Creation - Amazing Animals that Defy Evolution

Tam - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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So, this week in Creationism class we talked about some of the amazing animals God created.

We opened with a discussion of the evolutionary tree compared to the Biblical creation account. Bear in mind that "time" is the champion of evolution. Evolutionists believe everything came into existence, basically like this: "from nothing came everything. Over time random mutations occur, which created different species of animals." Let's forget a moment about the fact that the second law of thermodynamics completely refutes that, instead stating that with time things decay, not create.

Instead let's look at the evolutionary tree. Now, remember, I am not a scientist and am going on what I learned in class as well as my own research into this topic. I am a simple woman, like you, but believe the basics of the evolutionary tree to be that every living creature on this Earth came from a single (single-celled) organism (even though there is a minor debate among evolutionists even as to what type of creature as evidenced by their two types of tree roots - archaea tree vs. eocyte tree).

So, evolution tells us everything came from one cell and through millions, billions or trillions of years, random mutations occurred and each time it did, a new branch appeared on the tree.

The Bible tells us (Gen 1:20-25):
20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day. 24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

So, again we are told that God spoke, this time for life of creatures to begin on days five and six of creation. He commanded the earth to bring forth the creatures of the air, waters and land. Notice one phrase that is often repeated in Genesis 1, "after its kind/after their kind".

God had a design, a plan. These creatures were not an accident of time or random mutation. While He did design us to adapt to our surroundings to an extent (for example, the darker skins of people living in tropical climes and the lighter skins of those who live in colder climes, etc.), these are not random happenstance adaptations. God designed things in such a complex measure that even today biologists, engineers and other scientists and brilliant minds study creation to learn how to make things healthier, to build buildings and bridges, etc.

Let's take a look at two similar animals...

The Timber Wolf and the Tasmanian Wolf. In theory they are very similar and do belong to the same "branch" of the evolutionary tree. They are both wolves, they both are mammals, have fur, etc.

Yet, did you know the Tasmanian wolf is a marsupial?

In case you are unsure, marsupials are an infraclass of mammals, characterized by their pouches which carry their young through early infancy.

How does evolution explain this? Evolutionists use a theory called "convergent evolution" which basically states that traits which are similar evolved at two separate times--through random chance.

Now, recall from school, that Darwin based his evolutionary theory on the concept of "survival of the fittest."

If this is so, convergent evolution would not be needed to explain the differences because if these animals evolved as evolution would have us, only one would have survived long-term. (I would like to say that as of last century the Tasmanian Wolf was believed to become extinct, but had existed for long time before that.) Or for that matter, only one type of wolf, a master wolf per se, should have survived the world over as the fittest, yet we have such a variety. This is my own ramblings, but if you follow true evolution you simply cannot apply convergent evolution with logic.

Having that variety would, however, fit with the Biblical version of creation in that we note "after it's kind." It does not say exactly like it's kind, but essentially "similar". When it snows we don't have a hundred different names for each snowflake, yet each flake is unique in size, shape, dimension, etc. But all together, it is snow. All wolves are not the same, but they are "kinds" of one animal.
Perhaps that is how scientists originally came up with their animal and plant classifications by type (kind). Scientific families are made up of those creatures/plants that are similar yet have differences. There is variety and unity at the same time.

And our Lord loves variety. Look at the different types of creatures and plant life around you. Look at your neighbors. Humans may all be one "kind", yet we are as different from one another as a bird is from a fish. We each have our own unique personalities. And, while we may look similar to another (in rarer cases, identical in appearance), God made sure we were each unique by giving us our very own fingerprints!

One need only to look at the Godhead to see the wondrous variety of our Lord. We have God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Look at fish. They are one "kind", yet there are so many varieties of the species from the smallest minnow to the largest ocean fish. And each has their own distinct colorings, shapes, features, etc. There are catfish, tuna, marlin, bass, etc. The same could be seen with a quick glance at birds. We have finches, parakeets, eagles, owls, sparrows, swans, ducks, etc., yet they are all listed as one "kind" by their main scientific classification.

And each of these creatures are so wonderfully made, so intricate in their function for the earth and the functions of their bodies, that random chance logically has to be ruled out.

Job 12:7-10 (NIV) tells us, "But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."

Romans 1:20 (NIV) tells us, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

We are told by God's word in these passages straight out that a simple look at the creatures around us can prove that God not only exists, but He is our Creator. Romans goes even further by telling us that there is no excuse if we do not believe what creation tells us.

