Category Archives: What Evolutionists Must Believe

Dino Doo Declares the Designer

Let me take a wild guess:

Which exhibit at the natural history museum is your favorite? The dinosaurs, right? Well, even if you like another even better, you wouldn’t dream of skipping the hall with the giant skeletons!

When you walk through there, what else do you see besides the dinosaurs themselves? Unusual trees and plants forming a strange sort of jungle. (Actually, many of these plants are still around today, I’ve got one in my kitchen!) How do they decide which plants to put in?

“Scientists track the appearance and evolution of plant life by analyzing fossils,” Prehistoric Plants, KidsGardening.org

They assume  whatever plants got fossilized near the dinosaurs were the ones around with the dinosaurs. If no fossils of a certain type of plant were found nearby, they think it’s because those plants hadn’t evolved yet.

You can see the whole time chart they’ve developed for plant evolution based on this thinking on the Kids Gardening page. All a museum builder has to do when designing a new dino exhibit is check out a list like that and plug in the ‘right’ kind of plants to fill in the background.

Easy enough, but does it really work?

One thing you probably won’t see in the dinosaur hall is a green lawn. Why? Because grass fossils haven’t been found with dinosaur fossils. Grass only managed to leave behind fossils higher up in the layering system. Or, did it?

As you can guess from the title, dinosaurs left some rather interesting fossils behind. Their stinky. I’ve not heard of any of it still being soft, like other tissues we’ve found, but we can still learn a lot from it.

Back in 2005, scientists were studying the waste from what was probably a sauropod (longneck) dinosaur. They were amazed to discover it had bits of grass in it. The remains were so well preserved they were able to tell it was rice, and not just that, but a modern kind of rice we grow today.

“We may have to add grass to the dioramas of dinosaurs we see in museums,” palaeobotanist Caroline Strömberg told Nature News at the time.– From ICR’s Dinosaurs Ate Rice

Growing rice field

I looked around for “new dinosaur exhibits” images online and couldn’t find any photos of one with a nice patch of grass alongside.

I wonder why.

Maybe it’s because if kids see dinosaurs in a familiar environment, they might just get the idea dinosaurs and people could have met each other. I don’t know. But, those of us who trust the One Who Was There have no problem with this. We know the Age of Dinosaurs only started a few hours before the Age of Man!

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. ~Jesus Mark 10:6 

For more, check out:

Institute for Creation Research: Digging Into a Fossil Outhouse on more things we’ve learned from dino doo

Creation Ministries International: Grass-eating dinos

I was alerted to the importance of this discovery by Bruce Malone of Search For The Truth. You can get a taste of his presentations HERE

Evolution is True, to a Limit

The other week I had an interesting exchange with someone on Google+ who was sure I couldn’t properly understand natural selection since I’ve rejected evolution. From my experience, it seems few ordinary people have any idea what biologists know: there is only one possible mechanism to introduce new information into a creature, and that is mutations.

The last interaction I had with the guy on Google was telling him I have no problem with change. In fact, I expect it. But, I do have a huge problem with taking what we see and assuming we will eventually see an organism to become something completely new with enough time.

Here’s an excerpt from my book manuscript talking about this:

Evolution, Dictionary Definition: Biology. Change in the gene pool of a population from generation to generation by such processes as mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift.

[Genetic drift: some perfectly good organisms don’t survive to have babies and pass on their variations, others do]

Something evolutionists have to believe is that small changes we can see would add up to big changes after a long time. But are there things stopping change from endlessly continuing? Let’s see what we find in nature:Animal-Dog-Buffon-Dog-Species-Diagram

  • Roses have been bred so some climb to over 30 ft [10 m] up. Others top out at only 3 inches [7.6 cm] high
  • Sugar beets have been pushed to produce up to 19% sugar
  • Finches and lizards surviving a drought can grow thicker beaks or heads
  • Cats have been bred to hang on to some mutations that make their ears flop or so they don’t grow any hair
  • Light colored moths can all get eaten in an area leaving only dark colored survivors
  • Fruit flies have been studied in labs for decades. They have been pushed to grow extra wings (which don’t fly), legs where the eyes should go and other weird things
  • Bacteria pushed to develop new traits can mutate so they surviveCS4K-Sugar-beets

What do all these things show? You can shrink or grow things, you can encourage them to be what you want, but you can’t change them into a different kind no matter what you do to them. No one can get a rose to turn into a daffodil, or a sugar beet to become a living sugar cube. Even the most mutated fruit fly doesn’t turn into a dragonfly (or a superhero!).

