Archive for August, 2013

The Human Brain – A Problem for Chance an Accident

 

BrainIn my last blog (The Mind Boggling Speed of the Human Brain) I wrote about the incredible speed of the human brain  … a man-made supercomputer (consisting of 82,944 processors … only 1 per cent of the neuronal network of a human brain) completed in 40 minutes the equivalent amount of activity that is observed to take place in the living brain within one second! To put that in perspective, that supercomputer is the equivalent of 250,000 personal computers.

Yet the human brain, weighing in at only three pounds, can do the work of 1,000 super computers. The brain doesn’t need an external power source or cooling system because it makes its own electricity and operates with chemicals and only microvolts of power. If the brain’s estimated 10 trillion cells were placed end to end in a single line, that line would be over 100,000 miles long!1

The human brain has an estimated ten billion neurons (specialized impulse-conducting cells) and billions upon billions of connections.2

It has been calculated that the human brain can store up to 100 trillion bits of information. The most powerful supercomputer today can only approach 1/10th of one percent of that.3   The brain’s memory is able to hold an estimated 100 billion bits of information … that’s equivalent of the information found in 500 sets of encyclopedias.4

Computers are the product of incredible design, yet they cannot even begin to compare with the efficiency or complexity of the human brain. Is it really reasonable to believe that only time and accident could design such a marvelous structure? The evidence points to a designer, not to chance and accident!

 

1 http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/darwins-child-murdered

2 http://www.creationmoments.com/content/most-complex-structure-universe

3 http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/most-complex-structure

4 http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/your-20-watt-brain

 

Lanny Johnson

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Creation Clubs In a Town Near You?

 

We love how God, in His amazing sovereignty, directs our steps before we have any idea of what’s going to happen.

We experienced that recently when we planned a last-minute trip to California to witness my two youngest brothers being baptized. We sent out some emails and contacted several people to see if there was any interest, or opportunity, to do some speaking and sharing about our work with AOI. It has been amazing to see how God has opened doors for us!

Foundations Creation ClubOne great opportunity has been to get connected to a couple of creation clubs in the Sacramento area of California. One is called “Foundations Creation Club” in Cameron Park, CA, and was started by a 16 year old man who is passionate about sharing the creation message. They had a meeting planned for the night after we arrived in CA, and when we let him know that we would be there, he offered Brian the opportunity to speak on Ancient Man during a segment of the program.

The night consisted of Brian’s talk, a showing of “Evolution vs. God,” and a talk by the founder of the club on “Noah’s Ark: Fact or Fiction?” The evening was attended by 70 people, and it was exciting to see such a well-organized, flourishing group. We look forward to seeing how God uses that ministry in their community!

We were delighted to discover that there are multiple Creation clubs in the area, and had made plans to attend another one. Of course, God is always working and going before us, and He had prepared to bless us and the group itself in His perfect timing. Sadly, the Pastor who had been scheduled to speak that evening was sick, so the leaders asked Brian to fill in for him. So, though we were sorry not to get to hear him speak, it was a blessing for Brian to have another opportunity to share a presentation on the authority of Scripture and Ancient Man. Wow, praise be to our God who never sleeps and is always working!

The chance to get connected to these clubs directly ties into our passion and desire to build up “Amateur Creation Speakers” across the country… and even the world. Many people may be excited about doing creation speaking, or want to receive mentoring and teaching themselves, or just determined get involved in Creation ministry somehow, but don’t know of any local venues. How many people have opportunities like this in their area and don’t even know it?

dreamstime_xs_23710744We are working at developing ways to build up local groups like this, and to provide training opportunities where anyone with a God-given passion for creation can grow and develop their abilities to share this truth with others. So whether you are 12 or 72, remember there aren’t age-limits to serving God in the areas He is calling you! So no matter how young or old you are, you can get involved! If you are interested, contact Brian at bmariani@dicovercreation.org . He would love to talk more with you!

We appreciate your prayers as we press on in faith, and strive to be prepared at any given time for our great God to give us opportunity to share His truth!