In short, evolution would have us believe everything is an accident, chance, random. Creation teaches us that we are here on purpose and everything was created by divine design. And creation sings His praises time and time again.

With that thought in mind, I'd like to take up a couple of posts and talk about some of the incredible animals that God created.

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Anne - posted on 06/18/2009

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My dad who by the way Was NOT a Christian at the time he first said that it took more faith to believe in evolution than it did to believe in creation. Later in his life when he did become a Christian he thought it was just crazy to believe in evolution. He was old and not Politically Correct LOL

Tam - posted on 06/18/2009

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Heather, how true! They should have "evolved" but haven't. But we know why. :)

Ya know, I'd forgotten that, but it's true, Darwin did say that. The thing is that they are so set against there being a God they have pushed evolution as a science fact (versus the science fiction it is). Satan will not relent especially as he even has some Christians unsure about creation, some going as far as saying that they think Evolution is true explanation for how God created things. WHAT?!? I won't even go into that one right now as it's very late and I need some sleep, lol. But will say it blows my mind how some very smart people (Christian and non-Christian alike) can fall for a theory that has been disproved, changed and updated so many times that it cannot possibly be true. Yet God's Word has not changed and fits with what we see around us.

Okay, getting rambly again...time for sleep.

God bless you all tonight. You're in my heart and prayers.

Heather - posted on 06/02/2009

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When I think about it I am waiting for all of the apes that they have in science labs and are training to read and write and all that. If evolution was real, then shouldn't one of them given birth to a baby human by now? Just curious, but isn't that what they say happened? Out of all the animals in the Zoo that are surrounded by humans all of the time, shouldn't some of them have started evolving by now? They haven't. I also like to remember something I once heard Kirk Cameron say about the Darwin Theory of Evolution. Darwin himself said that if they couldn't figure the thing out in 100 years that it should be thrown out and thought of as non-since. God designed everything so well. I constantly marvel at the way he worked things out to glorify him.

Tam - posted on 06/02/2009

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LOL, yeah, understand that one, Anne. And my own children asked the same questions, in all honestly. Why do we have monkeys and apes if we evolved from them, wouldn't they all be human now?

Out of the mouths of babes, eh?

And what was it, a child shall lead them?

And Jesus said that we need to be like a child to enter the kingdom of heaven.

The logic of a child is so pure and simple/straight-forward. I think that's why there is a push in the public education system to push evolution even more than when we were young, to push other topics as well...for another day.

But yes, one only has to look about them and say, "This is not chance!" God made everything to work together for good. :)

As Genesis tells us, "and it was good."

Anne - posted on 06/01/2009

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Oh a much more sarcastic note, when will my dog evolve into a cat, or wait will my cat evolve into dog But really on a more serious note, there is not an animal, fish, bird, reptile insect or any other living thing that could have evolved from just ONE living CELL. and how does the Evolutionist justify the fact that if evolution is a fact why are there all of these living creatures, still on earth. Why haven't all living creatures below humans become human? The Biblical account of creation is the only one that makes any sense. I have to say I am grateful this question has not been posted on any other community than this one, that I have found anyway.

Tam - posted on 06/01/2009

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Oh! I'll have to look for that book. Thanks for sharing. :)

It is amazing, isn't it?

Anita - posted on 06/01/2009

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This is amazing. Following your line of thought, there is a great book that explains the complexities of the human body through the eyes of a creationist. It is called "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey. It is fabulous! You could actually apply alot of the concepts in the book to animal life forms as well. I bought it many years ago for only ten bucks!

Tam - posted on 06/01/2009

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And finally we come to the platypus.

This crazy creature has astounded evolutionist and creationist alike. No other animal on the planet is made like this particular animal. Is it a mammal or is it a reptile or is it a bird? Because of it's greatly varied features, it simply cannot fit comfortably on the evolutionary tree. Some evolutionists in the past have simply refused to believe this animal existed, yet others believed it was a hoax--some even blamed the hoax on the Chinese.

