“Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?”
A novel and sophisticated variation on the old Miller-Urey experiment has seen the artificial design of a new small protein molecule. The molecule uses just two types of amino acids instead of the 20 usually found in proteins. Each amino acid was used six times, making 12 amino acid links in all. The purpose of the synthesis of this peptide was to see if a simple protein-like molecule could have existed before the actual alleged evolutionary development of life on Earth.
One has to note carefully what the researchers say.
“This peptide has several impressive and important features. It contains only two types of amino acids (rather than the estimated 20 amino acids that synthesize millions of different proteins needed for specific body functions), it is very short and it could have emerged spontaneously on the early Earth in the right conditions.”
This last sentence must not go unnoticed. How could such a molecule have emerged spontaneously? The synthesis of the molecule had to use careful reducing conditions because the slightest oxidation would break the molecule apart. So this is what is meant by the “right conditions”. There is no reason to suppose that an early atmosphere on the Earth would be reducing, except that such an atmosphere would be necessary to achieve the sort of molecules that would be required. Even then, there is no reason to suppose this molecule would “emerge spontaneously”. This is wishful thinking, based on a faulty worldview.
“Pyro-terrorism is a weapon Israel’s enemies used since the end of 2016 when the first wave of huge fires rocked the Jewish state destroying most of the Carmel Forest near Haifa. The new trend continued when Hamas started the ‘Great March of Return’ in March 2018 and introduced the incendiary balloons and kites which were used to terrorize Israel’s southern regions. The latest wave of blazes which plagued the Jewish state in May and destroyed the Jewish village Mevo Modiin and has now spread to Samaria and Judea was for a large part the work of arsonists as well. The fire in Mevo Modiin left 50 families without a home and possessions, while police and the Israeli fire brigade later determined the blaze was caused by arson. Arson-terrorism has now also reached Samaria and Judea. A huge blaze in the Jewish village of Carmei Tzur in central Judea which raged on Wednesday last week and reached the outskirts of the embattled community, started after Palestinian Arab arsonists threw firebombs across the security fence, a member of the local security team told this reporter. The source said that Palestinian Arabs routinely throw firebombs across the fence near the Hamas hotbed Beit Umar, but this time they targeted the southwestern part of Carmei Tzur where there is no fence and where most people live in caravans. The huge blaze in Carmei Tzur coincided with a large fire near the Jewish village of Itamar in central Samaria. Residents of Itamar claimed that the fire was the fourth attempt in as many days to destroy their community. ‘This is the fourth fire to break out in four days, endangering residents and families, destroying years’ worth of work by farmers. The heart breaks,’ Iyar Segal a resident of Itamar told Israeli media. The media largely ignored these fires while the major news outlets in Israel blamed the wave of fires on the unprecedented heat wave which hit the Jewish state in May. Only the state-funded broadcaster KAN reported about the real reason for the wave of fires. KAN said, ‘hundreds of the fires in the last weeks in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh area were a result of arson.’ The terror watchdog group Boomerang, furthermore, released a new video documenting the number of fires that firefighters fought since November 2016: a whopping 1,773 (Gaza-belt not included). Firefighter Ron Shlaf, who was a prominent member of the team that investigated the wave of fires, said that there’s no doubt about what caused the bulk of the blazes. ‘Yes. We’ve faced arson terror. There is no dilemma or doubt about it. All the villages that were burned were Jewish and all those arrested or prosecuted were Arabs. And from a thorough investigation we conducted, no one else in the Middle East—including the Palestinians—experienced such an extreme wave of fires like we experienced,’ Shlaf told Boomerang. Shlaf's team investigated 80 large fires since 2016 and came to the conclusion that 71 of them were the work of arson terrorists.”
“ISIS Behind Fires Ravaging Israel,” Israel Today, June 11, 2019
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
New Scientist magazine has published an article which suggests that corals may have evolved to cope with climate change. In 1970, scientists in Hawaii, investigating the Kāne‘ohe Bay Reef, found experimental evidence that corals would not be able to withstand sea temperatures 2°C higher than those of today. The corals were said to bleach, losing their colors, and then die.
The reason for the experiment was part of the concern among some scientists to investigate what would happen if the Earth’s temperature did indeed rise by a couple of degrees, as they were of the opinion that such a temperature rise would be caused by Anthropogenic Global Warming, caused by human industrial emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.
