The Fossil Record -- Part 1 & 2 -- By Daniel Meinsen
One of my favorite proofs for the Genesis account is the fossil record. The fossil record is totally unlike what evolutionists say it should look like. In this article, I will give you some idea on how fossils are formed and how they are found.
There are always two sides to a story. Such is the case on the formation of fossils; the evolutionary side, and the creation side. Evolutionists say that dead animals were gradually covered by silt. But what happens to a carcass when it is left alone? It rots. There is no sign of decay on fossils. If there was, then there would be some credibility to the evolutionary story. But there isn't.
The creation story requires us to first read Genesis 6:17. God said, "And behold, I myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die." That accounts for the number of fossils
Making fossils requires a few different ingredients. I have heard many different theories. But one ingredient most everyone agrees on is water. Noah's flood had a lot of water.
Fossils, when they are found, need to be dug up in a certain way. Scientists known as paleontologists are trained to remove fossils and set them up. They first excavate the fossil area while they take detailed notes and pictures from all angles. They then make a plaster jacket for larger and more delicate fossils. Then they take them to a lab to study them and make models of them. Later, the models are put on display in a museum! (Very rarely are the real fossils on display.) Be sure to read Part 2 in next month's issue about what the geologic column looks like and what both evolutionists and creationists say it should look like. Find out what it really has to say on the origin of life!
One of my favorite proofs for the Genesis account is the fossil record. The fossil record is totally unlike what evolutionists say it should look like. This article is about what the geologic column looks like and what both evolutionists and creationists say it should look like.
Creationism says the geologic column should have a sudden explosion of highly formed, complex life (creation). Animals are in their highest form, and they stay the same throughout the fossil record. There may be different animals in every layer, but it does not show an evolutionary chain.
Evolutionism says there is a gradual increase in life. Animals change throughout time. There are half and half creatures that are “missing links”. Animals are more complex on the top layers and simple on the bottom. There is a big evolutionary chain.
The fossil record shows that there is an explosion of life (called the Cambrian Explosion by evolutionists). Animals do stay the same. Complex forms are found throughout the column. For example, the trilobite (found in the lower levels) has a very complex eye. Listen to what evolutionists say about it. "Because these primitive arthropods were typical organisms of the Paleozoic era, a paleontologist may use them to determine the relative age of the rock strata." Isn't it funny that this "primitive" creature has the most complicated eye in creation?
There are not missing links. There have been many proposed, but they have all been proven false. Let's look at some different ones proposed. My favorite is Nebraska Man (supposedly an early human). Researchers found a single tooth and used it to create a whole missing link. It was, of course, found to be false. This tooth was from an extinct pig! The famous Lucy (thought to be an early human female), also, has been proven false. It was found that Lucy was, in fact, simply a male creature similar to a chimpanzee! Even Donald Johanson, the finder of Lucy, has admitted it to be false!
Many evolutionists know that fossils and the geologic column are a great tool for disproving evolution. If you need some quick information to show evolutionists what the truth is, use what you have learned in this article!
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An Eye for an Eye, and A Tooth for A Tooth -- By Aaron Tovar
What are vestigial organs? According to the internet-based Wikipedia Encyclopedia, vestigial organs are, “anatomical structures of organisms in a species which are considered to have lost much of their original structures through evolution”. Evolutionists have compiled a list of so-called vestigial organs in the human body including the Plica Semilunaris and wisdom teeth.
The Plica Semilunaris is an organ near your eye which produces mucus that when dry is known as “sleep”. Evolutionists say that the Plica Semilunaris is a remnant of a third eyelid which is found in fish and birds. These creatures use the third eyelid as a cover over their eyes like contacts. Supposedly, we lost use of it because we didn’t fly or live in water anymore.
However the Plica Semilunaris does have a purpose. It produces mucus to capture dirt and foreign objects that get into the eyes. There’s nothing vestigial about them. They help keep your eyes clean and healthy.
The wisdom teeth are the third molars in the adult human mouth. They usually come out at the age of 17-21. According to evolutionists, our prehistoric ancestors used the wisdom teeth to help grind plant fibers when they were herbivores. When these ancestors became omnivores (both plant and meat-eating animals) they didn’t need that third molar because they didn’t eat as much vegetation.
Oftentimes the wisdom teeth crowd the other teeth causing mouth infections, bad breath and the need for expensive dental work. It is true that sometimes wisdom teeth can cause problems but the reason is because the area of the jaw bone is too small to accommodate the third molar. This causes the wisdom teeth to come out wrong. If evolution were true we would all be growing bigger jaw bones to accommodate the wisdom teeth or not growing any more wisdom teeth at all.
There are many so-called vestigial organs such as the Plica Semilunaris and wisdom teeth. But we all know that they serve a purpose. God doesn’t create anything without a purpose to it.
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Unga Bunga -- By Daniel Tovar
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
Most of you have seen a drawing of “cave men”, how they carried a club, lived in caves and talked in unintelligible grunts (ugh!). They are depicted as dumb, mindless, half-human and half-monkey creatures. Evolutionists say 28 million years ago, one of our monkey ancestors “adapted” to walking upright and have now evolved into Homo sapiens.
Atheists have collected “missing links” to “prove” their theory. The Neanderthal man is one of them. They were depicted as the typical “cave men” but after further study, they found out that he actually walked erect and even had a bigger brain than “modern” humans. Why were they depicted as hunched over gorilla people? Because the bones of one find had been deformed by old age and arthritis!
Another popular “missing link” is Java man. Scientists discovered only four fossils: two teeth, a femur and a scull cap. It was thought that he was a member of Homo erectus. However, further examination showed that the scull cap was that of a monkey, the teeth and femur were human.
There are many more alleged “missing links” but they have been found to be misconceptions or hoaxes, not an in-between creature. Even so there are still evolutionists that believe in this theory. There are even those who try to combine this idea with the creation account in Genesis. This idea is so disgusting because it brings man down to the level of an animal and implies that God is imperfect. They say God didn’t create man; He just made a monkey that was imperfect and needed evolution to make it better. This is completely contradictory to the Bible. In Genesis 1:31 God said to reproduce after their own kind; not make a new animal every few million years.
The fact of the matter is God made humans to be humans, not unfinished monkeys that evolved into humans. He didn’t need that. God is perfect. He created us perfectly and we were made in His image.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
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The Flood: Did it Really Happen? - Parts 1, 2, & 3-- By Daniel Tovar
Many scientists have said that Noah’s Flood could not have happened and that it is just a legend or a myth to teach us a lesson. I agree with them on one point. It does teach us the faithfulness and righteousness of Noah, but I don’t agree that it never happened. Besides the hundreds of flood legends around the globe, there is scientific proof for the Biblical account of Noah.
The strongest evidence for the Biblical Flood is the fossil record. Evolutionists say the fossil record proves their theory but reality is quite the opposite. You may have heard of dinosaur graveyards and the quantity of fossils in those areas. What could have caused all these dinosaurs to be piled up in a jumble? Water! Water is an amazing force; just six inches of moving water can push a car off the road! When the Flood waters burst forth from the ground (Genesis 7:11), they pushed all those animals into special areas across the world. While they were being jumbled together by the monstrous power of water, they were also being covered by sediments. The weight of the water caused pressure and heat. Those animals turned into fossils!
A great example is the discovery of marine fossils found on mountaintops! How did they get there? The Bible has the answer. In Genesis 7:20 Moses wrote, “The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet.” The Flood waters caused even aquatic creatures to be covered by dirt and those creatures turned into fossils. Once the waters receded, the evidence was left on the mountaintops for future generations to discover.
Another interesting piece of evidence is coal, a fossil fuel. Coal forms from dead plants that are buried quickly. These buried, decomposing plants, called peat, under the pressure of the water that covered them, transformed into coal. Evolutionists say that this process takes millions of years but it can actually take just a few years! In Germany, near Freiberg, a wooden railroad bridge was going to be replaced with a steel bridge. The wood that had supported the bridge had turned partially into coal! This bridge was not millions of years old. What does this mean? It means that coal doesn’t take millions of years to form. For there to be coal deposits all over the world there must have been a cataclysmic event that covered millions of plants very quickly. What greater occurrence than the Flood could explain such an event?!
With these evidences we may conclude that there was a sudden cataclysmic event that involved water. We can safely say that the Genesis Flood was the cause. This idea goes completely against the evolutionary foundation. Once you take away the millions of years for the fossils to form, their theory crumbles.
Let’s look at what ancient man has to say about the Flood. In Mexico, the Toltecs had an amazing legend about the Flood. They said that 1,716 years after the first world was created there was a great flood. It destroyed the first world but a few people escaped in a “toptlipetlocali” meaning a closed chest. After the flood the survivors wandered the Earth until they found a location to build a “zacuali”, a high tower. During the time of the “zacuali” the languages were confused and the people separated to different parts of the world. Does this story sound familiar to you? It sounds like the Genesis Flood (Genesis 6-8)and the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-4).
The Gilgamesh Epic has a flood legend that closely resembles the Biblical account. In this Babylonian legend, Gilgamesh meets an aged man, Utnapishtim. This old man told Gilgamesh how one of the gods said to him that a flood was coming and to build a boat to save his family. He did as he was told and covered the boat with pitch (a tar-like substance that keeps water out). He gathered all kinds of animals and stocked up on provisions. After the preparations had been made, he and his family entered the boat. The flood lasted six days and six nights. After the flood, they landed on Mount Niser. Seven days later Utnapishtim sent out a dove to see if the land was dry, but the dove returned. He sent a swallow, but it also returned. Finally he sent a raven and it never returned. Utnapishtim and his family left the boat and sacrificed to their gods. This story is very similar to the Genesis account.
In China there is another version of the world-wide Flood. It comes from the Nosu people. In their legend, God sends a messenger to warn three brothers that a flood was eminent. The youngest, Dum, was the only brother that listened. He built a wooden boat and about twenty days later the flood waters came. Dum was saved and the boat landed on the mountains of Tibet. He had three sons that repopulated the Earth. Amazingly, the Mandarin (Chinese language) character for boat is made up of three symbols; vessel, eight and people!
