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Thursday, February 9, 2017

When Creationists Do Not Have Answers

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

The question of what creationists need to do when asked a question about something we cannot answer, or a question in an area that appears weak to creationists, seems like a good topic to consider, what with Question Evolution Day coming up on February 12 and all. I hope this material will be helpful in everyday dealings.

Evolutionists, atheists, anti-creationists, and others seem to have the notion that biblical creationists claim to have all the answers. It may come as a shock to some people (including underinformed creationists), but we do not have all the answers. We may be asked a question about something for which we do not have an answer, and must deal with the situation correctly. In addition, some areas are underdeveloped by biblical creationists.

There are questions that creationists are unable to readily answer, and some areas that are underdeveloped by biblical creationists. How do we respond?
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I'll allow that there are many sidewinders, especially online, that like to play, "Gotcha!" if someone has a problem answering a question. (Some even go as far as equivocating lying with disagreement, typo pouncing, ridiculing words that are beyond their ken, and more.) Their "logic" can even resemble this: creationist cannot answer question, creation science is false in its entirety, there is no God. Folks like that, well, no need to expend a great deal of time or intellectual energy with them, since they only want to score points for evolutionism. You'll need to discern if people are being sincere, and if they're not, mayhaps a question is worth answering anyway.

Science covers many disciplines, and even ventures into philosophy. It is unreasonable and irrational to expect an individual creationist to know everything about all areas, although some indulge in verbal automatic weapons by assaulting us with a variety of subjects. 

Problem Areas
One area of contention that comes readily to mind is the light travel or distant starlight question, which basically says that we are seeing some celestial objects that are millions of light years distant, so how can that be if God created the universe just a few thousand years ago? Creationary scientists have four basic models and are discussing it. Keep in mind, though, that the critic is often unaware that the light travel problem applies to the Big Bang as well, called the horizon problem. In addition, there is an assumption that scientists fully understand the nature of light, the cosmos, gravitational waves, and the like. They don't.

Dr. Ben Scripture mentioned some problem areas in a recent podcast, "What! Creationists don't have all the answers?" (look for that title in the 1/28/17 time slot). One of his concerns was about marsupials found primarily in Australia, with very few elsewhere. How can we explain that? Dr. Scripture had not heard any good explanations from a creationist perspective. It is interesting that the same day I heard his podcast, the Institute for Creation Research released an article by Brian Thomas dealing with the same subject. He pointed out that Marsupials in 'Straya are a problem for evolutionists as well, and that the fossil record is actually hostile to their conjectures. As we saw with the light travel problem, this objection from secularists is not only our puzzle. The biblical creationist speculations are far more plausible, which include the Genesis Flood and the Ice Age. To see this, click on "Why Do Kangaroos Live Only in Australia?"

Responding Properly
As Christians and biblical creationists, we need to respond in an honest, God-honoring way.

  • No faking it. We know that God's Word is inerrant, but creationary models and conjectures are not. Also, keep in mind that there is no point in living in fear of those who want to score points for their side, since they cannot be pleased with anything you say anyway. If you don't know the answer, admit it. You're more likely to get respect by being honest. This is especially important when dealing with kids! If circumstances allow, offer to get back to the one asking a question.
  • Be clear when giving an opinion. This is not faking it, but you can still give a limited answer. Just be certain that you are not pretending to give anything more than what you think or believe. Making Stuff Up™ is the property of the hands at the Darwin Ranch, not Christians.
  • Avoid bad "science" and poor arguments. This point is kind of an aside for when joining in with a discussion or presenting a "fact". Some arguments are just plain bad, others are questionable. Here is a list of recommended arguments to avoid. While not exhaustive, and some areas need to be revisited for possible inclusion in yes, use these lists, it's mighty helpful.
  • Do some research. This site is searchable, and points you to several other sites that have far more material (some of which is highly technical), and they are searchable, too. You may need to retreat and return later because your search terms were not bringing up results, or perhaps a topic is quite new and still being considered by creationists.
  • Be logical. Not only do we need to present things rationally, we can also spot when someone is pulling a fast one on us. Learning to spot basic logical fallacies is extremely helpful, not just here, but in other areas.
  • Don't try to be a hero. While our ultimate goal is to show that Genesis is true and point people to Jesus, you and I are not the ones who save people. That's the work of the Holy Spirit. Our job is to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15), destroy arguments raised up against God (2 Cor. 4-5), and contend for the faith (Jude 1:3), these things are not in our human strength and wisdom (1 Cor. 2:1-5). There are some people, I'm ashamed to say, who are more interested in winning an argument than giving glory to God. They want to take on all challengers and answer all questions, but often end up looking foolish when at the receiving end of a verbal (or typed) barrage and trying to answer everything. One thing at a time, and it's fair to say, "Enough".
We need to deal with things honestly and humbly because we seek to glorify God and not ourselves. Nor should there be any desire to be kicking some atheist tail, as some seem to express. That's not our job. Can't answer the question, fine, keep calm, be honest, and do some research.
 





