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Creation Devotional February 25 - Biology

Daily Devotional – February 25

 

Biology

 

Wouldn’t it be fun to walk right up the side of a wall or dash across the ceiling without tumbling to the floor? Only in comic books can fantasy heroes accomplish such feats. Inspiring such fiction are spiders, flies, and many other insects that have no trouble scurrying upside down across the ceiling. But no creature defies gravity like the gecko. Scientists have spent decades trying to discover how this heavy lizard, weighing hundreds of times more than an insect, can run upside down across surfaces as smooth as glass.

 

Originally, it was believed that tiny features on the gecko’s feet functioned like suction cups to suspend the lizard. Later, the real secret was discovered – hundreds of millions of microscopic hair-like filaments on the gecko’s feet exploit weak electrostatic attraction (van der Waal forces) that act as tiny magnets to hold the lizard to the ceiling1. But the mystery of how the gecko could turn these forces on and off to prevent its foot from remaining stuck to the ceiling remained.

 

More recent work has shown that the gecko hairs are curved like little bent hairs that can be snapped back and forth as the lizard moves across a surface allowing a rapid attachment/detachment mechanism to take place. Even researchers who believe in evolution describe the gecko with words like, “…amazing, finely balanced, and finely tuned this whole system is...” Mankind can invent imaginary wall-clinging heroes like Spiderman, but only God can create real creatures capable of displaying such amazing abilities.

 

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.

~ Proverbs 30:28

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Feb

Creation Devotional February 20 - Biology

Daily Devotional – February 20

 

Biology

 

The dragon fish lives 1,500 to 4,500 feet below the surface of the ocean – it is what is known as a “deep-sea” animal. At that depth, light is minimal, and most deep-sea creatures can only see blue light because other wavelengths do not penetrate the ocean to such great depths.

 

In spite of this, the dragon fish can see red light because he has chlorophyll in his eyes. Yes, that’s right, chlorophyll - stuff that makes plants green. This chlorophyll allows the dragonfish to see in the red spectrum, giving the dragonfish a secret weapon. It pulses far red light which allows it to see its prey without itself being seen. You could say that a dragon fish’s eyes act like a night vision scope on a sniper’s rifle. How can evolution explain a dragon fish evolving chlorophyll, the stuff of green plants, within its eyes? And how did it know that this chlorophyll would help it to see in the red spectrum? And why would it evolve the ability to see in the red part of the light spectrum when it could not have known that red light even existed? Does anyone believe that a night vision sniper scope happened by accident and chance? The dragon fish’s sniper scope eyes bear witness to a powerful and unique designer, God Himself.

 

And the light shineth in darkness…

~ John 1:5a

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Feb

Creation Devotional February 16 - Biology

Daily Devotional – February 16

 

Biology

 

Each fin on a fish is needed to move the fish. If the tail fin (caudal) was not there, the fish could not propel itself forward. If the pectoral fins and the pelvic fins were not present, the fish would not be able to steer. If the dorsal or anal fin was missing, the fish would not be able to stay upright and would tip sideways. All the fins are needed AND at the same time. Darwinian evolutionists believe that living organism developed and diversified from simple to complex during earth’s history. Yet, a fish with only two or three fins would not survive. All the fins, with their functions, were needed from the beginning in order for the fish to successfully swim.

 

Evolutionists believe that hundreds of millions of years ago fish evolved from some worm or sponge or other invertebrate. Not one single fossil has revealed this intermediate form of half-fish and half invertebrate. And as J.R. Norman, an evolutionist from the Department of Zoology, British Museum of Natural History, London, states, “The geological record has so far provided no evidence as to the origin of the fishes…” Fossils of invertebrates have been found, and fossils of fishes have been found, but nothing in-between! There are no transitional fossils showing the evolution of a fish. Scripture states that God created the swimming creatures, including fish, on Day 5 of the creation week. He created them as fully formed fish.

 

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!....

~ Psalm 8:1

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Feb

Creation Devotional February 14 - Biology

Daily Devotional – February 14

 

Biology

 

A pig farmer in the UK heard an evolutionist academic talk about how the breeding of farm animals shows evolution. At the end of the lecture the pig farmer said, “Professor, I don’t understand what you are talking about. When I breedpigs, I get pigs—if it were not so I would be out of business!”