Plus, if you let these creatures grow wild again, many of the changes disappear. Today’s peppered moths aren’t all dark anymore and the finches’ beaks returned to their normal varieties once more food was around. People keep the plant features they want by growing new plants from a little piece of the original plant. If they used seeds, the new plants would be back to normal.

Those examples of creatures changing they show you in textbooks as “proof” for evolution are things God had already allowed. Mutations can turn DNA off or on. They can bend things or break them, but mutations can’t get a creature to disobey God’s law to reproduce after their kind.

Extra: We aren’t even sure all these changes are caused by mutations. There is a huge amount of variability built into everything’s DNA. But, even if we go with mutations, it doesn’t help the evolutionists any!

For more info on this variability, you can check out this super-long paper from the Answers Research Journal. Maybe I should translate it for us?

Do Rock Layers Equal Time Charts? Part 2 Experiments

Continued from Part 1:

Today’s reading:

“Geologists studied the rates of processes they could observe first hand, such as filling of lakes and ponds by sediment, to estimate the time it took to deposit sedimentary rock layers. They quickly realized that millions of years were necessary to accumulate the rock layers we see today. As the amount of evidence grew, scientists were able to push the age of the Earth farther and farther back in time.” US Geological Survey National Park Service

And 3 minute video:

These scientists were doing “real” science, working with experiments we can still do today.

So, I guess we have to go along with their “slow, boring ages” and throw out the Bible. Or, do we?

Can you think of something they forgot to include when thinking of ways to get sediment to collect in layers? How about an enormous, world-wide, watery Catastrophe!

What would the water have been like during Noah’s Flood? Still and quiet like a tranquil lake today? Or, perhaps like a small glass of muddy water? Hardly. It would have been moving around like crazy. We call this movement:

Water currents

There’s a scientist named Guy Berthault who decided to see for himself what happens to the bits of mud, sand, and rocks when you put them into flowing water. Here’s one of his videos (30 seconds):

And a sample of a large scale experiment showing the different layers after the water drained away (1 minute):

There’s no talking on these videos because Berthault speaks French, so we get a taste of what non-English speakers get every day. To find out more about his experiments and discoveries, check out Sedimentology.fr, which is all in English! On the left, click on “Experiments” and “Experiments (cont’d)” to read all about the videos and how they did them.

One of the first experiments Berthault did even took the same idea the Uniformitarians expect. He poured the sedimentary bits into still water:

You can do this for yourself with a Sand Art picture any time you like!

It will take a couple more minutes to read, but have a look at the sand layers that formed when a ship covered a beach with a mixture of sand and muddy water. They know exactly how long it took for the hose to pour all that out: less than one hour.

Do these experiments help you see slow, boring years as you examine rocks?

It all comes back to what you expect and want to see.

More coming up!

Ps 24:1  « A Psalm of David. » The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Gratitude: the Key to our Choices

One of the most important Bible passages for Creationists to learn about, remember, and maybe even memorize (your young brain can handle it!), is in the middle of Romans chapter 1.

The whole book focuses on what God did in Jesus to bring people back to Himself. And right at the beginning we have a section talking about creation, gratitude, and the consequences if we refuse to cooperate.

The world gives us all kinds of reasons why some people go really bad:

  • The person had no family, or a rotten one
  • They didn’t have enough education
  • Poor nutrition/health care made them that way
  • They didn’t have enough money
  • People were mean and wouldn’t share with them

All these things are real problems. We are wise and right to help others overcome them and have the freedom to choose a better life.