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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rapid Flight in the Animal Kingdom

If you commence to riding and take a turn too fast, you probably know what's going to happen, and it's none too good. People need specialized equipment to make quick movements at high speeds, and even then, we can only tolerate so much.


Two prime examples of God's design ability are in the way these creatures can focus on their activity and keep their focus while making fast changes at high speed.
Image credit: Freeimages / Rinske Blok-van Middendorp
More than just tolerating the stress of sudden, speedy movements, animals need to be able to see where they're going. Two prime examples of this are hummingbirds and bats. Hummingbirds see things a mite differently, and bats are using their sonar to decide how to catch two insects in different places in succession. Such characteristics are antithetical to evolutionary concepts because all the "components" must be in place and fully functional at once; there is no room for gradual evolution. These are examples of the amazing design skills of the Creator, and you can read about them by clicking on "Fast Flight Specializations in Birds and Bats".






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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Observing Unobservable Evolution?

Clinton Richard Dawkins received attention for a self-contradictory remark in 2004 that exhibited his blind faith, "Evolution has been observed, it’s just that it hasn’t been observed while it’s happening." That fits the atoms-to-atheist view that evolution is very slow, so we don't see it happening, we just infer what happened from what we see in the present. But it doesn't work, old son.


Evolution is supposed to be too slow to observe. Richard Dawkins gives us a contradictory remark. In fact, there's a bit of definition shenanigans happening.
Image credit: Pixabay / LoganArt
Some acolytes of Dawkins attempted to rescue his gaffe, but their efforts were ad hoc and nonsensical. Part of the problem is based on definitions. Yes, evolution happens, but that is based on one of several definitions of the word. We see rapid speciation, mutations, variations, and all sorts of things. We also see interpretations of data according to materialistic presuppositions; essentially, circular reasoning. We do not see anything that supports the concept of evolution from one common ancestor, savvy? Instead, the evidence clearly supports the brilliant design of our Creator.
Many evolutionists seem to live with a kind of ‘schizophrenic’ mindset. They often claim evolution is ‘science’ and creation is ‘faith’—by which they mean blind faith not the biblical faith that’s connected to logic and evidence. But when someone touts science as being on their side, one naturally thinks of someone describing something observable, repeatable, and testable etc. After all, isn’t that what we were told in school science is based upon—observation and testability?

I’ll believe it when I see it!

Obviously if you are performing repeated experiments on something, then you are observing and experiencing the results in real time. With so many people declaring evolution is a ‘fact’ one would expect that evolutionists should be able to give us numerous examples of having observed evolution ‘in action’. How many do they actually have? None, according to the most famous evolution (and atheopathy) promoter on the planet!
To finish reading, click on "Now you see it, now you don’t!" Note: I disagree with the use of the word schizophrenic in the opening sentence of the quoted material above.

