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Scientists are again inspired by nature for new artificial lens

 

In an attempt to construct a better lens, scientists have turned to the complex systems in nature.  By studying the human eye and the way it is designed, they believe they have designed a lens better than the intraocular lenses manufactured today.  The goal is to produce a more natural and superior lens to be used in damaged or diseased human eye lenses, consumer vision products, and surveillance equipment.

With all the studying, technology, and intelligence of man, nature still produces a superior eye compared to what man can create today.  But the superior human eye is not really designed, according to some evolutionists, it is only an illusion!  What I find amazing is something that they say has no intelligence can develop a super complex system better then what man can make with all of his intelligence, research, resources, and computers to boot.  This doesn’t say much for mankind.

Is there a more logical explanation?  A Designer superior to mankind with greater intelligence, power, technology, etc., and we are just pirating His technology.  I believe this superior Designer should receive royalties or at least get the glory!

Source Material: Artificial Lens Mimics Natural Human Eye

Richard Stepanek

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Repairing in Mexico

 

Moving the Farmers family from Guadalajara, Mexico to Tepic, Mexico went well.  The three hour drive through the mountains was beautiful.  We arrived in Tepic Thursday afternoon (Nov. 29) to a house which was much larger than the one they had in Guadalajara.  This is a blessing for a family with three active boys!  But the house was in need of some work, the repairs included electrical, plumbing, woodwork, etc.

Finding parts to fix a water heater, water valves, and the electrical was a real challenge.   We were in a new city, so finding hardware stores with the parts we needed was difficult.  It was not uncommon to drive for half a day and not find any of the parts we needed.   Many times we had to modify parts to fit the equipment we were trying to repair.  With prayer and ingenuity, we were able to complete all the tasks.

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to teach at Vida Eterna, a church in Tepic.  Many of the people attending were encouraged by the creation message.  The interest to know more about creation was overwhelming, so the plan is to return to Tepic in the future to do more teaching.  The house was not the only thing in need of repair and strengthening, but also the support for creation.  Sue, Joel, and I had a wonderful time with family and getting to know our brothers and sisters in Christ in Mexico.

 

Rich Stepanek

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With a little help …

 

Sue, Joel, and I left Colorado on Sunday Nov. 25 to fly to Mexico.  We spent the first few days helping our daughter, Kim, and her husband Jasson pack up their family and house in Guadalajara, Mexico.  We have been primarily helping take care of their three young boys, as well as giving their house a fresh coat of paint.

Thursday we traveled to Tepic, about 3 hours away, unloaded the cargo, and helped them get settled in their new home.  Two other UIM pilots were also there to help.  It is a big job since there are multiple stairways and tight spots to navigate to get the furniture from the house to the trailer.  But it has all gone well so far.  It has been a blessing for us to be able to be here to take part in this project.  In the evenings I have been teaching on various creation topics.  The trip has been mixed with work, babysitting, teaching, and a whole lot of family.  It has been a blessing in so many ways.

 

Rich Stepanek

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A Misconception of who God is

 

As I was watching the debate between Richard Dawkins and Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Richard Dawkins began talking about the God of the Bible.  As I listened to his description of God, it was clear that he was not talking about the God the Bible proclaims.  How could he have such a distorted concept of who God is?

I believe it starts with the presupposition of whether you believe in creation or evolution.  If you believe in evolution, millions or billions of years, etc. your view of Genesis changes.  My conclusion that Richard Dawkins does not believe in creation or Genesis to be literally true is easy to deduce (you don’t have to listen to the debate very long), and this will affect your view of who God is.

To begin understanding who God is, you need to start in the beginning of creation with Genesis 1:1.  I believe Genesis 1:1 begins the foundational teaching of God’s attributes, so in my mind it is crucial to understand Genesis in the way God meant it to be read and understood.   Genesis is written as true history, to be taken literally.

Not only have I discovered that people who do not attend church have a misconception of who God is, but I have also discovered the same problem within the church.  Sue (my wife) and I not only travel teaching creation, but we also help hurting people.  Much of the emotional and spiritual hurt comes from the misunderstanding of God’s character.  As Sue and I reveal the true God proclaimed in Genesis, most people gain a sense of peace and relief.  I am a firm believer of building a firm foundation of Scripture – and this foundation starts in Genesis.