In the years since that experiment, many scientists have cast great doubt on the prevailing premises of AGW – now re-christened Climate Change – to avoid the embarrassment of reducing temperatures.
However, the original researchers have taken more corals from the same area of the same reef and conducted the same laboratory experiments on them. The 2018 results are somewhat different from those of 1970. A 2°C rise in temperature now seems to have considerably less effect on the coral than in 1970. This would suggest that there has been a change in the coral. It is likely that organisms which can survive higher temperatures have been naturally selected.
But, as so often before, this is not evolution. We started with corals and we now have – corals.
In spite of a supreme effort on the part of denominational leaders to pump the machine up by hook or crook and the introduction of marvelous new programs at each annual gathering, the Southern Baptist Convention is still dying. Spiritually, it died sometime in my childhood, if not before, but we are talking here about numbers. Between 2006 and 2018, the Southern Baptist Convention lost 1.5 million members (LifeWay Communications, 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Statistical Summary). The average weekly worship attendance was 5.3 million, but a majority of those are “Sunday morning only” Christians, and a Sunday morning only Christian, when measured biblically, is no Christian at all. (The evidence for this is a simple comparison of Sunday morning Christianity with Acts 2:41-42 Christianity.) Yet, at the very time when the SBC is in terminal decline by any biblical standard, giving is at an all-time high, totaling $11.8 BILLION for 2018! If that is not a modern Laodicea, there is no such thing. “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods...” (Revelation 3:16-17).
(Friday Church News Notes, June 21, 2019, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?”
The New Scientist magazine has recently been running a series of articles entitled Unnatural Selection. These articles purport to show how the human race is driving evolution and changing the way that organisms evolve. One article gives a number of examples of this alleged evolution. The article claims that:
The average size of caribou has decreased, due to the big ones being hunted.
Longhorn sheep in France have not-so-long horns anymore – also due to hunting.
Snow lotuses in Tibet flower at half the height of what they used to due to vigorous harvesting for medicines.
But the most startling changes that the article reports is that elephants’ tusks are shorter than they used to be.
In 1969, 10% of female elephants in Zambia were tuskless. Today, 40% are without tusks. Since elephants are often shot for their tusks, females without tusks clearly have a greater chance of survival. Among Asian elephants, only the males have tusks. It is now thought that less than 5% of Asian male elephants have tusks, and that figure is decreasing.
It is not clear from the article, however, whether elephants without tusks are being born more frequently these days or whether it is simply that hunters have no interest in hunting a beast that provides no ivory.
It cannot be repeated often enough that this process is not evolution. The creatures started out as elephants. At the end of the process, they are still elephants, designed for their life by God.
At the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama, top denominational leaders donned long-haired wigs and performed Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” (video) for the pleasure of the thousands of SBC pastors in attendance. The Lynyrd Skynyrd wannabes were Kevin Ezell, president of the SBC mission board, Ronnie Floyd, former SBC president and current president of the SBC Executive Committee, Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board, Jamie Dew, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Adam Greenway, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. There is nothing godly or morally innocent about Lynyrd Skynyrd. Since their debut album in 1973, they have stood for rebellion and moral license. The main message is “live as you please,” which is to shake one’s fist at Almighty God and His holy laws. The band was named to mock a former gym teacher, Leonard Skinner, who had talked to the band members about their long hair and rebellious attitudes. The nearly meaningless song “Sweet Home Alabama” uses the name of the Lord in vain multiple times. Not to be outdone, SBC President J.D. Greear danced onstage with two other men to Whitney Houston’s filthy “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” during a youth event. The crowd “laughed and cheered” to this wicked performance. One viewer described it as follows: “Much of the dancing is sexualized, and one of the males portrays an effeminate male kneeling and dancing in submission to JD [Greear] while singing ‘when the night falls loneliness calls; oh! I wanna dance with somebody. I want to feel the heat with somebody.’ Seriously, why would two ministers be doing this?” Why? 2 Timothy 4:3-4 answers that, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
SBC staff performing “Sweet Home Alabama”
(Friday Church News Notes, June 21, 2019, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“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.”