 



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Monday, February 6, 2017

When Bad Poisons Can Do Good Things

When Adam sinned, death entered the world, creation was cursed, and things went downhill. For a few days before that, everything was "very good" (Gen. 1:31). Animals didn't eat each other, we didn't eat them, no lethal poisons — now we have plenty of killing, eating, poisons, and so on.

There are many things in the world with lethal poisons. However, our Creator has given us intelligence, and scientists are learning ways to use poisons as non-addictive pain killers.
Highly venomous Bonaire box jellyfish
Image credit: Marijke Wilhelmus / NOAA (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents)
Now we have various plants and critters with lethal poisons. Creationists speculate that these are part of the DNA programming that was put in place by our Creator's design for use after the Fall, possibly based on modifications of existing benign features. Anyway, the point I'm bringing to your attention is that some things are being studied by scientists for medical use, including the draculin enzyme of vampire bats, and poisons for use in non-addictive pain killers. God gave us intelligence, and expects us to use it.
The most common medications prescribed today for chronic pain have a dangerous side effect. They are highly addictive.

Nearly two million people are now addicted to hydrocodone, oxycodone, and similar medications, all derived from opium. So scientists are looking for an alternative in a surprising place—biochemical weapons employed by toxic plants and animals! Pain and poison were not part of God’s original very good creation before Adam sinned. But it’s astonishing to discover that even within the poisons that arose as a result of the Curse, the Creator put unique tools we can use to relieve some consequences of that Curse. Research suggests that many natural venoms and poisons contain specialized chemicals that can block pain without the adverse effects posed by opioid-based drugs.
To read the rest of this painless but informative article or download the audio, click on "Painkillers from Poisons". It has some good illustrations, too. 

 



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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Craziness in Climate Consensus

People keep gnawing on that "global warming" or "global climate change" bone, citing "consensus" as a primary evidence that the subject is deadly serious and that man is the primary culprit. Not hardly! There have been climate changes throughout Earth's history, before human activity could be blamed. Further, although there is some amount of climate change, it is negligible, and the subject is primarily a political tool for globalism, and based on an evolutionary worldview.


Consensus "science", especially in areas of global warming and evolution, is not all it's cracked up to be. More disagreement on global warming is appearing, even in secular science.
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Particles-to-planetologist evolution as well as climate change are fields that proponents declare "settled science", and secularists in the mainstream scientific community get on the prod if someone dares to present contrary evidence. Especially objectionable is when evidence regarding climate change comes from scientists who believe in special creation. There are credentialed scientists who reject the hysteria of global warming as well as evolution, but are met with ridicule or brushed aside (you don't hear much about how the majority of scientists are skeptical of global warming). Secularists unscientifically reject contrary evidence.

The global warming business is heating up, and even caused climatologist Professor Judith Curry to resign over the craziness in climate science. Name-calling and ridicule are wearing thin, and objections to radical global warming are appearing more often among secularists.
It’s still dangerous to challenge Big Science about climate change. In the new political climate, a growing number of voices are willing to take the risk.

The science is settled, we are told, about man-made global warming. Listen, though, to the opening paragraph of “Three questions climate science must answer” on Phys.org:
Now that you're warmed up to the topic, you can finish reading the article at "Cracks in the Climate Consensus?ADDENDUM: Fake science for global warming, see "DAVID ROSE: How can we trust global warming scientists if they keep twisting the truth".






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Friday, February 3, 2017

Rejecting an Ancestor of Dinosaurs

More and more, the evolution of dinosaurs paradigm is falling into tohubohu. The evolutionists who disbelieve that dinosaurs evolved into birds must have been smiling at the news that dinosaurs and birds lived at the same time, making it convenient for dinosaurs to eat birds. We also know about dinosaur-to-bird dishonesty in museums. Another bit of news adds additional reason to doubt the age and evolution of dinosaurs.


