Creation Science Monday – Humanities Family Tree: Homo Naledi

Hello dear ones! Please forgive my absence this week. We were told housing had a mix up, and was going to have to put us in a hotel for the final week of our assignment. After packing like crazy, they fixed the mix up and we’re staying in corporate housing the the week. In other words, it’s been a crazy week! Lord willing, this week will be an easier move due to the extreme packing from last week. Today, though, I’d like to briefly touch on the h. Naledi fossils. I’ve talked about these before, but they’re still touted as a human ancestor so I thought it best to add it into the tree.

It’s interesting, friends, that most scientists will admit there is a huge gaping hole in the fossil records, right where ancient apes should be. This is, obviously, because when paleontologists find ancient apes they insist they’re human ancestors. Like was done for so long with Lucy, and is now being down with Naledi. Often times articles will refer to Naledi as having many human like features, however that is debated even within the evolutionist and secular communities. The curvature of the hands, the hips, and even the strange attributes of the feet, in the Naledi fossils suggest these are ancient apes not deserving of the Homo title.

It’s worth noting that the cave these 1550 fossils were found in is extremely difficult to reach. It takes experts in spelunking to belly crawling half a mile, climbing a huge wall, then tunneling down a chute just to get to the chamber these were in. The bones themselves were found by spelunkers and cave enthusiasts. The jumbled mess of bones doesn’t seem to suggest burial, no were any tools found with them. It seems more likely, to me, that these bones were washed into the cave, than to assume some ancient human like species chose to dwell in such a difficult home. Either way, the bones show that these were clearly an ancient, extinct, species of apes. They also show the deep desire evolutionists have to bend evidence to fit their worldview. I hope this short post is a blessing to you all, and that you can continue to use this information to segue into the Gospel. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Creation Science Monday – The Human Family Tree: Homo Floresiensis

Today, dear friends, we are going to continue our series on our family tree. I certainly hope this post finds you all doing well! I’m admittedly too excited about today’s topic. Homo Floresiensis is simply put, my favorite member of the tree. There are two reasons for that, how the bones were found, and the obvious bias shown by the evolutionary community. Before we did into what h. Floresiensis is, in case you missed the previous post you can find a link to it here.

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Homo Floresiensis is a small group of skeletons found on the Indonesian island of Flore. These were found around the remains of an elephant barbecue! That has to be the oddest setting for paleontologists to discover. These remains were surrounded by advanced tools and what was a pretty epic meal. While not as small as originally touted, though most publications still use the erroneous numbers from early reports, LB1 is still uniquely smaller than the Homo Sapiens fossils it was found with. Oddly, while there have been other fossils found, and reports of their being small as well, I couldn’t find them. Anywhere. No picture, no articles, no labels, nothing. Considering how long ago these fossils were found I find it frustrating that there is no research anywhere on anything but the original fossils.

There are currently major debates happening between secular communities about these smaller bones. Anyone who disagrees with creating a new line in the family tree for floresiensis has actually been refused access to the fossils. Some suggest that LB1 had down syndrome, others malnutrition, or that this is simply a smaller subset of h. Sapiens. There is even some disagreement within the Creationist community. Of course, if you disagree with evolutionism altogether, regardless of your educational achievements, you’ll also be refused access. This, in my opinion, shows the lengths to which evolutionists will go to protect their beliefs. When you’re using speculation and storytelling in place of science, it’s much easier to be refuted. Thus, fewer voices not more will aid their cause.

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Either way, the coin is flipped, h. Floresiensis is not a missing link. We’re not surprised by the underhanded behavior by those who push evolution, it is after all what they get paid to do. Next week, Lord willing, we’ll move on to the next supposed ancestor in our family tree. As I said last week, dear ones, this is a subject that we can learn about to segue into the Gospel with. Most people are completely unaware that these fossils are fragmented, debated, and even sometimes tampered with. When we point these things out, we open a dialogue that allows us to share Good News! I pray that this series will continue to encourage and edify you. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Monday Creation Science – Humanities Family Tree: The Myths

Hello and happy Monday, dear ones! I hope this post finds you all doing well. As you know, we’re started a new series on the ancestry of mankind last Monday. Today we’re going to take down some of the myths that surround fossilized remains of ancient chimps and humans. Next week, Lord willing, we’ll go through what’s been found about those fossils considered to be the oldest in our family tree. After that we’ll follow the ages assumed by secular scientists until we come to modern man.

