And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19
This passage is one of the most mind-blowing of all the things God ever tells us. Every time we invent a better telescope, we find the universe is bigger and has more stuff in it than we could have dreamed!
Many people have found what God tells us here too hard to accept. How could such a huge space be filled in just one day? Surely it had to take billions of years since we can see billions of light years into space!
There are answers to this problem, but at some point it all comes down to one thing: are you going to trust people and what your eyes can see, or God? Will you choose to believe what we can imagine is the limit of what is possible? Or will you admit God is way bigger, smarter, and more powerful than you can picture?
This week, the Bible Science Guy started a series about a 12 year old who was able to stump one of our up-and-coming Creation apologists (no, he doesn’t say “sorry” all the time; he explains why believing in God the Creator makes sense). One of the things you’ll notice right away is how much faith the young man puts in his own ability to think and understand.
After we have decided God is smarter than we are, then we can start to see all kinds of reasons why what He says makes sense. My favorite post of all shows you where God told us the basic way He made such a huge universe in a tiny bit of time. I’m working on a post telling what we really know about stars forming today. But none of this will convince someone who won’t let God be smarter than they are.
Today’s Creationists aren’t the only ones who know the size and age of the universe is one of the most important places to trust God. God himself uses it to remind people He is smarter than people are:
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
And, kids, you are in a much better place than most grown ups on this. Most of you aren’t as full of yourself as the guy in the video; his father’s been carefully training him to be that proud since 2009!
So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:4
Yesterday I was reading a great post on Dr. Jay Wile’s blog talking about a most interesting “proof” for Evolution. His ideas are great for high schoolers and up (your brain gets a great cardio workout on his blog!), but one idea was so important I decided to jumpstart my post with it:
Well, according to the evolutionist, the probability is absurdly low: about 1 in 1×1039. But wait a minute. The chance that one of the simplest proteins of life, ribonuclease, formed by random chemical reactions is 1 in 10152. The formation of chemicals like ribonuclease must have been incredibly common at some point in earth’s history in order for life to appear as a result of chance.
Do you know what those little numbers next to the 10s are? They show powers of ten. Here’s how it works:
When someone needs to talk about a really big number, it gets hard to write after reaching 12 zeros (1 trillion). For example, what if we wanted to write the number of human cells in the world right now. There are 7+ billion people with roughly 40 billion cells each. Add those two numbers together and you get an answer like this:
What would you even call this number?! There is a name for something with this many zeros, but everyday people don’t usually know it. Scientists have to work with numbers this size all the time. So, what do they do?
They use powers of ten.
Turns out, those tiny numbers to the right tell you how many zeros to put in if the whole number was written out. So, our human cell count would look like this:
(twenty-eight times ten to the eighteenth)
Is that easier to read? Here’s where things get really mixed up. It’s hard for most brains to remember just how big a number like this really is. Let’s look at the size of Dr. Wile’s quoted number, 1×1039. Here’s what it would look like in plain digits:
Whew, it was a lot of work just making sure I put in the right number of zeros!
The next thing to know about powers of ten is how to multiply them. Say you’re an American boy and want to know what the odds are for you to be struck by lightning the same day you find out you’ve been drafted to be quarterback by a major league football team.
The odds of you being struck by lightning in a year are roughly 1 in 280,000, so the odds on the day of the draft are 365 times smaller = 1 in 1.022×108. The odds of being drafted to the NFL in your lifetime is 1 in 100,000, so, let’s say the odds of it happening on our “special” day are 1 in 8.03×109 (assuming you could be drafted from ages 18 and 40). So, what’s the odds of both things happening on the same day?
1 in 820,666,000,000,000,000
Think you need to worry? You can also see the power of ten number didn’t get way bigger like multiplying usually does. In fact, it works exactly like adding. So if you have 1×106 times 1×1022 your answer is 1×1028, which doesn’t look that much bigger.
Now you have an idea why Evolutionists are pretty sure something that has odds of happening 1 in 1039 times isn’t likely to happen.