 

Evolutionists understand that the addition of new, increasingly complex information is required if a bacterium is to evolve into a man. For a reptile to change into a bird would require new genes to transform scales into feathers. The odds of random natural processes (like mutations) creating a new gene coding to make feathers (instead of reptilian scales) is essentially zero. Mutations always degrade the information found on the DNA molecule. Mutations never result in increasingly complex information. As ardent evolutionist Carl Sagan admitted: “… mutations occur at random and are almost uniformly harmful—it is rare that a precision machine is improved by a random change in the instructions for making it.” Rare indeed – and in most cases, NEVER!

 

There are many breeds of dogs, chickens, cats, and pigs, but they are all dogs, chickens, cats and pigs. The reshuffling of different genes produces the great variety within a kind, but the variety is limited to the genes that are present. If there are no genes for feathers, then feathers will not be present. Variation within a kind is not evolution! Galapagos finches are still finches, peppered moths are still peppered moths; they just show variety within a kind, not evolution. Things reproduce after their kind just as the Bible states. As the pig farmer said to the evolutionist, “I would be out of business if pigs did not produce pigs!”

 

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind:  and it was so.

~ Genesis 1:24

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Feb

Creation Devotional February 11 - Biology

Daily Devotional – February 11

 

Biology

 

There is a small bird known as the “little dipper”, or water ouzel, that loves to dip into the water beside a fast-flowing river. This little bird flies, swims, and strolls along the bottom of the stream turning over rocks with his beak looking for food. He does not have webbed feet, so he uses his wings as oars to move through the water. He uses his air sacs to rise to the surface and compresses the air out of these sacs to submerge. The dipper’s eyes have a special lens curvature for underwater vision and nasal flaps in his nostrils that close when diving. After all, who wants water up one’s nose? Evolutionists will say this bird evolved. Why would he “evolve” all this underwater equipment when he could just as easily have gotten his food off the ground? Our heavenly Father just loves to show His creativity!

 

Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.

~ Judges 5:3

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Feb

Creation Devotional February 8 - Biology

Daily Devotional – February 8

 

Biology

 

Does a bumblebee have two or four wings? It has four wings. The wings are in pairs coupled together by a row of hooks on the back wing that grip in a groove on the rear edge of the front wing. As the bee gets ready to fly, its wings unfold causing the hooks to fall into the groove and lock in place. Now the wings are a single, large flight surface. A bumblebee can fly up, down, sideways, backwards and forwards, with a speed over 6 mph. The bee flaps its wings about 200 times a second, causing the buzzing noise we hear. Why is a bumblebee made with short wings? Watch it move around inside a flower to see the bee fold its wings and lay them along its back. Long wings would stick out and the bee would not be able to turn in tight spaces. The wings are specially designed. The way the bee’s wings couple together with hooks in a groove could not have come about by accident and chance; it was specifically designed for the work the bumblebee does.

 

If I take the wings of the morning,…

~ Psalm 139:9

7
Feb

Creation Devotional February 6 - Biology

Daily Devotional – February 6

 

Biology

 

Marine loggerhead turtles are found in all of the world’s oceans with the exception of the Arctic. They have the longest known migration route of any marine animal. For example, a little hatchling on the coast of Japan swims to its feeding area along the coast of California and back to the exact beach where it was hatched each year. Over its lifetime, it will migrate millions of miles!

 

It has been known for decades that loggerheads have a built-in “compass” in their heads that allow them to know their latitude; the equator is 0 degrees while the north or south pole is 90 degrees. When traveling north to south, the magnetic field will vary in intensity. Recently scientists were amazed to find that loggerheads can also detect longitude, traveling east or west. Longitude is very difficult to discern because earth’s magnetic field does not vary much east to west; only the angle of the magnetic pull changes and only to a very minute degree. Loggerheads were found to have not just a “compass” but a built-in “GPS” system detecting both the intensity and angle of the magnetic field. It took humans hundreds of years and a great deal of money to build instruments measuring longitude. Does ANYONE believe mankind’s GPS systems happened by accident and chance? Loggerheads have astounding migration abilities by using their GPS. And who is their GPS Maker? God Himself.

 

All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord….