A recent article in New Scientist claimed that “Evolution is making us sick”. The article’s author boldly proclaimed, “Evolution is behind the resurgence of head lice, bedbugs, rats and more.” We have already discussed the specific example of antibiotic resistance in a previous Creation Moment, but the New Scientist article broadens out that concept, saying, “Almost as soon as we started using penicillin to treat infections, DDT to kill mosquitoes and herbicides to destroy weeds, resistance began to emerge. The reason is simple: when we try to wipe out pests and pathogens, we put huge pressure on them to evolve or die.”
The article is, in fact, a lengthy example of the logical fallacy known as equivocation. This is where different meanings of the same word or phrase are deliberately confused. When we are referring to Darwinian evolution, we are talking about the spontaneous increase in information, which they claim has allowed, for example, ancestors of the apes to evolve into humans. But change due to external pressures, where certain traits are selected from a range of possible traits, is not Darwinian evolution. No example of such evolution is actually available. Adaptation and even speciation are observed facts. Not so with Darwinian evolution.
So, the author, in describing how the problems of sickness are being tackled, does not see the irony when he states, “Biologists are creating new ‘anti-evolution’ super-weapons.” In so doing, these biologists undermine the supposition of evolution.
The 2019 annual Southern Baptist Convention was held in Birmingham, Alabama, June 11-12. There were 8,183 messengers from associated churches (meaning churches that contribute to the SBC Cooperation Program). “Southern Baptists acted in support of sexual abuse survivors, embraced ethnic and gender diversity and rallied around the Great Commission” (“Wrap-up: SBC supports survivors, embraced diversity,” Baptist Press, June 13, 2019). An amendment was approved stating that sexual abuse is grounds for a church to be deemed “not in friendly cooperation” with the convention. Recent reports have found evidence of cover ups of sexual abuse in Southern Baptist congregations, and the Convention is trying to deal with it. But they are dealing with it in a typically ineffectual denominational way which fails to address the root causes, which are rampant unregeneracy, terrible worldliness, lack of courageous pastoral leadership, lack of serious discipleship, frightful biblical ignorance, and near nonexistence of church discipline. Sexual abuse aside, thinking back on my childhood and youth in Southern Baptist churches, it is clear that I was terribly abused. I was abused by pastors who didn’t preach the whole counsel of God, who didn’t rebuke sin forthrightly and didn’t warn of error plainly, seemingly fearing man more than God, who didn’t exercise discipline, who received people into the membership who had absolutely no intention of being faithful disciples of Christ, therefore polluting and weakening the spiritual atmosphere of the assembly, who let the deacons and their wives run the church, who didn’t deal with me wisely and carefully about being born again, instead, accepting a flimsy profession as salvation and receiving me into church membership when there was zero evidence that I had been converted, who didn’t teach me how to be a serious Bible student and failed, therefore, to introduce me into the unspeakable beauty of God’s infinite Word (the Bible seemed, rather, to be a bunch of old stories that were irrelevant to my life), who depended on weak denominational literature instead of teaching the pure Word of God and all of the Word of God, who never supported a real foreign missionary and never even introduced us to one, leaving that business to a faceless denomination, who didn’t preach separation from the world, who allowed worldliness to run rampant among the youth--the youth who attended Sunday services but spent Saturday nights at rock & roll dances and drinking parties. This is wretched abuse. While I can’t blame my foolishness and rebellion on a church, there can be no doubt that a more biblical kind of church could have had a great influence on me for good.
(Friday Church News Notes, June 21, 2019, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
A friend of mine went into the hospital recently for a fairly serious but routine operation on his heart. He has now recovered well, but his recovery was severely hindered by the fact that he got an infection with the bacteria MRSA. This is a very difficult bacterium with which to deal because it has become resistant to most forms of antibiotic. Evolutionists point to this development of antibiotic resistance in organisms like MRSA as an example of modern-day, observable evolution. In popular conversation, bacteria with antibiotic resistance are known as superbugs. So have superbugs really evolved antibiotic resistance?
The answer to the question depends on your definition of evolution. Biological evolution requires a mutation producing new genetic information rather than simply selecting from what is already present.
