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9
Mar

Creation Lesson #10 - JESUS AND I …WHEN LIFE HURTS

 

 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and forever (Heb. 13:8). He is the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity (Isa. 57:15). He upholds all things by the word of his power (Heb. 1:3). At this very moment Jesus, my Creator is…

 

  1. Thinking about me… “The Lord thinketh upon me” (Ps. 40:17)
  2. Guiding me… “I will guide thee with mine eye” (Ps. 32:8)
  3. Holding me… “Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28)
  4. Living within me… “I in them and thou in me” (John 17:23)
  5. Loving me… “Love them as thou hast loved me” (John 17:23)
  6. Cleansing me… “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7)
  7. Empowering me… “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings” (Phil. 3:10)
  8. Strengthening me…“Strengthened with might by his Spirit (Eph. 3:16), “My strength is made perfect in weakness” (II Cor. 12:9)
  9. Feeling my infirmities…“Touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Heb. 4:15)
  10. Assuring me… “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

 

“But God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be [tested] above that ye are able; but will with the [testing] also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Cor. 10:13).                          

 

   “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4: 16).

6
Mar

Creation Lesson #9 - Manipulation of Data, Haeckel’s Embryos

 

 

Introduction

 

Most of those involved in the Creation/Evolution conflict are aware of such outright frauds as the Piltdown Man of Sussex, England. From its discovery in 1912 by Charles Dawson until its factual public exposure in 1953, essentially the entire secular paleontology community accepted this fossil as an intermediate between Ape and Man. Over 500 doctoral dissertations were written on its technical place in the lineage of Man (designated Eoanthropus dawsoni, “Dawn Man”); and degrees were awarded from major universities around the world. One of the few scholars who saw through its fabrication early-on was the Oxford scholar Earnest Tolbert (Bull) Adams from Glen Rose, Texas. Upon seeing the famous fossil first-hand, he wrote home to his wife Mable that it was a fake. History later proved him to be correct. But the evolutionary community had accepted Piltdown and other dubious artifacts as concrete evidence to the point that evolution has now become so entrenched as to require no real evidence at all. Evolutionist and atheist Richard Dawkins famously announced: “We don’t need evidence [for evolution]. We know it to be true.”[1] There is a long list of “altered” or “manipulated” information, but Haeckel’s Embryos illustrate the point very well:

 

In his The Origin of Species (Chapter XIV), Darwin wrote that “the leading facts in embryology, which are seen as second to none in importance” should be considered “by far the strongest single class of facts in favor of” his hypothesis. Darwin was captivated by Haeckel’s drawings of select vertebrate classes, particularly the astounding similarity that he depicted among their early embryonic stages, and what Haeckel called “the biogenetic law” (or “recapitulation theory”). This simply means that embryonic growth of the fetus within the womb rapidly repeats the entire evolutionary history of the species prior to birth. But what we really see is -

 

I.  MANIPULATIVE MIS-REPRESENTATION

 

Prior to Darwin’s The Origin of Species (1859), Europe’s famous embryologist, Karl Ernst von Baer (1792-1876), the discoverer of the tiny mammalian egg cell, had already disproved by careful empirical observation the evolutionary “law of parallelism” – the belief that embryos of “higher” organisms pass through the adult forms of “lower” organisms in the course of their development. Despite von Baer’s anti-evolutionary views, his evidence was manipulated by Haeckel and misrepresented by Darwin. According to Dr. Jonathan Wells “Von Baer lived long enough to object to Darwin’s misuse of his observations, and he was a strong critic of Darwinian evolution until his death in 1876. But Darwin persisted in citing him anyway, making him look like a supporter of the very doctrine of evolutionary parallelism he explicitly rejected.”[2]

 

II.  PURPOSEFUL PROPAGANDA

 

“An embryologist, Dr. Michael Richardson [St. George’s Hospital Medical School], with the cooperation of biologists around the world, collected and photographed the types of embryos Haeckel supposedly drew. Dr. Richardson found that Haeckel’s drawings bore little resemblance to the embryos. Haeckel’s drawings could only have come from his imagination, which was harnessed to produce ‘evidence’ to promote the acceptance of evolution.”[3]