Ideas of the age and evolution of dinosaurs have a great deal of evidence in opposition. New evidence of a dinosaur living at the same time as its alleged ancestor is making things worse for evolutionists.
Hypothetical reconstruction of Dromomeron romeri, a lagerpetid, Wikimedia Commons / Nobu Tamura
Although there is no actual evidence for dinosaur evolution, the evidence laundering spin cycle launches into high gear when a putative ancestor of dinosaurs is found in the same rock layers are other dinosaurs. Evolutionists tell some mighty fine stories, I'll allow, but they're all based on evolutionary assumptions and circular reasoning, not on actual evidence. Too bad they don't cotton to allowing themselves to even consider a Genesis Flood model from biblical creationists, because it would best explain what is observed. Probably because the Flood models refute uniformitarianism and explain geology in a young Earth framework, as well as affirm that dinosaurs and everything else were created. (Funny how uniformitarian and evolutionary dogma appeals to closed-minded owlhoots.)
Buried in Triassic rock, fossils frozen in time have surprised evolutionary scientists by showing that lagerpetids—animals believed to be dinosaur ancestors—were walking with full-fledged dinosaurs “since the first stages of dinosaur evolution.”

The fossils—two dinosaurs and two non-dinosaurs (the lagerpetids)—were unearthed in southern Brazil’s Carnian Santa Maria Formation. This rock formation is believed by evolutionists to be about 230 million years old. By evolutionary reckoning this Late Triassic find represents one of the earliest appearances of dinosaurs in the fossil record. It is also the earliest appearance of animals believed to be their evolutionary precursors.
To read the rest, click on "Discovery Said to Show Dinosaurs Walked with Their Evolutionary Ancestors". 





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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Where Did All the Floodwaters Go?

When you're going to drain a swamp, you have a pretty good idea about where the water is going to go. Things are mighty different when draining a flooded planet. Believers, mockers, and inquirers want to know where all that water went when the Genesis Flood was done with and the Ark settled on the mountains of Ararat. I'll allow that it's a fair question, and it seems common. God pulled a giant drain plug at the bottom of the ocean —

"Quit playing, Cowboy Bob!"

Well, it is a kind of funny picture. The answer is actually simple — at first. The mountains rose, the ocean floors went downward. Water ran off the continents and formed the oceans. Now, I have a skeptical nature, and I don't want to present you with something that seems to be pious assertions. While the Bible is inerrant, models from creationists, evolutionists, or whomever else are not above reproach. Is there evidence to support the Genesis Flood model?


The answer to where the waters of the Genesis Flood went is easy. When details are examined, biblical creation science is shown to be right.
Mt. Everest from space image credit: NASA (usage does not imply endorsement)
People occasionally object, "How could the waters have covered the highest mountains?" That's where the subject gets interesting. Some people think that mountains were pushed up when continents collided, but there's much more to it than that. There is physical evidence that the mountains did rise (for example, marine fossils way up yonder on Mt. Everest), and that the ocean floor has become much deeper. The mountains we see now are not at the same height during the Flood. Learn to say "differential vertical tectonics" and amaze your friends.

If scientists and us regular folks could strip aside uniformitarian (long age) assumptions and just look at the evidence, it would be readily apparent that not only did the Genesis Flood occur as is narrated in God's Word, but that Earth is much younger than secularists want to believe.
Many ask: “If Noah’s Flood really covered the whole earth, then where did the water go?”

This question has a simple answer, and once we understand what happened and how, we can see the reality of the biblical Flood all around the world.

The floodwater is in the oceans

Actually, the Bible tells us where the water went. By Day 150 of the Flood catastrophe the floodwaters had risen until they covered “all the high mountains under the whole heaven” (Genesis 7:19). After that “the waters receded from the earth continually” (Genesis 8:3), a process that took about seven months.

As the water receded from the continents it must have flowed into the oceans. It only takes a quick look at a globe of the earth to appreciate that the water indeed sits in the oceans. The Pacific Ocean alone takes up almost half the earth’s surface.
To read the rest, surf on over to "How did the waters of Noah’s Flood drain off the continents?





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