Intelligent Design – Miracle of Life Part III

Beloved, last week we looked at some of the misconceptions about a baby during the first month of the first trimester. This week we’re going to look at something truly miraculous that happens throughout the second month of the first trimester.

I’m going to add a short video at the bottom that really sums up everything I’m detailing here while showing you the baby itself growing. It’s done through a secular perspective so you’ll hear words like embryo and fetus. Other then that, it’s a great little clip about what’s happening during this month.

What is this miracle of life? Organs! Even in the video, you’ll hear the doctor say that the cells were ‘suddenly signaled’ to form the heart, lungs, ears, hands, and feet. How is this possible? The information for all these pieces to the baby puzzle are already found in the DNA. Without getting super technical, there are tiny machines within cells that read that DNA and pass on the needed information. If you’ve never seen the video of a motor protein at work then you’ve never lived, dear ones!

Everything you see in that extremely short clip is inside a cell. These are some of the ways a beautiful miracle can form in a mother’s womb. Although scientists are unsure what sparks the process for organs to begin, they do know for certain all the information needed is already there. As the doctor says in the video at the bottom, it’s precise, or as he puts it like an ‘orchestra’.


Brethren, I know what sparks the organs growing and it truly is a miracle. The God who upholds the universe, who maintains the vast distance of planets and stars simultaneously maintains the vast distance of protons, neutrons, and nuclei. God, the sovereign King of kings and Lord of lords, is involved in every moment of forming this baby into His image. If we can trust Him to uphold all these things, we can trust His Word to be accurate.

Beloved friends, I pray for you all that the glory and majesty of our God would become all the more evident to you throughout this series. I speak a lot about Gods justice, and He is a just God. That is for the losts sake, that they would repent and be saved from the wrath to come. This series is my opportunity to speak on the other attributes of God so that His people will rejoice! Rejoice! As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part I

In keeping Monday’s scientific, I thought I would start a new series on the amazing design involved with creating a human being in the womb. My husband works in the NICU, and my favorite text to get when he’s at work is “going in for a delivery” because I know he’ll once again be witnessing the miracle of life.


Jesus connected the miracle of salvation with the miracle of childbirth when he was speaking to Nicodemus. It’s a beautiful comparison, we had no part in our first birth, neither do we have a part in our second. Both the creation of our little bodies in our mother’s womb and the creation of a new creature during salvation is evidence of His sovereign power. Glory to God on the highest, He is worthy of all honor, and glory, and praise!


I’m going to write this series a lot like the last series on the Solar System, with points, refutations of evolutionism, and then finally Gods sovereign purpose. Let’s take this slow, and work our way up from the tiny little egg to a 7-8 pound miracle.

The first, and only point, I want to make today (other than introducing the subject) is that a woman’s body is designed to target and destroy foreign entities. The man’s body is same, it’s called our immune system. When a virus makes its way into our body we have defense mechanisms set up to defend ourselves from it. I highly recommend immunology studies to anyone who wants to see the glory of God on the tiniest levels! The ones I’ve attached here are some of my daughter’s favorites.


Ordinarily, our bodies defenses work to our advantage, especially around flu season. During pregnancy, however, the woman’s body sees these tiny cells as foreign and dangerous. It sends the attack cells out just like it would against cancer. How then is this tiny human being that hasn’t even developed a brain yet to defend itself? Its molecular makeup comes equipped with information ready to settle the attack cells down. Imagine these tiny cells saying ‘don’t shoot, we’re on your side’ or ‘relax we’re just here to make her throw up for a few months then it’ll get better’ or even ‘I promise one day we’ll be her whole world’. That’s the Hollywood version, the real action of turning the attack cells away is not well known, some scientists feel the mother has proteins that shut down the cells, others feel the baby does. Either way, the information is there to stop the mother’s immune system from destroying the tiny life growing inside her. My way would make an excellent television series though! *Cue the intense theme music* ‘It’s a dangerous world out there’ Mike Rowe narrating ‘It’s also a dangerous world in here’.


