Biology

November 27

How could a creature slowly learn to disguise itself to look like a completely different object?  Long before its appearance changed, it would become lunch for a predator.  A perfect example is the Amazon leaf fish.  Imagine an ordinary fish trying to fool both predator and prey by trying to look like a leaf lying on top of the water and floating down a river.  Long before it evolved the proper appearance, such a fish would become either a bird's meal or starve to death.  The Amazon leaf fish was carefully designed not only to look like a leaf, toy to act like one, as well.

This fish has a flat body, very much like a leaf.  A black line runs the length of its body, giving the appearance of the midrib of a leaf; and a fleshy growth on its lower jaw looks like a leaf stem.  Beyond just looking like a leaf, the leaf fish also acts like a leaf floating on water.  It lies still in the water, drifting along with the current.  To hide its identity further, it draws it fins close to its body, removing any hint that it might be a  hungry fish looking for lunch.  the leaf fish combines deceptive coloring, appearance, and behavior into one design so that it can survive.  Our fallen world often requires camouflage for survival.  Our loving Creator even provided lowly fish with the ability to become masters of disguise.

Letting God Create Your Day,  Vol. 2, p. 41

Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you have done great things.  Who O God, is like you? -Psalm 71:19

November 29

December 6

There are numerous examples of the interdependence of animals within nature that defy all natural explanations.  A perfect example is the activity of a certain mite that feeds upon the ear membranes of moths.

Some moths can hear ultrasonic sound emitted by bats that the human ear cannot detect.  This enables the moths to avoid being eaten by the bats.  Moths of the Noctvidae family are often infested with mites which destroy the ability of the moth to hear by eating the moth's ear.  It is extraordinary that these mites will only infest one ear on each moth.

Biologists, curious about this natural phenomena, placed nine mites on various parts of a moth.  All nine mites migrated to the same ear.  Next, mold was put onto the infested ear to make it unsuitable for digestion by the mites.  Amazingly, the mites moved to other parts of the moth's body, but they absolutely refused to eat the uninfested ear!  If both ears were destroyed, the moth would lose its defense mechanism, making both the moth and the mites more likely to be eaten.  How could the mites possibly know this?  How could mites learn that it is dangerous to eat both ears (without dying to gain the knowledge)?  How could a dead mite warn its offspring to only ear one of the moth's ears so they won't die, as well?  In the original paradise that God meant our world to be, mechanisms such as this would not have been needed for survival.  Yet even in our current fallen world, God leaves abundant evidence of His handiwork-for any willing to see it!

Evolution in the Light of Scripture, Science, and Sense, p. 40

The fool says in his heart, "there is no God."... -Psalm 53:1

December 9

Biology

December 14

Biology

Although birds feed on many butterflies and moths, they avoid eating the monarch butterfly.  This is because the monarch butterfly has been given a special ability to protect itself.  During its caterpillar stage, the monarch feed only on the milkweed plant.  This plant contains a powerful poison that can in most cases stop the heart of any creature that eats enough of it.  The monarch caterpillar, however, can eat the milkweed and store the poison it its body, where it remains even after the caterpillar has turned into a butterfly.

How do birds know that eating this particular butterfly will cause sickness or death?  How does the monarch caterpillar know which plant to eat in order to take in only the poison to which it is immune?  How could the monarch's ability to avoid the effects of the poison have slowly evolved?  All of this had to have worked perfectly from the beginning and points to a Creator who designed creatures for survival in our fallen world.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p.

You are god who performs miracles: you display your power among the peoples.   - Psalm 77:14

Biology

December 21

The thousands of members in an ant  colony do not run short of supplies, even though there is no apparent central organization.  Why don't some ants get fat, while other ants starve?  Modern science is learning how the ant's astonishing system works.  By giving radioactively tagged sugar water to worker ants, scientists discovered that within a week every member of the colony had an equal amount of the radioactive water.  The sugar water that the worker ants ingested was shared with nest mates and delivered to the developing young.

The water was also used to soak the ground to keep the chamber's humidity high.  Food is also collected and returned to the colony to be shared with every member of the colony, most often by regurgitation.  Through continuous food sharing, every member of the colony always has an equal amount of food.

It is difficult to believe this highly organized system of sharing both food and water evolved by chance.  A better explanation is the intricate, detailed planning of the Creator.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 78

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.  Proverbs 6:6-8

December 26

Biology

January 2

Biology

 

Although the original world was created perfect and without death, our fallen world requires creatures to adapt to difficult situations in order to survive.  Even in the current world full of death and competition, the smallest of creatures exhibit amazing capabilities for survival in harsh environments.  The female snowshoe rabbit is one such creature.

During extreme drought or harsh winters, the stress of finding food triggers a chemical process in the pregnant female that stops an embryo's growth.  Her body then responds to this condition of physical weakness with a process called resorption.  In this process, the mother reabsorbs the growing embryo.  This mechanism allows the rabbit to survive by replenishing her own strength.  she can later become pregnant during more favorable conditions.

The number of chemical and physical changes required for a rabbit to reverse a pregnancy is mind-boggling.  There is no scientific evidence which explain how this remarkable resorption process could have evolved.  The creativity of God to have provided for the common rabbit in this way is truly amazing.

Character Sketches, Vol. II, p. 66

The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.  -Psalm 116:5

January 6

Biology

The Couch's spade foot toad of the Sonoran Desert is an example of how God takes care of creatures under extreme conditions.  This toad lies dormant the hot desert eleven out of twelve months each year.  It has built in sensors that tell it when a violent desert rainstorm occurs.  The toad can detect vibrations of pounding rain miles away.  It somehow knows to emerge from the sand when it rains so that the male toads can call for females as soon as pools of water form.  Shortly afterwards the egg laying is completed and the toads return to the sand, safe from the heat of the burning daytime sun.  Most of the time the desert pools rapidly dry up, killing the eggs.  Only under ideal conditions will some of the eggs hatch, nine days later.  The young toads have at most a few weeks to eat enough food to survive before burying themselves in the sand for the next eleven months while awaiting another rainstorm.

Such survival instincts and mechanisms were probably not required before the Fall, when the world was designed as a paradise.  In the current world, with its severe climates, such instincts and abilities seem to have been specifically designed for animals such as the spade foot toad.  How could this ability to adjust to such harsh weather conditions have evolved?

Unless all of the abilities, instincts, and timing of the toads' reproductive cycle were in place, the toads could never have survived the first severe season.

Letting God Create Your Day,  Vol. 4, P. 48

the wild animals honor me...because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland...   -- -Isaiah 43:20

January 10

Biology

Human engineers did not design the first cooling system.  Every living warm-blooded creature has mechanisms for controlling its body temperature.  The design of the gazelle's cooling system is among the most ingenious in nature.  The gazelle must run at high speed in order to escape predators.