Many atheists say ancient man could not have possibly known about the Flood, that they were just too ignorant and unintelligent. However, archaeological finds have shown that man was quite sophisticated, even before the time of Christ. For example, the Mayans were extremely skilled in astronomy. They calculated that Earth’s year was 365.2420 days and that the orbit of Venus is 584 days long. Today, with modern equipment, we have calculated the Earth’s year is 365.2422 days long and that the orbit of Venus is 583.92 days long. They were only off by less than 1/10 of a day! Such precision requires an intelligent people.
An ancient discovery dating back 2500 B.C. was found in Mesopotamia. It was a ceramic jar with a copper cylinder hanging from the jar’s mouth into the center of the jar. Placed inside the cylinder was an iron core. When grape juice was put in the jar it produced an electric current of one and one half volts! This apparatus needed an intelligent being to invent it. That intelligent being was man.
The ruins of Baalbek, Lebanon date back before the ancient Romans. The stone needed for this temple was quarried 3/4 mile away. Well, it isn’t that hard to carry bricks that distance, but how about a slab of rock that weighed about 1,200 tons ?! Even with today’s high-tech equipment we cannot fathom how they transported that rock.
Looking at just these three examples we find that ancient man was very intelligent. It is as Solomon said, “That which has been is what will be; that which is done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Clearly the evidence leads us to a conclusion. First, the Biblical Flood occurred and second, man was smart enough to record it. We can be confident in knowing that the answers in the Bible coincide perfectly with scientific evidence.
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The Christian Principals of the Constitution - Parts 1 &2 -- By Jessica Currier
In this perverse generation, society has made clear its goal: permissiveness. Permissiveness has slowly filtrated into the lives of many individuals, turning them away from Christian morals. The result of such a lifestyle has allowed the banning of prayer from public schools, the removal of symbolic statues, and threats to the Christian community with personal vendettas. Christians are facing difficult times because of the attitudes of atheists. Yet, atheists are living under the false assumption that our country was created through a mere gathering of brilliant minds and that they were not indivisible under God. However, history presents three characteristics which act as evidence to prove that our founding fathers based the Constitution upon Christian principles.
The first characteristic concerns Christian principles. Christian principles are our heritage; they have defined our society. For example, at one meeting in which the founding fathers were arguing over the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin stood up and suggested to the men that they pray to the Father of Lights (referring to James 1:17) for wisdom and understanding. As a result of that one act, prayer before a congressional meeting is still held today. We have also inherited Christian principles through our legal system. For instance, each state has a State Constitution (with the exception of 5), yet in each preamble there are references made to God and our reliance on Him. Also, the first Amendment speaks of Christian principles by making sure that no Christian denomination is singled out and that the government should not stop the open practice of Christianity. Our Christian principles have been defined for us in the Constitution over 200 years ago. We must actively avoid permissiveness and knowingly choose to live by them today.
The second characteristic that proves our Constitution was based on Christian principles is that our founding fathers were Christians. The founding fathers were constantly exposed to Christianity as we can see through their speech; therefore it would make sense that they would incorporate their Christian values into their government. In George Washington’s farewell address he explained that rationality cannot prevail without Christian principles. If one separates church and state there will be national problems. Charles Carroll, a signer of the Constitution, stated, “Decrying Christianity undermines the solid foundation of morals.” William Ellery, signer of the Constitution, declared, “Christianizing the Heathen world would produce peace.” All of the founding fathers believed anyone going against Christianity would undermine the government; they knew a good government would only prosper if based upon Christianity.
The third characteristic proves that the Constitution was based on Christian principles because the Bible is our founding document. In the 1980’s a group of historians gathered together to identify the source or sources of the founding fathers’ ideas. For their research they gathered 15,000 speeches and records of congressional meeting discussions. They published their findings in a book called The Origins of the American Constitution and in this book they said the Bible was quoted more than any other document. The Constitution, the Amendments, and the Bill of Rights are all laden with references to the Bible. The Bible was a major part of their lives so wouldn’t it make sense that they included Christianity into something that was not only important to them, but to generations to come?
Our founding fathers understood that for our nation to prosper and withstand the test of time, it needed to be led by more than just a physical being, but under the guidance of God.
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The Creation Week -- By Rebekah Meinsen
I have known of some people that are strong Christians, but believe that God used evolution to make the world, or that He made it in millions of years. That is not the case. In this article we will look at some of the many scientific reasons that the whole world was made in one week, and some of the more spiritual reasons, also.
The first proof we will look at is plants. God made some wonderful plants! Although He made a few that eat insects, most plants make their own food by using a process called photosynthesis. There is another process they use called the respiration cycle. A simple explanation is the plants take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen, and humans take in oxygen and give out carbon dioxide. Humans and plants rely on each other. Plants could go for a couple of days without humans breathing carbon dioxide, but not for millions of years! If God did make evolution happen, then plants would’ve gone extinct without carbon dioxide, and when humans came into existence, they would’ve all died without the plants to give them oxygen
Evolution says that reptiles evolved into birds, but the Genesis account says that birds were made first. This also shows that God did not use evolution to make the earth.
One argument theistic evolutionists use is the stars. It takes a very long time for star light to get to the earth, so they say it couldn’t have happened in one week. This argument is faulty because God made trees, animals, and humans fully mature. It stands to reason that He made the stars that way also, with the light already reaching the earth!
Some people say that in Genesis when the Bible says one week, it does not mean one literal week but millions of years. God cannot lie, so when He says, “And the evening and the morning were the first day”, how can we say that God meant millions of years?
Another problem with this theory is that if we are not taking the creation week literally, then do we have to take anything in the Bible literally? Did Moses hold up his rod for a million years, or a day, like the Bible says? Were the children of Israel wandering in the desert for 40 million years, or 40 years? And worse yet, was Jesus in the tomb for 3 million years? Of course not! He arose on the third day, and later ascended to heaven. Now He reigns there with His father, and They love us more than anyone could imagine! Just like the Bible says.
All of these proofs and people still believe that God used evolution to make the earth? Think about it. Over the last year The Creation Chronicle has reported numerous proofs refuting the theory of evolution. If we showed every issue to every evolutionist, I can safely say that most of them would ignore all these proofs of a loving God. For me, just looking at my goofy dog is proof enough of an intelligent creator!
No matter how black and white it seems to us, some people don’t understand, and a lot of them don’t want to understand. The only thing that we can do is keep going, and reach out to people who don’t know about the God who made the world in six days.
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Hell Creek's T-Rex -- By Daniel Tovar
In November 2005, there was an extraordinary find. In Hell Creek, Montana, a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil was found. This dinosaur was huge and because of the excavation site's remote location, paleontologists needed a helicopter to move the fossils. However, the thigh bone of the T-Rex was so big it could not fit inside the helicopter! They had to break the bone in half. When they reached the laboratory, the scientists found blood vessels, bone cells and possibly intact blood cells with their nuclei, inside the bone! Team leader, Mary Schweitzer of North Carolina State University said, “The tissues are still soft, transparent and flexible, and we can manipulate the vessels with our probe.”
According to evolutionists, the T-Rex died out around 60 million years ago. If so, how did those tissues stay flexible; not rotting or becoming fossilized? The only answer is that the T-Rex was not that old! This coincides with the Biblical record of a young earth.
With all this evidence why do evolutionists still believe their false teachings? D.M.S. Watson answers it this way, “The theory of evolution is universally accepted not because it can be proved true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible!” God also has an answer, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21) God knew there would be men like D.M.S. Watson who would see evidence like the T-Rex at Hell Creek and would still “exchange the truth of God for a lie!” (Romans 1:25).
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Trick or Truth -- By Alissa Buckner
In Exodus 7 we read the story of how Aaron threw his rod down and it became a snake, and Pharaoh’s magicians did the same. The Biblical account is:
“So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts.” Exodus 7:10-11
How could the magicians have the power to repeat the miraculous sign from God? The Bible doesn’t give great detail, but clues tell us this was just an illusion.
Many Egyptian paintings and pottery show snakes and their connection to snake charmers and magicians. One common trick a handler would use was to press below the neck of certain snakes to “paralyze” them, making them stiff and rod like (as stated in the November issue of Discovery magazine).
This could have been what the Egyptian magicians used to try to fool Moses and Aaron.
This poor imitation of the miracle Moses and Aaron performed proves the awesome power of our God. God revealed his power by causing Aaron’s staff to eat the magicians’ snakes (Exodus 7:12). Remember, God’s power is greater than that which any magician could ever hope to have.
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The Creation Museum -- By Daniel and Rebekah Meinsen
A few months ago we had the privilege of going to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. This museum was built and is now run by the company Answers in Genesis, and opened just this year. To make this experience real for those of you who may not be able to go, we tried to put this article together in an exciting way, with many photographs. Though the correct plan of salvation was not presented at the museum, it is an excellent tool to help you convert the unbeliever, especially evolutionists.
After you buy your tickets, you walk into a room with moving dinosaurs that are eating. It really gives you a feel for what dinosaurs could have been like, instead of just vicious killers. Two of the dinosaurs are small Velociraptors, (which are normally portrayed as terrible meat-eaters) and have children playing right beside them. In that same room there is an entrance to two different theatres.
Let’s go into the planetarium first. In the theatre, you sit down in chairs that tilt backwards so you can look up and feel as if you are looking into the sky. The show takes you on a tour of the universe, or what we know of it. The nearest star besides the sun is farther away from us then anything we can comprehend. It shows us that God is bigger than the universe. The part that we know of the universe which seems so big is not even a fraction of what is out there. When you see how big God’s creation is, it shows how big and powerful He is, which in turn helps you understand the magnitude of His love.
The other presentation is called the Men in White Special Effects Theatre. The story involves a young lady who is questioning her faith in God. Two angels come down and help her refute evolution. The point of it is to lighten the mood, but also to build faith.
Once you are finished with the two theatres, you go into the beginning of the museum. The first part is about geological formations. There are exhibits on the Grand Canyon and Mount St. Helens that tell how they were rapidly formed, which shows creation. The next few rooms are about dinosaurs and show a dinosaur dig. This is a major launching point for the whole museum, because it shows how you can look at the same evidence and come to different conclusions, depending on your initial beliefs.
The next section is the history of the early church, and then the reformation, with Martin Luther. It also shows the Scopes Monkey trial, and how from there on, America started to turn towards evolution. The museum then shows all of the problems to which the teaching of evolution has contributed; families falling apart, young people falling away from the church, and other things. Once you see how bad it all is, you are pleased to see that there is much more to the story.