The first myth I’d like to address is the idea that human DNA only has a 1% difference from chimp DNA. This is one of those myths, like dating which we’ll talk about next, that everyone in the scientific community understands is incorrect but allows it anyway. This myth started in the 70’s before we had DNA sequencing, but has been so successful in perpetuating evolutionary story telling that its still quoted by ‘reputable’ scientific journals. In all actually geneticists have never started from ground zero with chimp DNA, preferring instead to line up sequences of human DNA and working from there. Why? Well because we came from a common ancestor of course! No need to put the foot work in when we can just make assumptions instead. Even with the clearly bias beginning stages of the chimp sequence, there’s somewhere between 20% to 30% difference in human to chimp comparisons. The only way you can get closer to a 1% difference is by tossing out all the DNA except that which codes for protein.

Let’s talk about the dating method, and the myth of their accuracy. When you research the ‘evolution’ of man you see a lot of dates and time frames which suggest hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years. For the more honest publications they usually add words like ‘possibly’ or ‘might have’, ‘probably did’ and ‘most likely’. Everyone else just lists millions of years as if it were fact and moves on. There is something to this myth that geologists have known for a very long time, it’s not scientifically proven. Most of the time fossils are dated by the rock layers they’re found in, while the rock layers are being dated based on the fossils found in them. Carbon dating is another method, but it has a half life of a little over 5,000 years, which means it’s useless in the dating of anything suggested to be older than 40,000 years. Radioactive, or radiometric, dating starts with several assumptions, beginning with there being no contamination in the fossil itself. Another assumption is continuity, that the rate of decay has remained the same, which simply can’t be the case when radio-halos are considered. What scientists know is that no singular date prior to written history is fact, but rather a great deal of assumptions.

Another myth that seems to be pervasive in today’s educational system is that there is agreement within the scientific community about the ‘evolution’ of man. With each new discovery of human fossils the ‘story’ of man changes, and an ever increasing amount of disagreement follows. Many scientists now believe that, rather than there being a multitude of varying species of pre-man ancestors, they were really just one species found in different areas. See here.

Another myth that shows the lengths to which secularists are willing to go to push evolution is the sculptures. All throughout the world in museums, and photographed in every science book created, are images of mans ancestors. They are often depicted standing upright, slowly losing hair over time. It’s comical, honestly, when you research and find that they’ve put these images together with very few fragments of skeletons. Often times it’s clear that the fossils were knuckle walkers, yet they’ll still be shown standing upright in the evolution. Many of these have been found fossilized together, rather than evolving into one another as is commonly suggested. This is artistic license in a field that should never delve into story telling.

The last myth I want to discuss is that the evolution of man from a common chimp ancestor is a scientific fact. It’s simply not. For something to be considered scientifically accurate it must first be questioned, tested, measured, and the conclusions must be observable and repeatable. While this can be said for many aspects of evolution, it’s particularly clear in the case of mans ancestry. This is because, while we have fossils, we have nothing that can be tested, observed, or repeated. We see a great deal of variation in the skeletons of dogs today, imagine finding a fossilized chihuahua and Great Dane. Would anyone assume, without modern observations of dog breeds, that those two skeletons were the same species? That alone should cause skepticism when we find fossils, they don’t come with instruction manuals or information booklets.

What I’m suggesting in this installment of our series through Humanities Family Tree is that there is far more assumptions, opinions, and story telling being published as fact than should ever be acceptable to honest scientist. I hope this series blessing you, friends, and if you missed the introduction you can find it here. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Noah’s Flood Series – Part V

Let’s continue our Monday series through the flood of Noah, beloved brethren. Part IV was about the rock layers, this time we’re going to discuss my favorite creation science subject; fossils! We’ve talked a lot on previous Monday posts about fossils, creatures that shouldn’t be fossilized, DNA and proteins found in fossils, fossils frozen in the middle of given birth or having lunch, but today I want to look at this from a different angle.