This exertion of energy raises the gazelle's body temperature to such an extent that for the gazelle to survive, its brain must be cooled.  The solution to t his problem is a special cooling system built right into the gazelle's head.  Gazelles and similar animals have hundreds of small arteries that pass through a large pool of blood in the nasal passage.  Inhaled air cools this nasal blood pool, which in turn cools the blood in the tiny arteries passing through the pool.  [In industry, these specifically designed pieces of equipment are called heat exchangers.]  After the blood has been cooled, it recombines in a larger blood vessel and circulates into the brain.  Without this system for cooling the brain, the gazelle simply could not survive in the current fallen world which required the gazelle to escape from predatory animals.

It takes a team of engineers using sophisticated calculations to design heat exchangers for use in industrial processes.  Since it had to work perfectly from the outset, creation is the only logical explanation for the design and function of the gazelle's far more intricate heat exchange system.

It Couldn't Just Happen, p. 108-109

"...Who is like you-majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?"   =Exodus 15:11

January

Biology

The ironic life cycle of toad eating horsefly was first documented in the Arizona desert by Dr. Thomas Eisner of Cornell University.  Eisner noticed this unusual drama at a muddy desert pond that had a large population of spade foot toads.  Upon close inspection of the pond, he noticed that some of the toads were being pulled down into the mud as they hopped across the surface.  A little digging revealed that the predator was the horsefly larva.  The larva burrows into the soft mud until its head barely sticks out.  When an unsuspecting toad wanders by, the larva grabs him with its powerful jaws and pulls him into the mud.  The larva injects he toad with poison and drinks the toad's body fluids.

Eventually the larva grows into an adult horsefly, but now it must avoid becoming a meal for the toads that have survived the larva attack.  Even in the desert where food is scarce, God has designed an incredible circular food chain that works in perfect balance.  Although mutually beneficial relationships such as this may not have been required before mankind rebelled, God has provided mechanisms to insure the survival of animals within His creation.

Lettng God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p.17

These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. -Psalm 104:27

January 28

The eagle's diving speed can exceed 100 miles per hour.  At this speed, the eagle's eyesight must be perfect in order to know exactly when to pull out of a dive.  Its eyes are designed to spot a rabbit or fish up to one mile away.  The eagle also has remarkably designed wings, each covered by over 12,000 feathers.  Aircraft designers are still trying to copy this engineering marvel.

Besides the ability to climb to 10,000 feet within minutes, the parent eagle also assists its young in flight.  As it flies alongside the eaglet, whirlpools of air formed by its primary feathers provide the eaglet with additional lift.

In speaking of His protective care over the nation of Israel, God states, "...I bare you on eagles' wings..." (Exodus 19:4 KJV). 

The Hebrew word for "bare" is nacah, and its primary root means "to lift."  This is exactly what the parent eagle does to help its young in flight.

The precise selection and meaning of words used in the Bible is a testimony to both the accuracy and precision of this remarkable book.

Character sketches, Vol. III, p. 171-174

You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagle's wings and brought you to myself.  Exodus 19:4

January 31

Biology

Biology

One type of female angler fish grows to approximately three and one half feet, and its mouth takes up much of it's size.  Just above its top lip, the angler fish has been designed with a six-inch-long fishing pole.  This pole has a little orange light on the end of it.  The angler fish lives a mile beneath the ocean where it is dark.  It attracts other fish with its light.  When creatures move in to strike at the light, the angler fish grabs them with it's long, sharp teeth.  When not in use, it's fishing rod fits into a groove on the top of the angler fish's head.

Yet the strangest part of the angler fish's life is it's mating practices.  While the female is over three feet long, the male angler fish is only one-half an inch long.  He has no fishing pole or light.  Mating starts when the tiny male swims up to the female and sinks his teeth into her side.  He never lets go the rest of his life.  In fact, soon his skin and circulatory system actually join the female's.  All that is left of the male is a small pouch on the female's side containing the male's reproductive organs, which continue to fertilize the female's eggs.

Apparently, these strange reproductive and predatory habits were given to the angler fish after the Fall.  What is the mathematical probability that any of these unique characteristics could have developed by random step-by-step changes?  How wonderful is God's creativity!

Letting God Create Your Day,  Vol, 4, p. 195

How great are your works, O LORD, how profound your thoughts!  -Psalm 92:5

February 11

Biology

Painted turtles live farther north than any other North American turtle.  The baby turtles hatch in the late summer but stay buried in the ground, safe from predators all winter.  However, the turtle's nest is not deep enough to keep from freezing solid during frigid winter weather.  So how do the turtles survive?

As the baby turtles freeze, their blood circulation concentrates on preserving the action of the heart and brain.  Eventually even these freeze solid.  There is no breathing and no heartbeat.  Only a tiny bit of electrical activity in the frozen brain reveals that life remains in the body.  Normally, when living cells freeze, long sharp ice crystals form, puncturing the cell membrane and killing the cells.  This is one reason that cryogenically frozen people cannot be revived.  The presence of a special protein, which is made by the painted turtle's liver and circulated to every cell in the turtle's body, prevents the ice crystals from becoming large enough to puncture delicate cell walls.

How could random processes have produced this protein?  Either it was present the moment the turtle was created, or the turtle would have died during the first hard freeze.  Only God could have invented such a unique method of protecting tiny painted turtles.

Letting God Create Your Day,  Vol. 3 p. 47

...There is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.  -Psalm 86:8 KJV

February 17

Biology

One of nature's masters of disguise is the stick insect.  Stick insects are leaf eaters designed to look like little twigs.  One tropical stick insect is as thick as a finger and the same color as the bamboo on which it is found.  It even has swollen ridges just like bamboo!  Other types have leafy flaps that match the leaves of the plants which they like to eat.  Some stick insects even lay eggs that look exactly like the seeds of the plant on which they feed.  A stick insect that's found in New Mexico glues its eggs to grass stems.  The position and shape of their pointed eggs exactly imitate the seeds of the grass!

Although stick insects don't fly, some of them have brightly colored wings that can fold very quickly to scare away nervous birds who want to investigate them for lunch.  Some stick insects will often sway with the breeze to make their illusion even more effective.  Others will sit motionless for hours as if they are just another piece of dead wood.

Stick insects are even geniuses at using their predator's weakness for their own protection.  Birds understand this and will closely examine non-moving twigs in search of a meal.  Stick insects will not even move when being carried away by a bird, thus fooling many birds into dropping them.  Although these defense mechanisms were likely designed after the Fall, stick insects are clearly not the result of random mutations, but the intelligent design of a Creator.

Letting God Create Your Day,  Vol. 3, p.194

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.  -Psalm 29:2

February 19

Biology

Extra nitrogen dissolves into the blood of divers who breathe compressed air while diving deep underwater.  If the divers return to the surface too quickly, the dissolved nitrogen bubbles out of their blood.  These bubbles block blood flow to muscles, organs, and the brain, often leading to death.

