Archive for May, 2012

We Continue In Genesis….Source Of Scientific Method and Knowledge

Continuing with our study of science, we learn science deals with “order, purpose, and laws.”   Examining evolution: evolution is ‘disorder (random chance & accident), purposeless (no intelligence), and lawless.”  God is a Being of “order, purpose, and laws.”  So His creation should also have “order, purpose, and laws.”   When we compare the three – science, evolution, plus God and His creation, we discover evolution does not fit.  The Bible and science go together.

This means that all scientists, even atheists, when using the scientific method, use Biblical principles of order, purpose, and laws.

When God created and made the universe, He used intelligence with energy under His control.  When scientists or inventors make or invent things, they also use order, purpose, laws, intelligence, and energy under control.  Scientists and inventors do not use evolutionary principles, but Biblical principles.

Paul warns Timothy and us today, to beware of pseudo-science philosophies.

I Timothy 6:20

The nature of science is to use the scientific method in the pursuit of truth. This is the same for Romans 1:20, God wants us to study His creation (science).  For God knows by embracing true science, it will point us to the Truth.  Jesus is the Truth!

Science has its limitations.  One of the main limitations of science is the scientist.  The reason why: scientists are human and humans do not know everything and they can make mistakes.

Below are some of the limitations of science.

  1. Scientists have limited knowledge
  2. Humans are imperfect
  3. Scientists make mistakes
  4. Scientists can misinterpret the data
  5. The data scientists collect (experiments) may be flawed

For scientists to properly interpret the data and avoid mistakes, we need to start with a source of all knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.  According to Scripture, the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.

Psalm 111:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Proverb 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverb 9:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

The LORD is a source of unlimited knowledge, so His Word is a good place to start for our learning.   Through Scripture we can determine what is true knowledge and what is false knowledge. Scientists discovered this during the Reformation. By returning to Scripture as the source of truth, this was the beginning of man turning to true science and thus brought us out of the Dark Ages.

To truly understand what we are studying or observing, we must start with a source of all knowledge.  If we do not start with a source of all knowledge, there is a good chance we may misinterpret the data, which we have seen scientists do in the past.

 

Rich Stepanek

For further reading, some of the above information came from Exploring Creation with Biology by Dr. Jay Wile and Marilyn F. Durnell pg. 12-13 and Genesis and the Decay of the Nations by Ken Ham pg.23-31

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Leakey: Evolution Debate Will Soon Be History

Mary Jo & I may as well retire and head for some remote island where we can kick up our feet and sip on pineapple juice. According to Kenya’s well-known paleoanthropologist, Richard Leakey, the creation vs. evolution debate is soon to be over.

An article posted on msnbc.com says that Leakey predicts that ‘sometime in the next 15 to 30 years …  scientific discoveries will have accelerated to the point that “even the skeptics can accept it [evolution].”

Leakey made the absurd claim that “you can lay out all the fossils that have been collected and establish lineages that even a fool could work up.” The truth is that the evidence is very sketchy at best, and the lineages presented in books, museums, and TV specials are very much the imaginative work of artists that “fool” those who do not ask the question, “what’s the evidence?”

Even though it sounds fun to head to some remote island where I can kick up my feet and sip on pineapple juice, I don’t think this debate will be wrapped up any time soon. To me, the evidence is becoming clearer that evolution just doesn’t work scientifically. All the while, the die-hard atheists are making more and more sweeping claims that evolution is a fact and religion is dead.

If I were so bold as Leakey to make such predictions, I would say that a majority of scientists will soon see the absolutely unfathomable complexity of living organisms on the cellular and molecular levels and finally realize atheism is out, God is in!

Nope, we’re not ready to retire.  Mary Jo & I, as well as the rest of us at AOI, will continue to proclaim that evolution is bankrupt!

 

Dave Nutting

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Where Should We Look For The Answers To Life’s Toughest Questions? – Genesis Chapter One

People in the world today have many questions; for example:

How did everything get here?

Why are we here?

Who am I?

What is the purpose of life?

Why is there so much suffering and death in the world?

What does the future hold for me?

Where will I spend eternity?

 

We as Christians need to know the answers to these questions, as well as many others.

I Peter 3:15 –  “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:”

Why do we need to have answers to their questions?  If we do not give them the answers, they may search elsewhere for answers and they will probably be told a lie.  Many people reject Jesus and His Word because the church doesn’t have the answers.

To answer these questions and many others; we will turn to Genesis, which is the book of beginnings, and science.  People may ask, ‘what does Genesis have to do with science?’  We will discover that Genesis and science fit perfectly together. I will explain by defining science.

The definition of science in the Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, copyright 1983 states:  “Science: Systematized knowledge from observation, study, and experimentation carried on in order to determine the nature of principles of what is being studied.”

Empirical science is the observation, study, experimentation, etc. of nature or creation to gain knowledge.  I was taught this type of research was a modern day concept starting in the 1600’s, but it is not.  A man living about two thousand years ago wrote the definition of science for our learning.  His name was Paul.