 

Aimee Mariani

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Boot Camps 2014 !!

 

Creation Action Boot CampsMany youth groups across this country are already in the midst of planning what they will do for the coming year, as well as next summer’s programs or trips.

Let me make a suggestion: Plan on doing something that will help them stand firmly against the indoctrination that many of them are being exposed to in schools, museums, the media, etc. What I would specifically suggest is that you look into AOI’s 2014 Boot Camps, which are meant to fireproof a teen or college student’s mind from the onslaught of evolutionary indoctrination and other anti-Biblical philosophies.

Unlike military boot camps, these are a real BLAST and are mentally stimulating! Please copy or forward this blog to your youth leader as well as other youth or families you know.  You can send people to the Boot Camps page on our website for additional information.

The specific 2014 Boot Camp Dates & Locations have not been finalized as yet, but if you let us know of your interest, we will inform you with the specifics ASAP. We are already considering some great Colorado, and even Glacier National Park (Montana), locations. Redcloud Ranch, near Lake City, has always been very well received and we are talking with them for 2014. Perhaps you want us to tailor one to your specific location, needs, and desires. Contact us!  800-377-1923 or email AOI@DiscoverCreation.org.

Seeing the results of AOI’s camps in the past, tells me that you don’t want to miss out.

 

Dave Nutting

“AOI’s teaching is what got me through college with my faith intact.”

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Creation Evangelism

 

Looking back over this summer’s camps and VBS programs… we had a wonderful year.  We had a full summer with a number of different teaching opportunities.  Many of the campers either trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior, rededicated their lives to the LORD, or just had a great time of discipleship.

I have discovered using creation evangelism is a wonderful way to explain the gospel, and to proclaim the true character of God.  Using Genesis and creation science as our teaching tools, the students discovered interesting information about God and science.

In Genesis chapter one, God the Creator, demonstrates His great power and intelligence in His creation.

In Genesis chapter two, God reveals He is the Law Giver by giving Adam a commandment.  He is also viewed as the humble servant by making a very special place (the Garden of Eden) for man to live. God wants the best for mankind, so He supplies and meets every need for the man and woman.  We see the same characteristic with the Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ, when He washes the smelly, dirty feet of His apostles.

Then in Genesis chapter three, God reveals Himself as the Savior.  Adam eats of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thus bringing death and sin into the world (1 Cor. 15:22 – For as in Adam all die,…).  The expression, ‘surely die,’ means to be physically put to death.  Adam and the Woman are to physically die on the day that Adam eats of the fruit, because this is what the law demands and God, as the just judge, must carry out the law.  But, God as the loving God that He is allows a substitute sacrifice.  Adam and the Woman were covered with coats of skin.  Which means innocent animals became substitutes and died, so the man and the woman would live, thus appeasing the law.

Being led to Christ through Creation Evangelism.

Being led to Christ through Creation Evangelism.

We know from Scripture that the death of animals does not take away sin and death, but God (‘The Word’ John 1:1, 14) takes on human flesh and dies for our sins.  He knows we can’t save ourselves, so the Servant of servants, Jesus Christ, does a task that no human being can do, die on the cross to take away our sins.  I believe this is God’s greatest act of love and servanthood.  All we have to do is trust in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection to have our sins forgiven.  It is all very simple.

When the campers understand the meaning of Christ’s death through creation evangelism, they realize their sinful state and believe!  Glory!

 

Rich Stepanek

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Creation in Kenya

 

 

Creation in KenyaAlan and Diane Galbraith are volunteers with AOI and do a wonderful job working with the children. They shared AOI Discover Creation Children’s Adventure with missionary friends who are working in Kenya. The photo shows the Kenyan people using some of the resources in that VBS package. As you can see, the adults are really getting into it – besides the kids!

This VBS package was developed by Lanny and Marilyn Johnson, who have been doing a lot of VBS’s on creation as well as family programs through AOI. So it is really good to see that missionaries are picking up this valuable tool to use in their own ministry.