 

Richard Stepanek

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Evolutionary change in my teaching

 

There is an evolutionary change in my teaching style over the last two years.  I still present my normal creation science topics for seminars at churches, home school groups, Christian schools, public schools, colleges, etc., but there has been a shift in my teaching for home Bible studies.   The disadvantage of teaching at home Bible studies is it limits the number of people who can attend.  The advantage is the more intimate teaching style.   With fewer people and of course a more homier atmosphere, people seem to feel more comfortable about asking questions.

I normally teach my Genesis series in these settings, because of the questions it provokes.  I have discovered as Christians understand the creation science message they have a deeper hunger to understand Genesis.  There seems to be some confusion about the first few chapters of Genesis, and this is what stirs up the questions.

Just last weekend, I presented a Genesis series at a home Bible study in Denver, CO.  Over thirty people attended, with many being children.  On Saturday night we started at 4 p.m. and ended about 11 p.m.   That evening we covered parts of Genesis chapter one and three.  Then on Sunday afternoon, the teachings started around 4 pm, and ended around 10 pm.  We had a number of breaks during the session.  The breaks consisted mostly of questions and some eating.  In the four or five hours of teaching, we were only able to cover Genesis chapter one.  What surprised me was the involvement and participation of the children.

This study is very in-depth, but the children understood the concepts very well.  I believe it is because they haven’t had the years of exposure that adults have had to humanistic teachings.  Many times I did not have to answer the questions, because the children answered them instead.  Jesus said in Matthew 18:3, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”  I have discovered this statement to be so true.  Children have no problem understanding the literal reading of Genesis and its Biblical concepts.  Out of the mouth of babes!

Rich Stepanek

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Junk DNA ‘Junked’ – No Surprise To Me

 

As scientists study living organisms, they continue to find increasing complexity.  This is what scientists discovered when they studied the human genome in the project called ENCODE, short for Encyclopedia of DNA Elements.  As I was reading an article on the ENCODE project by Malcolm Ritter (an AP Science Writer) at denverpost.com and other articles similar to it, I was amazed at what your worldview or presuppositions will do to how you look at life.  Let me explain.

The article talked about junk DNA, but what is junk DNA?  Well, according to research, only about 2 percent of our genome actually codes for proteins.  Thus, according to evolutionary scientists, the DNA which does not code for proteins was called junk.  This junk DNA was believed to be nonfunctional, and leftovers from the process of evolution. This belief about junk DNA is very similar to evolutionary teaching about vestigial organs.

As scientists studied the human genome they were surprised.  Below are some quotes from the article.

“The work also shows that at least 80 percent of the human genetic code, or genome, is active. That’s surprisingly high and a sharp contrast to the idea that the vast majority of our DNA is junk.”

“The big surprise is just how much activity there is,” he said. “It’s a jungle.”

“The findings, reported Wednesday by more than 500 scientists, reveal extraordinarily complex networks that tell our genes what to do and when, with millions of on-off switches.”

Not only were they surprised to find most of the genome is active, they were also amazed at the complexity.

This is where our worldview affects how we view life.  Using my life as an example, I was taught evolution in school and college.  I had no concept of creation science.  I was taught life evolved from simple elements and a process that involved no intelligence.  With this worldview, or presupposition, life should be very simple and primitive, with a lot of leftovers from an imprecise process.   But over millions of years, life would ever evolve into more complex creatures.  So with the discovery of vast complexity and information in living organisms, it was a surprise.

Today I have a different worldview or presupposition.  I have a Biblical creationist worldview.  According to Scripture, God is a being who is omniscient and omnipotent.  This means He is all knowing, all powerful, and I would assume a very intricate designer.  In Romans 1:20, His creation, especially in living organisms,  reflects some of His attributes.  With this presupposition, all living organisms should be very complex and full of information.  God is a perfect being, so in the beginning all organs and DNA were perfect and had a function.  But sin entered the world and now this perfect world is in a state of ageing and deterioration.  In this state of deterioration, some organs and DNA may not function as they were originally designed.

So when I read articles like ENCODE, I am not surprised the evidence fits with my world view.  I believe we will discover even more complexity and information in living organisms.  What is so exciting is that God, being the Master Engineer and Designer, has incorporated advance technology and design into His creation.  We need to study and research His creation so we can advance our knowledge and technology for the betterment of mankind.

