The Seeing Eye – Creation Minute 8

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The Seeing Eye Exhibit

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Have you ever thought about how complex the human eye is?

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The eye has many parts, such as the cornea, iris, lens, retina, optic nerve, and more. Our eye needed all its parts right from the beginning in order to function.

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It is what we could call, irreducibly complex.

For example: If we do not have the right amount of fluid pressure in the vitreous humor, we would experience glaucoma and blindness.

If our lens were cloudy, we would experience cataracts and the inability to see.

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Again, each part of the eye had to be in its proper place and fully functioning right from the beginning in order for us to see.

A seeing eye could not happen by blind chance!

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The evidence that the eye is designed is overwhelming and points directly to a creative eye-Maker. And that eye-Maker is God!

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? Psalm 94:9

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For more information check out the Seeing Eye Insight Article here: http://www.creationsd.org/PDF-insight-articles/The_Seeing_Eye.pdf

And the Backwards Facing Retina Insight Article here: http://www.creationsd.org/PDF-insight-articles/Is_The_Backwards_Human_Retina_Evidence_Of_Poor_Design.pdf

Anza Borrego Creation Destination

Did you know that the Creation and Earth History Museum offers creation-based field tours and trips?

We are gearing up for our exciting Anza Borrego Geology Tour coming this April! The yearly tour of our local San Diego County deserts is lead by renowned Creation geologist, Dr. Steve Austin, who has lead many geology tours throughout the United States and elsewhere. Dr. Austin is a very accomplished geologist, speaker, and author and is perhaps known best for his work on the nautiloid bed in the redwall limestone of the Grand Canyon or his field work on catastrophism at Mount Saint Helens. You can see more about Dr. Austin and his body of work here: http://creationwiki.org/Steve_Austin

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Dr. Steve Austin – B.S. (Geology), University of Washington, Seattle, WA,1970, M.S. (Geology), San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, 1971, Ph.D. (Geology), Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1979

 

 

2017 Anza Borrego Adventure!

2 Day – 1 Night Creation Destination April 22-23 with tour guide and geologist Dr. Steve Austin. All inclusive trip includes travel, meals, lodging, resource materials and instruction.

Join us as we investigate local geologic evidence in support of a Global Flood, all explained through the lens of a Biblical Worldview!  REGISTER HERE

Observable Science that Confirms the Biblical Record!

Explore God’s Glorious Desert Dwelling Creatures!

Marvel at the Evidence for a World Wide Flood!

Discover Rapid Catastrophic Processes!

Enjoy Comfortable Accommodations, Great Food, and a Night of Star Gazing!

Early Bird rate $275 per person
After March 1 rate increases to $289

LIMITED SPACE REGISTER NOW!

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For more information call (619)599.1104
www.CreationDestinations.com

Apologetics in the Last Days with Kevin Conover

Join the Creation and Earth History Museum for a 3 week series on using Apologetics in the Last Days. Class 1 Starts Thursday, February 26 with guest speaker Kevin Conover.

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As part of our ongoing Creation Fellowship and Bible Study, held every Thursday at The Creation & Earth History Museum; we welcome Kevin Conover for a new apologetics series.

Kevin Conover is the founder of Educate For Life.     http://educateforlife.org/

Educate for Life is a non-profit organization which offers home school classes, online classes and seminar classes on Christian Apologetics. Educate for Life exists to present and advocate for the truth of the Bible and to explain how to practically apply its teachings to culture and life by:

  1. Providing solid Bible apologetics curriculum for teachers and parents.
  2. Building an online live Bible apologetics school for home school, public school, and private school students.
  3. Providing a one-to-one mentoring program with a focus on relationships.
  4. Advocating for private school choice in California.

About Kevin Conover

Kevin currently works at Christian High School located in El Cajon, California, as the Apologetics teacher.  Christian High is a fully accredited school affiliated with Shadow Mountain Community Church and Pastor David Jeremiah. Prior to joining Christian High School, Kevin worked for four years as a full time Apologetics teacher and surf coach at Horizon Christian Academy located in San Diego, California.  HCA is a fully accredited high school affiliated with Horizon Christian Fellowship and Pastor Mike Macintosh.  Kevin was awarded HCA’s highest teacher award four years in a row, the Timothy Award. Kevin worked for three years as the youth pastor at Grace Church San Diego formerly known as Scott Memorial Community Church. During college Kevin worked as a counselor at a Christian group home located in Spring Valley, California, called Bridge the Gap. Kevin was a volunteer at the University of California San Diego in Dr. Sandra Brown’s adolescent drug and alcohol addiction lab during college in 1998. Kevin was a crisis counselor with Youth Development International, a Christian national youth crisis hotline for one year.