This whole series has been about the inerrancy of Gods Word. We’ve looked at all the areas with which Genesis is attacked accept the fossils, which we’ll tackle today. How would considering fossils to be millions of years old affect the sufficiency of Scripture? What we see in these fossils, the mass majority of which are marine life, death and disease. Scientists have found tumors and varies other sicknesses in these bones. In the beginning, dear friends, the Lord saw everything He created and said it was very good. Death and sickness did not begin until after the fall.

Here’s where the disconnect comes in, beloved. If you try to fit the Bible into secular scientists philosophical beliefs on origins, you have to deny Genesis. Either God created man with the land animals during creation week, or Jesus Christ was not the Messiah. Whew, that’s a leap huh? Let me explain. Jesus quotes Genesis, He speaks specifically about Adam and Eves creation at the very beginning. If dinosaurs evolved first and millions of years of death and disease later man evolved then there was no literal Adam and Eve. If Jesus Christ was there when the Earth began, like the Bible claims He was, then He would have been knowingly lying. If He was lying about Genesis then He was not the perfect, blameless, sacrifice upon whose righteousness we rely. But wait, it gets worse dear ones.

If Adam and Eve never lived, they never fell, and mankind does not need to be saved. The Bible tells us plainly that through Adam death came to all, but through Christ the resurrection of the dead. For in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. It was in the Garden of Eden that the very first Gospel message was preached, the seed of the woman was promised! These two concepts flow seamlessly throughout the Word of God. If you take away one, denying the sufficiency of Scripture, then you negate the need for the other. Do you see, brothers and sisters, how serious the issue of fossils is? Our weapons of warfare are not carnal, we war nor against flesh and blood. Our warfare is in the tearing down of every falsehood that sets itself up against the Truth.

Please don’t misunderstand me, friends, I love all the evidence. It’s such a blessing to believers to hear about soft tissue found in the fossils, or the marine life on the tippy top of the highest mountains. I think we should learn, enjoy, and praise God for all those truths. However, we can not turn this subject into an argument over evidences. It’s far more serious than that, this is the very attack at the forefront of the inerrancy debate. God is the only authority on this Earth who was actually there at the beginning, the Holy Spirit divinely inspired the writing of Gods Word, it is inerrant. So, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Back to Fossils – Travels

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Beloved, I waited (not so patiently) all weekend long to share these pictures with you! If you’ve followed my blog for a while you already know I have deep respect for science, and a genuine love for fossils. You also know we homeschool, and one of my favorite parts of homeschooling is field trips. Last week we went on a field trip to visit some fossil foot prints.

I actually have a rather extreme fear of heights. One of my goals when we began traveling was to face that fear, which I’ve attempted as often as possible. I can now stand on a chair without feeling like I’m going to faint. Baby steps right? Not this time. The drive up to see these foot prints is a one way up the mountain with absolutely no rails. We’ve traveled through mountains many times, but never like this. The idea is to get a better clue of what the gold rush was like.

Once at the spot where the dinosaur path is visible, you park a little up the road and enjoy a short hike back. Or you can hike up to the peak…which we did on trembling knees. After going up to the peak we went down to the fossils.

I don’t care for peaks, hikes, or railless roads up mountains, and the only nature I like to admire is from the comfort of my air conditioned room looking out a window. In other words I’m not an outdoorsy kind of person. Along with an intense fear of heights, is a sincere disgust for bugs. I would brave all that for fossils!

Besides being a fascinating look into the past, fossils are one of the best evidences for a world wide catastrophe. Take these fossil foot prints, for instance, it takes specific conditions to fossilize footprints. When you or I walk along a muddy road we might leave tracks, but they won’t fossilize unless they’re buried rapidly. The idea that these prints were made and thousands of years passed before they were covered is complete nonsense. Erosion would have destroyed them long before sediment could incase them.

One dinosaur track would hardly be evidence for a world wide flood, however these tracks are found all over the globe. As I took this tremendous opportunity to go through several lessons with Kayliegh, we also talked about the implications of Noah’s Flood. We often, in Sunday School, show pictures of a little bath toy boat with giraffes sticking their heads out to depict Noah and the Ark. This is essentially the same thing as beginning Genesis with ‘once upon a time’. Noah’s ark was massive, having enough space to fit well over a hundred thousand animals, although the estimate for the ‘kinds’ Noah would have had is around 16,000.