For many years, scientists could not understand why other mammals such as seals could make extended dives into deep water and not develop this condition called "the bends."  They found the answer by using a backpack to monitor the seal's heart rate, sample its blood, and record its diving depth.

True to the laws of physics, nitrogen accumulated in the seal's blood as it descended deep into the ocean.  However, the nitrogen concentration leveled off in the seal's blood just before reaching a dangerous point.  Scientists discovered that the tiny sacks in the seal's lungs, which absorb air in order to pass oxygen into the blood stream, simply shut down once the nitrogen level in the blood gets too high.  At the same time, the seal's heart, liver, and blubber begin to absorb the nitrogen from the blood.  As the seal ascends to the surface, the air exchange sacks in the lungs reactivate.  A complex system like this could only be the result of design.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p.79

"Ah, Sovereign LORD, You have made the heavens and the earth by your great poser and outstretched arm.  Nothing is too hardfor You." -Jeremiah 32:17

February 22

Biology

Evolutionists teach that small changes (which are actually just genetic variations) over vast amounts of time can produce large genetic shifts, eventually producing completely new creatures.  This belief ignores a major problem with evolution; where does the useful information come from?  Failing to ask this question prevents students from questioning which direction mutational changes are driving an organism.  This omission (not telling students which way mutational changes are heading) leads them to the wrong conclusion concerning what evolutionary change can or cannot accomplish.

It is conceivable that small changes could yield a new creature if these changes added useful information to the existing creature.  Let's pretend evolutionary change is like a journey by train.  The journey from Atlanta to Chicago would be like the upward advancement from a single-cell organism to a man while the journey in the opposite direction-from Atlanta to Miami-would be like multiple birth defects leading to the extinction of a species.  Each foot along the journey is like a small mutation in a creature's transformation.  You would only need to see the beginning of the trip to trust that the train could arrive a thousand miles away.  However, if the train were actually heading south instead of north, you would have no reason to believe it would end up in Chicago (as a new type of creature).  The same is true of mutational changes used to support evolutionary development.  Information is always lost.  For a protozoa to turn into a pony, enormous amounts of useful information would need to be added.  All examples of evolution are in the wrong direction-yielding a loss of information.

Creation Magazine, March 2002, p.16-19.

The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him. Proverbs 18:17

Biology

February 23

Many high school biology textbooks still contain a section on comparative embryology.  This is the idea that humans and animals have a common ancestor because their embryos have a similar physical appearance.  In other words, as a human baby forms, it goes through a fish stage, amphibian stage, and finally becomes human at birth.  This concept was popularized in 1866 by Ernst Haeckel as he traveled throughout Europe lecturing on the subjected and showing drawings of how different animal embryos had similar appearances.  However, it was shown that he had used false drawings as early as 1874.  Although the specific drawings used by Haeckel have long since been discarded, his teachings remain in textbooks to this day.

Why is this poor science still found in textbooks?  Could it still be there because it leaves the impression that developing babies are mere globs of matter?  Over 50 years ago, Francis Crick won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule.  This scientifically proved that a woman's fertilized egg is a complete human being with a full set of instructions.  Only time and nutrition are required for it to grow larger.  From the moment of conception, a pregnant woman's body in home to completely unique person.  The Bible acknowledged this fact long before it was proven by modern science.

Search for the Truth, p.26

...you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise You, because I am fearfully and wonderfully (this word in Hebrew can also mean differently or separately) made... Psalm 139:13-14

March 5

Biology

Hot air can be cooled by the evaporation of moisture.  This principle is used by the desert pack rat to air-condition its underground nest.  Any source of water can be used; even water contained in freshly cut grass.  The pack rat gathers and stores vegetation within the compartments of its nest.  Tunnels connect these compartments to the rest of the nest and allow the moist air to circulate and cool the entire nest.

The pack rat's own body waste is even used as a source of moisture for cooling.  The tunnel first passes through the pack rat's bathroom, and the body waste is not removed from the nest until all of the water has evaporated.  During long hot spells, the pack rat even brings droppings of larger animals into its nest to provide additional water for its air conditioning system.  One can't help but wonder how the little guy figured all this out.  Maybe he had some help from his Creator!

Character Sketches, Vol. III, p.86

...O LORD, you preserved both man and beast.  How priceless is your unfailing love! -Psalm 36:6-7

March 7

Biology

The rare Australian aquatic frog uses one of nature's most amazing methods of reproduction.  If other creatures attempted this same method, it would be fatal to their young.

After the eggs of the Australian aquatic from are laid and fertilized, the female swallows them.  Sometimes she waits until they have started to develop, but once the young are in her stomach, the mother stops eating for the next eight weeks.  After eight weeks, fully-developed little frogs come out of the mother's mouth!

What other creature can swallow its young, discontinue eating for eight weeks, and incubate its offspring within its stomach?  The young Australian frogs can do this because they release fine threads of special chemicals which prevent the mother's stomach from making digestive acids.  These tiny frogs actually change their mother's stomach from an organ of digestion into a comfortable, productive nursery.  How did the first baby frogs which were swallowed learn to turn off their mother's digestive acids?  How did they learn to pass this ability on to the next generation?

Our Creator loves to amaze us with His creativity!

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p.105

Sing to him, sing praise to him: tell of all his wonderful acts. -1 Chronicles 16:9

Biology

March 13

Researchers are gaining insights into new drugs by observing animals.  Chimps in Tanzania were seen swallowing the unchewed leaves of a tree they normally avoided.  Intrigued by why the primates would eat these particular leaves without chewing them, biologists studied the chimp droppings and found that the leaves were not digested.  The chimp's digestive system simply removed chemicals from the surface of the leaves, and these substances killed parasites within the chimp's intestinal tract!

Another insight learned from the interaction between animals and their diet was found in the habits of the Brazilian wooly spider monkey.  The female monkey does not ovulate for about six months after she gives birth so that she has time to raise her baby before becoming pregnant again.  After six months, however, the female will travel outside of her territory to gorge on the fruit from a specific tree.  Biologists found that this fruit is rich in the exact chemical the female needs to ovulate.

God tells us in His Word that we should study the animals so that we can learn from them.  How true His words have proven to be!

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 120

"But ask the animals, and they will teach you..."  - Job 12:7

March 18 

Biology

Common Puerto Rican forest frogs (called coqui) are very important to the tropical forest, because they are one of the forest's primary insect predators.  This type of frog is active and hunts at night because it is extremely susceptible to dehydration during the day.  The frog's eggs must also be kept from drying out.  Researchers have found that the frog populations are directly related to the number of sheltered spots available.  The female coqui cannot protect her eggs after laying them, because she has totally expended her available energy and must leave to find insects to replenish herself.  The eggs are laid on land and would die within hours without immediate attention.  The dedicated father immediately moves in to keep the eggs moist at all times and safe from predators.  To do this, the male coqui will sit on the eggs 23 hours a day for up to three weeks.