 

III. ILLEGITIMATE ILLUSTRATIONS

 

The astounding similarity between early stages of different vertebrate classes and orders that so captivated the interest of Charles Darwin is now known to be the result of Haeckel “doctoring” his drawings to make them all appear more alike than the actual evidence would allow. This is readily substantiated…

(a) Censored Samples: “Haeckel’s contemporaries repeatedly criticized him for these misrepresentations, and charges of fraud abounded in his lifetime…there is no doubt that his drawings misrepresent vertebrate embryos. First, he chose only those embryos that came closest to fitting his theory.”[4]

 

(b) Deliberate Deception: “Surprisingly, after developing quite differently in their early stages, vertebrate embryos become somewhat similar midway through development. It is this midway point that Haeckel chose as the ‘first’ stage for his drawings.”[5]

 

(c) Designed Distortions: “…the popularizers of evolution…still believe that similarities between embryos are evidence for evolution (common ancestry). But this confidence rests, consciously or unconsciously, on the woodcuts published by Haeckel and reproduced, in whole or in part, in many textbooks since. These drawings are widely believed to bear some resemblance to reality. But apparently no one has bothered to check.”[6] “In some cases, Haeckel used the same woodcut to print embryos that were supposedly from different classes.”[7]

 

(d) Erroneous Exaggeration: “Not only did Haeckel add or omit features…he also fudged the scale to exaggerate similarities among species, even when there were 10-fold differences in size.”[8] “Richardson and his colleagues also found that vertebrate embryos vary tremendously in size, from less than 1 millimeter to almost 10 millimeters, yet Haeckel portrayed them all as being the same size.”[9]

 

(e) Falsified Figures: “Finally, Richardson and his colleagues found considerable variation in the number of somites – repetitive blocks of cells on either side of the embryo’s developing backbone. Although Haeckel’s drawings show approximately the same number of somites in each class, actual embryos vary from 11 to more than 60.”[10]

 

YET THIS FALSIFIED INFORMATION IS STILL USED TODAY! “The Biogenetic law [Haeckel’s Drawings] has become so deeply rooted in biological thought that it cannot be weeded out in spite of its having been demonstrated to be wrong by numerous scholars.”[11]

 

 

[1] Richard Dawkins, Washington University Seminar: “Making Sense of Creation and Evolution.”

[2] Jonathan Wells, Icons of Evolution, 2000, p.86

[3] Ken Ham, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Weiland, The Revised & Expanded Answers Book, 1900, p.120

[4] Jonathan Wells, Icons of Evolution, 2000, p. 91

[5] Ibid. p, 98

[6] Ham, Sarfati, and Weiland, op cit.

[7] Wells, op cit.

[8] Science, vol. 277, 9/5/97

[9] Wells, op cit, p. 92

[10] Wells, ibid.

[11] Walter J. Bock, Department of Biological Sciences, Colombia University, “Evolution by Orderly Law,” Science, vol. 164, May 9, 1969, pp. 684-5

11
Feb

Creation Lesson #3 - Intelligent Design

 

Introduction…The Evolution Model begins with Seven Assumptions (none of which have ever been observed in the field or demonstrated in the laboratory):

  1. Non-living elements gave rise to living material
  2. Spontaneous generation occurred only once
  3. Viruses, bacteria, plants and animals are all related
  4. Single-celled life forms gave rise to multiple-celled life forms
  5. Various invertebrate phyla are related
  6. Invertebrates gave rise to vertebrates
  7. Fish gave rise to amphibians to reptiles, to birds, to mammals, to primates, to man[1]

In contrast…The Creation Model begins with One Assumption (which is consistent with laboratory experiments in microbiology and life-sciences):

  1. The overwhelming complexity found in living systems throughout nature requires a Designer for its origin. (Living material may be re-arranged in its order, but it has never been observed to increase in complexity from the original stock.)

