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Creation Devotional July 11 - Biology

Daily Devotional – July 11

Biology

 

Have you considered the vegan spider? We normally think of spiders as “meat eaters” because they spend their lives trapping and eating insects. Yet, in Mexico, living in Acacia trees, are special spiders (Bagheera kilingi) that jump from leaf to leaf, eating the tips and drinking nectar from petioles (the leaf stalks). Biologists documented the life of over 140 of these spiders, and only on four occasions did these spiders display any carnivorous behavior. Occasionally, when the opportunity presented itself, they would snatch an ant larva from a passing ant nursemaid. Analysis of spider tissues also confirms that they eat plants and are not carnivores. One scientist was shocked after hearing of a vegetarian spider. To Bible-believing scientists, this should not be at all shocking; a vegetarian spider would be reminiscent of life before Adam sinned.

 

to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat:  and it was so.

~ Genesis 1:30

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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Jul

Creation Devotional July 10 - Geology

Daily Devotional – July 10

Geology

 

One of the most significant confirmations of the Earth’s recent creation has been the measurement of carbon-14 (14C) within diamonds.1 Why is this so significant? There should not be a single atom of 14C left within diamonds!

 

Almost all sources of carbon contain a small amount of an unstable 14C. 14C has a half-life of 5730 years. This means one-half of any remaining 14C disappears every 5730 years. Modern measurement equipment is so accurate that you’d have to divide the starting amount of 14C in half 18 times before it could no longer detect the presence of any remaining 14C.

 

Diamonds are made of carbon and also contain minute amounts of 14C that had to have been present at their very formation. Since diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to mankind, it is impossible that any modern carbon contamination could have worked its way inside of a diamond. There is also no known way that 14C could magically be generated deep inside an already formed diamond. Thus, any 14C within diamonds essentially proves that diamonds are far younger than 100,000 years. Evidence indicates that diamonds formed deep within the Earth. Therefore, because the Earth is believed to be billions of years old, it is routinely taught that diamonds are also billions of years old. Yet, if this were true, there would not be a single atom of 14C left within their structure. It is a fact of science that diamonds contain levels of 14C more than a hundred times greater than the equipment detection limit.2 Thus, both diamonds, and the rock layers deep within the Earth are thousands, not billions, of years old.

 

The next time you see someone wearing a glittering bit of carbon (a diamond), remember, this is one of the strongest evidences that God recently created this Earth for our amazement and enjoyment.

 

...upholding all things by the word of his power...

~ Hebrews 1:3b

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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Jul

Creation Devotional July 9 - Design

Daily Devotional – July 9

Design

 

Have you considered the snowflake? It has been said that no two snowflakes are alike. Is this true? The average snowflake contains 1018 or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 water molecules. How many ways can these molecules be arranged? Let’s compare this to arranging 15books on a shelf. There are 15 choices for arranging the first book, 14 for the second book, 13 choices for the third book and so on. When we multiply this out there are over a trillion ways to arrange only 15 books. If we took one hundred books and figured all the possible ways of arranging them, the number is 10158 or a 1 with 158 zeros. This number is greater than the atoms in the universe! Remember, a snowflake contains 1018 water molecules, which can be arranged. The number of possible ways is far greater than arranging 100 books.

 

From simple water vapor condensing on dust and changing into ice, we find endless amounts of six-sided, complex, symmetrical patterns. Who is the creative genius who came up with such endless variety and design? God is the master designer. Just as He asked Job, “Have you entered the treasury of the snow?” May we take the time to see these treasures of beauty that God created for our enjoyment.

 

Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?

~ Job 38:22

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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8
Jul

Creation Devotional July 8 - Microbiology

Daily Devotional – July 8

Microbiology

 

Not so long ago, scientists discovered that eating undercooked pork could cause an infection from a parasite called trichinosis. This parasitic worm can infest pigs and be passed on to us when we eat insufficiently cooked pork. When someone eats pork with this parasite, digestive juices dissolve the cyst, releasing the parasite larvae into the body. These larvae penetrate the small intestine walls where they grow, mate, and produce more parasites. Yuck! The adult female can produce thousands of larvae that enter the bloodstream and then burrow into the muscles and other tissues.