You then enter a theatre where there is a visual “reading” of Genesis Chapter One. The next room is full of videos of animals and other parts of God’s creation. Before you leave the room, there is a poster with all of God’s names on it that reminds you of how powerful He is.
The Garden of Eden is next. It is really beautiful because it shows what the world could have been like before sin. As you walk through it, you see Adam and Eve in many different scenes. The last scene shows a serpent watching them. As you walk through the next dark passageway you see the serpent. After that, you see the result of sin: sacrifices, labor, pain, and eventually the first murder. The next rooms show the building of the ark. That is a really interesting room because you can hear the conversation of the workers and go inside a large model of part of the ark. The next room is about the flood. There are small replicas of the ark, and how it might have looked during the different stages of the flood. A video shows what it could have been like when the flood waters were rising on the earth. You can see the people when they ran from the waters, and how it was no use.
There is a really great room about Geology with many fossils that were probably caused by the flood. There are other rooms showing post-flood events like the repopulation of the earth. The Tower of Babel is shown in a short film with exhibits in the next room.
The last part of the main tour is a film called “The Last Adam.” It is about how, before Jesus, there were sacrifices of animals, but none of them were good enough to save anyone from their sins. Then it shows how Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. At this point, they only present part of the true way to be saved.
The main tour is then over. There are still some dinosaur exhibits, and another film to watch. The film tells about how there are records of dinosaurs in history. They are called dragons, and there could be some truth involved in these legends. The next room is the Dinosaur Den. In that room there are some replicas of dinosaur skeletons, and some replicas of what they might have looked like.
The Creation Museum is a great way to learn about the Bible, and especially creation. It is nice to go to a museum where you aren’t bombarded with the false religion called evolution. We would encourage everyone who possibly can, to go to this wonderful museum!
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Venus Flytraps - By Isaac Tovar
A fly is looking for something to eat. It sees red on a leaf that has sweet nectar on it. The fly lands on the leaf touching two of the hairs on the leaf. The two leaves close on the fly. Tiny little teeth on the leaves make a prison for the fly. The fly tries to get out but the leaves close tighter and juice comes out. The more the fly tries to escape, the faster the acid is made. Then the fly stops moving. The Venus Flytrap is digesting the fly.
This carnivorous plant grows wild only in the bogs of North and South Carolina. Venus Flytraps grow by seed or by rhizomes. Rhizomes are roots that grow sideways in the ground making more Venus Flytraps. Venus Flytraps are rare in nature but you can grow them at your own house!
Venus Flytraps live in nitrogen-poor soil. All plants need nitrogen to be able to produce food. Venus Flytraps get their nitrogen by digesting insects.
According to the theory of evolution, millions of years ago there was this “soup” and from this “soup” came a single cell organism, which later became a Venus Flytrap. If the theory of evolution were true, the Venus Flytrap wouldn’t exist. Since all plants need nitrogen, and the Venus Flytrap lives in nitrogen-poor soil, if it realized it needed nitrogen it would be long dead before it could evolve ways to digest insects. Or perhaps it was an insect-eating creature that devolved into a plant! Ridiculous. The only logical way of explaining the existence of the Venus Flytrap is that there is an intelligent being that created and designed it.
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The Trials Of The Wright Brothers - By Isaac Tovar
In 1908, a man named Glenn Curtis was breaking the Wright brothers’ patent by making, selling and showing airplanes without paying the royalty. The Wright brothers sued Curtis because he did not pay the royalty fee. Wilbur Wright stayed in New York testifying against Curtis who broke the patent. Because of these legal matters, Wilbur didn’t get to fly for two years!
In the spring of 1912, Wilbur ate some contaminated shellfish and got typhoid fever. Wilbur’s body was physically exhausted from the legal battle so his body could not fight the disease. He got well enough to travel home to Dayton and it looked like he would make it but his body was too weak. Wilbur Wright died on May 30, 1912. He was forty-five years old when he died.
In 1914, two men; Albert Zahm and Glenn Curtis, said that the Wright brothers did not deserve full credit for inventing the first man-carrying aeroplane capable of sustained flight. They said that Samuel Langley’s aerodrome, which did an unsuccessful flight in 1903, (days before the Wright brothers first flight) could actually fly. The Smithsonian sponsored these men to reconstruct Langley’s aerodrome according to the original drawings but instead of making the aerodrome like Samuel had, they changed the engine. So the Smithsonian claimed Langley’s aerodrome was the first man-carrying aeroplane in history capable of sustained flight. Again, Orville was caught up in a legal battle.
Why would Albert Zahm and Glenn Curtis want to discredit the Wright brothers? Because Albert Zahm and Glenn Curtis wanted fame and money. The Wright brothers sacrificed what they loved, like flying, to fight for the truth.
When they got into those legal matters they were trying to defend their honor. Maybe if they had known that I Peter 3:16 says, “and keep a good conscience so that the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame,” they would have had peace. Even though Albert Zahm and Glenn Curtis accused the Wright brothers of not being the first people to make a man-carrying aeroplane capable of self-sustained flight, they knew that the Wright brothers deserved full credit.
Finally, in 1943, the Smithsonian found the differences in the aeroplane and the credit for the first flight was given to the Wright brothers.
No one has ever heard of Glenn Curtis or Albert Zahm. But everyone recognizes the names of two brothers; Orville and Wilbur Wright.
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Radiometric Dating - By Daniel Tovar
Editor’s Note: A reader recently requested we write an article on radiometric dating. If you would like for us to write an article on a specific subject please E-Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jim Meinsen.]
Many evolutionists claim that radiometric dating accurately dates ancient materials. Is this true? To answer this question one must understand how radiometric dating works.
Radiometric dating is based on the decay rate of certain unstable elements; uranium, carbon-14, potassium etc. One of the elements, uranium-238, is radioactive (unstable) and over a very long time this element breaks down (decays) into the stable element lead. In this example, the uranium is the parent element and the lead is the daughter element. The time it takes for the parent element to decay into its daughter element is based on the element’s half-life. A half-life is the amount of time it takes for half a sample of parent element to decay into its daughter element. It just so happens that the half-life of uranium is 4.5 billion years. So it would take 4.5 billion years for a pure uranium sample to decay into a sample that contained 50% uranium and 50% lead. All one has to do to calculate the age of a uranium sample is to see how much lead and how much uranium there is in the sample remembering the half-life for uranium is 4.5 billion years. However, there are a few assumptions one has to consider when dealing with any of the radiometric dating methods.
The first assumption evolutionists make is that the rate of decay has always been the same. Radiometric dating is based on the rate of decay of present day materials. We have no way of knowing if it was the same 100 years ago or 1000 years ago. If the rate of decay were different in the past then one cannot accurately date any object using radiometric dating methods.
Second, evolutionists assume that elements have not been affected by outside forces. In the case of uranium samples, no one knows if, over time, water seeped into the rock and took away some uranium or lead. No one knows if uranium or lead was added to the sample either. A scientist cannot say that these rocks are “closed systems”, where they are not affected by outside forces.
The third assumption is that there was no daughter element in the sample to begin with. When using radiometric dating methods, evolutionists have to assume, as in the case of uranium, that no lead was in the sample when the rock started aging. How can one be sure that no daughter element was there to begin with?
Besides these three major assumptions that cannot be proven, radiometric dating methods have another problem. The results given by the different methods, uranium-lead, carbon-14, potassium-argon, etc., vary greatly between each other. They have been known to differ by several hundred thousand years! On one occasion a basalt rock from Nigeria was tested using two different dating methods, potassium-argon and uranium-helium. The potassium-argon method gave the age of 95 million years for the rock and the uranium-helium method gave 750 million years. That’s a difference of 655 million years!
Another problem evolutionists face when dealing with radiometric dating is that the dates given by the radiometric dating methods differ greatly from known dates. For example, some rocks from Hawaii were dated by radiometric dating methods to be 3 million years old. However, those rocks were known to be only 200 years old!
Even though facts show that radiometric dating can’t be trusted, why do evolutionists still use it as a reliable way to date objects? The apostle Paul couldn’t have answered that question in a better way, “…their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…” Romans 1:21-22. Even though evolutionists know that their dating methods are faulty, they continue to use them. Not doing so would be to admit that there might be something faulty with their theory too.
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Why? - By Daniel Meinsen
For over a year and a half, we at the Creation Chronicle, have been producing this newsletter and talking about how creation is correct and how evolution is a theory with no evidence. Some readers may wonder why it is important whether or not we evolved. Does it matter? Why have we started this newsletter to prove that we did not evolve from single-celled blobs or that our close relatives are not monkeys? Why is it important that we did not evolve or that the days of creation are approximate 24 hour periods? Why is it important that archaeology matches the Bible or that many scientists believe in God? Why it is important that animals are too complex to have evolved? My colleagues have been doing an excellent job proving that evolution cannot be true. But why is it important? That is what I want to show you.
Evolution is a devious attack on Christianity. In Genesis 1:26-27 it says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” What God created to be man is what He made in His image. Listen to what Dr. Thompson says about theistic evolution in an article called, What's Wrong with Theistic Evolution?; “It is not always easy to provide a simple, comprehensive definition for theistic evolution because the concept is altered by its adherents to suit their own personal situations. Some, for example, would suggest that God created the initial building blocks of matter and then allowed the evolutionary process to take overincluding the spontaneous generation of life. Others contend that God created not only the primary building blocks of matter, but also life itself, and then placed into operation natural laws through which evolution operated over eons of time. Still others would argue that God not only created the building blocks and gave life a “push,” but actually intervened from time to time, even though evolution was the mode of operation.”
What God created was, according to theistic evolution, a single-celled amoeba. That is what was created in His likeness? Our all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipotent God is like a single-celled amoeba? Amoebas are considered the first step in the evolutionary chain. Here is what Jay Wile, author of my science curriculum, says about the amoeba. “These organisms do not have any defined shape. Instead, they exist as a ‘blob’ that is constantly changing its shape. The ‘arms’… are called pseudopods. In order to move, amoebas stretch a pseudopod out and force all of their cytoplasm into the pseudopod. By repeating this process several times, amoebas can slowly move from one place to another.” These things have no brain, and cannot think. How can theistic evolutionists think that God is like this? Some may say they don’t think this, and that these theistic evolutionists have the same picture of God as we do. Then, that means that they have not considered the evidence close enough. We must consider the evidence.