This is the type of multiplication that we are excited to see. Lanny came out of atheism after hearing Mary Jo teach about design. Later, he and his family joined AOI.  Lanny and Marilyn were eventually instrumental in training the Galbraiths. The Galbraiths shared the information with missionary friends and then the material goes to Kenya!  I hope that it does not end there, but only time will tell.

As it says in 2Timothy 2:2:

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

If you wish to consider using AOI’s Discover Creation Children’s adventure, you can see more of what it includes by going to our Kid’s Curriculum page on our website.

 

Dave Nutting

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Local Creation Museums

The Bone Yard Creation Museum

On our recent trip to a friend’s wedding, Aimee and I were driving through the middle of Nebraska, through big farms and small towns, and just so happened across “The Boneyard Creation Museum” in Broken Bow, Nebraska. That night we didn’t have the chance to visit, but immediately thought, “WE NEED TO GO THERE!”

Fossil ExhibitSo Monday morning came and we were again in the middle of rural Nebraska, on our way back home, and pulled up with great anticipation of what we might see and experience at “The Boneyard.” We made it to the door and saw the sign with the words “Closed on Mondays,” and our hearts sank a bit, but the door was open and we saw a few people inside…so we inquired about entrance. The owner said, “Come on in!” There were some other visitors who had asked to come, so the owner had arranged to meet them for a tour. Praise God for the perfect timing to allow us the opportunity to tag along!

Young Earth ExhibitThis museum was a rather unique find! One of our goals at AOI is to train others about Creation in a way that they can go out and multiply the work and share the message of Creation… and ultimately the gospel. We want to go a step further and make disciple-makers…and not just disciples (although that is good too).

So right now, I am all about seeing small local Creation groups and Creation Museums “pop” right out of the cornfields! In fact, we are working on resources to prepare you to start your own creation groups and museums, or maybe, just the right resources for you to simply host a Bible study…without a lot of headaches.

“The Boneyard” has a number of fantastic exhibits, many of which are home-made and well done. The museum is a small, well decorated warehouse that has great sections about Worldviews, Timelines, Astronomy, Dinosaurs, Spontaneous Generation, Homology, Natural Selection, Mutations, Supposed Human Ancestors, Radiometric Dating, Mount St. Helens and more! There are some wonderful hands-on demonstrations and an excellent collection of fossils. There are even four video stations you can visit!

Living FossilsThe owner assured us that it is still a work in progress, but it is already a great testimony to truth for the surrounding rural communities. Check out their website.

We are excited and look forward to supplying you with resources on how you can set up your own ministry, and who knows…maybe that garage of yours will become a fascinating new local attraction!

 

Brian and Aimee Mariani

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The Mind Boggling Speed of the Human Brain

 

In 1992 Gerald D. Fischbach wrote1:

‘the most complex structure in the known universe, complex enough to coordinate the fingers of a concert pianist or to create a three-dimensional landscape from light that falls on a two directional retina’ … ‘the current version [of the brain] is the result of millions of years of evolution. It is difficult to understand the brain because, unlike a computer, it was not built with specific purposes or principles of design in mind. Natural selection, the engine of evolution, is responsible.’ [Emphasis added]

20 years later, on August 2, 2013, Tereza Pultarova wrote an article in Engineering and Technology Magazine2:

Japanese K Supercomputer - credit RIKENLargest neural network simulates 1 per cent of brain

A network consisting of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses has been created using the power of a Japanese supercomputer.

Despite being the biggest neuronal simulation to date, the process requiring 82,944 processors only represented about 1 per cent of the neuronal network of a human brain.

The supercomputer completed in 40 minutes the equivalent amount of activity that is observed to take place in the living brain within one second.

The teams from the Okinawa Institute of Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan, and the Research Centre in Julich, Germany, ran the advanced simulation software NEST on the Japanese K supercomputer, capable of processing 8 petaflops3 of information per second.