This animal has a bill like a duck, yet unlike a duck it is softer and contains a network of nerves that help guide it and locate food under water (it closes it's eyes). It has hair like a bear on most of it's body, yet it's flat beaver-like tale is covered with scales. It has webbed feet to swim, but also the webbing can retract so he can burrow. It also has a pit (in males) on it's hind foot which carries a fairly poisonous venom--one Discovery Planet show has it as a top five poisonous animal. It lays eggs like a bird, yet it produces milk from mammary glands like a mammal, though the young do not nurse, so much as lap up the milk that falls from the hair in underbelly (unlike most mammals, does not have teats). Like reptiles, it has a single ventral opening for elimination, mating and birth. However, he is warm-blooded, like a mammal. He stores food in cheek pouches like some mammals, yet he has no exterior ear, but rather an opening into his hearing apparatus (located inside).

I could continue, but your head is probably already swimming with the varied features of this extremely complex animal. If it were random choice, than how do each of these functions work together perfectly?

Let's look at this...

Let's say that the platypus (who has normal eyesight) began by swimming underwater for food, yet instead of closing his eyes, he kept them open. If it worked well, why would he have a need for that crazy bill? Remember, the nerves in that bill help him find food and guide him under water.

So, aside from the fact that it might have been easier to develop some kind of film or skin or special eyelid (maybe like fish eyes) than that bill, let's assume that instead he started with the bill and no eyes/eyesight.

But wait, we are overlooking his water-proof fur to prevent drowning, the fact that he only uses his two front paws for swimming, the webs that stretch over his toenails and more...were those missing or there? If he didn't have those how did he survive long enough to forage underwater for food and still survive to evolve those?

Said LIFE NATURE LIBRARY (The Land and Wildlife of Australia, page 61), "The reptilian characteristics of the platypus led scientists to conclude that it is descended from a link between the reptiles and mammals of over 150 million years ago.
"At any rate, it is a highly specialized survivor of an ancient time."

Interesting, how the platypus is described as a descendant. Okay, where are the fossil records?

Said another authority, "The platypus and its egg-laying cousins . . . have altered but little in more recent geological times, as shown by the fact that NO PETRIFIED REMAINS have yet been unearthed to trace their ancestral evolution" (Furred Animals of Australia, Ellis Troughton, page 1).

This animal has no living counterparts and no close relatives in the fossil record. Evolutionists have been forced to deem the platypus a "living fossil" along with other creatures (ants, cockroaches, etc.) because they cannot say they've ever changed. They cannot say these creatures have evolved.

Another interesting thing to note is that the platypus is one of the most sensitive creatures on the planet. It is so in tuned to its environment that many have died when taken away from their natural habitats. Only a few of these creatures have lived past exportation, yet only one managed to live only ten years outside Australia, another managed only a year. This is why you don't see them in your local zoos, and pretty much have to go to Australia to see one in person.

In a 1958 article for the National Geographic Magazine, David Fleay (a well-known individual who has worked extensively with the platypus) said this, "Subject the nocturnal platypus to too much noise, light, handling, keep it too wet or too dry, hold it in surroundings that do not remind it of home in the country — the result can be panic, frantic rushing about, DEATH WITHIN 24 HOURS."

How could such a sensitive creature have survived all this time if not by Godly design? This doesn't seem like a "fit" creature to me, in terms of "survival of the fittest."



Another curiosity is that no one seems to know what this animal "does" in the natural order of things. Beavers build dams, spiders spin webs to help keep insect population down, bees and butterflies help pollinate, etc... There hasn't been an observable job for this animal. If I could beg your indulgence while I put my own theory out there...



What if this is its purpose? God knows everything from the beginning of time to the end, what if this creature was designed to do nothing more than testify to the fact that we have an awesome creator in our God?



Just another something to think about.





I could keep going, there are so many interesting and complex creatures out there, but you get the point. There is too much order for it all to be mere "chance" or accidental and random.

Tam - posted on 06/01/2009

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The butterfly...


One of the most delicate and beautiful creatures on earth, celebrated and appreciated by many as evidenced by the designs in our books, decor (inside and out) and the many gardens around the world created to attract these wonderful creatures.
Butterflies have inspired not only artists and poets, but engineers, biophysicists and a multitude of other hard science fields as well. Very few creatures have touched our lives in so many ways.


But did you know...


~ Butterfly wings are actually transparent. WHAT? It's true! There are thousands of nano-sized iridescent scales on the wings of butterflies (when together look like roof shingles) that give the wings the colors we can see with our eyes. What's remarkable is that these scales do not absorb light and reflect color, scientists now believe the scales bend the light so that we can see certain colors in the light spectrum. Amazing that these thousands of scales work PRECISELY together to create certain patterns evident in various species...they have to each have their own purpose and are created to work individually to bend light yet they work in unison.