It’s pretty spectacular isn’t it? There is an estimated 37 trillion cells in the human body. All those cells are going to start with the same information on day one, in the womb. Evolutionists claim natural selection is how we’ve gotten where we are, but natural selection can’t occur without first having cells. Cells can’t form without the DNA information to tell it what to be. DNA can’t form without proteins from the cell. It’s far worse then the chicken and the egg conundrum. A person can’t be created without those cells, and no amount of monkeying around with statistics can change that. I have found that Evolutionists do not like to address the origins debate, in recent years they’ve begun saying it’s not apart of evolution (even though it was for the purpose of explaining how we got here, our origins, that evolutionism was first suggested) but they can’t escape this problem, there’s no way to back track all the way to the first cell without running into major roadblocks.


Why did God design the body this way? He knew the end from the beginning, and had all the information within Adams DNA to defend a body against the diseases which would surely arise after the fall. That information included the babies cellular makeup, which can stop a full on attack from the immune system. What a beautiful, miraculous, design! Beloved brethren, God is sovereign, you can take Him at His Word. So be good Bereans, friends, and study to show yourselves approved.

The Heavens Declare – Everything Else

Well, friends, this brings us to the end of our series through the solar system. If I haven’t mentioned often enough throughout this series, Spike Psarries and Dr. Jason Lisle lectures on astronomy have been where much of the material we’ve covered has come from. I’m going to do this post differently than the last posts in the series. Rather than give you information, refutation, then my opinion of Gods purpose, I’m just going to give you all some quick facts to summarize and finish up our series.


Objects past Neptune, like poor Pluto, are referred to as TNO’s, or Trans Neptunian Objects. These objects have evidence of volcanic activity which is hard to account for. They’re too small and too far out from the Sun to maintain energy output for billions or even millions of years.


Comets have a lifespan, each time they pass the Sun they lose a little more material. Some comets run into planets, like the one I spoke briefly about in our talk on Jupiter. Due to this, secular scientists needed to find a way to renew comets in our Solar System so they could hold on to their deep time beliefs. How would they explain comets still existing after billions of years? The secular scientists created the fictitious Oort Cloud and the Kiper belt to explain how comets could continue to be seen when they last, at best, a couple thousand years. The problem with both the Oort Cloud and the Kiper belt is that they’ve been proven impossible over the last decade. I could do several posts on just this subject, but I’ll leave it to you, beloved, to look more into this if you find it interesting.

Let’s move on to the stars and galaxies.

There’s a major problem with our Sun, and all the stars in the universe. Like the gas planets in our Solar System, the stars shouldn’t exist.


Several theories have been postulated over how stars could form, unfortunately for the secular astrophysicists they all require stars to exist already. That seems strange doesn’t it, like the chicken and the egg debate, only galactic. You see, when we hear that nebulas are ‘star nurseries’ what is often not mentioned is that nebulas are formed from exploding stars. If stars are needed to create stars, what created stars? Another important thing to mention is that star formation from nebulas is impossible. Gravity is a weaker force than gas pressure, which forces the gas molecules in the nebulas to move apart.


How do astronomers solve this problem? Dark matter and dark energy are the fictitious, invisible, and untraceable, solutions to the problem. You have to have faith, brethren, in this unobservable and unprovable theory, for the secular models to work. This idea is referred to, by secular scientists, as the tooth fairy.


None of the information I’ve provided over the last couple months is going to convince an atheist to suddenly hate their sin and love God. Only the Holy Spirit can change a heart of stone. The purpose here is two-fold, firstly to encourage the body of Christ in the reliability of God’s Word, and secondly to tear down every high and lofty idea that sets itself up against the truth. This really all boils down to whether or not God is sovereign. If He is, and He sovereignly inspired His Word then we can trust what it says from Genesis to Revelation. If He is able to create, and uphold, the universe, then He is able to accurately inspire His people to write the truth. If you believe God is all powerful, how could you come to the conclusion that He allowed the story of creation to be written inaccurately? That is an illogical conclusion.

Beloved, you can trust God’s Word so be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

The Heavens Declare – Uranus

Today, in continuing with our series through the Solar System, we’re going to discuss the odd ball in the neighborhood. Every family has one, and our Solar System is no different. Uranus is that crazy aunt who always does the exact opposite as everyone else in the family. When no one was looking, she slipped you chocolate before the turkey was done on Thanksgiving. We’re going to discuss what makes Uranus so strange, how it disputes evolutionism, and what God’s purpose was for creating it.