For a better explanation by a much more intelligent brother in Christ, I give you Founder and President of Reasons for Hope, Carl Kerby…

Beloved friends, the reason the world wants to ignore the flood is the clear evidence of God’s sovereignty that lies within it. Peter warned us that there would come a time when people would deny the flood, and we’ve seen that over the past hundred and fifty years. Dear ones, as in the days of Noah, when the door was shut all hope of escaping the wrath of God was lost to humanity, so will the day of judgement be. While we have the light, the hope of the world, the only path to salvation, Christ Jesus, let us share that hope with the lost. Salvation is of the Lord, we can not save anyone, but we can tell others to flee the wrath to come, and pray God opens their hearts and minds. What do we need to do then? Pray, study, and share the Good News! And as always, be good Berean’s 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.

Friday Fossils – Layers of Rock

#Creationscience #YoungEarth #RockLayers

Last Week I promised a Friday post on the rock layers dinosaurs are found in. Here it is, brethren, the long wait is over!

I’ve been trying, for a few weeks now, to show the secular understandings of fossils being laid down by water. This is important, though it’s not given the fan fair that the latest evolutionary ‘proofs’ are given. Why not? Because from as far back as Charles Lyell, there has been push back against anything that would suggest Noah’s flood ever happened. We need to keep in mind, as we read scientific articles or learn of new discoveries, that scientists are human beings. As such, they have their own world views, through which they view all evidence. Their world view of evolutionism is opinion, based on assumption, not testable science. There is no reason we should allow their world view to hinder our trust in the truth of the Bible.


So, what about these rock layers we find fossils in? The most important evidence of the flood is that these layers are filled with marine fossils, only .01% of fossils found are dinosaur fossils, 95% of fossils found are marine life. Marine fossils are found on every high mountain, and sedimentary rock layers spread across every continent, some even connecting continents.


I’ve written about some of the odd fossils found that give evidence for rapid burial, soft tissues, jelly fish, foot prints, but that’s really just scratching the surface. All that evidence aside, the rock layers themselves give evidence of rapid formation.

Once the secularists admitted the fossils did not take millions of years to fossilize, although it’s still taught that way in schools and museums, they chalked the millions of years up to the layers. This, again, dates back to Lyell, counting each layer as if it were years. However, we now have plenty of observable evidence with Mt. Saint Helens to show rock layers that were laid down in a matter of hours. Along with this issue, there is the lack of erosion between layers. Each layer is laid down one on top of another, beautifully uniform, without signs of years and years of erosion.


Now secular scientists are between a rock and a hard place here. They can no longer claim fossilization or rock layers take long periods of time. Remember the circular reasoning in the method used to date dinosaurs relies on old rock. They date the rock based on the dinosaurs found in them. They date the dinosaurs based on the rock they found them in. What happens to this scenario when the rocks can no longer be considered millions of years old?

This is one of the many reasons I was so disenfranchised with science. I loved science, and I had a tremendous amount of respect for scientists growing up. I want to tell you all, beloved, that there are thousands of scientists who are honest, they do recognize the errors in evolutionism. They just aren’t given the fan fair that the scientists who fall in line with the secular darling, evolution, are given.


We need to have an answer for the hope we have. That’s the point of Monday’s and Friday’s here, to edify the body, to give you all more confidence in Gods Word. Also, to give you all examples you can take with you when you evangelize. Creation science can not save, I would never suggest that however, these answers to often asked questions can soften a hard heart to hear the gospel message. It is important, brethren, that we study to show ourselves approved. Be good Bereans, friends!

Fossil Friday – Dinosaur Tracks

#creationscience #dinosaurtracks

We’ve been traveling for a few years now and have yet to make our way to some of these fascinating tracks. Mostly medical reasons, and poor planning on my part. Hopefully, before we settle somewhere we’ll get the opportunity.

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I’m amazed by the tracks left behind by these creatures. How is it that erosion didn’t destroy them before they were covered up layer by layer over long periods of time? The tracks found in Australia began to erode almost immediately after being uncovered. The obvious answer is that they were covered quickly. There are a couple problems with this, from the evolutionary standpoint.