~Psalm 145: 10

7
Feb

Creation Devotional February 4 - Biology

Daily Devotional – February 4

 

Biology

 

Have you ever noticed how the colors on a butterfly or moth wing seem to change and almost glow as it flies through the air? Pilots flying above the rainforests in South America have reported seeing the bright blues of the morpho butterfly up to half a mile away! What makes the butterfly wing so vibrant and colorful? Butterfly wings are covered with two or three layers of microscopic scales separated by air. Light passing through these layers is scattered, and depending on the angle of view, the light waves recombine in different combinations of different wavelengths. This is called diffraction, which produces iridescence. The multiple layers of scales on a butterfly wing create these intensely shifting color hues.

 

The scales of butterfly wings are made of very thin layers of a hardened protein called chitin. Your hair and nails are made of this same protein. These scales protect and insulate the insects and aid in the flow of air along their wings. The scales also help the butterfly absorb heat. Since butterflies are cold-blooded, they rely on external sources of heat.

 

But where did the butterfly’s beauty and complexity come from? Neither the beauty nor the structure of the butterfly wing has ever been explained by evolution. Those who reject creation throw the word “evolution” at such complex creatures and assume that just using the word explains how they developed. To produce these iridescent colors requires complex optical physics and mathematics. Could this phenomenon of iridescence happen by accident and chance? Caterpillars are not made of chitin scales, but butterflies are, so how would the caterpillar develop this characteristic slowly and randomly over time in order to become a butterfly? If evolution were true, we should first find a butterfly without chitin scales and then a butterfly with chitin scales. We find nothing like this in the fossil record. The oldest butterfly and moth fossils are fully formed and developed, looking essentially identical to current moths and butterflies.

 

Butterflies, with their beauty and complexity, proclaim there is a God!

 

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

~ Psalm 148:13

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Feb

Creation Devotional February 3 - Biology

Daily Devotional – February 3

 

Biology

 

The giant silk moth can have a wing area of over 60 square inches with a tail over 8 inches long. Cleaning this insect off your windshield just might empty your washer fluid! Yet every portion of the wings and tail is covered with intricately-designed scales, which produce beautiful iridescent patterns. But why are they so beautiful? The Christian perspective is that their beauty reflects the character of their Maker. The evolutionary perspective is that they are simply a product of chance. Which perspective is correct?

 

Those working to explain all of life without God make up stories to explain why butterflies are so beautiful. They say the gorgeous colors exist to draw mates or camouflage the insects from predators. Yet the brilliant coloration does the opposite of hiding the insects. The 1500 known species of the giant silk moth fly only at night when the brilliant coloration cannot be seen. Why would a moth with “eyespots” need these spots when it only comes out at night?

 

Butterflies and moths confound those who wish to believe God does not exist. Not only do both kinds of flying insects transform themselves from a leaf-chewing, land-bound caterpillar into a nectar-sucking, flying wonder, but each can be breathtaking in its beauty. Neither the origin of this flying insect, nor the explanation for its beauty, can be explained by evolution; it is only by looking at God that we find the answer. He is the master Creator of beauty – all-knowing and all-powerful!

 

He hath made everything beautiful in his time….

~ Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Jan

Creation Devotional January 24 - Biology

Daily Devotional - January 24

 

Biology

 

Have you considered how a one-humped dromedary camel survives a harsh, hot, dry climate? The camel’s hump is like a fatty backpack - not a hollow water storage reservoir. This fat is actually food stored for

 

later use. When food is not available, nourishment is provided by the stored fat in the hump. When nourishment is taken out of the hump and not replenished over a long period of time, the hump actually shrinks and flops over. When food becomes more plentiful, the hump swells to become a fatty backpack again.

 

Most mammals distribute fat all over their bodies (including humans – much to our displeasure)! However, fat is a great insulator, and if camels stored fat all over their bodies, the heat would be held in - not a desirable design in extremely hot desert climates. A camel’s design allows it to store energy for future use without becoming overheated. In addition, the design of the camel’s hump protects the vital organs below from the heat of the sun beating down on the topside of the camel. Dromedaries thrive in extremely hot, dry climates because of this ingenious fat storage design. How would a camel know it needed to store the fat in one place and not over all its body? How would it get all its fat cells together in one place in its hump? Dromedaries are wonderfully designed to live in hot, dry deserts, and their hump is just one of many parts which testify to the genius of their Creator.

 

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee:  he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

~ Psalm 55:22

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