
My first plan for the article included getting quotes from several “experts” in the creation science field. Among other questions I asked was, “how much money do we have to spend getting creation resources for our kids? are they only going to get socks and science DVDs for their birthdays?”
The two responses I got (before realizing God was sending me in a new direction) were both kind of evasive. Which wasn’t fun to hear even as a science-loving mom. I like searching out the perfect gift to make my kids’ faces light up with glee. Somehow, I don’t think educational DVDs are going to have that effect!
Here are a couple of thoughts I’ve had:
- I really think finding a way for families to pool their resources and have a sort of Creation Science Club to trade resources is a great idea. If you’re a home schooler in contact with other families, this would be pretty simple. If you’re part of a church with 3 or more families interested in arming yourselves with the truth, you could do this. If you’re a loner on purpose, maybe it’s time to do something about that state. If you have no choice, I get it, but it’s going to be harder (as you well know).
- Today I was listening to a program talking about how we as Jesus’ followers need to exercise our minds. One of the first things they asked is, how much of your free time is being consumed by mindless entertainment? Ouch! OK, I’ve been aware of this black hole for years and letting God train me to redeem the time He’s given me, but I know how painful this can be at first.
One of the things any parent will have noticed is that parenthood is designed to strip us of our selfish nature. At first we have no choice, but eventually, the needs of our children are no longer ear-splittingly urgent! As the munchkins get bigger it’s easy to slip back into old habits of treating our lives as our own. We can always teach them what they need for life tomorrow. But, tomorrow keeps fading until it’s too late UNLESS…
Once or twice I’ve caught a bit of a Christian radio show (never did catch the name) that focused on the need to live intentionally. This isn’t a word we use often in everyday speech, but it perfectly describes our calling as God’s people. Our children are not our own to do with as we please; we don’t even belong to ourselves. A steward won’t get away with saying, “I’ll get around to it someday” for very long, neither will we. So,
- Maybe, as it turned out for me this year, one of the best solutions is to get the educational stuff for yourself. I know how tantalizing the newest techno tool/toy or gorgeous feminine trifle can be to our hearts, but what better way to show our kids that God’s truth really matters to Daddy and Mommy?
Hey, at least I waited to post this ’til after Christmas!
It isn’t just about our money, either. It’s about our focus. As you can see by checking my Links tab, there’s oodles of info available for free online. It just costs your time and attention.
And [Jesus] said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23
Timothy, you are a son to me. Be strong in the grace that we have because we belong to Christ Jesus.
What you have heard me teach publicly you should teach to others. Share these teachings with people you can trust. Then they will be able to teach others these same things.
As a good soldier of Christ Jesus, accept your share of the troubles we have. A soldier wants to please his commanding officer, so he does not spend any time on activities that are not a part of his duty.
Athletes in a race must obey all the rules to win.
The farmer who works hard deserves the first part of the harvest.
Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand it all. II Timothy 2:1-7 Easy-to-read Version
When we would find out our newest baby was a boy, I couldn’t help hoping God would call him into full-time Christian ministry. What a joy and honor it would be to have sons shining forth the light of Jesus into a dark world! I still hope that some of my boys will do just that, if this is the direction in which God leads them.
But, is being a missionary or a pastor the only way you can serve God and earn huge piles of treasure forever in heaven? No way! God needs all kinds of people in His service: computer programmers, movie makers, entrepreneurs (someone has to have the money to support the rest of us!), artists, all kinds of service people… and scientists.
Last night I had a chance to sit down with the December issue of the Institute for Creation Research’s Acts & Facts magazine (sign up free HERE). Right near the beginning was a passionate call for young people with God-given abilities to choose the sciences for their life’s work. I’ll lift the bits that touched me, but please read the whole thing: Wanted: Young Creation Scientists by Jake Hebert, Ph.D.
Is it worth it to major in an easy field if you ultimately get a job that you dislike? Little wonder that so many adults are eager to retire from the workforce—they hate their jobs!
How much better to choose a career path that will bring ultimate fulfillment, a decision inspired by a God-given desire to work in a field that will bring glory to the Creator. Young Christian, if God has given you a desire to serve Him in a particular area, then consider His promptings. Maybe He is leading you to serve Him in the field of science. It may involve short-term sacrifice, but God’s best often requires hard work.
….Given the increasing anti-Christian sentiment in society and the academic persecution in the secular universities, there may very well come a day when it will no longer be possible for a Bible-believing Christian to get an advanced degree in the natural sciences. Academically gifted young Christians should therefore “redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16) before that door of opportunity closes.
Taking the easy path has never been the call of Jesus. He warned those who wanted to follow Him to count the cost before dedicating themselves. His call always includes a cross to carry. What if that cross for you is giving up a career that makes a lot of money, where everyone around thinks you’re the best thing since sliced bread?
I’ve pointed out that if a Creationist doesn’t dig up certain types of fossils, we will probably never hear about them. If a Creationist doesn’t do certain types of research, it will be buried or probably never done at all. Right now, without God-fearing scientists, there would be very little training for any of us to be aware of the truth of His creative hand.
Maybe God made you “nerdy” for His kingdom. I know He did it to me, and it is amazing!
“If you come to me but will not leave your family, you cannot be my follower. You must love me more than your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters—even more than your own life!Whoever will not carry the cross that is given to them when they follow me cannot be my follower.