With a Biblical creation worldview, it should inspire all of us to advance our scientific knowledge of God’s creation.  We can learn much from an all knowing God!  And by the way, God does not make junk!  You are His special creation!

 

Rich Stepanek

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…On The Right Track In Genesis

 

Below is a segment from a letter I just received from my translator in India.  A few years ago, he translated my Genesis series over a period of two weeks for a number of Bible colleges and seminaries.

 

…Hope you are keeping well as I do here by His grace. I just want to say…………….You have been the mentor of life. Though I did not realize it earlier. Now it feels great to have someone who guided me to the right track in life. Thanks for being my teacher and guiding me towards the right path of life. I am grateful to you. With a great teacher like you, I was sure that life would be a successful journey but I never knew you will also make the journey to success such a cakewalk. I can’t express my gratitude Sir! 

 Thanks for the love and the concerns you do have for me.

 

The conclusion of his letter is not me, but the information which was taught.  I was only with him for a few days, and what I taught was mostly Genesis chapters one through three and creation science.  The Bible and the Holy Spirit are our guide and his.  I believe if you get started on the right track in Genesis, it will help you stay on track with the rest of Scripture and the journey of life.  To God be the Glory!

 

Rich Stepanek

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Children Being Deceived

 

As I travel around the world and in the United States,  I have come in contact with concerned parents and people who talk to me in person, by email, or even call me about a loved one or a person they know who is leaving the church and rejecting the truth taught in Scripture…. because of evolution.   Many times they are at a loss of what they can do.   First, I explain to them the vast amount of scientific evidence in support of creation and also the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence refuting evolution.  Most people comment that they did not know about any of this evidence, and wish they would have known sooner.  I refer them to our website for more information and also to view the many resources available in book or DVD on this topic.

Secondly, there is more to this debate than just science.  There is a spiritual aspect.  This is where I believe most of the problem lies.  Who is in authority in your life?  Creation and the Bible states that God is the authority, but evolution states man or might is the authority.   Many people do not want to be under the authority of God, so they look for an alternate world view.

But there is a third aspect which I will unveil later in my Genesis Series.  I am working on this project as I write.  When these concerned people realize the aspects of this debate, then they understand what is really happening.  Again their reply is…. I have never heard this information before!  We need to know this!

So Alpha Omega Institute is working to proclaim the truth so people can understand the whole picture.  By knowing the truth, people can be set free!

 

Rich Stepanek

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Dinosaurs, Monuments, and The Gospel

 

On Monday, August 27th, I had the great opportunity to host both a Colorado National Monument tour and a Dinosaur Journey Museum tour for Mountain Valley Christian Academy.  The day started at 9:00 am at the monument with a presentation explaining the landscape by the evolutionary model and then by the creation/flood model.  We talked about the effects of the flood on geology.  The creation/flood model fits so much better with the observed data.

After finishing at the monument we drove into Fruita, CO, for a one and a half hour dinosaur program.  The program consisted of information about ancient civilizations living with the dinosaurs, as well as the many discoveries of soft tissue found in dinosaur bones.  We also explained how dinosaurs could grow to such gigantic sizes when they hatched from such small eggs.  We ended the presentation with what happened to all the dinosaurs.   To explain all this and much more, we then turned to both science and the Bible. Teaching about dinosaurs is an excellent way to proclaim the gospel!

After lunch, we finished the day with a museum tour.  The museum is a wonderful place to reveal God’s incredible design in dinosaurs, the consequences of Adam’s sin on the world, and much, much more.  We all had a great day of discovering God’s incredible creation, and learning more about God and His unfathomable love for us!

 

Rich Stepanek

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Training The Future Generation

I spent two weeks helping with the children’s program at Camp Redcloud.  We had from 12-18 children each day.  They were an active, fun, and enthusiastic group.  One of the favorite activities is always making sock puppets.  The children enjoy performing with them for their parents on Thursday during the variety show.

Some of the older children (age 11-13) , who had been in the program in previous years, enjoyed being able to be helpers as well.  Some are very interested and quite knowledgeable about creation issues.  A few children gave short presentations to the class about certain animals they had studied.  Alan and Diane Galbraith, directors of the children’s program at Camp Redcloud, recognize the importance of training the future generation to be leaders in creation teaching.  It was a blessing to assist them in this endeavor.

 

Diane teaching the future

Sue Stepanek

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