Another thing which does not make sense if evolution is true is the story of Adam and Eve. First, if there were other beings before Adam, he would not be the first man. If he is not the first man, then he is not the father of all mankind. Well, theistic evolutionists may say he was the first of the Homo Sapiens. But there is another problem. Eve’s origin wouldn’t make sense. She would be evolving along with Adam, not made out of his side. Some may say, “That is allegorical.” Then, what more of the Bible can someone decide is an allegory? The Ten Commandments? Jesus’ death and resurrection? When you say that a part of the Bible is an allegory, then you offer up the whole Bible for personal interpretation. Since we humans are imperfect, our personal interpretation will not be what God wants for our lives.
The most important reason why it is important we did not evolve is this: if we did, then the concept of sin is irrational. If we evolved, then creatures were living and dying before Adam ever sinned, which makes the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus irrational. If the resurrection of Jesus is irrational, then our faith, our beliefs, and our hope of eternal life are a total and complete fraud. The Word of God would then turn to the fallible words of man. These words cannot lead us to Heaven. Our salvation is lost. This is what happens if evolution is true. Evolution, though, is NOT true. Our eternal life with God is NOT a fraud.
I hope you see how much rests on whether or not we evolved. Our whole faith is at risk, so we must put down and destroy the notion that God created the first step in the evolutionary process, and began the evolutionary chain. It is simply not true, and we, at the Creation Chronicle, want to continue to help you see that evolution is NOT true.
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Expelled (Review) - By Daniel Tovar
Editor’s Note: The Creation Chronicle supports a literal understanding of the book of Genesis. Although this film promotes the theory of intelligent design, not creationism, it does bring to light the importance of freedom of speech and ideas and proper scientific method.
On April 18, 2008 a very controversial documentary was released in theatres. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, starring Ben Stein, had been promoted by Focus Press and others but had also been given negative reviews by the New York Times and others. How can a movie generate these two very different opinions? The documentary is about how the theory of intelligent design (ID) is not allowed as an alternative to the Darwinian theory of evolution. These two theories both try to explain how the universe and life came into existence. This subject is a very controversial topic in the scientific community.
Ben Stein had no idea that certain theories were censored. He said, “After all, we believe in a free society. This isn’t Nazi Germany. People are entitled to believe and say whatever they want…” That was until he met scientists that were “expelled” (fired, discriminated against and denied tenure or grants) for their questioning Darwinism or offering the theory of ID as a scientific explanation. Many of these people worked at universities and had been conducting scientific research. However, because of their professing to believe in ID or just following the evidence wherever it might lead, they were removed. The schools didn’t allow them the freedom of coming to an unbiased conclusion.
Apart from interviewing those that believe in ID, Mr. Ben also interviewed many prominent evolutionists. Mr. Stein couldn’t help but see problems with the theory of evolution. When asked about these problems, evolutionists couldn’t give Mr. Stein a straight answer. Ben Stein concluded that evolution wasn’t without flaws.
During Mr. Stein’s exploration of Darwinian evolution, he learned that the theory has affected society greatly, not just in science but in government and social philosophies as well. “Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit… Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:17, 20. Darwinian evolution has been used to justify many heinous acts toward our fellow man.
This factual and educational documentary lends insight into this controversial issue, the origins of the universe and life. In Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Ben Stein superbly shows what is happening in American society at this time. This is a thought-provoking film about freedom of speech and ideas, and real science versus dogmatic science.
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Were Our Founding Fathers Deists? - By Daniel Tovar
According to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia, and other numerous sources, many of our Founding Fathers were deists. Men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Is this true? To answer such a question one must understand what a deists is. The American Heritage Dictionary defines deism as “the belief, based solely on reason, in a God who created the universe and then abandoned it, assuming no control over life, exerting no influence on natural phenomena, and giving no supernatural revelation.” To believe in deism is to say that, “I believe in God but once He created the universe, He left it alone and there is no such thing as divine providence.” However, after inspecting what our Founding Fathers said we will easily conclude that men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were not deists.
Our first president, George Washington, was an incredible man. He knew that “of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of duties of men and citizens.” He understood that a nation can’t succeed without religion and morals. But, pray tell what religion? Christianity of course. “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” From what George Washington said, does it sound like he was a deist? Absolutely not! George Washington said to acknowledge God’s providence, a deist doesn’t believe in providence.
Another Founding Father who many claim was a deist is John Adams. Let us see what he had to say. “And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its Government and give it all possible success and duration consistent with the ends of His providence.” Who is the Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice and the Protector of virtuous liberty? God Almighty. Since John Adams believed in God’s Providence then he is obviously not a deist!
One of the least religious of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, is considered a deist but was actually a Christian. He said, “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truththat God governs in the affairs of men.” Benjamin Franklin just quoted Daniel 4:17, “That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men.” According to deism, God doesn’t meddle with the affairs of men. Since Benjamin Franklin claimed God governs in the affairs of man, it is plain to see that Benjamin Franklin was not a deist.
Last, but not least, we shall consider Thomas Jefferson. The Wikipedia Encyclopedia says that Thomas Jefferson’s religion was deism. However, Jefferson said, “And may that Infinite Power which rules the destinies of the universe lead our councils to what is best, and give them a favorable issue for your peace and prosperity.” From what Thomas Jefferson said we can see he believed in a Supreme Being, God, who rules the destinies of the universe. This way of thinking goes against the philosophy of deism.
When we encounter occasions such as these we may remember what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians; “Test everything. Hold on to the good.” (I Thessalonians 5:21) By inspecting what our Founding Fathers said we are testing whether or not they were deists. After close examination we can clearly see that the idea that our Founding Fathers were deists doesn’t pass the test. Our Founding Fathers were great Christians who understood the importance of God and His Providence.
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The Assyrians - By Isaac Tovar
The Assyrian empire came into being under the reign of Tiglath-pileser III who ruled from 745-727 B.C. The Assyrian capital was Assur. Many Biblical scholars believe it was named after Shem’s son, Asshur. Then the capital was switched to the city Ninevah that was built by the ungodly man Nimrod. Assyria’s empire stretched from the Fertile Crescent, present day Iraq, Syria and Israel, all the way down to Egypt.
The Assyrian language was called Akkadian. Akkadian was written by using the cuneiform writing system, which was written on clay tablets. As the empire grew, the Arabians became part of Assyria. Their language, which was Arabic, was adopted by Assyria around 750 B.C.
We know that the Assyrians have practiced at least two religions; Ashurism and Judaism. Assur, the chief false god of Ashurism, supposedly protected the city Asher. The book of Jonah talks about a man named Jonah who went to Ninevah to teach about God to the Assyrians. The Assyrians repented of their sins for a time.
In about 733 B.C., God used the Assyrian empire to judge the northern kingdom of Israel. The Israelites were worshiping idols and were not following the Lord. The Assyrians conquered all of Israel and sent them across all of Assyria and they never were able to return to Israel again. In Isaiah chapter 10:5-6 it says, “Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger and the staff in whose hand is my indignation, I send it against a godless nation and commission it against the people of my fury to capture booty and to seize plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets.” God used the Assyrians to help in his judgment of Israel. If the Israelites had worshiped God they would not have faced such an end.
So what happened to the Assyrians? Well they turned back to their idolatrous ways. The prophet Nahum prophesied the doom of the Assyrian empire “and it will come about that all who see you will shrink from you and say, ‘Nineveh is devastated!’…” Nahum 3:7a. In 612 B.C., the Babylonian empire defeated the Assyrian empire.
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The Little Grand Canyon - By Aaron Tovar
On the 18th of May 1980, an earthquake in Washington State caused a landslide that ripped the top off of Mount Saint Helens, causing it to erupt. When the volcano erupted it released tons of ash and debris and caused massive mudflows. Within a 70-mile radius it severely damaged life, habitats and killed 57 people. The eruption lasted from May 18th until October 18th. The estimated amount of energy released from the explosion is about 430 million tons of dynamite or approximately 33,000 atomic bombs. During the main stage of the eruption, the energy of an atomic bomb was released per second.
During the eruption there were times when the volcano released huge amounts of steam. This steam mixed with the ash and debris causing massive mudflows. These mudflows were very destructive causing much damage and flattening forests. When the mudflows finally stopped and settled, they went through a natural process and solidified. When excavators cut through the hardened mud, they noticed that the mud had formed sedimentary layers. Sedimentary layers are formed when mud is mixed with water and the heavier things sink to the bottom and the lighter things float to the top. When the mud had hardened it left layers of heavier and lighter debris. These sedimentary layers are also in the Grand Canyon and many other places around the world. Now what is so interesting is that according to evolutionists, it takes millions and millions of years for there to be sedimentary layers but what happened because of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens took only several weeks!
Another interesting point is that with the mudflows came erosion. When the mudflows flowed down Mount Saint Helens they eroded a canyon in only a few days! The canyon that was formed is now called “The Little Grand Canyon”. The reason for this is that at the deepest point of the canyon it is over 140 feet or about one fortieth that of the Grand Canyon! Now according to evolutionists it took millions of years for the Grand Canyon to be eroded by the little Colorado River but what happened at Mount Saint Helens shows that one-fortieth the size of the Grand Canyon can be eroded in a matter of days.
Like the Grand Canyon, at the bottom of the “Little Grand Canyon” is a river. If an evolutionist were to see this river and not know about Mount Saint Helens, he would most likely assume that it had taken millions of years for that little river to erode the canyon.
All of the sedimentary layers you see around the world are the results of floodwaters churning together dirt, debris and creatures. The Little Grand Canyon and many others were formed because of erosion. The effects of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens are great evidence for the Biblical Flood.
Abortion - By Rebekah Meinsen
Editor’s note: We advise that parents read this article and decide whether or not they should allow their children to read it. This article on abortion is graphic and may be disturbing to young readers.]