“If you wanted to build a building, you would first sit down and decide how much it would cost. You must see if you have enough money to finish the job. If you don’t do that, you might begin the work, but you would not be able to finish. And if you could not finish it, everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘This man began to build, but he was not able to finish.’
“It is the same for each of you. You must leave everything you have to follow me. If not, you cannot be my follower. Luke 14:26-31,33 Easy-to-read Version
PS Jesus has all the power in the universe. Don’t give in!
Well, he and his dad are hosting the “Ask the Expert” forum on Creation Conversations RIGHT NOW. You have to be a member to add comments, but anybody can read them.
I learned that:
- Noah HAS had his birthday this year (are we surprised?), so now he’s 15
- His younger sisters are probably going to be hosting the next batch of episodes
- But Noah will keep hosting ’til he gets too ancient (you know, 19 or so…) 😉
- He has a baby brother who was born last May (excellent time to have a baby, IMO)
- They’re planning to travel out of the USA for more episodes next year, Lord willing
- Noah’s parents let him take a break from studying biology to answer a question on the forum
How’s that for awesome? One of the best things about focusing on creation science this year has been getting to talk to some of the movers and shakers in our movement. Guess what! They are real people who answer questions, shake your hand, get colds, learn new things, play games, have a life and are just as excited about our Creator God as I am!
Remember now your Creator in the days of you youth, Ecclesiastes 12:1a
In the last week I’ve run into two more creation websites to add to my rolls. It is amazing to see how many people are speaking out on this issue. It is extra fun to check them out and share them with you!
Creation Engineering Concepts is run by J.D. Mitchell, an engineer out in Oregon. Since he travels around giving a number of talks on different aspects of God’s design and creation, I’ve added him to my “Traveling Speakers” page. You want to see how we find fossils? Check out his amazing photos of fossil hunting in the Green River Formation. Some of those fish look like they were pressed between two books, scales and all!
This morning I got an e-mail offering a link swap (how exciting!). This site is called God Did It dot org. Now, there’s a great name (and it doesn’t start with “creation” like most of us do so you can spot it easily).
He’s got a salvation side and a creation side. The creation side has some great stuff laid out with pictures that pull you right into the links. He’s not afraid to talk about some of the skeptics favorite things like supposedly “bad” functions that prove random mindless development (for example: your eyes). Cool design, plenty of information. Awesome!
Now, I’ve been talking to one of the other WordPress bloggers who specializes in creation science. On my Saturday links post, I haven’t been sending you to any of the regular bloggers because I don’t want the post to get too long (besides, you can just follow them for yourself). So, here are the ones I follow and have added to my blog roll:
- They Speak (formerly Already Answered) is run by Jacob Howard. He’s just a year or two ahead of you guys!
- Birds of the Bible For Kids along with her grownup blogs Lee’s Bird Watching Adventures Plus and Birds of the Bible. If you like birds, you will be in heaven.
- Scripturosity has wonderful, meaty posts on things like jewels and the Ice Age in Job. The posts don’t come that often, but when they do it’s worth the time to read them
- A Great God and Good Coffee. Eric Reinstedt blogs over at Blogger, but we’ll forgive him. A decent fraction of his posts talk about creation and you might just enjoy the rest as well.
- Seeing Creation always has wonderful pictures and thoughtful posts. They’ve been blogging for a long time, so if you could use some spiritual refreshment, their archives might be just what you need.
- “Piltdown Superman” aka Cowboy Bob and The Question Evolution Project has been a big help over on facebook dealing with all the skeptics. His latest posts have covered feathered dinosaurs and a lot of the illogical thinking of the naturalists. Remember to cut him some slack on politeness because he was one of them just a couple years ago. God is awesome!
- “Things I want my Grandchildren to Know” is a really fun blog by a brave lady living full-out for Jesus in California! She has a section on creation that is quite good; personally, I like her category on Favorite stories of how God moves in other people’s lives best. It’s all about Him!
- Grace with Salt does posts on creation so often I stopped passing them on ’cause it was getting overwhelming. Looking at the most recent posts, creation seems to be the main theme for this traveling Christian Apologetics (explaining why we believe) speaker.
- The Bible-Science Guy seems to be on a Bill Nye kick. That video of Nye’s said what we’re up against so clearly, it’s hard to blame him.
- God’s creation through my eyes is a photo blog with just a few words. It is delightful to share God’s wonders with others who GET IT!
There are some more blogs run by other ministries and such on my blog roll page, but these (except Pastor Reinstedt’s) are just a click away to follow for WordPress folk.
Please let me know if you’ve run into any more blogs or websites that I’ve missed. My goal is to have a link to every creation website worth visiting here. Just scrolling through the names is a great encouragement!
Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. I Kings 19:18
I’m starting my research for today’s post and once again ran into a headline with the word “surprise” in it. I’ll have to make a quote page with just a collection of phrases like this because this happens all the time. Scientists knew what they expected to see and are shocked to find the truth doesn’t fit their storyline.
Do Creation Scientists run into biological and geological surprises like this? I’ve not run into it. We expect order, complexity, with interdependent designs showing no signs of slow, painful development.
God is super smart. Why would we be surprised when He shows us more of His skill?
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9