What they don’t want you to know is the odds of what they believe did happen are.
The chances of a cell just showing up out of nonliving material without a creator is:
worse than 1×1057800
Do you need to know more?
Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Genesis 18:14
PS, we figure there are only about 7.5 x 1018 grains of sand on earth.
Do you know the basic definition of biological evolution (The idea that life developed from non-living things)? This is actually something people who believe in Evolution don’t like to talk about and we’re going to find out why.
Here’s part of Websters’ Online Dictionary’s definition of the Evolution of living things:
(3) The development of each species from different, usually simpler ancestral forms. The more similar are two species, the closer in time are they likely to be to a common ancestor. (Arbib) . . .
For example, these DNA sequence comparisons have revealed the close genetic similarity between humans and chimpanzees and shed light on when the common ancestor of these species existed. (I made the important bits bold)
Whether the evolutionists like it or not, they have to believe everything alive today developed from organisms who had some children that turned into one thing while other children turned into a completely different kind. Let’s see if we can find some examples of such a many-talented animal.
For example: some Evolutionary scientists want to make Sharovipteryx the great grandpa of the pterasaurs, but others recognize how crazy that idea is. The more you look at Evolutionary stories for grownups, the more you find out how crazy all their ideas are.
Let’s see what the Tree of Life Web Project thinks about common ancestors. You can pick any creature you like (there’s a search box on the left, it’ll give you the Latin name to click on).
Here’s an example of what you’ll find:
I started with “gulls” which led me to the Larus group. Under the great pictures (it’s fun to hunt around on that site because of the photos), you’ll find a long list of different seagulls with gray lines connecting groups (any species names on those lines?). On the far left you find an arrow that turns into a link when you scroll over it. It should lead us to their “common ancestor”, right?
No, it just links to the larger class of birds which include the gulls, called Laridae. It has more gray lines bunching birds into groups with another arrow on the left. Click on that and… surely they’ll have an ancestor now!…. you come to and even wider grouping of birds.
BTW, do we have any problem with grouping animals as Creationists? Hardly! The guy who invented the modern classification system was a Creationist.
Next stop brings us to a grouping called Neoaves (which means “new flyers”) and those are part of the Neornithes (“new birds”) class. The following arrow leads us to Aves which has a bunch of names with a cross next to them (parents, don’t you love it; even on the evolutionary page, they still can’t escape Jesus!). I’ve written about archaeopteryx, plus there are 5 other birds which used to live and aren’t around any more. 🙁
OK, now we’re getting to the ancestors of birds, or are we? The “Aves” page doesn’t even have any arrows! But, there is a link to a “containing group” Coelurosauria.
For some reason they don’t even pretend to know how each group here is “related” to the others. But you will see they’re pushing the idea of dinosaurs evolving into birds with their page, though. You can see they really mean this when the next “containing group” is called Theropoda or “Bipedal predatory dinosaurs”.
Would a Creationist have put birds into this group, or skipped right to the “four-limbed” category?
Let’s stop here for now, but we aren’t even close to the end! I’ll post Part 2 next time.
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 1:23
For an idea of what it would take to turn a dino into a bird, check out the Institute for Creation Research article: What Would Need to Change for a Dinosaur to Evolve into a Bird
This weekend Living Waters has their book Scientific Facts in the Bible on sale. If you’re reading this next week, the book only costs $6.99, but this weekend it costs $3.00US. It’s easy to sign up for their e-mail and I’ve noticed that most of their resources going on sale every three or four months, so you can keep an eye out for things you’re interested in. Last month I ordered their tract called Science Confirms Bible and like it a lot. They pack so much information into a 3x4in space that people over 40 need a magnifying glass, though!
Yesterday I got an e-mail from Creation Today that ties right in with my post for parents. There is a whole section of the Creation Store for materials to help parents and students face the challenges of Evolutionary thought in the classroom. Just looking the titles over is an encouragement! These books aren’t on sale (except the “sale” category), but they are still worth checking out.
But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. Deuteronomy 30:14-16