Romans 1:20 –  “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”  (emphasis added) 

The words ‘clearly seen’ mean: to see thoroughly, perceive clearly.  Further studies of ‘clearly seen’ we read; to see with the mind, to perceive, know, become acquainted with by experience, to experience, to scrutinize, observe, etc.  In other words, ‘clearly seen’ means; observation, study, experimentation, etc., and what we are studying is creation or nature (things that are made).  From this study of creation, we obtain knowledge (understand or understood). Romans 1:20 is the definition of the scientific method!  But Paul goes a step further.  Through this study and knowledge of creation-nature, we know that God exists.  Actually, there is so much evidence there is no excuse for anyone being an atheist!

Please check back for the next blog, where I will continue discussing answers to these questions, as we go verse by verse through the first chapters of Genesis.

 

Richard Stepanek

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One of the Major Problems with Evolution

I believe one of the major problems with the religion of evolution is the origin of life.  Where did life come from? For thousands of years, people believed life came from non-living matter. A famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle, who lived about 330 BC taught decaying meat would turn into flies.  He performed scientific experiments with meat. If he left the meat (non-life) uncovered and allowed it to decay for a few days, then it would produce maggots.   So Aristotle hypothesized that non-living matter would change into life.

He also made other observations to support his idea.  He studied ooze at the bottom of a river.  Since this ooze was similar to the smell and feel of eels, he believed eels evolved from goo.  His belief was that similar characteristics were evidence of evolution.  This ancient belief of life from non-life is called ‘spontaneous generation’ or ‘abiogenesis.’

Many others did scientific experiments to support the idea of spontaneous generation.  Some would place meat on high shelves, which were too high for maggots to crawl up to, and in a few days they would observe maggots.  As early as 40 BC, there was even a recipe to grow bees.

Scientists, even as late as the 1600’s, were still performing experiments to support abiogenesis. A biologist named Jean Baptist van Helmont demonstrated that he could produce mice within 21 days by putting smelly rags and wheat in a box.  In every experiment, he observed at least one mouse trying to gnaw his way out of the box.  With all this accumulated scientific evidence for spontaneous generation, it became a theory, and then a law called the ‘Law of Abiogenesis.”  This law was considered a scientific fact for almost 2000 years!  Guess what professors were teaching their students!  Spontaneous generation!

A quote from a science textbook titled, ‘Modern Biology,’ states on page 20 that, “until the late nineteenth century, most scientists accepted the idea of spontaneous generation without question.”  Sadly, there was no real evidence for this idea.  Many times, people often draw conclusions that are not supported by facts.  But thankfully, a seventeenth century Italian scientist, Francesco Redi, demanded proof.  Could decaying flesh change into flies?  Redi proved that the answer was no.  Maggots came from eggs laid by flies.  The decaying meat was nothing more than food for the maggots.

 

Rich Stepanek

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Redneck Dump Trailer

Have you ever made a mistake? I seem to be quite good at mistakes. No matter how hard I try to avoid them, they still manage to pop up now and then.

Sometimes I push things just a little too far … in this picture you will notice one of my recent mistakes. It seems that four loads of gravel are just a little too much for this combination of four-wheeler and trailer. It seems that laws of physics and weight distribution are very important factors to be considered.

As an excuse, this was the first time I had tried this little experiment. But, all excuses aside, it was still a mistake. Nothing, or no one was hurt (except possibly my ego), and to tell the truth, it was somewhat comical … especially when I had my wife and oldest daughter climb onto the front of the trailer to act as ballast!

Hopefully we learn from our mistakes and don’t become repeat offenders. “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.” Proverbs 26:27

My mistakes remind me that I am not perfect and desperately in need of a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus Christ.

 

Lanny Johnson

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“It was very life changing!”

You might wonder why Mary Jo & I would spend 12 days roughing it with 30 high-energy Bible college students when we could be speaking or even relaxing at home with our feet up and a computer on our laps writing creation articles. Well, it is one thing to hear or read about evidence for the worldwide Flood, but it is an entirely different thing to see and experience it for yourself!

Here are some comments written to us by our students on the April Geology Field Study class we had just taught.

“It was very life changing!”

“This trip was a great faith strengthening experience for me”

“Before I was unsure and wavered; now, I feel a little more confident that although I don’t know many answers to refute evolution, I can find them.”

“… being out in God’s creation and seeing His beauty and might and work in it all was just astounding.”

“This trip has just given me a hunger to learn more about God’s creation, and how you can see His glory in it.”

“I always believed in creation and the flood, but getting to see so much evidence first hand and learn about it, brought these realities right to home . . .”

“This trip served to visually illustrate many of the things I have learned about the Flood, young earth, creationist models, etc. I have seen the evidence with my own eyes, and I am now much better equipped to share it with others.”