Years ago, God’s own chosen people did the unthinkable. They offered child sacrifices to an idol. It is said that they would do this by kindling a fire underneath their idol, making the metal burning hot. Then they would lay the sweet, innocent babies in the arms of the idol, killing it in a dreadful, disgusting manner. (Webster, God’s View of Abortion 1) I hope you feel sick to your stomach as you read this, because I did when I read about it. Here in humane America, doing something of that sort is an unspeakable crime. Americans are more civil than that, right? Wrong. Every 21 seconds an innocent baby is murdered here in “civilized” America. (Webster, God’s View of Abortion 2) Most of us know the politically correct term, abortion. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines abortion as “the spontaneous or induced termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo of fetus.” It’s definitions like that which make people uncaring. If we would think of abortion as what it is, murder, then maybe we would want to do something. I would like to show you that abortion is murder, address some of the excuses to abort babies, discuss how it is harmful to the mother, show you why abortion is a problem, and then discuss the answer to the problem of abortion.
Is It Murder? Before we can address anything else on the subject of abortion, we must come to a conclusion in this aspect, is abortion wrong? Abortion is blatantly wrong; to stop a life from growing is a sin. To take a life is murder, whether it is in the womb or not. A child and a baby still in the womb are no different; they are both innocent sweet children. Abortion, just like murdering children, is a modern example of “Hands that shed innocent blood” Proverbs 6:17. Exodus 21:22 specifically says: “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child… if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life.” What is the difference between what this verse is talking about and killing babies in a clinic?
Is an abortion wrong in case of rape? One thing many people don’t realize is that only 1 out of 4,000 women become pregnant after a rape. (Webster, Abortion Wrongs 6) First, when a woman does become pregnant after a rape, it’s not her fault. She needs understanding, love, moral support, financial help, etc. There is no reason to punish a child because of the sins of the father (See Ezekiel 18:4, 20). Second, two wrongs do not make a right. The mother committing a second violent act is not going to make the first violent act done by the father right. Is a baby that is conceived by rape less human? (Jackson, Christian Courier)
What if the mother’s life is in danger? Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General sums it up by saying this, “Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery, I have never known as one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life.” (Webster, Abortion Wrongs 2) These cases rarely ever happen. In one of those very few cases, I don’t know one mother who would choose her own life over her baby’s life.
Excuses. The biggest excuse for abortion is women’s rights. People say that a woman should have a right to choose what she wants for her own body; she shouldn’t have to carry a baby if she doesn’t want to. By studying the scriptures, we find that this “reason” is a selfish motive. Matthew 7:12 says: “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (See also Phil. 2:4) Ronald Reagan was definitely right when he said: “I have noticed that all those who are in favor of abortion were born.” The woman is not choosing what she wants for only her own life; she’s making a decision for another’s life. Another excuse people use is that child abuse would skyrocket. If more and more people are having children that they don’t want, won’t they abuse them? Actually, since abortion was made legal, child abuse has skyrocketed. It has ascended by 500 percent. Strangely enough, most of the children being abused are by the parents that really wanted them. A study shows that 91 percent of the abusive parents had planned on having their children, 24 percent of the time the fathers named their sons after them, and on average, mothers had begun wearing maternity clothing after 114 days, compared to 171 days. (Webster, Abortion Wrongs 3) Generally, the abusive parents grew up in hostile homes. Even if unwanted children were the ones getting abused most of the time, is killing them the answer? Isn’t that the worst form of child abuse?
Is It Harmful To The Mother? The answer to that question is yes, it both physically, as well as emotionally harms the mother. A woman who has had a previous abortion is ten times more likely to have a miscarriage in the second trimester, and her baby is two times more likely to die after birth than a baby of a mother who has not had an abortion. Dangers to the mother include tubal pregnancies, damage to reproductive organs, pelvic pain, infertility, and even death. (Wikipedia, “Abortion”) There are also studies that show that having an abortion could increase the risk of Breast Cancer. (Conservapedia, “Abortion”) Not only does it physically harm the mother, but it also emotionally harms the mother. Here are some quotes from mothers who have had abortions: “I would go to the cemetery wondering what they did with my baby.” “Initially I also felt a sense of relief that it was all over. But it was a strange brand of relief that did everything relief should, except make me feel any better.” (Webster, Abortion Wrongs 8) Does it sound like these mothers are glad they had their abortion? I think not.
Why Is Abortion A Problem? Abortion is a problem for many reasons. One obvious reason is selfishness. The parents of the babies are selfish to want to get rid of a life because they don’t want the responsibility. If they are not ready to be parents, then they should put the baby up for adoption. Another reason that abortion is a problem is because of greed. For a woman to have an abortion at around 10 weeks generally costs $375, 16 weeks $774, and 20 weeks costs $1,179. First trimester killings alone bring in a minimum of $372,000 a year per abortion doctor. (Webster, God’s View of Abortion 7) My conclusion after reading about this is that one reason people may be willing to give abortions is for the profits they make. Who would do such a disgusting job like this unless there was a reward? Deuteronomy 27:25 says: “Cursed is the one who takes a bribe to slay an innocent person.” If people wouldn’t abort babies to make money, then abortion wouldn’t be a problem. The last reason that abortion is a problem is evolution. In the eyes of evolutionists, babies aren’t humans. They say that babies evolve in the womb. They aren’t Homo sapiens until they are out of the womb. We have been taught evolution so much, that whether we realize it or not, many of us may think the same way. We may not really truly think about the fact that babies are humans who are made in the image of God. The mindset that abortion isn’t murder is very similar to the mindset of the Nazis during World War II where Hitler was killing those people who he didn’t think should live. Granted people have more say on who is killed here in America, but it is still the same way of thinking. Should we say that Hitler was ahead of his time, or that we have reverted to Hitler-like actions? (Webster, Abortion Wrongs 13)
What Is The Answer? What if parents don’t want their baby? The answer is simple, adoption. There are many couples who want a baby and are unable to have one. Imagine how you would feel if you really wanted something, and there were millions of people all over the world who had it and were just throwing it away. How would that make you feel? The problem is that people are so selfish that they don’t see this alternative. What can we do about that? We can speak out. There are many Pro-Life organizations that we can make donations to, volunteer at, and promote. We can also make sure that we are putting leaders in office that will support our view on abortion.
I hope that this article has opened your eyes, as mine were as I did research for it. Though most of you are probably Pro-Life, you may not have realized exactly how serious this issue really is. I want to leave you with this thought. When we get to heaven, are the billions of innocent, unborn babies going to ask us why? Why didn’t we do something, why didn’t we give them a chance? Will they say, “We could have done something great. We had the right to live. If you cared, then why didn’t you do something?” I don’t want that guilt, I don’t want to have to live with the fact that I put a Pro-Choice man or woman in office, or that I didn’t speak out to save lives. I hope that all of you reading this will want to do something, and by taking action, save a life.
Webster, Allen. God’s View of Abortion. Heart to Heart tracts.
Webster, Allen. Abortion Wrongs. Heart to Heart tracts.
Jackson, Wayne. “Thinking Straight About Abortion”
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Was Hitler an Evolutionist - By Daniel Tovar
Editor’s note: We advise that parents read this article before allowing their children to read it. This article on Adolf Hitler may be disturbing for young readers.]
Sir Arthur Keith once said:
The leader of Germany is an evolutionist, not only in theory, but, as millions know to their cost, in the rigor of its practice. For him, the ‘national front’ of Europe is also the ‘evolutionary front’; he regards himself, and is regarded, as the incarnation of the will of Germany, the purpose of that will being to guide the evolutionary destiny of its people. (“Hitler and Evolution”, Answers in Genesis)
Many people do not agree with what Sir Arthur Keith, a staunch evolutionist, said about Adolf Hitler. They say that Hitler may have been a racist but he was not an evolutionist. There are even those that claim he was a Christian. There is a simple way to find out. Matthew 12:34 states, “For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart”. What someone believes will be apparent through their speech and actions. By examining Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf, his views on eugenics, and his erection of concentration camps, we will clearly see from what he said and did that Hitler was a devout believer in evolution.
On July 18, 1925 the autobiography of Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, was published. (Wikipedia, Mein Kampf) This book outlined what Hitler believed and advocated. It made plain that he believed in evolution. Hitler wrote:
If Nature does not wish that the weaker individuals should mate with the stronger, she wishes even less that the superior race should intermingle with an inferior one; because in such a case all her efforts, throughout hundreds of thousands of years, to establish an evolutionary higher stage of being, may thus be rendered futile. (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf)
Adolf wrote that superior races, i.e. the Aryan race, should not interact with inferior races, like Jews and Gypsies, and that such an integration would be counterproductive to the hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. Hitler thought that interracial relations would destroy the evolutionary progress towards a more advanced species of human beings.
Hitler also wrote:
The stronger must dominate and not mate with the weaker, which would signify the sacrifice of its own higher nature. Only the born weakling can look upon this principle as cruel, and if he does so it is merely because he is of a feebler nature and narrower minded; for if such a law did not direct the process of evolution then the higher development of organic life would not be conceivable at all. (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf)
Here, Adolf makes his philosophy clear. He says that the strong must not reproduce with the weak because it is against the law that directs the process of evolution. To what idea is Hitler alluding? The idea of the “survival of the fittest”. “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment”. (Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species) Hitler is here saying that the weak should not live because they are not fit enough and they are an impediment to the development of mankind.
Hitler also makes other references to evolutionary philosophies. He wrote that Negroes are “monsters that are a mixture of man and ape” and also condemned Christian missionaries for going to central Africa to evangelize the Negroes there because they were, in his opinion, inferior. (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf) Adolf Hitler made his philosophies of racial evolution quite clear in his autobiography Mein Kampf.
Hitler also promoted and practiced the theory of eugenics. What is eugenics? The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition defines eugenics as, the idea that one can improve the human race by careful selection of those who mate and produce offspring. Adolf believed that if you control who mates and who doesn’t you can improve humanity. He put this idea into action in the 1930s and 1940s by sterilizing people that he claimed were physically or mentally “unfit”, which for Hitler included the physically weak, the “impure races” of Europe, like Gypsies and Slavs, and the mentally retarded. From just 1934 to 1937 an estimated 400,000 people were forcibly sterilized under the guise of “racial hygiene”. (Conservapedia, Eugenics) Why would anyone commit such a heinous crime? Adolf Hitler believed that by removing the potential for the physically and mentally “unfit” to breed, they wouldn’t be able to defile the human race. Adolf wanted to have a perfect race, the Aryan race, and he didn’t want any inferiors tainting his choice stock. He thought that the Aryan race was the strongest, that they should help evolution by controlling who reproduced and that they should sterilize the “unfit” so that they wouldn’t pass on their impure genes. Adolf Hitler justified eugenics with the theory of evolution.
