Science grapples with the Creator
"Ye men of Athens, I perceive in all things ye are too
superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar
with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom ye ignorantly worship, him
declare I unto you" Acts 17:22-23.
The latest Creation Research news is most interesting.
BIG DNA CHUNKS SEPARATE CHIMPS AND HUMANS, according to a report in ScienceNOW
(http//:sciencenow.sciencemag.org) 21 Oct 2002.
The idea that humans are 98.5% chimpanzee has been dealt
another blow with a study comparing long lengths of human and chimp DNA. The
popular 98.5% came from a number of studies that looked for single base
differences in short lengths of DNA. Geneticists at Perlegen Sciences, Mountain
View California compared human chromosome 21 with the chimp chromosome that most
closely resembles it (number 22). They found 57 places where pieces of DNA
ranging in length from 200 bases to 10,000 bases existed in either the chimp or
human chromosome, but not both.
Authors comment: This study confirms another recent study of
long lengths of DNA. (See Creation Research e-mail news 23 Oct 2002) The
Perlegen Sciences study did not suggest a new percentage similarity for chimp
and human DNA. Are they beginning to realise such figures are going to be
revised many times as work proceeds on the human and chimp genomes? They could
save a lot of bother and tax dollars if they just admitted chimps and humans are
completely different, but then they would have to credit God as Creator also.
"70'S WOMEN'S LIB GOT IT WRONG" proclaims the New Scientist, 5 Oct
p20. The headline continues "marriage makes both sexes happy".
1970's feminists claimed sociological studies showed that
marriage was good for men but bad for women. However, a recent Australian study
on stress levels in married and unmarried people showed that both married men
and women had fewer stress indicators than unmarried people. This reinforces
previous studies showing people who live alone suffer more heart attacks and
other illnesses and have poorer recovery rates. (See New Scientist, 20 Feb 1999,
Authors comment: It was God who first said it was not good
for man to be alone, and God who invented marriage when He created the first man
and woman and declared everything to then be very good. Therefore all attempts
by feminists, homosexuals and other anti-Christian groups to dispose of marriage
or re-define it cannot bring happiness to human beings. So unless God has called
you to be single - it's best to go looking for a partner (Matthew 19)
YOUR CHANCE TO WIN LIFE AFTER DEATH, offers New Scientist 12
Oct 2002, p22.
The competition prize is to have your body frozen at the
Cryonics Institute in Michigan in the hope that one day scientists will find a
cure for death and revive you into new life. The alternative prize is a trip to
Hawaii before you are dead.
Authors comment: There is only one person in the history of the world who has
any tested credentials for offering life after death and that is the Lord Jesus
Christ. He proved it by coming back from the dead. He has also promised to
return for those whose faith is in Him and give them new bodies and a new heaven
and earth (Revelation 21,22). He will also destroy the the current world with
fire. No freezer on earth will be able to survive that.
MUMMY DINOSAUR has 90% of its bones and 80% of its skin
according to a report in ScienceNOW (http//:sciencenow.sciencemag.org) 18 Oct
2002 and National Geographic news (http//:news.nationalgeogrphic.com) 11 Oct
The Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) is so well preserved it has been called a
"mummy" rather than a fossil. As well as impressions of skin and other
soft tissues, the specimen contains the remains of its stomach contents, a
mixture of over 40 different kinds of plants including algae, ferns, liverworts
and angiosperms (flowering plants).
Authors comment: Such good preservation can only occur if a
creature is rapidly and deeply buried. Otherwise the structure of the soft
tissue is destroyed by micro-organisms, rather than turned to stone. This
specimen is good evidence of catastrophic flood burial. It also confirms such
dinosaurs lived and dined in a world of lush and varied vegetation, similar to
that described in Genesis prior to Noah s flood.
PLANTS "EAT ACID" to survive dry climates, as
described in Nature Australia, Spring 2002, p76.
Plants take in carbon dioxide through pores in their leaves
and use it to make food for the plant by photosynthesis. However, the pores that
let carbon dioxide in also let water vapour out. Plants growing in dry climates
could not survive if they had their pores open all day. This is a serious
problem for a plant because photosynthesis needs light, which is only available
during the day. In order to have a supply of carbon dioxide during the day,
plants such as succulents open their pores at night when they don't lose so much
water. They also take in carbon dioxide and store it as acid until the sun comes
up. Then they close their pores, keeping in precious water, and use carbon
dioxide from the acid made during the night.
Authors Comment: Such acid production is no use by itself.
Neither is opening and closing the pores at the opposite time to other plants.
It is only when these two features work together that the plant has an advantage
in dry climates. Such multistep dependency is clearly the result of forward
planning and design.
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