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

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.

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.

 

The Mouse Pyramids – Creation Minute 4

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The Mystery of the Mouse Pyramids

In the Sahara Desert, there lies a second, lesser known great pyramid mystery: the mystery of the mouse pyramids!

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No, not those mouse pyramids.

 

Mice inhabiting the sandy Sahara desert are continually  found to be building strange stone pyramids in front of the entrances to their burrows. What could be the purpose of such deliberate structures?

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The mice have a plan!

 

Biologists studying these mice have discovered that the mice almost exclusively use round stones to make these small pyramid-like constructions. The rounded shape allows air to flow freely around the smooth stones. During the night the temperature plummets and the stones become chilled, as the sun rises, the air heats up quickly, but the stones take longer to become hot. So moisture from the morning air condenses on the surfaces of the cool rocks and collects between the rounded edges. The mice then lick off the droplets. Believe it or not, this small bit of condensation is the primary source of water for these rodents!

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The same anomaly has been found to occur in at least one species of mouse in Australia, (P. chapmani) but instead of small pyramids, their stone arrangements may be up to three feet across! Again, the rounded stone pyramids provide just the right shape as a dew trap to collect water. So these examples of “mouse ingenuity”  leave those who believe in evolution with some difficult questions. How exactly did these mice learn to design and compose such pyramids to catch the dew? And how did at least two different species, half a world apart, arrive at the same solution to provide their water source for survival?

Our infinitely creative and ingenious God clearly knew that these mice would need a way to survive in these hot landscapes, so He built this essential knowledge into their DNA so they can survive!

He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. Colossians 1:17

*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 Trebuchet Plant! – Creation Minute 3

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The Trebuchet Plant!

The remarkable Bunchberry Dogwood plant currently holds the record as world’s fastest plant!

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This explosively quick pollinator owes its speed to a built-in trebuchet! A what you ask!?

A complex catapult like the ones used to launch large objects in the Middle Ages.

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The North-American Bunchberry stands only one-tenth of an inch tall, so it needs to send its pollen up and out!

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To catapult its pollen, bunchberry flower petals open, each petal is separated and flipped backwards, almost instantaneously (in less than half a millisecond) the stamen unfurls, catapulting pollen into the air, sending it off to pollinate other bunchberries.

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This causes the pollen to be subjected to 2,400 times the force of gravity!

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Building this plant trebuchet took careful planning and complex design, testifying to the creative designer, God who created all things. Did you know that this Designer is Jesus Christ?

For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: Colossians 1:16

How vast is the sea of God’s design that surrounds us!

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Psalm 48:1

*Creation Minute Articles based on excerpts from the book “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Vett & Bruce Malone

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship with God Radio program by Tom Cantor

Fantastic Fingernails – Creation Minute 2

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Fantastic Fingernails

Have you ever considered the amazing design of the fingernail?

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Every tiny detail of the human body has been created with a purpose. How many of these purposes are we aware of? How many do we take for granted?

We have fingernails (and toenails) to protect our fingers and toes, like little, tiny hardhats.

But why do fingernails when torn tear across the nail instead of down towards the nail bed?

Scientists have found that it takes twice the energy to cut nails lengthwise compared to crosswise.

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Nails are made of 3 layers of keratin specifically arranged:
The top and bottom have randomly packed fibers to give the nail it’s strength.
The middle layer holds the key to crosswise tearing with keratin fibers running parallel to the base of the nail.

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God in His wisdom, takes special care of even the smallest details for our lives: even the way the fingernail tears!

Maybe we should stop and take a moment to thank God for our fingernails, toenails, and the countless other blessing He has given us in the design of the human body.

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Thou hast granted me life and favor, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. Job 10:12

 

For more amazing details about the incredible design of the human body, visit the Human Anatomy and Physiology Exhibit 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.

*Creation Minute Articles based on excerpts from the book “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Vett & Bruce Malone

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship with God Radio program by Tom Cantor

 

DNA and Logic

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DNA and Logic

There is no natural explanation for information that has (1) an encoded message with (2) an expected action with (3) an envisioned purpose, apart from an intelligent source.  This is a tested universal law of information with no exceptions.  The sender-receiver nature of the information in DNA is an empirically observable fact.  The instructions for forming (synthesizing) proteins are stored on individual DNA molecules which are located in the cellular nucleus and in the mitochondria within the cell’s cytoplasm.  DNA is a chemical information molecule, where the chemical “letters” are four different nucleotide bases:  adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G), and cytosine (C).   These letters are grouped into three-letter “words” called codons, each of which specifies/represents either a particular amino acid or a command to “start” or “stop” an action.  The complex process of this ingenious sender-receiver communication, transcription, translation, and consequent action accounts for all biological functions relating to the very existence of life.  The idea that this kind of information could have originated from mindless chance is an abandonment of logic to support a crumbling worldview that does not honestly square with the known and obvious facts.  As noted by Dr. Werner Gitt, Ph.D. (the information scientist and control engineer who worked for more than 30 years as a director and professor at the Federal Institute of Physics and Technology in Brunswick, Germany), this is where the logic of information should lead us:

The information encoded in DNA far exceeds all our current technologies. Hence, no human being could possibly qualify as the Sender, who must therefore be sought outside of our visible world, since the original Sender:(1) ingeniously encoded the information into the DNA molecules, (2) must have designed the complex bio-machinery that decodes the information and carries out all the processes of biosynthesis, and (3) created all the details of the original construction and reproductive capacities of all living things. 

Because there has never been a process in the material world demonstrable through observation or experiment in which this kind of coded information has arisen without prior intelligence, this principle must also be valid for this quality of information present in all living things. What we do observe about this kind of information is that it intrinsically depends upon an original act of intelligence to construct it.  Only a Supreme Being with capacities far beyond our own possesses that kind of power and intellect.  This is the only reasonable conclusion that one can honestly reach, leaving no room for an unreasonable worldview.  There is a lot more riding on this than winning an argument.  God is communicating to us through His creation and His Word.  He is offering His salvation to all who will receive Him (John 1:12,13).   All who trust Him are saved forever.  All others are “without excuse” (Romans 1:20).  There is no mistake more costly than this.

written by David Edwin Hall

See more of David’s writings here:

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