Kevin has extensive speaking experience including being student commencement speaker at the University of California San Diego, Warren College in 1998 with about three thousand people in attendance.  Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was the main commencement speaker. Kevin has spoken on apologetics many times at churches, youth groups, camps, and even in state prison. He has also been a guest on KPRZ with Michael Law and co-hosts the Bob Siegel show on KCBQ AM 1170 Sundays 6-7 PM.  You can listen live at kcbq.com.

Kevin holds a Masters Degree, Divinity from Trinity Biblical University, a BA in Psychology, from Warren College, University of California San Diego, and he is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Apologetics, at Biola University, La Mirada, California. Kevin also has attained an Educators Certification from the Association of Christian Schools International and Focus on the Family’s Counseling Enrichment Program.

To partake in this FREE apologetics course, just join us at the Creation and Earth History Museum at 10946 Woodside Ave North, Santee, CA. The 1st session of the 3-part series begins this Thursday at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

Brilliantly Built Bats – Creation Minute 7

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Brilliantly Built Bats – Creation Minute 7

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Photo by Nathan Hutcherson, San Diego County, CA

Did you know that bats are considered “living fossils”?

Part of the Age Of The Earth Cave Exhibit at the Creation & Earth History Museum

The Bat Display in the Age Of The Earth Cave Exhibit at the Creation & Earth History Museum

 

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Plaque from the Age Of The Earth Cave at the Creation & Earth History Museum, Santee CA

 

On the subject of Bats…

*Have you heard of the biblical bat contradiction?    You may have heard that the Bible is full of contradictions. Let’s examine one such supposed contradiction.

In Leviticus 11:13-19 a bat is called a bird, “These are the birds you are to detest and not to each because they are detestable: the eagle… and the bat.”

Specimen courtesy of Nathan Hutcherson

Specimen courtesy of Nathan Hutcherson

 

Everyone knows that a bat is not a bird! So is the Bible wrong?

The original Hebrew for bird is owph which means “winged creature”. So now replace “birds” with “winged creatures” and you can see that the Bible is clearly not contradicting itself.

If you think that there are contradictions in the Bible, it is most likely the translation that you are reading, so do some research to find what the original language actually said!

Gods word is perfect and simply cannot contradict itself.

Thy word is true from the beginning… Psalm 119:160

*Biblical Bat Contradiction portion of this article based on excerpts from the book, “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Velt and Bruce Malone.

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship With God Radio Program by Tom Cantor.

To see the bat displays at the Creation and Earth History Museum; the museum is located at 10946 Woodside Ave. North, Santee, CA 92071 and is currently open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call (619) 599-1104 or visit http://www.creationsd.org/admission.html for admission prices.

NEW EXHIBIT – The Mystery of Dragons and Dinosaurs: The Real History and True Science Behind the Legends

Have you seen the newest exhibit at the Creation & Earth History Museum?

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These new displays focus on fantastic legends of dragons and how they mysteriously have a common theme; large reptilian beasts that often bear an uncommon resemblance to modern-day reconstructions of dinosaurs! You will find replicas of historical artifacts that depict eye-witness accounts of these creatures as well as scientific evidence for dinosaurs having roamed the earth in recent history.

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Special thanks to Mark Armitage who provided these actual fossils that are a WORLD’S FIRST DISCOVERY! These very significant pieces of Triceratops horn and Triceratops frill are the first of their kind! Never before has a Triceratops horn or frill been found containing soft tissue and we have actual pieces of these fossils on display! Unfossilized soft tissue in dinosaur bones provides convincing evidence that the bones are not millions of years old. There is no known means that could preserve such tissues for such enormous periods of time. Microbes, and chemical and physical erosion would completely disintegrate the fragile tissues.