Overall, the experiment needed memory equivalent to that of 250,000 PCs.” [Emphasis added]

 

I wonder if today, based on information we know now, Mr. Fischbach can seriously say that the human brain was not built with design in mind … even our very complex brains cannot engineer a computerized brain that even comes close to the mindboggling speed of our brains. The evidence points to a brain that was engineered by a designer, not to a brain that could have happened by random chances and accidents (‘Natural selection’), even given ‘millions of years’ of so-called-time.

 

1   Gerald D. Fischbach, ‘Mind and Brain’, Scientific American [Vol. 267, No. 3] September 1992, pg. 24.

2    http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2013/aug/nest-neural-network.cfm

3   Petaflop: (computing) measurement of computer speed: one quadrillion (10^15) floating point operations per second.

 

Lanny Johnson

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The Genesis Flood Updates

 

genesisFloodThe Genesis Flood was written in 1961 by Dr. Henry M. Morris and Dr. John Whitcomb and is truly a classic book. This book has had a huge impact in drawing Christians back to the Truth of the Bible with evidence derived, not only from the Biblical text itself, but also from the science of geology. However, much work has been done in the field of geology since that book was published. We have always wanted to see an update to that book.

Earths-Catastrophic-Past-288x300Finally, two different publications have been produced. The first, Earth’s Catastrophic Past, is a 1,100 page, semi-technical, 2-volume set written in 2009 by Dr. Andrew Snelling – one of the world’s leading geologists in the creation science movement. According to the Institute for Creation Research, “Earth’s Catastrophic Past provides up-to-date geological evidence that demonstrates the authority and accuracy of the biblical account of creation and the Flood. . . with in-depth scholarly research and insight. Topics covered in this two-volume set include: The Biblical Record of the Global Genesis Flood; Non-Geological Arguments Used Against a Global Genesis Flood; Noah, the Ark, and the Animals; The Framework for a Scriptural Geology; and A Biblical Geologic Model of Earth History.” This is a great book for those willing to devote serious study time. (Hardcover; $60/set)

The second book, however, is the one that I recommend to virtually everyone. Make sure you get this book. It is what I would have tried to write but Dr. John D. Morris saved me a whole lot of time! Anyone who has been to one of my seminars knows I like pictures and lots of them. Well, so does John Morris! His book, The Global Flood, Unlocking Earth’s Geological History, is chock-full of wonderful photos and illustrations. It is easy to read, yet concise enough to engage even casual learners.

gen-flood-flatThis 176-page book fills a need, not only for geologists, but for the lay person who wants to know about geologic and Biblical evidence for the Flood and its related issues. Dr. John C. Whitcomb, who co-authored the original classic book, writes this in his Forward to The Global Flood:

“For some, the thought of a worldwide flood is ludicrous. But for serious scientists who research the various formations of the earth and the catastrophic processes that shaped the world we see around us today, the evidence of a global flood is indisputable. The Global Flood presents that evidence in a way that clearly demonstrates why the biblical account of the Flood matters to all of us who want to understand and communicate the truth of the Genesis Flood with confidence. The Global Flood helps to meet a great need today. It is comprehensive. It is aimed at those who are not experts in earth sciences. People everywhere need to understand the true significance of the year-long, mountain-covering Deluge that buried and fossilized trillions of marine and land animals and plants only a few thousand years ago.”

This book not only gives evidence for the Flood, but also answers many of the objections to the Flood. It is a great resource for pastors and Bible teachers, as well as students and laymen. I believe this 8.5” x 11,” hardcover book will have a big impact on a lot of people. I recommend that you invest in the lives of your friends and family by getting a stack of them to give out for Christmas gifts. ($20)

50-Proofs-Old-Testament_lg__38562 1313299628For anyone ordering either of these books or giving a donation to AOI, we will include a high-gloss, full-color booklet showing the authenticity of the Bible from actual archaeological discoveries. Make sure you ask for this free gift,“50 Proofs for the Bible (Old Testament),” when you order or donate.  This offer expires September 30th, 2013.