Many bacteria have little pumps which enable external materials to be taken into the organism. These pumps will also sweep antibiotics in which destroy the bacteria. But MRSA has developed a mutation which renders these pumps ineffective. Materials are not swept in, so the antibiotics do not affect it. But this is a defective mutation. It also inhibits the bacterium’s ability to compete with other bacteria. They cause problems in hospitals precisely because antibiotics have killed off all the bacteria which do not have the mutation. Therefore, the bacteria remaining in hospitals are defective mutants. This is not, therefore, an example of evolution. Darwinian evolution is supposed to provide an uphill path for better organisms. Antibiotic resistance is the exact opposite of that.
“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Ti. 1:17). The context is Christ. Christ is mentioned in verses 12, 14, 15, and 16. Therefore, verse 17 is a doxology of Christ. It is a doxology of God with the focus on Christ. The word “eternal” is the Greek aion, which refers to ages both of space and of time. The world system, the universe, was made as the sphere for the working out of God’s eternal purposes. Christ created the aions (Heb. 1:2), and He sits as King over them (1 Ti. 1:17). Aion is often translated “world,” but it is also translated “age” (Eph. 2:7; Col. 1:26) and “forever” (most often referring to God and Christ) (Joh. 12:34; 14:16; Ro. 9:5; 11:36; 16:27; 2 Co. 11:31; Ga. 1:5; Php. 4:20; 1 Ti. 1:17; 2 Ti. 4:18; Heb. 1:8; 5:6; 7:24; 13:8; 1 Pe. 5:11; 2 Pe. 3:18; Jude 1:25; Re. 1:6, 18; 4:9, 10; 5:14; 7:12; 10:6; 15:7). The eternal aions also refer to the Word of God. In 1 Pe. 1:23, 25, we are told that the Word of God “liveth and abideth for ever” and “endureth for ever.” This is eis aion, or into the ages. The eternal torment of the unsaved is said to be eis aion aion (Re. 14:11; 20:10), a most fearful concept. In the following verses, aion seems to have the dual meaning of world (physical) and of age (Ac. 15:18; 1 Co. 2:7-8; 3:18; Eph. 4:4; Ga. 1:4; Eph. 1:21; 3:9; 1 Ti. 6:17; 2 Ti. 4:12; Tit. 2:12). The ultimate goal of the aions is described in Ephesians 1:10, “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.” The word “time” here is the same concept as “age.” Note in Ephesians 1:10 that there are “times,” plural. There are past aions (Col. 1:26), the present aion, and aions to come (Eph. 1:21; 2:7; Heb. 6:5). In Eph. 3:21, “world without end” is aion aion. In brief, aion refers both to the physical universe and to the time universe. Aion refers to worlds of matter and to the worlds of time. The physical universe is the realm or sphere in which God’s plan for the aions take places. The present heaven and earth is the sphere of the past and present ages, while the new heaven and new earth will be the sphere of the ages to come. Christ is King of the aions.
(Friday Church News Notes, June 14, 2019, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“Church membership has plummeted in the last two decades by nearly twenty percent. Across the United States, now, only fifty percent of U.S. adults belong to a church and or a religious institution. Further, demographically, the drop was recorded highest among Democrats and Hispanics. Throughout the twentieth century, church and/or religious membership hovered around seventy percent, with the last recording of such in 1999. Meanwhile, the number of persons with no religious affiliation jumped from eight percent to nineteen percent. The new Gallup findings underscore a generational dynamic. Among Americans 65 and older, church membership in 2016-2018 averaged 64% percent, compared to 41% among those aged 18-29.”
“Poll: Church Membership Dropped,” Brown’s Newsletter, April 2019
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”
Evolutionists and deep-time geologists assume that the most powerful weapon in their armory is the Geologic Record. After all, it must be true, mustn’t it, that the lower levels of rocks are older than the higher levels? So the animals represented by the fossils in lower levels must have lived on Earth in an era before the eras represented by fossils in higher levels. The logic used by evolutionary geologists and biologists is as follows: If organisms evolved over millions of years, we would expect to find fossils of earlier creatures in lower layers. What they fail to notice is that this is not a sound logical argument because the possible causes of the layers of rocks, containing different fossils, are plural. Several explanations can be devised which would lead to the same outcome. Therefore, the outcome observed cannot be used to attempt to prove the one possible cause that we favor.