 

The best way to protect against this parasite is to kill it off before you eat pork. This can be done either by freezing the meat below 5 degrees Fahrenheit for 21 days prior to eating pork or making sure the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit when cooking. Also, today’s hog farms are meticulous, preventing the trichinosis parasite altogether. Did the Israelites know about this prevention? God knew the problems with eating undercooked pork, so He prohibited His people from eating pork in order to keep them safe. In fact, it has been found that those who followed the Israelite’s dietary rules were far healthier than other cultures that did not. God always has our best interests at heart even though we may not understand the specific reasons.

 

And the swine, .... it is unclean unto you : ye shall not eat of their flesh

~ Deuteronomy 14:8

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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Jul

Creation Devotional July 7 - Biology

Daily Devotional – July 7

Biology

 

Students are taught about light and dark-colored peppered moths in almost all biology textbooks. Here’s the story: prior to the Industrial Revolution, light-colored peppered moths were prevalent in England. During the Industrial Revolution, soot covered the trees, and the dark-colored peppered moths were better camouflaged. Therefore, they had an advantage and survived better than the light-colored moths. This is often called an example of “evolution in action.”

 

Today, England’s trees are not soot covered, and light-colored moths are as prevalent as before the Industrial Revolution. This shift in colors is not evolution in action; remember, both varieties of moths were present from the start. As the environment changed, the dark-colored moths had greater opportunity to pass on their genes for darkness than the light-colored ones. With the environment changing again, we now see the lighter ones flourishing. This is natural selection in action, not evolution. Evolution needs proof that one creature changes into another completely different kind of creature. No such proof has ever been seen.

 

Furthermore, these light and dark-colored peppered moths did NOT spend time on exposed tree trunks and rocks as the famous textbook pictures show. Those promoting this idea in textbooks have now admitted that they glued the moths on the tree trunks; the photographs were fakes. In reality, peppered moths are nocturnal and rest in tree tops during the day. Don’t believe everything you read in your textbooks! But do believe everything in the Bible. God, not evolution, created peppered moths from the beginning.

 

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

~ Genesis 1:1

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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Jul

Creation Devotional July 6 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – July 6

Cosmology

 

Have you considered our solar system? It has a nice, neat organized structure. Our planets all have stable and relatively round orbits. This structure, prevents planets from colliding with each other. In fact, this design protects Earth from being hit by another large planet. As scientists examine outer space, they are now discovering other planets orbiting other suns. They are finding that many of these exoplanet orbits are so erratic that collisions with other planets are a real possibility. How did our solar system become so organized? Evolution is about chaos and random changes – not design, organization, or systems. Our solar system shows order.

 

Even the name we give it, the solar “system,” shows we know it is organized. We do not call it the “solar accident,” “solar non-system” or “solar disorder”…but the solar system. Even those who believe in evolutionary processes as the explanation for everything cannot help but use words that signify design and order. Order does not happen by accident and chance. Order means there must be someone who put this into an orderly system, and that orderly solar system-maker is God.

 

Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.

~ Isaiah 48:13

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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Jul

Creation Devotional July 5 - Biology

Daily Devotional – July 5

Biology

 

What are the “evolutionist’s tree of life” and the “creationist’s orchard”? Darwin originally proposed that all life had a common-origin ancestor and the various forms of life could be lined up into a “tree of life” showing what turned into what. “Common descent” is still the foundational principle ruling modern biology. Evolutionists believe that all of today’s species are descended from one common ancestor and that every organism we see today evolved from one simple cell.

 

In contrast, the creationist’s orchard has diversity occurring with time, but always within the basic body types or the Genesis “kinds.” In the beginning, God created the creatures “according to their kinds” (Gen. 1: 11- 12, 21, 24-25). Each of these kinds was created with a vast amount of information but always within limits. Written into the DNA coding of each “tree” within the biological orchard of life, is enough variety that descendants can adapt to a wide variety of environments. Creatures only breed with other creatures of their own kind. For example, dogs, wolves, and coyotes belong to the canine kind while cats, lions and tigers belong to the feline kind. There is no connection between the canine tree and the feline tree. There is no shared ancestry. We do not find “cogs” and “dats” but cats and dogs. The biblical orchard best fits what we observe in nature.