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Stop by the museum today and ask to see these new amazing additions.

The Creation & Earth History Museum is located at 10946 Woodside Ave. N, Santee, CA 92071

Business Hours are:

10 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday

Closed Sundays

Hope to see you there!

The Truth About Salt – Creation Minute 6

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The Truth About Salt

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Macro photo of table salt

Are you enjoying those salty fries? Have you ever wondered where the rock salt that was needed for that seasoning originated?

In addition to its famous role in the human diet, salt has numerous uses in chemical production and processing as well as in many other industries. Salt mining and production remains a major source of employment in the United States and across the world.

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Although a lot of salt comes from distant locales such as Chile’s Great Salt Flat, there is a good chance that the salt used on your fries probably came from an enormous pure salt deposit covering an estimated 600,000 square miles deep below Northern Ohio and New York. The salt from this deposit is so pure that it can be ground up and immediately used for human consumption – containing essentially no contamination from sand, wind-blown dust, plant or animal fragments and debris, etc.

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A salt storage yard in Cleveland, Ohio.   AP Photo/ Mark Duncan

 

How did such an enormous deposit form? The standard explanation is that a salt water depression repeatedly filled and evaporated over huge periods of time, leaving the salt behind in what is called and evaporite formation.

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Unrefined salt, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.

Yet the ultra-pure characteristics and massive size of this deposit make that extremely unlikely. In fact,  for a deposit that huge to form, it would have required a column of sea water 80 miles thick and the deepest ocean basin is only 7 miles deep! And that salt deposit would not be pure, but mixed with other sediment.

The Bible provides a better explanation for such deposits. During the worldwide flood, enormous vents opened up deep within the ocean as tectonic plates moved and continents were sliding into new positions. Today ocean vents spew forth supersaturated, mineral-laden fluids- but on a much smaller scale than what was happening during the flood. It is likely that an extremely supersaturated solution of salt formed in localized areas during the flood and as the supersaturated solution cooled, ultra-pure salt precipitated to form widespread salt deposits.

So as you reach for that salt shaker, realize that that salt was probably mined from a deposit laid down during Noah’s Flood.

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The Lord’s Supper as seen in the Wieliczka Salt Mine

 

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. Genesis 7:11

 

*Creation Minute Articles based on excerpts from the book, “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Velt and Bruce Malone.

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship With God Radio Program by Tom Cantor.

The American Alligator – Creation Minute 5

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The Amazing Alligator

The American Alligator is a highly complex animal that is exquisitely designed for survival in swampy waters.

The armor plated alligator has thick scaly structures called scutes covering his body. Scutes (from the Latin Scuta meaning shield) are bony external plates. When a scute has a bony base it is called an osteoderm. The alligator has large osteoderms running down his back. These structures  protect him from many predators, such as fish, while the gator is young and still low on the food chain.

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The alligator is also perfectly camouflaged to its murky surroundings. Juveniles have high contrast markings to blend in to the reedy and grassy habitat along the water’s edge. These markings fade with age causing adults to appear a uniform black or dark green. This allows these apex predators to appear to be floating logs in the swamp, that is until they lunge with surprising agility and speed to catch their prey.

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The alligator is perfectly suited for his aquatic lifestyle. His eyes, nose and ear slits are all positioned on the top of his head, allowing most of his body to remain submerged while he monitors the water surface and shoreline. When he plunges into the water, his nose and ear slits are designed to close, keeping the water out. And to find his prey underwater, he has built-in goggles: nictitating membranes, clear membranes to cover his eyes. When the Alligator attacks his prey, and drags them underwater to eat, there is a special valve at the back of his throat that allows him to open his mouth and eat his food underwater without water flooding into his throat choking him.

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These are all amazing design features that God gave to the Alligator so that he can survive in the swamp.

While these creatures are certainly dangerous apex predators affected by the sin curse , it is important to remember that they still reflect the genius and handiwork of their Creator and they inspire a natural awe in us.

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Let us praise our Lord for the wonders that He has created for us to enjoy, appreciate, and learn from!

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Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Job 37:14

*Creation Minute Articles based on excerpts from the book, “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Velt and Bruce Malone.

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship With God Radio Program by Tom Cantor.