Creationists believe that the overwhelming majority of fossils were formed during the worldwide Flood. But this Flood would not have killed creatures randomly. Since our best Flood model suggests that there was only one continent, Rodinia, before the Flood, then the rising floodwaters would have reached creatures living near the Rodinian coast first. So the fact that dinosaur and gymnosperm fossils appear in lower levels in the Geologic Column could be because those organisms lived nearer the coast. Therefore, the geologic levels reflect environments and ecosystems of the pre-Flood world, not millions of years.
“China’s state-run newspaper Global Times revealed in a column defending the nation’s authoritarian ‘social credit system’ Monday that the communist regime had blacklisted 13.49 million Chinese citizens for being ‘untrustworthy.’ The article did not specify what these individuals did to find themselves on the list, though the regime has revealed the system assigns a numerical score to every Chinese citizen based on how much the Communist Party approves of his or her behavior. Anything from jaywalking and walking a dog without a leash to criticizing the government on the internet to more serious, violent, and corrupt crimes can hurt a person’s score. The consequences of a low credit score vary, but most commonly appear to be travel restrictions at the moment. China is set to complete the implementation of the system in the country in 2020. As the date approaches, the government’s propaganda arms have escalated its promotion as necessary to live in a civilized society. ‘As of March, 13.49 million individuals have been classified as untrustworthy and rejected access to 20.47 million plane tickets and 5.71 million high-speed train tickets for being dishonest,’ the Global Times reported, citing the government’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Among the new examples the newspaper highlights as dishonest behavior are failing to pay municipal parking fees, ‘eating on the train,’ and changing jobs with ‘malicious intent.’ In addition to limited access to travel, another punishment the Chinese government rolled out in March was the use of an embarrassing ringtone to alert individuals of a low-credit person in their midst. The ringtone would tell those around a person with low credit to be ‘careful in their business dealings’ with them. In the system, all public behavior, the Global Times explained Monday, will be divided into ‘administrative affairs, commercial activities, social behavior, and the judicial system’ once the system is complete. No action will be too small to impact the score. Using the nominally private corporation ZTE, China sold a version of its credit system to socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. The system would reportedly work through the already established ‘Fatherland Card, a ration card used to distribute food and medicine to Maduro’s supporters. Anyone who indicated opposition to the regime put their food supply at risk. With ZTE technology, the ‘Fatherland Card’ can track the purchases and real-time locations of any Venezuelan.”
“China: Social Credit System,” Breitbart, May 14, 2019
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
Every so often, popular science news magazines and websites start to talk about new species of supposed hominins. In a recent report, the ScienceDaily website advanced the conjecture that, until 40,000 years ago, there were two other groups of hominins in Eurasia – the Neanderthals in the West and the Denisovans in the East. We have discussed both of these groups many times before in Creation Moments and have consistently concluded that both groups were, in fact, fully human, not actually being any different from modern humans.
Many remains have been found in the Denisova Cave in Russia. One recently found bone fragment appears to be of a 13-year-old individual. It was possible to take DNA analysis of the bone, and this research suggested that the child had a Denisovan father, but that the child’s mother was Neanderthal.
This is, of course, an intriguing find for paleontologists. Evolutionary scientists have already suggested that Denisovans had interbred with homo sapiens and that there had also been interbreeding between “modern” humans and Neanderthals. Our conclusion, as creationists, had been that this was entirely to be expected, given that we do not accept that there were ever differing species of humans. Therefore, all Neanderthals and all Denisovans were, in fact, “modern” humans, and all, therefore, descended from Adam and Eve. A confirmed interbreeding between Neanderthals and Denisovans is entirely consistent with our biblical understanding of the whole history of the human race, all of which was created in the image of God.
“President Trump ruffled feathers on both sides of the political aisle when he tweeted his support for LGBT Pride Month. On Friday afternoon, the president tweeted, ‘As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. My administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!’ President Trump pledged on the campaign trail to focus on LGBT issues, showing himself to be the most friendly towards LGBT issues of any of the Republican candidates. In February, he appointed Ric Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany, to lead the Administration’s efforts to encourage other countries to decriminalize homosexuality. American Family Association President Tim Wildmon said, ‘Homosexuality is not something the president should celebrate. It’s unnatural, unhealthy and immoral behavior. We hope he will continue to stand firm against the so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5) and any legislation that threatens religious freedom. Such legislation will use the full force of the federal government to punish Americans who don’t embrace the LGBT political agenda.’”
“Trump Becomes First,” Christian Headlines, June 5, 2019