I.  The Living Cell…

“There are more than twenty different sections in a cell…a single flaw in the cell’s protein transport pathway is fatal. Unless the entire system were immediately in place, our ancestors would have suffered a similar fate.”[2] “Only whole cells…contain all the necessary machinery for ‘self-replication’…without the protein-forming machinery nothing can be made.”[3] The chance assemblage of the 60,000 proteins in a single cell is one in 10 to the 4,478,296 power![4]

 

II.  The Bacterial Flagellum…

The marvelous irreducibly complex Bacterial Flagellum is powered by an electric motor, with the following features: self assembly and repair, water-cooled rotary engine, proton motive force drive system, forward and reverse gears, operating speeds up to 100,000 rpm, direction-reversing capacity within ¼ of a turn.[5]

 

III.   The Eyes of the Trilobite…

At the bottom of the Geologic Column lies a fossil organism that is so complicated in its structure that it defies evolutionary explanation at its roots. Appearing full-blown in the Cambrian Explosion is the Trilobite with its ecological fitness and its compound eyes, demonstrating ultimate optics in exquisite design.

 

The lens of the trilobite eyes represents a marvel of design in correcting for “spherical aberration” in its crystalline shape. This problem is seen where light is distorted along the edges of lenses. Rene Descartes and Christian Huygens invented correcting lenses in the 1600’s. But the trilobites already possessed the correct shape from the beginning!

 

IV.  The Human Brain…

The physical brain is comprised of over 100 billion cells, each with up to 50,000 neuron connections to other brain cells.[6] This structure receives over 100 million separate signals from the total human body every second. Stanford University professors Stephen Smith and E.A. Moore authored a recent study showing that “[T]he brain’s complexity is beyond anything [we had] imagined…the total number of synapses in a brain roughly equal the number of stars in 1,500 Milky Way galaxies!

 

...Memory patterns and tiny on/off switches, which were long thought to reside in the larger neuron bodies, were instead found to be smaller than the tiny synapse connections. Each of the neurons imaged in the study serves thousands of synapsesOne synapse may contain on the order of 1,000 molecular-scale switches. A single human brain has more switches than all the computers and routers and internet connections on earth.”[7]

 

V.  The Original Earth…

The marvelous design of Earth’s original structure provided optimal benefits to all living systems, especially Man who was placed in charge of the planet. Of special significance was the “firmament” (raqiya) that was divinely set in place on Day Two. It is seen as beginning at the watery Earth and extending throughout space as a universal macrocosm expanse of lattice structure, consisting of charged subatomic particles. These particles formed the structure that would later stabilize the universal arrangement of stellar bodies and various atomic elements.

 

Simultaneously, in order to focus the benefit of universal radiation, the firmament formed locally as a thin microcosm complex of crystalline structure suspended directly above Earth. Dr. Edward Boudreaux has demonstrated that crystalline materials, such as silicate sugilite, can be held in a suspended canopy lattice by the earth’s magnetic field.[8] The firmament, locally and universally, was essentially one seamless whole in structure.

 

ConclusionIntelligent Design is observed in all areas of scientific investigation. Any interpretation of these marvelous phenomena as coming about by natural processes represents a willful disregard for the established laws of science and lack of appreciation for the mercies of the Creator Himself.

 

[1] G.A. Kerkut, Implications of Evolution, (New York: Pergamon Press, 1960) Ch. 2, p. 6

[2] Michael J. Behe, Darwin’s Black Box (New York: The Free Press, 1996), pp. 103,114

[3] Richard Lowontin, “The Dream of the Human Genome,” New York Review of Books, May 28, 1992, p. 33

[4] Joseph Mastropaulo, “Evolution is Biologically Impossible,” Impact #317 (El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research)

[5] Jonathan Sarfati, Ibid., p. 136

[6] The Brain, Our Universe Within, PBS broadcast

[7] E.A. Moore, Human Brain has more switches than all computers on Earth, CNET News, news.cnet.com November 17, 2010

[8] Edward Boudreaux and Eric Baxter, God Created the Earth, Rocky Mountain Creation Fellowship, P.O. Box 3451, Littleton, CO 80161

15
Oct

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