But they don’t come close to the real cause. As usual, God reaches right into our soul and tells us what the deep reason actually is:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21

God has shown every person enough of who He is for them to have “no excuse” for ignoring Him. But people didn’t want to admit He is there because they refused to do two things:

  • Glorify Him as God
  • Be thankful

That’s it. All the awful choices they make with the rest of their lives go back to these two. We don’t want to worship anyone but ourselves, or a god we invent to do things our way. And we sure don’t want to have to say “thanks” and owe God for taking care of us.

“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe

Americans, I’m sure you’ve noticed how the media and businesses don’t really focus on what Thanksgiving is all about. They’re fine with warm and fuzzy family time. They love good food and football. They’re really happy about people skipping sleep to go spend money the next morning. They’re even OK with saying “thanks” to you, to the turkey, to the world.

But it’s only those of us who have already chosen to follow God who like to remember the whole point of the celebration.

Let’s not be surprised or annoyed. God told us it would always be like this 2,000 years ago.

Praise Team Gospel Singers

(Photo credit: OldOnliner)

Our job is to take part in the heavenly celebration and shout His praises from the housetops. Social media and our emails are great ways to share beautiful reminders of what this Thursday is actually all about. Church praise times and passing on our blessings to needy people are Biblical, too.

Then there’s our families. When I am reminded of the pain, darkness, and misery God sees every moment, after I’ve asked Him to work, I like to focus on the one place I can change.

My goal as a homemaker is to give Jesus a place to settle down and relax. A place where He is honored as Lord, Savior, and Creator. A place where we’re never happy with our sin natures, but rejoice as we become more like Him every day.

And, assuming Romans 1:21 is true (which it is), praise and thanksgiving are the key to this goal!

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4 

Other posts on gratitude to check out: Ernie’s Musings: A Day to Give Thanks

A beautiful hymn you may have heard to chorus of: Thank You, Lord by Seth and Bessie Sykes

Instinct, Development, and You

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A couple months ago I pulled my husband over to tell him we’re parents again. There is a new tiny eternal soul being woven together (Psalm 139:15) deep within me.

Here’s the crazy thing about finding out there’s a baby growing inside you: a mom can go for days, usually weeks, and sometimes months with no idea what’s happening. Even when you know you have a tiny passenger, what does a mom do to help out? Take vitamins, get enough rest, be careful what you eat, and visit the doctor to make sure everything is OK. That’s it.

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I didn’t have to take a class on how to assemble proteins. I didn’t have to tell my little one where to grow ears. In fact, a baby keeps happily developing while mom sleeps. As long as the right ingredients are there, things happen automatically.

So, is a human baby an easy thing to put together? You know it isn’t. Doctors spend years learning the basics about the human body before they get their degree. Then, they spend the rest of their careers keeping up with new information being discovered about how everything works together.

And what about the millions of cells a baby is born with? When someone wants to tell you how many things are involved in a single cell, they often use the analogy of a city. It’s the best thing we know of to compare these tiny things to.

Human fetus 1 month

Human fetus 1 month

If I had to put together my child, it would be about as complicated as your favorite building block design. The real baby growing inside me is more complicated than all of human civilization put together.

Well then, is my baby a super genius smart enough to know how to take a single cell and within a few months develop all the organs and body parts a newborn has? Of course not. But, there is a Super Genius wise enough to provide that cell with all the information a human body will ever need.

He is so smart, He designed a storage system small enough to fit in a tiny section of the cell.  After all, a cell needs lots of space to do all the other things to live and grow.

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What do we call this information storage system? DNA. You can find out more on my study guide to DNA, for Dummies, or the FBI?

A few months ago, someone on facebook kept insisting DNA does not contain information. People who don’t want to admit there is a Creator God know if there is info in our bodies, SOMEONE had to put it there. They would rather pretend DNA is a random jumble than to admit they were created. When I realized the guy was serious, I took a minute to search the web. Turns out the Nobel Prize web page on DNA has no problem admitting there is information in DNA!

You kids are in a special place. Sure there are times it would be nice to hide from God so you don’t feel guilty sinning. But, knowing there is a Creator who loves you so much He became one of us to die for us is still sweet.

Many grownups have decided the love God offers them isn’t worth the price. They would rather trust their own brains and follow their own path no matter where it leads them.

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Psalm 95:6,7