One has to wonder how this coordinated effort between the male and female frog could possibly have evolved.  How would the male frog know to take on the sacrificial incubation process as soon as the female disappeared?  What told the female to abandon its eggs as soon as they were laid?  Instincts, even in our fallen world, must have been programmed by a Creator.

Letting God Create Your Day,  Vol, p.123

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young.... -Psalm 84:3

March 24 

Biology

The spider and its silk are exquisitely designed engineering marvels.  The spider has the ability to produce a variety of different kinds of silk strands for its web.  These different kinds of silk, woven into the spider's web, serve remarkably different functions.  Some lines are sticky to catch prey, while other strands are non-sticky so that the spider can approach its prey without becoming stuck to its own web.  The drag line is a third kind of silk that the spider uses to lower itself from its web to the ground.

Scientists report that spider silk is made from a combination of crystalline and amorphous (randomly arranged) materials which combine the best characteristics of wire and rubber.  Usually when you make something stronger, it becomes more brittle and resistant to being elongated.  Yet spider silk is just the opposite, as the threads become stronger, they also become more elastic.  the complexity of the spide and its ability to produce marvelously designed webs could not have happened by random-chance; they point to their Designer.

Letting god Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 146

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.  -Job 5:9

March 26 

Biology

Biology

Biology

Scientists have known for a long time that moths communicate with each other using hormones called pheromones.  A female moth who is ready to mate releases a scent (pheromone) into the air which is picked up by the male.  It has been discovered that the pheromone is not released randomly, but in a series of pulses at a frequency of at least one pulse per second.  The pheromone can be propelled for up to a meter from the female moth.  This is like a human blowing out a candle from 60 feet away.  Researchers have also discovered that the male is not only drawn to the female by the scent of the pheromone, but also by the pattern in which the chemical is sent.  The male's antennae receive and then send the signal to its brain with the same frequency as the female's pulses.  The scent itself acts as a carrier for a Morse Code-like message!

The more we study creation, the more we find that even the smallest details of creation reveal amazing complexities which point to a Master Designer.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3

...In putting everything under him [Jesus Christ], God left nothing that is not subject to him.... -Hebrews 2:8

March 29

Biology

European blackbirds are able to live through the cold German winters because they are designed with God-given instincts and features.  To cope with the winter cold, the birds fluff up their feathers.  This creates more insulating dead air spaces between their warm bodies and the cold air.  Then they tuck their heads inside their feathers, making their bodies into a ball.  A round ball is the most heat-conserving shape possible.  The ball also protects poorly insulated parts of their bodies like feet, legs, and beak.  The birds' need for energy is fifteen times greater at 20 degrees below zero than it is during the summer.  So the blackbirds reduce their energy need by lowering their body temperature at night when they are curled into ball.  As a result, scientists have found that European blackbirds are in no danger of freezing, even during extremely cold winters.

The design of their feathers, the ability to change their metabolism, and the instincts which allow survival at low temperature all point to the intelligent design of birds.

Letting God Create Your Day,  Vol. 3, p. 157

May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works. -Psalm 104:31

April 2

Biology

When a predator comes close to a certain species of jellyfish, the jellyfish turns off the lights in its bell-shaped body and turns on the lights at the end of its tentacles. Then the jellyfish stretches its body as far as possible from its tentacles. As the predator approaches the lighted tentacles, the jellyfish switches off all its lights and scoots away as fast as it can. If the predator wasn't fooled and wants to continue the chase, the jellyfish switches to its backup plan. It now turns on both the blue lights in its body and the white lights in its tentacles.

When the attacker is very close, the jellyfish turns off the light in its body and takes off after detaching its still-glowing tentacles. The tentacles continue to twist and turn in the water, distracting the predator. Jellyfish are among the most "primitive" multicelled animals, according to evolution. Yet this clever survival strategy clearly demonstrates that jellyfish are neither simple nor primitive.

Another kind of jellyfish collects in swimming colonies called siphonophores. These colonies can be up to 40 feet long and function in total darkness more than 1,500 feet beneath the ocean's surface. When they link up, some of the jellyfish act as mouths, while others act as stomachs. Some take care of the swimming, while others cast out their tentacles to gather food. When joined, they act as one huge single creature!

How did creatures capable of independent survival evolve the ability to function as part of a complex colony? Does this not demonstrate planning and design?

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 7, 9

Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things.... - Psalm 98: 1

April 14

Biology

Lungfish have been proposed as a link between sea and land animals because they have the ability to survive for long periods out of water. There are many varieties of lungfish found in Australia, Africa, and South America. In Australia they live in quiet pools of water which become stagnant in the summer. Because there isn't much oxygen dissolved in the water, these fish need lungs in order to breathe air, just as we do. Lungfish in South America live in swamps which often dry up during the dry season. They spend the dry season resting in burrows. The African lungfish also spends the dry season burrowed in the mud, but it builds a breathing tube through the mud to allow air to reach it.

Lungfish are not fish in the process of evolving into land animals- they are simply animals designed to survive for periods of time outside of water. Lungfish lack critical biological features such as bones and muscles for movement on land. This makes it impossible for them to ever become anything other than a fish. Furthermore, the lungfish we find living today are exactly the same as those which are found in the fossil record. There is absolutely no evidence that a lungfish has ever been, or ever will be, anything other than a lungfish.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 4, p. 233

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. - Psalm 9: 1 KJV

April 21

Biology

The largest known cooperative community of mammals spends their summers together inside Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas. During the day 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats raise their 20 million pups, while each night they gulp down an estimated 150 tons of insects! The bats winter in Mexico and mate in the spring. Then, for a reason unknown to scientists, only the females fly to Texas.

During their migration, the bats fly at 40 miles per hour at an altitude of eight to ten thousand feet. Once settled in at Bracken Cave, they become pregnant from the sperm of male bats which they have carried on the journey with them! Four months later each has a single pup. Although the cave's one-room nursery has 20 million noisy pups, a mother bat released anywhere within the cave can find her own baby in as little as twelve seconds.

How marvelous is our God who created such wonders!

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 91

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. - Job 5: 9

Biology

April 23

Every summer night female Mexican free-tailed bats leave the Bracken Cave in San Antonio, Texas, and fly as far as 60 miles, consuming as much as their total body weight in insects. After about five hours, the mothers return to the cave to nurse their pups and rest for about three hours. They then go out for another three hours of feeding. Even with this eating frenzy, the bat's diet normally would not provide enough fat for the mother bat to provide rich milk for her pups. Her nursing period, however, "just happens" to fall at exactly the same time that a particular local ant grows wings.