1. These tracks are found all over the planet.

2. The tracks are found in layers of rock with marine life.

This brings me back to the point I’ve made before. Both creationists and evolutionists are looking at the same data, uneroded tracks clearly found in sediment laid down by water. From the worldview that Noah’s flood could not have happened, this is just the result of many large floods worldwide. I say large floods because of the amazing distance these tracks cover. To the person who holds to Gods Word these tracks are yet another example of the great flood of Noah. Each side has come to the same conclusion, flood, but their perspective on how and why the flood happened differs.

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Dinosaur-track

Evolutionary geologists have, in recent decades, admitted that rock layers do not take long periods of time to be laid down. Now, for the most part, they suggest the time is found between the layers. It’s only a matter of time before they change this position, as there is simply no evidence of erosion between layers.

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We’ll go over the layers of rock in more detail next week. Until then, beloved, stand firm on the Word of God. As always, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Fossil Friday – Soft Tissues And More

Last Friday we talked about the Soft Tissue Fossils that have been found revealing skin patterns of varies creatures. This week I’m going to list some of the more spectacular fossil discoveries related to soft tissue.

I was surprised to see a small contingent of evolutionists flat out denying all of these discoveries, most of which have been found by fellow evolutionists. However, it’s easy to dismiss these folks as they have no evidence whatsoever to back up their claim, other than the dogmatic belief in deep time. I wanted to mention it still, in case you come across these types of people who refuse to look at evidence contrary to their worldview.

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What type of evidence am I referring to? Blood cells, blood vessels, fibrous tissues, and (my favorite) unfossilized dinosaur bones. Strangely enough duckbill, and other type, dinosaur bones have been found not permineralized. These bones were so fresh when found that they were mistaken for modern bison bones.

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I encourage you, friends, if you enjoy this type of study, to review each of the fascinating finds. There is no secular explanation for how any of these materials could have lasted millions of years. I want to point out again that I don’t write these as points of salvation. Only the Holy Spirit can cause a heart of stone to be replaced with one of flesh. I write these for two reasons, as encouragement to the brethren who have wondered about the supposedly factual evolutionism, and for those believers who encounter opposition to the faith based on evolution. We need to have an answer for why we believe what we believe. I hope these short blogs can help with these two objectives in any small way.

Here’s an article explaining this further, and you’ll find links to articles going into more detail. As always beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourself approved!

Fossil Friday – Polystrate Fossils

Polystrate fossils evidence for Noah’s flood

These are my favorite types of evidence for creation, the ones that make for gorgeous pictures! When you drive past great ridges of every color you get the feeling that the God we love is an artist of tremendous magnitude.

What evidence am I referring to? The fossilized trees found standing upright in the middle of layers of rocks. These rock layers should have taken millions of years to be laid down. How is it possible for a tree to withstand millions of years all while lying upright? No geologists question the impossibility of this. Yet, they see no reason to change their theory, they have faith in evolution despite evidence otherwise.

What do these trees really show? Quickly laid down layers from a great flood. Why do so many both within the church and without want to refute the validity of Noah’s flood? To those unsaved Noah’s flood relates Gods judgement on the wicked, and their own complete inability to stand in the face of His wrath. To the saved, or those claiming to be saved, Noah’s flood seems as though we serve an angry God so they choose to ignore it, or in more serious cases, refute it.

There are two questions then, did the flood happen? And, do we serve an angry God?

As a believer we must accept the truth, Jesus Christ Himself spoke of the flood as a true event. Even if there were not massive evidences all over the world got a global deluge, the Messiahs testimony would be all I needed to believe.

Are we serving an angry God? This question is confused by mankinds seemingly endless ways to misunderstand God Himself. God is not sometimes omniscient, He is always omniscient. He is not sometimes loving, His loving kindness knows no end. Psalms 7:11 says God is angry with the wicked everyday. God is always all the things He is, He is not man that changes emotions like they were going out of style. He is always loving, always just, always merciful, and always angry with the wicked.

How can that be? Let me ask you this, friends, why do you find murder so deeply disturbing? When someone abuses a young child, why does that make you righteously indignant? Because you love Gods creation, the young innocent particularly. If you had no love for humanity you would find no angry in the murder of innocents. Gods love for His creation is the very evidence for His anger against the sin which corrupts them.

Beloved, Gods Word is true. We can stand on it firmly.