Unlike the other planets, Uranus has its poles on the side, not the north and south because it leans so far. Due to this tilt, Uranus is the only planet that doesn’t orbit the Sun like a spinning top, instead, it rolls around the Sun like a ball. It’s this tilt that makes Uranus such an odd ball, but there are other anomalies as well. All the other gas giants give out more energy than they take in, but not Uranus. It also has almost a perfect orbit around the Sun, and is the closest planet we have to taking a completely circular trip, taking a whopping 84 years. It has over two dozen moons, which all orbit around its equator, making their rotation just as strange as the planet itself.


How does Uranus create problems for the secular models of the Solar Systems creations? To start with, Uranus has a magnetic field. It’s strength was predicted two years before it was discovered, not by a secular model, (those were all way off) but by a bible believing physicist, Dr. Russel Humphreys.  Dr. Humphreys used the logic he found in the Bible to make his predictions, which shuts down any evolutionist who claims creation scientists do not make predictions. As I mentioned before it does not give out energy like the other gas giants, which is strange as they were all supposedly created at the same time out of the same material. Another way Uranus refuted evolutionary models is with its tilt, which can not be explained even by asteroids hitting it and turning it over. There are no models which can correctly explain Uranus’ strange behavior.  Uranus has the strangest moon in the Solar System as well, Miranda. It is a small moon, in fact, it is too small for the evolutionary models to suggest that it was hit by five separate asteroids. Most secularists admit that the problem with Uranus is it’s moons, Miranda included, as all the models used to explain why it is tilted, are disrupted by the orbits of its moons.


What was God’s point in creating Uranus? To show His creative genuis, and to throw a giant wrench in the evolutionary cogs. Uranus is a beautiful example of God’s sovereignty over all the universe. Beloved, God knows the end from the beginning, and He inspired men to write down the creation of the universe accurately. You can trust God’s

Word, so be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

 

The Heavens Declare – Saturn

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In continuing with our series through the Solar System, today we’re going to talk about one of the most stunning creations in our night sky; Saturn. As before, we’ll talk briefly on the planet, how it refutes secular models, and God’s purpose in His creation.

Saturn is the second largest planet, and is completely gaseous like Jupiter, making it impossible to land on. One reason Saturn is such a beautiful sight to behold is the rings orbiting its equator. These rings are anything but ordinary, as some pieces in the rings are as small as dust and others are large boulders, and some are even braided. Wind speeds on Saturn can reach 500 m/s, and it takes a little over 10 hours to complete a rotation. It takes 29 and a half years, however, to make its way around the sun. There are 62 known moons orbiting Saturn, and they often give evolutionists more trouble than even the planet does, as we’ll discuss.

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What problems does Saturn cause Evolutionism? Saturn and Jupiter cause the most problems to secular models by being impossible. Based on current models these two giants should have migrated into the sun within 100,000 years of creation, an issue labeled the ‘migration problem’. Now logic would reason that if two planets, holding 92% of the mass of our Solar System, disprove your model then your model is wrong. However, it gets worse for secular astronomers.  Saturn, like other gas giants, emits 2.5 times more energy than it receives from the Sun. Saturns magnetic field also disproves secular dynamo theories, by having an internal, symmetrical magnetic field. These two points show that Saturn can not be old, cold, and dead.  If Saturn was 4.5 billion years old it would no longer have a magnetic field, and it would no longer be able to put out so much energy. If that wasn’t enough, Saturns moons, like Jupiter’s moons, cause a great deal of trouble for secular models.

Titan is the second largest moon in our Solar System and is the only moon in it that has an atmosphere. Its atmosphere is made of nitrogen and methane, which caused secularists to assume the satellite would be covered in a global ocean of ethane and methane. This is because sunlight destroys methane, and if Titan is billions of years old it must have created a very large amount of ethane through that process. Unfortunately for secular models, there are only a few small lakes of ethane on Titan. Without a source of methane renewal, billions of years would render Titan old, cold, and dead. Evolutionists have speculated that the methane came from the unprovable, unobservable ‘Oort cloud’. We’ll talk more about the Oort Cloud when we get to the end of our Solar System. Enceladus is another moon of Saturn that has caused trouble for evolutionism. It has massive fountains on its south pole, which has sprayed the other moons around it with ice and snow. This activity would not be possible if this moon was 4.5 billion years old.

Saturn has a beautiful show of rings, dazzling all those who have seen it. What was God’s purpose in creating this masterpiece, its rings, and moons (which includes dancing moons that switch orbits with one another every four years)? The heavens declare God’s glory, Saturn is no exception.