It also "just happens" that this particular ant is a rich source of needed protein. These flying insects also "just happen" to be available in the bat's airspace, at just the right time! One wonders how this particular species of ant could have evolved at exactly the right time to ensure the survival of the Mexican free-tailed bat.

It is unknown whether the eating habits of this bat developed before or after creation's Fall. Either way, the bat's design clearly points to an intelligent Designer.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 91

"You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens... the earth and all that is on it.... You give life to everything...." - Nehemiah 9: 6

May 1

Biology

Hermit crabs are constantly on the lookout for a new home. Sometimes they will try on a new shell, return to their old one, and then try on the new shell again, just to see which one suits them best. Amazingly, God gave hermit crabs the ability to sense the calcium content in shells, because shells with the highest calcium content are the strongest. Research shows that a hermit crab will always favor a correctly fitting shell with the highest calcium content.

The ability to sense calcium involves many complicated organic reactions, sensors, internal communication systems, and instincts (to interpret for the crab what its sensors are saying). All of these processes would need to be operational before the first hermit crab could have sensed calcium. It is not possible that they could have evolved independently, nor is it conceivable they could have "just appeared" all at once.

The logical alternative is to acknowledge that the hermit crab was created fully functional, with all of its unique abilities and instincts. God knew exactly what the hermit crab would need.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 75

... for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. - Matthew 6: 8

May 6

Biology

Modern airplanes navigate electronically. They pick up radio or satellite signals, and complicated equipment translates the signal to tell the pilot his or her location. But for years we have known that birds can navigate across great distances without any mechanical aids. In one test of this incredible ability, a number of Manx Shearwaters, which nest off the coast of Wales, were tagged and released at different points far beyond their usual range. One was turned loose in Boston, some 3,200 miles from home. In just twelve and a half days the bird returned to its nest, having traveled 250 miles a day starting from a place thousands of miles from where it had never been before. What's more, based on the known speed of the bird, it must have flown directly home across the open ocean.

No one knows how it did this. Could the incredible navigational system of birds have "just happened"? Both the Bible and science indicate otherwise.

It Couldn't Just Happen, p. 106-107

Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.
- Genesis 6: 20

May  9

Biology

The protective hand of God is clearly displayed in the unique parenting habits of the emperor penguins of Antarctica. The female emperor penguin lays one egg on bare ice and then jumps into the water, apparently not giving her egg another thought for the next two months. It is up to the male penguin to keep the egg warm during this two-month period by continuously standing over it and holding the egg between his feet and stomach. He does this without eating during the worst part of the Antarctic winter.

When the chick hatches, the male feeds it with a milky substance from its throat. Eventually the female returns, fattened from eating, and takes over the care of her baby. The father then goes to sea for about three weeks before returning with food for his family. Does this "shared parenthood" happen by chance? It is obvious that every penguin chick would have died long ago if its parents had not been designed to do things correctly from the start.

Myths and Miracles, p. 36-37

So God created... every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  - Genesis 1: 21

May  16

Biology

The lacewing larvae enter termite-infested tree branches in order to finish their growth cycle within the termite tunnels. Amazingly, the larvae don't wait for the termites to vacate the tunnels before entering. California termites are 30 times larger than the larvae and normally destroy any invader to their tunnels. The larvae boldly enter the termite tunnel waving their abdomen in the air. As the termites race forward to kill the larvae, the termites suddenly stop and topple over. Biologists discovered that this strange behavior is due to a paralyzing chemical which the larvae release. Even more amazing is the discovery that this chemical only paralyzes this specific California termite. The relationship between the beaded lacewing larva and the California termite poses a real problem for those who believe there is no Creator.

If this were all a matter of chance rather than intelligent design, one wonders how the lacewings evolved the perfect chemical protection to work on the specific termite that makes safe tunnels for them to grow in. Even though this conflict is quite likely a result of the fall of creation from perfection, this unique relationship between these insects gives us all the more reason to acknowledge God as Designer. God preserves even the smallest creeping things in His creation.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 4, p. 23

The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. - Psalm 145: 17

May 16

Biology

A study of the monarch butterfly should convince anyone of God's amazing design. Consider just a few of the monarch's abilities:

The probability of random-chance mutations evolving this perfectly timed, chemically miraculous metamorphosis from caterpillar to monarch butterfly is far beyond the realm of reason.

1. The female butterfly uses six sharp needles on her forelegs to test for food's chemical composition.

2. The caterpillar increases in weight 2,700 percent in 20 days.

3. The female butterfly can smell a male butterfly two miles away.

4. The female butterfly can store sperm and delay egg-laying for months if she is impregnated too close to migration time.

5. The butterfly navigates alone to a never-before-seen location over 2,000 miles away.

6. As a caterpillar, it digests only one type of plant, the milkweed, which is poisonous to other animals that eat it, but not to this caterpillar.

7. The monarch butterfly chemically reconstructs itself from a caterpillar with six simple eyes which can only see in black and white, a chewing mouthpiece sixteen legs, and the ability to crawl. It becomes a butterfly with two eyes that can see in color (each with 6,000 lenses), a sucking mouthpiece, six legs, four wings, and the ability to fly.

From Darkness to Light to Flight

... I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. - Psalm 145: 5-6

May 26 

Biology

The peppered moth of England is often used as an example of evolution in action. We're told that the light variety of Biston betularia (the peppered moth) evolved into the dark variety during the industrial revolution as a result of factory soot coating the trees. It is a known fact that both light and dark varieties of the peppered moth lived in England prior to the industrial revolution, but the dark ones were rare. As the light-colored trees darkened with soot, the prevalent white moths landing on the trees became more visible to bird predators. The rarer dark moths were now better camouflaged, and their population began to flourish. This is presented in textbooks as an example of evolution. The implication is that this shift in moth population proves that one type of animal can change into another type.

However, before the industrial revolution there were light and dark-colored moths. After the industrial revolution there were light and dark-colored moths. What a wonderful system (called natural selection), God has built into animals so that they can adapt to environmental changes! But this example does nothing to show how one kind of animal could change into another kind of animal.

The fact that the peppered moth is still in textbooks is an example of how evolutionists misuse simple shifts in population to support their belief that new animals evolve. No new information is added and no completely new type of animal ever results.

Unlocking The Mysteries of Creation, p. 85

The Icons of Evolution, p. 137-158

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. - Proverbs 14: 12

May 28 

Biology

Every feather is a marvel of engineering design. A single pigeon feather is composed of more than a million individual parts. Barbs extend from each side of a center shaft. Smaller barbules grow out of both sides of these barbs, which in turn are made with tiny microscopic barbicels. These barbicels are tiny hooks which interlock with barbules, weaving each feather together like the teeth on a zipper. If the barbs are pulled apart, the bird hooks them back together by simply running its beak through the feathers. For their weight, feathers are stronger than any man-made structures.