~ Each scale is also nothing short of an engineering marvel. Try to look up photos of the scales and you'll be amazed.


~ If you've ever touched a moth or butterfly's wings and noticed a dust-like coating on your fingers, that is the scales that came off their wings. And just to note, some species are more fragile and should be handled with care, but you can touch some butterflies with no ill affects.


~ Butterflies taste with their feet.


~ All butterflies have six legs and feet, though some species (like Monarch) keep their front legs tucked up most of the time.


~ Some moths, like the Luna moth don't eat. Their life-span is obviously very short. They simply live to mate, reproduce then die.


~ This creature starts out a one thing (caterpillar) then as an adult becomes something completely different (butterfly). ~ Night butterflies are believed to have 'ears' on their wings so they can avoid bats.


~ Butterflies must have a body temp of greater than 86 degrees to be able to fly.


~ Butterflies do not get bigger with age.


~ Butterflies are arthopods--related to crabs and lobsters. Why? Because their skeletons are on the outsides of their bodies.


~ Egyptian frescoes at Thebes depict butterflies and are believed to be appx. 3,500 years old.


~ Butterfly wings are hollow. When they come out of the chrysalis they hang upside down while the wings fill with fluid.


~ Butterflies don't need sleep, but will become inactive on cloudy days and at night.


So, we know that butterflies existed at least 3,500 years ago in the form we recognize, based on the frescoes of Thebes. Did they simply stop evolving and remain that way for 3,500 years? That doesn't go with "time" and "random chance". Does it?



Or what about the Luna moth? Why didn't it evolve to eat so it could be "fit" and survive longer? Or, take the Monarch, why didn't it evolve to have only 4 feet since two of the feet are rarely used? Wouldn't those legs have evolved into something more convenient.




But the scales...those alone do it for me.



There is no way that it is random or accidental chance that thousand of these intricate and complex scales on a single butterfly could repeatedly create the glorious patterns and colors we see on butterflies and moths without a Divine design. How many generations would it have taken to get it "just right" if they weren't created that way from the start?

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Giraffes...



I don't know about you, but no trip to the zoo would be complete without stopping by to view the giraffe. I've been known to spend some time there, staring in wonder at these unusual creatures.



Here is a gangly-looking animal, it's long slender neck looking like it shouldn't withstand a fierce wind, it's body looking like it shouldn't be able to balance. Yet watch them move and they appear to be some of the most graceful animals on earth. There is an elegance in the way they walk and feed. It's entrancing.



And that was before I learned more about them. Did you know:



~ Giraffes are the tallest of all land animals.



~ Giraffes have a higher blood pressure (about 2x stronger) than any other creature on earth? Why? So that the blood can travel it's long neck and reach the brain.



~ They have an unusual number of vertebrae in their necks - only seven (though some scientists think there are eight). One might think with that long neck they would have more.



~ Their forelegs are about 10% longer than their hind legs, helping them keep balance. Their legs are also strong. If knocked over, a single well-placed kick could actually shatter the skull of a lion or break it's spine (typically, a lion is it's only serious threat).



~ They also have a very unique circulation system--extra large heart so it can beat stronger to push the blood up the neck (that pressure thing), and they also have larger lungs so they can breathe deeply enough to withstand the pressure. Their artery walls and bypass valves are reinforced.



~ Their skin is specially created to tolerate their increased pressure--especially in the legs. Think about it, when your blood pressure is up, it reflects in your skin. This special skin on a giraffe helps maintain high extravascular pressure (in other animals such pressure would force the blood out of capillary walls).



~ There are special "check-valves" (sorry, can't remember the scientific name) in their necks. These valves help keep the blood from bursting the the brain, and also helps to prevent excess blood flow to the brain when a giraffe lowers it's head to drink.



~ Interestingly enough, those same valves that kept excess blood flow on the way down also increase pressure as a giraffe lifts its head so it doesn't pass out.



~ The giraffe has one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal. It needs only between ten minutes to two hours of sleep in a twenty-four hour period.



So, if this animal evolved to have long-necks to eat the vegetation of tall trees, as suggested by some evolutionists (not all, it should be noted), then how did the circulation system know to evolve as well, randomly, at that.