I hope as this series continues, you all see a pattern of creation; that God has created the universe, and that secularists have no way of explaining creation without God. There are a lot of confident atheists today who claim ‘science’ has refuted the existence of God. When you shuffle through the facts and details of evolutionism you find something very different than whats being taught, you find assumption, opinions, and guesswork. Beloved you can trust Gods Word, so be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

 

 

The Heavens Declare – Jupiter

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Next in our series through the solar system is Jupiter, the king of the planets, and the first gas planet in our series.

Jupiter is five times further out from the sun! It’s the largest planet, and as such it’s only fitting that it has the biggest moon in our Solar System. Ganymede, one of Jupiters 69 known moons, is actually larger than Mercury. We could do a full series on just the moons of Jupiter, they are fascinating!


Jupiter is a gas planet and as such, theoretically, you could pass right through it without ever hitting land, although a minority of astronomers have suggested a rocky core. As big as it is, it still manages to spin rapidly, with a 10-hour rotation.


The clearest and most obvious fact about Jupiter that disputes the secular models for creation is its energy output. As I already mentioned, Jupiter is really far from the sun. However, it still puts out twice as much energy as it receives. If it were millions, or even billions of years old, it would be old, cold, and dead. It’s external heat, and energy output, make it impossible for Jupiter to be 4.5 billion years old. There is no model from evolutionism that can explain this enigma.


What was Gods purpose in creating Jupiter? I think we’ve been able to see in recent years that God’s sovereign purpose for creating this magnificent planet was for the protection of His people. Jupiter often catches comets in its orbit, as we’ve seen, effectively destroying objects that could be disastrous for life on Earth. It also shows Gods majesty, His creativity, and His sovereignty as Jupiter is a bright part of the sky that’s for signs, seasons, and times.


I hope you are still enjoying our trip through the Solar System, and as always beloved friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Friday Fossils – Carbon 14 Dating

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I almost named today’s blog ‘The Impossible Possibility’. This is what we’ll be discussing, dates that are supposedly impossible, but accurate.

We’re going to be talking about Carbon-14. There is Carbon-12, Carbon-13, and Carbon-14, the only difference being the number of neutrons. These three are isotopes that decay into a more stable element. Carbon 14 is a parent element that decays into Nitrogen-14, the stable daughter element.

Carbon-14 has a half life of 5,730 years, which means that nothing over 100,000 years old should show any detectable signs of it when tested. This is why it is not a reliable means for dating rock, and that rock does not contain carbon, thus it has none to decay.

What can you date with radiocarbon dating? Creation scientists have been sending samples to reputable labs for years now and their findings are amazing. Whether it is 40 million or 300 million-year-old coal samples when tested they all had detectable amounts of carbon 14 in them. Most radiocarbon dating labs have recorded carbon 14 in coal, limestone, and even fossils. Shells from rocks 120 million years old were tested and also came back with detectable amounts of Carbon-14.

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These samples often give a similar age, tens of thousands of years rather than millions. Understanding that the Earths magnetosphere was stronger in the past, they can make calculations on how it would affect the rate of radiocarbon decay. This brings the scientists to the conclusion that the current rates of decay are faster than they would have been in the past. This explains why they see rates that are inflated, after making the proper adjustments the dates come back as 4-5 thousand years old. Thus we can not assume the present is key to the past.

To all this research the secularist has one thing to say in response. The samples were contaminated, without doing any research into the matter. So creationists radiocarbon dating on the hardest substance they could find, one that could not be contaminated, diamonds.  Keep in mind that diamonds are, according to evolutionism, 1-3 billion years old. Yet, when tested for Carbon-14 they came back with ten times the detectable limit.

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Diamond

If the Earth were billions of years old, or even millions, there shouldn’t be Carbon-14 left at all, yet scientists have found it in fossils, coal, shells, and diamonds. It would seem that this would be the nail in the coffin for evolution and deep time. However, as I’ve stressed many times before, the evidence is not the problem.

The problem is sin, and that those who refuse to acknowledge God suppress the truth in unrighteousness. The world view of evolutionism is merely the desire not to be held accountable by God, and the deep desire to maintain some sort of control over their lives. The evidence is fascinating, and we need to have an answer when someone questions these things, but we can never assume the evidence will change hearts. Only God can change a heart from stone to flesh.


This is why I implore you all, as often as I can, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved! God bless you, beloved, and keep you.