Once I really am in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews. As soon as I have the power to do so, I will have gallows built in rowsat the Marientplatz in Munich, for exampleas many as traffic allows. Then the Jews will be hanged indiscriminately, and they will remain hanging until they stink; they will hang there as long as the principles of hygiene permit. As soon as they have been untied, the next batch will be strung up, and so on down the line, until the last Jew in Munich has been exterminated. Other cities will follow suit, precisely in this fashion, until all of Germany has been completely cleansed of Jews. (Adolf Hitler)
Adolf Hitler hated Jews. He believed that Jews were an inferior race and that they should be destroyed. So started the Holocaust. For Hitler, the Holocaust was “the final solution to the Jewish question”. (Wikipedia, “The Holocaust”) Hitler constructed over 500 concentration camps to exterminate “inferior races” aimed but not limited to Jews. Adolf thought that by destroying the Jews he would be ridding mankind of a pestilence that was infecting humanity. Hitler’s racist views were founded on the theory of evolution. “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world”. (Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man) It seems that Charles Darwin predicted that people like Adolf Hitler would want to destroy “savage” races and replace them with his super race, the Aryans. Hitler’s dream was to have a world that was controlled by the strongest or most advanced race. His dream needed a solution and he found it in the systematic slaughter of six million Jews. (Conservapedia, “Holocaust”)
There are those that don’t think Adolf Hitler was an evolutionist and that he was actually a Christian. One such person is Mark Isaak. (EvoWiki, Hitler based his views on Darwinism) He published The Counter-Creationism Handbook and is a fervent believer in evolution. Mark Isaak claims that Adolf Hitler didn’t base his views on evolution but on Christianity. Isaak uses quotes from Adolf Hitler like: “And so I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord”. (TakOrigins Archive, Claim CA006.1) Mark is here claiming that Hitler based his actions on God’s will. However, approximately 3 million Christians were persecuted and sent to concentration camps under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. (Jewish Virtual Library, Who were the 5 Million Non-Jewish Holocaust Victims?) Also, during the Nuremberg Trials a senior member of the U.S. prosecution team, William Joseph Donovan, provided evidence that proved Adolf Hitler and other top Nazis were trying to exterminate Christians as a whole. The 120-page report by the OSS (a forerunner of the CIA) titled; “The Nazi Master Plan: The Persecution of the Christian Churches” gives conclusive evidence for Hitler’s desire to destroy Christianity. (Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion) Furthermore, Adolf Hitler was not the first to have used religion to support their schemes. In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte had himself crowned emperor of France with the approval of Pope Pius VII. With the Vatican’s approval in everything he did, Napoleon had total control over the populace of France since they were all Catholics. However, later Napoleon annexed the Papal States, which lead to his excommunication by Pope Pius VII, the same pope that approved of Napoleon as emperor of France. Napoleon used the church as a tool for controlling the masses. Adolf Hitler had done nothing new by claiming he was a Christian. He used Christianity as a tool to get the support of the people of Germany to fight against communism, which he despised, and once he had defeated the communists in Germany he persecuted Christians by sending them to concentration camps. Adolf Hitler was most certainly not a Christian.
Dr. Robert E. D. Clark wrote, “Adolf Hitler’s mind was captivated by evolutionary teaching probably since the time he was a boy. Evolutionary ideas quite undisguised lie at the basis of all that is worst in Mein Kampf and in his public speeches”. (Robert Clark, Darwin, Before and After) Adolf Hitler was not a Christian but a zealous racist who justified his actions with the theory of evolution. Adolf was a fanatic that openly expressed his views in his autobiography Mein Kampf, practiced “racial hygiene”, and massacred six million Jews and three million Christians.
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God’s Providence in the Wild - Aaron Tovar
Imagine that an airplane silently cruising in the sky suddenly bursts into flames and careens toward the ground. At breakneck speed the airplane crashes, causing thousands of flaming pieces of debris to zoom into the sky. A lone survivor emerges from the debris field, barely managing to escape from the flaming wreckage. The man only has the clothing on his back and a bottle of water. He sets off in the direction of what he hopes is the nearest civilization. After traveling for many hours, he realizes he’ll need to find sustenance if he is to survive. Wishing that he had paid more attention in his biology class the man suddenly remembers that the yucca plant, which he has constantly passed by, has several edible properties. Rushing towards it he eagerly consumes the white flowering petals, and then tries some of its succulent fruit. The man is soon revived and is able to find the strength to praise the Lord and continue his journey, eventually leading him back to society. Hopefully none of us will ever have to go through a situation similar to this, but it could happen. Because the man remembered his classes on edible foods he was able to survive. The many benefits of a person learning their wild, edible foods are:
You can gather food in times of need,
You can learn about God’s providence,
It’s a tasty way to learn how to better appreciate God’s World
Finding a wild food can be a lifesaver. There are numerous cases in history where people were starving and thanks to a nearby edible plant, they were able to survive their predicament. During the Civil War, Union and Confederate soldiers would live off the land while their armies were camped. They’d take food from the locals of the area, but if the local didn’t have what the soldiers needed, they would make use of wild plants in the vicinity. One famous thing that a Confederate soldier made during the war was coffee. There are several ways to make wild coffee; you can make it from chicory, dandelion, and Kentucky coffee trees. The only downside to consuming wild plants is that they may not taste like the “real” product you usually eat or drink. However, it is only a matter of time before you become accustomed to the unique flavor.
One of the greatest benefits to learning about wild foods is that you can be confident in God’s providence. The Bible tells of people living out in the wild. In Matthew 24:15-16 Jesus says, “So when you see standing in the holy place, ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel-let the reader understand- then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” When Titus Flavius Vespasianus, a Roman general, was about to attack Jerusalem in 70 A.D., many Christians trusted Jesus and fled the city. They knew it was going to be destroyed. These early Christians found refuge in the countryside, living in caves and possibly off the land. In Matthew 6:25-26 it says, “Therefore I will tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Wild foods are an example of God’s providence for us all. Trusting in God’s providence is a lesson we all can learn.
Many people today hold a grudge against wild foods. They may think that because they are not processed like foods from the grocery store, they won’t taste as good. This is not the case. Based on various tastings of wild foods, I have found the opposite to be true. Let me give you an example. The common Day Lilies that grow behind our house are a supermarket of wild foods. The flowers can be eaten like fritters; the new shoots can be eaten like asparagus and the bulbs of the plant can be eaten raw or cooked. The bulbs can have very different flavors. Without their skin they taste like jicama; very juicy and crunchy with an “original” flavor. With their skins on they taste like radishes. I have included these in several of our dinner salads. Last but not least, they can be used as a potato substitute. Other wild plants that I have tasted are very similar in flavor to the cucumber, pepper, and lemon/lime. Many of our local “weeds” even have medicinal properties! God’s world is truly an excellent place that He has made just for us.
There are so many benefits to learning your wild, edible foods. Wild plants can be a tasty source of food, they show how much God cares for us and that He is deserving of our gratitude. One of my favorite songs, This is My Fathers World, sums it up best, “The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.”
The Fruits of Darwinian Evolution - By Daniel Tovar
“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” Matthew 7:17
On February 12, 1809 one of the most prominent figures of the 19th Century was born. This man not only developed theories in science, he also influenced social and philosophical matters as well. This man was Charles Darwin. Darwin put forth his theory of evolution in 1859 with the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. In The Origin of Species, Darwin proposed that natural selection is the driving force in nature. Due to Darwin’s theory, many social and philosophical problems have arisen like atheism and relativism.
Not only has Darwin’s theory of evolution been found lacking in scientific evidence (as we have shown in previous articles of the Creation Chronicle), it has also caused terrible social and philosophical problems like atheism. Darwin’s theory of evolution has led to the belief in atheism by denying the existence of a creator. Evolution is contrary to what is written in Genesis, “In the beginning God created…” Genesis 1:1 states that God created, He didn’t use macroevolution to bring forth life as Darwin suggested. Since evolution has refused to accept a creator, it has also rejected the existence of a God. Thus the wide acceptance of atheism, the belief that there is no God, is just a byproduct of the evolutionary train of thought. Atheism has caused countless problems. One such problem is the rejection of morality. Since atheists deny the existence of a God, then, for them, there is no life after death, and no punishment or reward for what is done here on earth. This belief has lead to the total disregard for a moral code and has been the defense of many atrocious crimes. Until 1961, an atheist couldn’t give testimony in a U.S. court because he couldn’t swear on anything that would bind him to tell the truth. In fact, the Maryland Bill of Rights, the Arkansas Constitution, the Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights, and the Tennessee Bill of Rights all still state that anyone who doesn’t acknowledge a Supreme Being cannot hold a government office or testify in a court case. David couldn’t have explained the evil of atheism better than he did in Psalm 14:1, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”
One example of the direct repercussion of atheism was the infamous Leopold and Loeb case of 1924. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were both born and raised in very wealthy homes and were extremely intelligent people. In 1924, Nathan had an I.Q. of 210, Richard was the youngest graduate in the history of the University of Michigan, and they both decided to commit the perfect crime; they both chose to murder an innocent boy. Their victim was Bobby Franks, an ingenious 14 year-old who attended the Harvard School in Chicago. On May 21, 1924, around 5 o’clock, Leopold and Loeb nefariously murdered Bobby Franks. They hid Bobby’s body and sent a ransom note to Frank’s family. However, their “perfect crime” collapsed when Leopold’s eyeglasses were found near Frank’s body. Both Leopold and Loeb were accused of murder. What drove Nathan and Richard to such madness? Their aberration was fueled by the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, who called himself an immoralist, and the ideas of Charles Darwin, who, through his theory of evolution, made atheism a popular ideology. They believed that morality was non-existent and that their superiority gave them the right to eliminate an impediment to evolution. To save their children, the family of Leopold and Loeb hired Clarence Darrow (the defense lawyer in the Scopes “Monkey Trial”). To everyone’s astonishment, Darrow had Nathan and Richard plead guilty. Darrow did this to move the case to a sentence hearing with only Judge John R. Caverly presiding instead of leaving the case to a jury. He believed that it would be easier to persuade one man than a group of people. He was right. In Darrow’s closing speech for the sentence hearing, he argued that it wasn’t Leopold and Loeb’s fault that they committed this crime, it was their environment and “the endless hereditary back of [Leopold and Loeb]” which drove them to commit murder. Darrow fiendishly “proved” that “[t]hey killed because they were made that way. Because somewhere in the infinite processes that go to the making up of the boy or man something slipped.” Although he claimed to be an agnostic, Darrow acted and spoke like a true atheist. He once said, “I don’t believe in God because I don’t believe in Mother Goose!” It is obvious that Darrow held atheistic beliefs, and those beliefs determined what he did in the Leopold and Loeb case. Due to Darrow’s, as some would say, “eloquent” defense of Nathan and Richard, they were sentenced to life in prison instead of receiving the death penalty. It is obvious to see that Judge Caverly was persuaded that evolution justified Leopold and Loeb’s murder enough to allow them to live. This disregard for the basic principles of morality, which scream that cold-blooded murder is wrong were tossed aside by Darrow and were “proven” to be “superstitious” Christian ideals.