How did it survive the pressure on the brain without dying if it wasn't already created that way? How did it survive not passing out and becoming a lion's dinner if God hadn't created them the way He did?

Tam - posted on 06/01/2009

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Next let's look at the woodpecker.

We are all familiar with woodpeckers, and some of us have been annoyed with them at times (especially when they decide to take a meal from our homes). Yet here is another splendid creature that just simply shouts the glory of God!

Here, we have this strange creature that deliberately bangs its head against the wall!
What made it decide to this? What made it know that there was a reward of food when it drilled deep enough into wood? And why don't other birds do this? And how--after all the head-banging--did it survive enough to "evolve" by chance into the complex creature we see today.

Some interesting facts about the woodpecker:

~ Members of the woodpecker family are different than other birds in that they tend to drill wood.

~ Woodpeckers have an incredibly long tongue--in some cases it is 4x's the size of their beaks! Their tongues tend to be sticky, coated with bristles, to help collect bugs deep within drilled holes.

~ Their feet are different than other birds in that they have two in front and two in back (Zygodactyl; vs. three in front and one in back) to help stabilize them against the surface of the tree (or house). They can also use their feet to walk up a tree trunk vertically.

~ Their beaks are connected to their skulls with some type of shock-absorbing tissue not found in any other species of birds.

~ They have a membrane in their eyes that closes a millisecond before their beaks contact wood, and their noses are often slit-like and covered with special feathers to keep them protected from the debris.

~ Their legs are short and strong, to help them keep place while they peck. Also their tail feathers are stiffened, again for balance and support.

~ Highly developed sense of hearing--they can hear bugs crawling around under the bark of trees.

Evolution would have us believe this uniquely designed creature came about by accident, evolved the way it has to survive.

If that is so, why didn't they evolve with an easier way of catching food and save themselves a lot of pain? And why didn't other birds randomly evolve to drill wood?

Surely if there was a simpler version of the woodpecker, it would have died of migraines and thus died out of starvation long before now. Or it might have evolved to find another way to eat. I can't imagine that pounding your beak against wood is particularly pleasant without being designed that way from the start.

No, this creature was designed by Intelligent Design, our Creator the Lord, to fulfill a purpose no other bird can.

Tam - posted on 06/01/2009

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Let's start with the hummingbird.


These busy little birds are some of the most interesting out there.


One of the best known features of this tiny bird is it's rapid wing-beat which sounds like a hum (hence, it's name). The hummingbird can beat its wings 50 to 80 times per second!


Here are some other interesting facts:


~ It is the smallest bird found in nature, with the smallest of the species (bee hummingbird) being about the length of an adult's little finger.


~ Their hearts beat at approximately 1,000 beats per minute.


~ They typically weigh less than an ounce (most species 1/10th), yet they can fly at speeds of about 34 mph. (Try making a paper airplane fly that quickly.)


~ They must consume more than their weight in nectar each day or face death. To do so, they must visit hundreds of flowers each day, yet they know which ones to go to and which ones are empty.


~ They store enough energy from nectar to survive the night, when they enter into a torpor, which is similar to hibernation in that their bodily systems (heart beat, metabolism, etc.) slow down for the night so they don't starve to death. I believe they are the only bird to do so, but could be wrong on that account, so don't quote me on that fact.


~ Their nests are also small in comparison to other birds. Some of the smallest observed nests are no larger than half a walnut shell.


~ Hummingbirds use spider webs to wrap around their nests. Scientists believe this is to allow the normally miniscule nest to stretch and expand with the growing young.


~ It is the only bird that can fly backwards. They can also "hover" in place. Their wings can move up and down, and also back and forth. Their wings, like other birds, are flat, but they can swivel their wings in their "shoulders".


If we follow evolution, why didn't this little bird become more hardy so that it doesn't have to live day-to-day? Why hadn't it evolved to be bigger for protection or developed a better system of food storage/energy use so that it can rest more and not need to feed so much?


Or even turn it around and ask why is this bird the only one that can fly backwards? I'm sure that other birds could use this handy little technique when evading predators, etc. Why hasn't this "evolved" feature been adapted by other birds through "time?"


Almost everything about this tiny little bird shouts of God's design. Each feature had to have been perfectly created from the start, each designed to thoroughly function together, or it would simply not have survived and continue to flourish.

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