If the design itself were not miraculous enough, the functions of the feather are even more astounding. This extremely lightweight, durable, and complex design enables the bird's wing to flare and hold air as it flies. The trapped air within the feathers serves as extremely efficient insulators against both hot and cold temperatures. A minute coating of oil makes feathers waterproof, keeping birds dry and warm.

Evolutionists claim that reptile scales evolved into feathers. Could this have happened? There is virtually no similarity between scales and feathers, nor is there any fossil evidence showing the transition from scale to feather. A scale could only become a feather as specific information is added to the DNA molecule. The feather has a much more complex DNA code than a reptile scale. Random mistakes could not produce this complex information.

It Couldn't Just Happen, p. 106

CEA update Newsletter, 6/ 95

How awesome is the LORD Most High, the great King over all the earth! - Psalm 47: 2

June 6

Biology

There is astounding variety of very different mammals living in the oceans. These sea mammals (whales, seals, walruses, dolphins, sea elephants, etc.) are highly specialized, with each species perfectly designed for its own particular nitch. For example, the mother whale has an ingenious device for giving milk to her baby. The baby's mouth fits snuggly into his mother's body so that sea water cannot get mixed with the milk. The baby whale's windpipe is also elongated above the gullet so milk cannot flow into its lungs.

This design had to be perfect in both the mother and the baby whale from the very first time a baby whale was born and needed to nurse underwater. It could not have evolved by gradual changes. These are the types of specifically designed features which have led many biologists to reject evolution in favor of creation as the best explanation for our existence.

Myths and Miracles, p. 27-28

The LORD Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand." - Isaiah 14: 24

June 8

Biology

The Bible states that God created Eve, the first female, in a special way- out of Adam- to be Adam's helper and companion. Science has no adequate explanation for how gender developed. The process of reproduction is marvelously complex and must have been perfect from the beginning to be successful.

The August 18, 1997, issue of U.S. News and World Report was dedicated to great scientific mysteries. The origin of gender was listed as one of the most mysterious. This is because evolution has no answer for how a single-sex organism could possibly have turned into two completely different sexes. Both sexes would have had to appear simultaneously, yet the reproductive organs and functions of each are completely different.

Evolutionists believe that sexual separation must have happened numerous times throughout evolutionary history as completely different types of plants and animals developed different sexes at different times. Yet no adequate cause or mechanism has been proposed which can explain how opposite sexes could have developed even once!

Search for the Truth, p. 61

Myths and Miracles, p. 42

Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. - Genesis 2: 22

June 9

Biology

Many textbooks have a series of pictures showing how the horse is supposed to have "evolved" from a small creature about the size of a terrier. What these books do not tell you is that nowhere on earth has anyone found these "horse ancestor" fossils lying on top of one another in regular order. It is just as reasonable to believe that all these animals lived on Earth at the same time, either as different species or as larger and smaller members of the same species (compare Great Danes and dachshunds).

One modern breed of horse in Argentina averages only 43 centimeters (17 inches) in height. Shire horses weigh up to a ton, while Shetland ponies weigh only 400 pounds. If all three types were to be found fossilized, they could easily be arranged to claim that they have evolved over millions of years to show gradually increasing size, whereas in fact, all three types are alive today.

No one has shown why small horses should become steadily larger by natural selection. Just the opposite seems to have happened in the past: modern bears, tigers, turtles, and many other animals are considerably smaller than their prehistoric relations. The horse evolution sequence is simply a persistent myth which hangs on because no better evidence for evolution has surfaced.

Myths and Miracles, p. 33-34

The Icons of Evolution, p. 196-209

Genesis chapters 1: 20 to 2: 3 states that God created all the animals on the fifth and sixth days. No completely new type of creature was created after the sixth day. - Genesis ch. 1: 20 to 2: 3

June 11

Biology

Every feature and function of a bird's body testifies to design. From the moment they lay their eggs to their yearly migrations across the globe, birds provide eloquent testimony to their Creator.

While most birds have been given instincts to build strong nests to protect their eggs, the guillemot does not build any nest. Instead, guillemots simply lay their eggs on bare windswept rocks. Their eggs are shaped in such a way, however, that when the wind blows, they spin in place, instead of rolling off the rocks. Who programmed the guillemots to form their eggs in exactly the right shape in order to survive in their harsh environment, whereas other sea birds produce ordinary shaped eggs and build nests to protect these eggs?

How do hundreds of species of birds migrate thousands of miles every year at the right time and to the right place? Every fall the American golden plover youngsters make an astounding 3,000 mile flight across the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to the island of Hawaii, with no parent to guide them. They fly through the darkness, clouds and storms, and land at the correct destination. Their bodies are so efficient that they only burn two ounces of body weight on this incredible 3,000 mile flight. Who designed their bodies with this extraordinary efficiency, taught these birds to navigate, and gave them the desire to make this journey?

Myths and Miracles, p. 32p

CEA Update Newsletter (Summer/ 95)

I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. - Psalm 50: 11

Biology

June 12

One of the often repeated statements in support of evolution is the claim that chimp DNA is 97% similar to human DNA. This is considered by many as proof of our evolutionary origin. Yet textbooks omit the following perspectives as they lead students toward only evolutionary conclusions:

1. A Corvette and a Volkswagen could be considered 97% similar depending on the features selected. Yet one did not evolve from the other, but both exist because they were designed and built by intelligent people.

This mere 3% difference (3 out of 102 letters) totally changes the meaning, function, and purpose of the sentence. Furthermore, the amount of information contained within 3% of our total DNA code is equivalent to thousands of pages of specific instructions. A 3% difference is not a small change, but an enormous amount of information which could never have arisen by chance mutational changes.

2. DNA similarity is required for survival in similar environments. If humans were totally different than other forms of life, what would they eat and how could they process food?

a. "Many scientists reject evolution because it lacks evidence, contradicts laws of science, and is the foundation of atheism."

b. "Not many scientists reject evolution because it lacks evidence, contradicts laws of science, and is the foundation of atheism."

Creation Magazine, Feb. 1997, p. 21-22

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
- Proverbs 30: 5-6

June 18

Biology

Man has only recently learned the danger of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. It is now commonly known that excessive exposure to sunlight causes skin cancer and many other problems. Melanin is the pigment that turns human skin brown when it is exposed to the sun. Melanin protects skin from the damage caused by the sun's ultraviolet radiation. Mankind can adapt and stay out of the sun, but what about animals which don't know about this hazard?

Unlike most mice which are nocturnal, the African four-striped grass mouse operates in the fierce equatorial sun and is exposed to powerful doses of ultraviolet radiation. Because this creature spends most of its life in the sun, the mouse not only has melanin-pigmented skin, but an additional melanin-pigmented layer between its skull and outer skin to provide additional protection. It was also discovered that white tent-making bats have similar protection on their skulls. These bats sleep during the day in a curled position that exposes their heads to the South American sun.