Another consequence of Darwin’s theory of evolution is the philosophy of relativism. What is relativism? Dictionary.com Unabridged defines relativism as any theory holding that criteria of judgment are relative, varying with individuals and their environments. This ideology has lead to the desensitization of mankind towards the sins people commit. To believe in relativism would be to accept that nothing is morally right or wrong and that there are no absolutes. Such a philosophy has some serious repercussions. One such problem would be concerning Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler believed he was doing the world a favor by killing off millions of Jews to remove an impediment to evolution of the human race. Since everything, according to relativism, is relative, what is bad for a Christian may not have been wrong for Adolph. According to relativism, Hitler did nothing wrong because everything is relative. Does this form of logic follow what the Bible tells us? I John 3:4 states, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” Here John wrote that there are laws, or absolutes, and when these laws are broken it is sin. It is plain to see that as Christians we must believe that there is a distinction between right and wrong and that there are absolutes. To believe otherwise is to contradict the scriptures.
We can clearly see that through his theory of evolution, Charles Darwin has influenced society as a whole, and the philosophies of the world. These byproducts of Darwinian evolution, atheism and relativism, have caused, and are still causing, terrible problems in the world today. Since Darwin, atheism has defended barbaric murders like the one Leopold and Loeb committed, and relativism has been the justification for many sins whether it is lying or the mass murder of Jews. Darwin, his followers, and those that believe in the philosophies that came from evolution, “will be cut down and thrown into a fire.” Matthew 7:19
The Legacy of February 12, 1809 - By Daniel Meinsen
There were two important men born on February 12, 1809. One was Abraham Lincoln. The other, Charles Darwin. They both left a legacy behind. What is that legacy? What is a legacy? A legacy is defined as “something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time.” There are two stark contrasts in these two very different men’s legacies.
Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860 on the platform of “Honest Abe.” He is known as “The Great Emancipator.” He freed the slaves, and gave them jobs in the military. He said, “the moment came when I felt that slavery must die that the nation might live.” He held our nation together during the Civil War, one of our nation’s darkest times. Abraham Lincoln is remembered as a president who helped the people whenever he could. He remembered the southern troops after they were defeated and started to help them. He reinstituted the holiday of Thanksgiving to help a nation heal. “With malice toward none,” he said, “with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and all nations.” His legacy is this country and the unity it has shared for so long. His legacy is the beginning of true freedom for all people in our country. His legacy is great. His legacy is equality and justice.
Charles Darwin went on his famed voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle in 1835. On this trip, he formulated his theories about Evolution and Natural Selection. After his daughter died, he blamed her death on God and decided he did not believe in God anymore. He then published his book entitled On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. This book promotes racism, and views aborigines and Negroes as lesser species. His work has led millions away from a faith in Christ and away from a place in Heaven. His legacy is a world who thinks that they have no hope because they have no God. His legacy is a world that filled with people that do whatever they want, whenever they want. His legacy is the devaluation of human life, which results in millions of slaves and thousands of murders. Adolf Hitler‘s holocaust happened because he thought he was helping evolution. This is Charles Darwin’s legacy.
Your legacy can still be changed while you are alive. Do you want to have a legacy of a great man or woman who helped others do what is right? Will your legacy be one of leading others to Christ? Rather, would you like to have a legacy of killing, selfishness and despair cast on the entire world? What you do with your life will become your legacy. Make a difference today. Reach out to a world of dark and despair. Help the legacies of men like Lincoln to be remembered, and help the legacy of Charles Darwin to be forgotten forever.
Biomimicry - By Isaac Tovar
Many of you who are reading this article might be wondering what the word biomimicry means. Biomimicry comes from two Greek words; one of the words is bios, which means life, and the other is mimesis which means to imitate, so the word biomimicry means the imitation of life. Scientists study specific animals and plants to design and create technology that will improve and benefit our lives. They try to copy God’s creation.
One of the many things scientists are trying to mimic is sharkskin. Why would scientists want to imitate sharkskin? Sharkskin has some interesting characteristics. One of them is that sharkskin creates less friction in the water so sharks can swim quickly. They can keep up with rapidly swimming prey for a tasty lunch of fast fish. Scientists are making synthetic sharkskin to make body suits to help you swim faster. You might have heard of the swimming gear, Speedo. Many of their products are made of synthetic sharkskin. In the 2000 Olympics, 15 out of the 20 world records were broken. All of these swimmers wore Speedo. Speedo has been proven to allow you to swim faster because the sharkskin lets you cut through the water with less drag. Sharkskin’s other interesting characteristic is that it acts as an antibiotic, which means it destroys bad organisms that are harmful, and parasites, which need a host to feed upon. But sharkskin lets good organisms, which are good for its body, to live. Scientists have made synthetic sharkskin called Sharklet, which they put on medical devices in hospitals. This reduces the growth of microorganisms, and hospital acquired infections. Also, fishermen have a new coating on the bottom of their boats that mimics sharkskin. It reduces fouling by 67%. Fouling is when tiny organisms attach to the bottom of your boat below the waterline. Their growth causes the hull to deteriorate. If the problem of fouling isn’t taken care of, the boat will leak and sink! Being able to mimic God’s creation benefits mankind.
One of God’s most amazing creations is the gecko. It has the ability to climb any surface including the ceiling. But how does it accomplish this? Geckos have hundreds of thousands of tiny hair-like projections called setae, which can be thinner than half a decimeter. In turn, these setae are covered in tiny hair-like projections called spatulae which are sometimes so small they can be smaller than a wavelength of visible light. Each time the setae come in contact with a surface it forms a bond called the Van Deer Waals force. This is a very weak force but when multiplied by the thousands of setae on each foot it can be very strong. If a gecko were to walk like we do, because of the Van Deer Waals force, it would be stuck to the surface it is walking on. But a gecko walks by sliding its foot backwards to detach from the surface it is walking on. Scientists are studying the gecko’s feet to perhaps make new spacesuit boots to help astronauts walk on dangerous surfaces and make multi-purpose adhesive tape. Another cool design of the gecko is its tail. Its tail has many purposes. One of them is a stabilizer. If a gecko starts slipping off a surface, it uses its tail to push itself
up. Even if its body is at a 60-degree angle it can still regain its balance. Another thing is that if the gecko falls off of a surface, it can use its tail to make itself fall on its feet in the blink of an eye. This may inspire new designs in spacecraft and gliders making them better controlled and more efficient. Scientists are hoping to create robots for search and rescue missions that can climb surfaces that might be dangerous for humans to climb and that can also regain their balance if they slip.
I saved the best for last… if scientists learn to mimic the gecko’s feet, they could create gloves that would enable Spider-Man-like abilities! These inventions and ideas would not have been possible were it not for scientists copying God’s creation.
Evolutionists say that the shark and the gecko took millions to billions of years to evolve their skin and their feet. They say that everything was created out of chaos. But these animals disprove that chaos leads to complexity. These animals prove that God created these animals.
What Is The Age Of The Earth? - By Aaron Tovar
What do you think of when you read the word evolution? You may think of the missing link, dinosaurs or random chance. You might think of millions and billions of years. Many evolutionists try to dupe the masses into thinking that the earth is millions and billions of years old. In reality the earth is only about 6,000 to 8,000 years old. We, the Creation Chronicle staff, are here to show you evidences refuting the theory of evolution. To prove to you that the earth is only about 6,000 to 8,000 years old, I will be presenting three evidences: earth’s receding magnetic field, the shrinking of the sun, and the moon’s increasing distance from planet earth.
The earth’s magnetic field is decreasing. Surrounding earth is an invisible “force field” called the magnetic field that protects earth from the sun’s deadly cosmic winds. Without our magnetic field, earth would be nothing but a barren wasteland constantly bombarded by the sun’s rays. Thankfully, God created the magnetic field to protect us from that danger. In 1835, scientists started to measure the strength of our magnetic field. It has been observed that the earth’s magnetic field is gradually becoming weaker and weaker. Now you may be wondering, “What does the earth’s magnetic field have to do with showing evidences for a young earth?” If we were to go back in time 10,000 years, and compare the earth’s magnetic field at the current rate of decay, we would observe that earth’s magnetic field would be as powerful as a little star! If we were to go back even farther, the earth’s magnetic field would be so powerful that the earth would be a mass of molten lava! How can evolutionists still insist that the earth is 5 billion years old, when a mere 10,000 year-old earth would be uninhabitable?
On March 23, 1980, a news wire reported that the sun’s diameter appears to be shrinking about one tenth of a percent every century. Scientists have continually observed the sun and have found evidence that shows the sun is shrinking 5 feet every hour. That may seem like a large amount but the sun’s diameter is about 840,000 miles. By applying the same method as mentioned in regards to the earth’s magnetic field, we can rewind the clock and add 5 feet to the size of the sun every hour to see how large the sun would have been 100,000 years ago. 100,000 years ago, the sun would have been double its current size. 20 million years ago, the surface of the sun would have been touching earth! At a mere 100,000 years ago, life on earth would have been impossible because of the heat generating from such a large sun. By applying this evidence to a creationist theory of a young earth, we find that the sun has shrunk only 6%. Doesn’t 6% shrinkage sound more logical than a sun that could engulf our planet? We can see that the earth is not millions of years old, or even hundreds of thousands of years old, but a young planet that is only 6,000 to 8,000 years old.