 

Dave Nutting

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Biblical Reliability Confirmed Again

 

Biblical Reliability Confirmed Again.FoxNews.com (July 18, 2013) reported on an archaeological discovery which once again supports the existence of the Biblical King David as well as the reliability of the Biblical record. In the very region where King David (Israel’s second king, 1010-970 BC) killed Goliath, a 10,000 plus square foot palace has been discovered. The palace is thought to be one of King David’s palaces and dates to the Biblical timeframe of his reign in Israel.

Moabite StoneWhy is this discovery important? Many Bible skeptics have claimed that the existence of King David and his slaying of Goliath was purely fictional. However, King David’s existence was previously confirmed by archaeological discoveries as David’s name was inscribed in two ninth century BC texts, the Tel Dan Inscription and the Moabite stone pictured here. The latest discovery is very important as it clearly shows David’s stature as the ruler of Israel. Some have questioned that it belonged to David, but this large palace was found in the ruins of what is considered to be the Biblical city of Sha’arayim. After David killed Goliath, the Philistines ran away and were slain on the “road to Sha’arayim” (1 Sam 17:52). Sha’arayim is also mentioned as one of the cities “unto the reign of David” (1 Ch 4:31). So this discovery certainly fits the Biblical record.

Sling DiagramWhat about David’s slaying Goliath with a sling? Slings are known from both archaeology and written historical records as very important military weapons. Sling cords were up to 3 or 4 feet long and a typical sling stone was about 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter. (See the picture of a typical stone in my hand which I picked up in the very valley of the Philistine battle site.)  When the sling is rotated rapidly, the stone is hurled at a great velocity which can easily drop a “Goliath.”

Stone for a slingAre slings accurate? Oh, yes. As a kid, my brother and I made slings and practiced with them. Our practice was cut short one day after my brother let go too soon and his rock was propelled backwards right through the window of our house. It was a good thing my dad wasn’t watching out the window that day!

Since it is known also that men of great stature (giants) have existed in the past and today, the account of David killing Goliath with a sling is not only believable, but is, as the Bible indicates, what helped to propel David to the position of the King of Israel and later to build one of his palaces in Sha’arayim.

 

Dave Nutting

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An Inside Scoop to Children’s Creation Ministry!

 

Aimee teaching at Family CampA recent opportunity has become such a blessing to us, that I thought I would let you in on it.  As Aimee and I are just starting out and plugging in to AOI’s Creation ministry, God is continually teaching us.

We had the privilege to go to Redcloud Family Camp and help out with the Children’s ministry. Alan and Diane Galbraith were in charge with a lot of help from their grandson, Griffin. Sue Stepanek, Aimee, and I were all able to help as well. So we had the inside peek to what goes on in the Children’s ministry.

For five full days, we helped out as we could with plenty of teaching, labs, activities, crafts and more. We covered a lot of information and did a lot of hands-on learning. Aimee and I learned a lot of good classic activities and had a lot of great new ideas.

If you have never experienced a Children’s Creation week, check it out. It’s great teaching on Dinosaurs, the Creation vs. Evolution debate, the amazing design of animals, the amazing fossil evidence of Noah’s flood, and I even shared about The Genius of Ancient Man (check out their blog). This includes great puppet shows too!

There are great exhibits, demonstrations, and labs with a lot of dinosaurs, animals, fossils, shells, minerals, and other rocks. This is a great opportunity for kids to explore, observe, and do science for themselves. They even got to measure out the life-size perimeter of Noah’s Ark in a field outside, and explore the great scale of the universe online!

Kids' Sock Puppet Show

Kids’ Sock Puppet Show

The kids made some great things to take home to remind them of the day’s teaching including:

  • A Constellation viewer using a Pringles can
  • A Personally designed Dino T-shirt
  • A Creation Bead wristband – to remember God’s order of creation in 6 days
  • A Candle decorated with flowers picked by each kid
  • A shell craft
  • A fossil imprint plaster
  • A homemade sock-puppet
  • And More!

 

The kids even had a lot of fun memorizing 5-10 verses each and got little prizes to take home! Wow, what a great time…and a tiring time, but we are sure that God was working through that week! What an amazing ministry this is and can be for kids all over the country…or even the world! Praise God!

 

Brian (and Aimee) Mariani

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