“I have really enjoyed seeing the flood geology on such a large scale. In the Southwest it is incomprehensible to me how anyone could deny the evidence of the Flood. Having seen this first hand, I feel more equipped to explain it one who has never heard. Greater still are the tools I was taught to use in presenting the gospel. It has been amazing to see how geology can be used apologetically.”

Now you know why we do it!

 

Dave Nutting

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Acting Upon the Word

Years ago, one of the directors of Standard Oil Company was reading in his Bible the account of Moses being placed in an ark … “And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.” Exodus 2:3

Looking in his dictionary, he found the definition of pitch as bitumen or asphalt in natural form. As an oilman, he understood bitumen or asphalt could be oil. He sent Charles Whitshott , the company geologist, to Egypt to find out  if there was still oil in the area. Whitschott did in fact discover oil, which led the Standard Oil Company to very successful and profitable oil production in Egypt.

All of this happened because a man read his Bible, believed it, and acted upon Biblical information.

 

Lanny Johnson

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New Dinosaur Extinction Theory – They Gassed Themselves!

Well, forget the comet and volcano theories. Forget the mammals over-running the dinosaurs. British researchers are saying that dinosaurs may have gassed themselves to extinction. That’s right. These huge lumbering giants ate so much vegetation that the digestive microbes needed to break down the food produced enormous amounts of methane gas. In fact, the production was estimated to be over 5 times the total that all of the world farm animals produce today.

So, if I have the right understanding, the large amount of methane produced added to the greenhouse gasses. This caused unusual global warming of such an extent that it killed off the dinosaurs. So, therefore, the dinosaurs caused their own extinction.

Over the years, scientists have had many theories to explain dinosaur extinction including the latest (up until now) asteroid theory. They have even suggested that the dinosaurs’ favorite plant (which had a laxative effect) died off. That caused all the dinos to die of constipation. Even the comic writers have suggested theories. Far side showed a picture of dinosaurs smoking cigarettes and captioned it, “The real reason dinosaurs became extinct.” BC comic shows two dinosaurs looking at cave people and commenting, “Careful, them little twerps are carnivorous.”

Hey, here’s another idea I just thought of. Perhaps a bolt of lightning set off all of that methane in one huge explosion and resulted in a monstrous fireball. That would do it.

In all of this, secular scientists never consider a Biblical explanation. Perhaps most of the dinosaurs perished in Noah’s Flood except for those on the ark. The remaining ones may have been hunted to extinction. Perhaps, the comic strip BC had it right!

Thanks, Lisa, for alerting us to this eye-opening, heads-up on one more idea in a long line of theories trying to explain the real reason dinosaurs became extinct.

For those wanting to see read more, check out the article on Fox News.

 

Dave Nutting

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Colorado National Monument – A Monument to What?

In April, I had the opportunity to lead a school field trip in the Colorado National Monument.   There were about twenty students and staff that came along for the hike.  We stopped at a number of places along the trail to explain some of the geology.  I explained both the evolutionary model and the creation model for the formations we were observing; either there was a lot of time and little water or little time and a lot of water.

The students and the staff both agreed it looked like catastrophic geology.   I also explained what we were observing was the result of God’s wrath.  Most of the geological formations were from the aftermath of the world-wide flood of Noah’s day.  This is a witness to the just nature of God.  God will judge evil, but He is also a loving God.  He wants to save all of us from this present evil world and bring us to a wonderful place which He will reveal in the future.  If the geology from God’s wrath is so beautiful, what will His future paradise look like!

 

Rich Stepanek

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Whewwwwwww…

I don’t know if any of you have a regular publication that you send out, but if you do, you know the relief when that issue is not only written, rewritten, edited, rewritten, edited again, and is finally sent off to the printer.

This next issue of Think & Believe is heading to the printer today, and I am certainly breathing a sigh of relief.  Wheeeeee! Sometimes the issues are easy, and sometimes they just seem to take forever. This one was closer to the latter. You can read it when it comes to your mailbox, or you can read it online at our DiscoverCreation.org website.

When it comes out, make sure you read the articles on Yellowstone National Park as well as the information on camps.  There are certainly some interesting sites and details at Yellowstone that you don’t usually hear from the park rangers. Some of the features are best explained by a huge recent lake and a Noah’s Flood scenario mixed with tremendous amounts of volcanism.

I also want to encourage you to go to our Creation Family Adventures page and find out about AOI’s family camps for 2012 in the gorgeous Colorado mountains. These camps are wonderful times to rebuild as a family or couple, as well as to be fortified with the Truth beginning with Genesis and Creation. These are really tremendous vacations with a purpose. Besides Creation teaching, fantastic mountain scenery, gourmet food, and fabulous lodge rooms with private baths, you can enjoy a huge number of exciting recreational activities like horseback riding, 4 wheel drive trips, rappelling, ropes courses, mountain biking, peak climbing, archery, canoeing, white water rafting, fishing, etc. Check it out online and call us to reserve your spot! Hope to see you there!

 

Dave Nutting

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