If God protects and cares for the animals so meticulously, how much more He must care for mankind whom He created in His own image.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 189

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. -James 1:17

June 20

Biology

The mosquito begins life as a tiny larva crawling out of an egg laid on water. The wiggler breathes through a microscopic breathing tube at the tip of its abdomen which has five flaps that open to drawn in air and then close whenever it goes under water. As the mosquito grows from wiggler to pupa to adult, it goes through a total chemical rearrangement, emerging as an adult capable of flying through the air.

The male mosquito has no bite and lives only a little over a week during which time it must mate. His antennae have been specifically equipped with whirls of long hair having special sensory cells at their base. The female's wings are designed to beat with such intensity that they move these hairs from up to 10 inches away. The movement stimulates a mating instinct, which takes place in the air. The female stores the male's reproductive cells in a special sac for immediate or later use.

The female mosquito needs a supply of blood before fertilizing her eggs. As soon as she lands on her victim, she goes to work with a special set of tools tucked inside her proboscis (mouthpiece). This mouthpiece has a syringe for injecting numbing and anti-thickening chemicals, two tiny spears to start the drilling operation, both a coarse and fine-toothed saw for cutting through different skin thicknesses, and a syringe connected to a pump in her head through which she can suck up to 4 times her body weight in blood.

A careful study of its many parts reveal that even the irritating mosquito is a creature uniquely designed for its specific function, not the result of evolution by random changes.

Character sketches, Vol. II, p. 212-213

And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.  -John 21:25 NKJV

June 21

Biology

Many humans and even some animals will endanger or sacrifice their lives to save the life of another-sometimes even the life of a completely different species. This type of behavior, known as altruistic, is universally considered the most praiseworthy form of character. According to the theory of evolution, natural selection explains all individual characteristics. How could altruistic behavior have evolved by natural selection or mutational changes? This type of selfless behavior, by definition, reduces the chances of survival for the individual creature who exhibits it. The only rational explanation for altruistic behavior is that it was programmed into animals.

Stealing and aggressiveness produce immediate benefits to an individual, whereas cooperation produces longer term benefits for an entire group. If macroevolution has happened, selfish behavior would tend to eliminate unselfish behavior. How could individuals know that self-sacrificing behavior has greater long-term benefits? Although it can be demonstrated that altruism benefits the whole once it is established, it has never been explained how it could have developed in the first place. Altruism contradicts evolution and has the fingerprints of God all over it!

In the Beginning, 7th ed., p. 7

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. -John 15:13

June 23

Biology

Animals communicate with each other using a wide variety of methods. It has long been recognized that bees use an intricate dance which conveys the direction and distance to food sources. It has recently been discovered that bees also communicate using scents. Beehives are full of scents, yet honey bees are constantly alert to bees who are not members of the hive. Invaders to a hive are killed if they do not have exactly the same scent as the rest of the hive.

Entomologists (scientists that study insects) have discovered that all members of an individual hive learn to produce exactly the same chemical password. Amazingly, all honey bees use a specific combination of only two chemicals to make the scent distinctive to their hive. Bees from each hive can instantly tell whether a bee carries that hive's specific chemical password. When bees start a new hive, they develop a new distinctive chemical password!

This complex method of defense, possibly created within the bees after the Fall, is strong evidence of a wise and powerful Creator.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 209

All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD... -Psalm 145:10 RSV

June 27

Biology

Every square mile of our planet contains some form of life. Did these life forms evolve to fit into harsh environmental nitches, or were they designed with the potential to adapt and survive in extreme conditions?

Unlike most reptiles that lay eggs, Yarrow's spiny lizards bear live young in arid desert environments. A hot desert is a tough environment for a newborn lizard to survive, so the baby lizards are born with a built-in canteen of water. At birth this full canteen of water makes up 10% of the lizard's weight. After the first month of life, the canteen shrivels up and disappears. Because older lizards have a greater need for speed, a bulky water reservoir would inhibit them.

This lizard is also designed without a urinary bladder. Its waste water is recycled with the lizard's body since water is a precious resource in the desert. The spiny lizard is designed to remove essentially every usable molecule of water from its waste.

The probability of all of these complex systems evolving by chance is essentially nil. They all had to work perfectly from the first moment to insure the Yarrow's spiny lizard's survival. This testifies to design, not chance mutations (random changes in genetic material).

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 218

"The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland".... -Isaiah 43:20

June  30

Biology

Animals are primarily controlled by instinct, but they have not been left without the ability to use rather complex forms of communication. It is known that sperm whales can echolocate (use high-frequency sounds to orient themselves) in the same way as bats. Sperm whales send out a series of clicks from a special organ in their head. Scientists believe that even though other whales lack this specific organ, they can communicate by means of a less precise method of echolocation which uses low-pitched calls.

The haunting mating melodies of the humpback whale can last 30 minutes. A humpback song will be the same within a single population of whales, and sometimes within an entire ocean basin. Some whales are even believed to carry on conversations over thousands of miles. Could these intricate forms of communication have developed by chance?

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 230

Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy. -Psalm 56:8

July 11

Biology

After a long process of detailed study and testing, scientists discovered one of the most bizarre methods of hearing in the animal kingdom. The Praying Mantis has only one hearing organ, which is located in a groove underneath its thorax (the middle section of its body). A teardrop-shaped groove in the thorax has a thinner covering than other parts of the mantis body, and under this covering is a relatively large air sac connected to the insect's respiratory system. Nerves near the top of this sac carry the sensation of sound to the nervous system.

Scientists discovered that this hearing organ senses not only audible sounds, but ultrasonic frequencies. When researchers sent a bat-like ultrasonic frequency toward a Praying Mantis in flight, it immediately took an evasive flight path to escape the sound of the bat. One truly has to question how anyone could believe that this intricately designed organ could have evolved by a chance process, one mutation at a time.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 265

"...Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God almighty...." -Revelation 15:3

July 14

Biology

One of the most fascinating and unique creatures of all creation is the common hummingbird. What is the probability that all of the unique characteristics of the ruby-throated hummingbird, each of which are needed for its survival, developed by some step-by-step evolutionary process? A few of the hummingbird's incredible abilities are listed below:

1.  The unique ability to fly forward, backward, upside-down, and straight up like a helicopter as no other bird can.
2.  The use of a special fringed tongue to sweep insects out from the inside of flowers. It cannot survive on nectar along, but also needs the protein from eating insects. Without its special tongue it could never catch the insects.
3.  The ability to fly 500 miles nonstop over the gulf waters to Mexico. The hummingbird can conserve its strength for long flights by taking a prolonged rest just prior to the flight and making every motion count in flight.
4.  The ability to go into a "torpid" condition at night by almost shutting down its metabolism. Because of its incredibly high energy activity, gram for gram the hummingbird has the greatest energy output of any warm-blooded animal. Yet at night it uses only about one-fifth of its normal energy.