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind:  and God saw that it was good.

~ Genesis 1:25

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

8
Jul

Creation Devotional July 4 - History

Daily Devotional – July 4

History

 

Throughout America’s Midwest are hundreds of raised mounds and earthworks. Radiocarbon dating places the age of artifacts found in these mounds around 3,000 years old. Archeologists believe an extinct race of settlers known as the Adena culture built them. In Lower Michigan, from 1850 to 1910, some of these mounds were excavated. A number of engraved plates made of slate, copper, and clay were recovered. A book published in 1910 photographically documented 40 engravings that reveal amazing knowledge of this ancient people.

 

One of the engravings shows a scene of people drowning during a heavy rainfall. The third panel on this engraving shows a boat and a bird flying away with a branch in its beak. The fourth panel shows the boat on shore with the animals coming off in pairs while a man and three sons raise their hands in praise. Sounds very similar to the biblical account of the Flood, doesn’t it? How did the Adena culture in America know of this event some 3,000 years ago? They or their ancestors left the tower of Babel with this knowledge. As they spread across the world, they took this knowledge of true history with them. These people knew of God and the Bible, then over time, this knowledge was not passed down to their children.

 

We need to make sure those following in our footsteps do not forget the God of the Bible and all that He has done for us.

 

And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers:  and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

~ Judges 2:10

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

8
Jul

Creation Devotional July 3 - Geology

Daily Devotional – July 3

Geology

 

Coal deposits are found on every continent - even Antarctica. The deposits range from several inches thick to hundreds of feet thick. They can cover small areas or stretch for thousands of square miles. Evolutionists believe that coal formed in swamps over millions of years. As plants and trees died, they fell and accumulated at the bottom of the swamp. Over millions of years, the pressure and heat from slowly accumulating, overlying sediment transformed the swamp peat into coal. But students are seldom exposed to the problems with this story.

 

Today, we do NOT find swamps turning into coal deposits. Also, scientists have been able to identify many of the plants that were transformed into coal; most grow on the sides of mountains, not in swamps. In addition, small marine animals, not land creatures, are often found in the coal. All of this evidence leads to the conclusion that the material making up coal was transported from other locations. A modern example of this happened during the 1980’s Mt. St. Helens volcanic eruption. At the base of the volcano was Spirit Lake. The eruption caused an 800-foot wave to wash up the slope and drag a million logs back into the lake. These trees ended up floating in the lake. As wind blew the logs back and forth across the lake, the bark was rubbed off making a foot thick layer of bark at the bottom of the lake; this is the beginning of a peat deposit.

 

The Genesis Flood with its violent floodwaters and earthquakes would have ripped up all the plants and trees on the entire planet – resulting in huge floating log mats. As the log mats moved back and forth, the bark and waterlogged vegetation would have rubbed off and settled to the bottom. The violence of this Flood caused plant debris to be buried quickly and deeply - forming coal within a short time. The enormous coal beds that we find all over the world are a reminder of theF lood of Noah’s day.

 

They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

~ Luke 17:27

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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Jul

Creation Devotional July 2 - Biology

Daily Devotional – July 2

Biology

 

The caterpillar of the tropical butterfly Heliconius sara eats nothing but the leaves of the passion vines. Problem - these leaves contain cyanide packets along with enzyme packets so that when chewed and mixed together, deadly cyanide gas is released! The result for unwary, hungry insects – death!

 

However, H. sara caterpillars do not die. Why? Biologists found that when these caterpillars munched on the leaves, the caterpillars released a neutralizing enzyme that changed the cyanide into a harmless chemical. Evolutionists would have us believe that these caterpillars evolved the ability to neutralize the cyanide by accident and chance. Any insect that munched on the passion vine leaf without the neutralizing enzyme would face instant death. H. sara caterpillars had to have this special enzyme from the beginning! God, the greatest Chemist, designed this neutralizing ability from the start in order for the beautiful tropical butterfly Heliconius sara to exist.

 

For he spake, and it was done;….

~ Psalm 33:9

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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