Scientists have observed that tidal friction and other factors are making the earth’s rotation speed slow down. Even though it is not a significant enough reduction in speed to harm life (even within in a few hypothetical billion years), it does present interesting evidence for a young earth. Because the earth’s rotation is slowing down, the moon’s distance from the earth is increasing two inches every year! Two inches doesn’t sound like much, but when you put it into the evolutionary context of billions of years, we see that it can make a big difference. If we were to wind back the clock, the moon would be touching the earth in only 2 billion years! Evolutionists claim that the earth is 5 billion years old. If we were to start the moon at a reasonable distance from planet earth at year zero, and add 2 inches for every year in the 5 billion year time frame, the moon would be so far away by now that it would be out of sight! Without our moon there would be no tidal waves and the earth’s oceans would become stagnant, causing earth’s oxygen level to be depleted by half! If earth had no tidal waves, life on earth would be impossible!
The earth is a very young planet. By contemplating earth’s magnetic field, the shrinking sun, and the receding moon, we can recognize that the earth is a young and great place. The second part of this series will present more evidences for a young earth and that God created our universe.
Noah Webster - By Rebekah Meinsen
Is the United States of America a Christian nation? The answer to that is yes, but will that last much longer? Even now, not many people in America are actually practicing Christians. Why is that? I believe that is because atheists, non-believers, and immoral people are in control of the media, the schools, and the government. They are passing laws that make it okay to kill innocent unborn babies, for people of the same sex to get “married”, are teaching America's children that life evolved from nothing, and that there is no such thing as God. This is how it is now, but when our country first started, Christians were the people in control. Christianity was taught in schools and in the newspapers, and our laws were all based on the Bible. One man who was a Christian influence in the beginning of our country was Noah Webster. This man influenced society his entire life, by writing for newspapers, writing a Speller and a Reader for the schools, and by writing the dictionary. He was a devout Christian, and thanks to him, God and His laws were taught in school to all children, and anyone who opened the dictionary would read of the Lord. I would like to tell you of his life, his works and the influences they had on society, and then decide what we can do to help our society now.
Noah Webster was born to Noah Sr. and Mercy Webster, on October 16, 1758, in Hartford, Connecticut. He had two brothers, Abraham and Charles. At the age of 16, Noah Webster began his college studies at Yale. His four years overlapped with the American Revolution and during that time he served in the Connecticut Militia. He graduated in 1778, but decided to continue his education so he could earn a law degree. During that time, he taught school so that he could earn the money to pay for the rest of his education. He didn't practice law until 1789, eight years after he earned his law degree, but then found that it wasn't to his liking. He tried teaching, and set up small schools that did not last very long. Webster married Rebecca Greenleaf on October 26, 1789, and they had eight children. In 1793, Alexander Hamilton loaned Noah Webster $1500 so that he could move to New York City to edit a Federalist newspaper. He then founded New York's first daily newspaper, American Minerva (later known as The Commercial Advertiser), which he edited for four years. For decades, Noah Webster was one of America's most influential and productive writers for the Federalist Party. He wrote books, articles, and political essays very rapidly. He later moved back to Connecticut, where he served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1800-1807. He is now buried in the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut.
As mentioned above, Noah Webster’s work was well read throughout the United States. His voice was in the first daily newspaper in New York, and he had written many books that were bought and read by many people. However, these works are not the main way in which he influenced our nation, rather it was through the books that he wrote for the schools and the first Dictionary of the American language.
One of the main ways that his voice was heard in the newly founded United States was through his Speller and Reader. Noah Webster disliked the American elementary schools, so to make them better, he wrote his own Speller and Reader, both of which were founded on Christian principles. The first lesson in his speller started out, "Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor for your body, what you shall put on; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these things." His Speller became known as the "Blue-Backed Speller". It was the most popular American book of the time, selling a million copies per year. Webster believed that education was "useless without the Bible", so all the children in the United States who attended school were taught on Christian principles, but is that still happening today? Are the textbooks in our schools even allowed to mention God, let alone teach about Him?
The other major way that his voice was heard was in his dictionary. Noah Webster worked 27 years on this dictionary. He "Americanized" words, like changing "colour" to "color", "defense" instead of "defence", "center" instead of "centre", and so on. He also added words like "skunk", and "squash", words that had not been used by the British. You might be wondering how much influence a dictionary actually has on people. After all, it only contains the definitions of words, right? That's actually not the case. Allow me to give you a few examples of some original definitions from 1828, versus the rewritten version of 1981. First, let's define marriage from Noah Webster’s point of view. "The act of uniting a man and a woman for life...Marriage was instituted by God himself...Marriage is honorable in all...Heb 13." Sounds Biblical doesn't it? Now let's look at what the 1981 version says. "...man and woman are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family...an intimate or close union." Hmmmm...sounds a little different doesn't it? Now if that didn't prove my point, let's look at the word truth. Noah Webster tells us that truth is, "Conformity to fact or reality...We rely on the truth of scriptural prophecies. "Sanctify them through thy truth...John 17." Now look at the 1981 version, "Sincerity in action, character, and utterance...the body of real thing...a judgment...that is true or accepted as true." Or as accepted as true? Sincerity? What is this telling us? That truth is just what everyone accepts as what is true? Or if you're doing it sincerely it's okay? Would you rather people read this watered-down definition of truth, or read that truth comes from the Bible? It is impossible to say that a definition in the dictionary doesn't affect society, because society is really defined by that very defenition.
Noah Webster made his voice heard by writing textbooks for schools and by writing the first dictionary. He was a devout Christian, and put that viewpoint into all of his works. I believe that it is largely thanks to him that the United States of America began as a Christian nation. Of course, the Constitution was founded on Christian principles, because our founding fathers were Christian (see www.watermillchurchofchrist.creationchronicle.com/otherproofs). However, Webster was a large part of helping keep our country moral and Christian, because everyone was being taught Christian principles. If someone opened the dictionary, they were directed to Bible verses. Every single child that came to school was taught the words of Jesus Christ. Why is our country in the situation it is in now? Is it because so many Christians are silent? We don't speak out, rather, we just sit quietly and let happen what is happening. People who stand against God are in control of the newspaper, our school system, the television, and even the dictionary! We cannot just sit quietly any longer, we must do something. If we were in control of what was being taught to our children and printed in the dictionary, then don't you think that our country would start to turn back to God? When America began, Christians felt duty-bound to serve their country out of love for God and their fellow man. I hope that each one of us will take every opportunity we have to speak out for Christianity. America needs our help, and if we don't do something soon, will the next generation be able to enjoy the freedom, safety, and prosperity of a Christian nation? I hope we will, like Noah Webster did, help turn our great country, the United States of America, back to God.
What Is The Age Of The Eart - Part II - By Aaron Tovar
In my previous article for the Creation Chronicle, I presented several evidences that refuted the theory of evolution’s presumption that the earth is billions of years old. In this second part of a two-part article, I will be showing more evidences to disprove evolution. Evolutionists believe that the earth is about 5 billion years old. On the contrary, Earth is about 6,000 to 8,000 years old. To prove to you that this is true, I will be showing you: Earth’s juvenile water, the quantity of carbon-14 in the earth, the erosion of Earth’s landmasses, and Earth’s topsoil.
When a volcano erupts it emits ashes, gases, lava, and, (believe it or not) water. In fact, when a volcano erupts, about 20% percent of its ejected matter is water. When this water leaves the volcano for the first time, it condenses into clouds and falls down to earth as rain. Since this water has never been on the earth’s surface before, it’s called juvenile water. After the water lands on earth it eventually runs off into the ocean increasing the oceans’ size. Scientists have observed that about 12 volcanic eruptions occur every year. By combining the amount of water ejected onto earth by these volcanoes, we find that about one cubic mile of water is added to earth’s oceans every year. If we rewind the clock as we did in my previous article and applied it to earth’s rate of increasing surface water, we can find an interesting if not amusing conclusion. Earth’s oceans, lakes, streams, and rivers hold about 340,000,000 (three hundred forty million) cubic miles of water. Since we know that every year, about one cubic mile of water is added to the earth’s oceans, we can rewind the clock and see that in three hundred and forty million years, earth’s oceans would have been dry. Now 340,000,000 years is a lot, but if we looked on a traditional evolutionary chart, we find that the earth’s oceans would have been dry during the age of fishes! Does that make sense?
Carbon 14, (what diamonds and coal are made out of), has a short half-life of 5,700 years. The half-life of a certain rock or element, tells you the duration of half it’s life span before it deteriorates into another element. With their short 5,700-year half-life, no carbon 14 atoms should exist in any carbon older than 250,000 years. Yet no scientists have found any natural carbon 14 below Ice Age strata that does not contain significant amounts of it, even though the strata are supposed to be millions or billions of years old. Conventional carbon 14 laboratories have known of this since the early 1980’s. Recently the world’s best laboratory that specializes in this field has confirmed this observation through studies of coal samples and even for a dozen diamonds, all of which cannot be contaminated at the site with recent carbon 27. These constitute very strong evidences that the earth is only thousands, not billions, of years old.
Every day, the oceans are accumulating sediments from earth’s landmasses. Wind, water, and many other factors contribute to the erosion of earth’s land. At the present rate of erosion, there should be 30 times more sediment in the earth’s oceans using just a 1 billion year time frame. In fact in just 14 million years all of earth’s continents would be worn down to sea level. If we were to observe the mountains and valleys of earth, we would recognize earth as being young. The sharp peaks of mountains can easily testify to earth’s youthfulness.
On earth’s surface there is a thin layer of soil (about 6 to 8 inches deep) called topsoil. This topsoil is rich in nutrients and minerals that help in plant growth. Without our topsoil earth’s surface would be as sterile and dead as the moons. How long does it take earth to accumulate topsoil? By estimating plant growth, bacterial decay, and erosion, in just 5,000 to 20,000 years we would have 6 inches of topsoil. If earth really was 5 billion years old, why don’t we have a huge layer of topsoil?
Hopefully I have convinced you and strengthened your faith in the Bible by showing you Earth’s juvenile water, the quantity of carbon 14 in the earth, the erosion of Earth’s landmasses, and Earth’s topsoil. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15. If we follow what is written in 1 Peter 3:15, we can rebuff the lies of evolution that can damage our faith.