The hummingbird is truly a marvel of God's creativity.

Character sketches, Vol. II, p. 42-48

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.
 -Psalm 105:4-5

July 18 

Biology

Bats have the extraordinary ability to close their ears as they send sonar signals and reopen them in time to hear returning echoes. They do this at the incredible rate of 50 to 60 times per second. Studying the bat's unique method of detecting objects has allowed scientists to discover the principles of sonar. Using these principles, mankind has produced sensitive detection instruments of his own.

As complex and sensitive as our sonar detection systems are, they still lack the precision of the bat's. It is estimated that the bat's sonar system is still many times more sensitive than anything man has yet designed. We know it took man's intelligence to design his detection systems. Isn't it foolish to assume a bat's sonar system, which is much more complex and sensitive, happened by accidental mutational changes?

Character Sketches, Vol. II, p. 95

Character Sketches, Vol. II, p. 95

You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. -Psalm 119:68

July 25 

Biology

The sidewinder, a desert snake, is to slow to catch one of its favorite foods, the gecko lizard. It improvises for this shortcoming by burying its entire body in the sand except for the tip of its tail. The tail sticks out of the sand, imitating a lone blade of grass. When ants discover this potential source of food in the barren desert, they begin to explore it. This draws the gecko, tempted by its favorite food, the ant. While the gecko dines on ants, the sidewinder grabs the gecko from beneath the sand and eats the lizard!

Could the sidewinder have perfected this neat little trick by evolution? How did the snake learn that its tail could attract ants which would, in turn, attract geckos? How did the snake manage to pass this instinct along to its young? Both the skill and the instinct must have been imparted before birth, because snakes raised in captivity also know how to hunt this way.

This intelligently designed interrelationship between three different desert creatures gives witness to the fact that there is one all-wise Creator who provides for His creation even after the Fall (when bloodshed and competition replaced the originally created harmony among creatures).

Letting god Create Your Day, Vol. 4, p. 7

Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving ... He gives to the beast its food .... -Psalm 147:7, 9 NKJV

July 27

Biology

The cheetah is a truly remarkable creature. It is the world's fastest land animal, capable of accelerating from 0 to 40 miles per hour in 2 seconds. The cheetah can reach a speed of 70 miles per hour. How does the cheetah reach these phenomenal speeds?

It is designed with a high performance body containing a uniquely powerful heart, strong large diameter arteries, and extra large nostrils for breathing large volumes of air. The cheetah also has hip and shoulder girdles that swivel on its spine. As it runs, the cheetah's spine curves up and down as its legs contract and extend. When moving at high speed, the cheetah may only touch the ground once every 23 feet.

Evolutionists would claim that some unknown pre-cheetah creature turned into the cheetah by chance mutations of its heart, liver, arteries, nostrils, hips, shoulders, spinal column, and muscles. Yet the oldest known cheetah fossils reveal an animal that is essentially identical to the cheetahs alive today. Once again, the actual physical evidence supports creation, rather than evolution. The cheetah's unique characteristics are a result of design. All of the information necessary for the cheetah's speed was programmed into the first "cat-type" creature. No series of random modifications could have produced this fast, sleek animal.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 4, p. 19

... The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. -Psalm 145:13

August 3

Biology

Some animals, such as the duckbilled platypus, have organs that completely confound any evolutionary explanation.

The platypus has a mixture of features from animals completely unrelated to its supposed ancestry, for instance:

The platypus has a mixture of features from animals completely unrelated to its supposed ancestry, for instance:

1.  The warm blooded platypus feeds its babies milk like other mammals.
2.  It lays leathery eggs, has a single ventral opening (for eliminating its waste, mating, and birth), and has claws and a shoulder girdle like most reptiles.
3.  It can detect electrical currents like some fish.
4.  It has webbed feet like an otter, a flat tail like a beaver, and the male can inject poison into its predators like a snake.
5.  It has a bill like a duck.

It would seem that animals such as the platypus are God's reminder of His unfathomable creativity. These animals combine features from many unrelated creatures and have no logical place on the "evolutionary tree." There is no direct evidence that any major group of animals (or plants) arose from any other group. Completely different types of animals are only observed going out of existence (extinctions), never coming into existence.

In the Beginning, 7th ed., p. 7

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom....  I will mediate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. -Psalm 145:3, 5, 6

August  5

Biology

In His Word, God tells us that He cares for His Creatures.

One can observe repeated examples of this in nature. Every creature on Earth has been preprogrammed to take care of itself. An example is the female red-cockaded woodpecker, which changes her diet to include more calcium at egg-laying time. Scientists have found that the woodpecker starts gathering, storing, and eating bone fragments a few days before laying her eggs. Bones contain an extremely high concentration of calcium, which is needed for the shells of the woodpecker's eggs. After her eggs are laid and her body requires less calcium, the woodpecker shows little interest in pieces of bone. Where did this instinct to eat bones originate? How does the woodpecker know when she can stop eating bone fragments?

Would this process have taken place before the Fall, when the world was a perfect paradise? No one knows, but it is apparent that this instinct had to be programmed into the woodpecker for it to survive in the current fallen world. What a leap of faith to believe that the woodpecker's ability to meet her need for increase calcium just "evolved" by chance!

Letting God Create Your Day. Vol. 3, p. 22

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?   -Matthew 6:26

August 6 

Biology

God tells us in exodus 8 of a devastating swarm of flies sent into Egypt. We can see how this could happen by considering the life cycle of flies and the delicate balance by which they are kept in check. A female fly can lay as many as 1,000 eggs during her 30 day summertime life span. She lays between 100 to 250 eggs at a time, which hatch within 24 hours. It has been calculated that if all the offspring of an individual pair of flies lived, their population (starting in April and ending in August) would reach a total of 190,000,000,000,000,000,000!

We can start to appreciate how critical it is that the fly population be controlled when we understand that flies are one of the most dangerous insects to man. They live on filth. They enjoy decaying flesh, garbage, and manure. Then they walk around in the sugar bowl on your table. A single fly can hold up to 30 million organisms or bacteria in its internal tract and 500 million on its body surface. The common house fly is capable of transmitting about 40 serious diseases. Birds, toads, spiders, and other predators keep the fly populations from growing to plague proportions.

Developing a better understanding of nature and its complex system of interactions gives us reason to praise God. His attentiveness to details is truly astounding.

Character Sketches, Vol. II, p. 116-122

... and there came a grievous swarm of flies ... into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies. Exodus 8:24 KJV

August  14

Biology