There have been over a million species of life identified so far in the world. And whether you view the originally introduced “kinds” as being represented by genera or species is hard to guess and will likely vary. It definitely is an awe inspiring thought of how all this engineering was accomplished in what to us seems a brief time span.
One thing that I will never do is suggest a model for such a process of design, engineering and introduction (I speak in human terms). To have seen the events as they took place would have no doubt caused me to fall on my face and cried out for mercy!!! The power of His Word was demonstrated clearly while He was here as Messiah Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus, though He was a man, He was always directly connected with His glory since He was without sin from birth. He was always able to reward faith in Him with healings and deliverance from demons and so forth. When Jesus was around the laws of physics went on hold at His will! It is clear that the Creator maintains the current “laws” of physics to provide humanity with a stable environment I suppose. He can alter those “laws” at any moment with His Word.
I cannot guess how the Creator accomplished His creation of His creatures, but I can be sure that it required an immense amount of planning, design, engineering, skill, wisdom, and above all love for all those that would emerge as living creatures on His planet.
Science is a world of ignorance punctuated by bits of insight. This truth is evident in such human endeavors as: pharmaceuticals, evolution, education, genetically modified organisms “GMO”, gene patents, sociology, cosmology (the granddaddy of them all), physics (notably nuclear physics), to name a few. There will always be problems when you monkey with correctly engineered things. This is so important to realize when considering altering the genetics of living things. I realize that the genomes of all living things are subject to decay and after innumerable replications of these wonderful creatures all around us and ourselves, and the forces at work , that some of the original genetic information has decayed as well.
This level of engineering is so far above anything that has ever come out of science that it makes our feeble attempts look like mud pies. So, why are we trying to fix it, or worse yet, modify it? Do the drug companies ever listen to the disclaimers in their commercials? Just think of growing use of bacterial genetic material being spliced into corn genes to make them produce a pesticide that will protect the corn from bugs. Will that pesticide end up in the corn we eat? Will the bacteria also modify our genes to turn humans into pesticide factories? How else will the new genes effect the corn, will the bugs become resistant to the pesticide?
We’re dealing with processes and machinery operating entirely at the atomic level and therefore impossible to monitor with any level of precision. There is some level of regulation by the government and in some cases an intense approval process in place to minimize negative impact. But, then again, the organizations spearheading these efforts are science-based usually and these folks still believe in superstitious things like evolutionism and such. Breeding plants and animals based on naturally occurring variations is one thing, but playing Russian roulette with their genes is just insanely dangerous especially when the motivation is profit driven.
Above all, it’s imperative to acknowledge that living things have a Creator who knows what we are up to! As we consider that fact, perhaps we will set aside these foolish enterprises.
Science came about as the result of the knee-jerk efforts of Thomas Huxley and his cohorts in the X-Club. As a result of the reformation of the “church” that was rather more or less dominated by the Roman christianized form of polytheism, the church had reached an all time low in credibility in the public eyes. Huxley saw “evolution” as just the wedge he needed to elimate Christianity and other religions from the face of the earth. He saw the church and it’s teachings as standing in the way of “scientific discovery and progress” or something like that and brought together some of his like-minded friends into the so called X-Club so that plans could be made for the “advancement of science” as the replacement for the church as the guiding light of the world, so to speak.
Since this new “savior” of the world would have to be hard at work converting the masses and leading the flock on to all the greener pastures, it would only be fitting that they get paid and paid well. When Huxley took over the “Royal Society” he was really able to get his crusade against the church and Christianity into high gear and we see that momentum has been maintained to this day. Has this battle been fought with swords and bullets? No, the battle has been for credibility and trust.
Huxley had fallen to the same basic blunder that the so called, “higher critics” had fallen to. The notion that “ALL THINGS” that are in effect in the universe have always been so throughout the past and will continue to be into the future. The assumption that all “physical laws” are the sole governing forces that exist and are unchanging and universal. The “higher critics” thought that they were in a position to criticize the Holy Bible just as though it was any other piece of literature. They thought that since miracles did not conform to this notion of “uniformitarianism” as they call it and so must be explained away in some manner. Darwin bought into this and so the only way he could account for the life on this planet was to dream of means of putting life here without disturbing those allmighty physical laws.
He thought, hmm living things adapt…. that adaptation can cause changes….them thar changes can accumulate over eons of time to produce whole new forms of life. There you have it, piece of cake!! Sadly, people believed it and Huxley sort of beleived it though he refused to consider himself an atheist.
Anyway, so here you have this monstrosity of an organization that is determined to interpret all of nature and the universe thru darwinian, uniformitarian eyes and impose itself as the worlds ONLY reliable source of truth. But, as you can see, it all rides on the fallicy that there are real “laws of nature” that are eternal and unchangable. If there was even one single “blip” in any of those so-called “laws” an any moment in history. Yes, that’s right, any instance at any point ever then science and all of its information, discoveries, etc. come into question.
If the “laws” come into question, so does the credibility of everything that we call, “science”. Darwin’s “origin” story becomes just another dubious creation story that makes entertaining fiction, but has no basis in reality. Finches might adapt and change in minor ways, but we know they will never be anything but finches unless they are reengineered by someone that knows what they are doing. No natural process has the ability to turn a finch into a chicken. The fact that such creatures exist are testimony to the fact that the “laws” of nature are at best trends that exist or appear to exist at the present, but nothing should be assumed beyond that.
Suddenly, all of nature returns to its rightful place, Mystery! What ever you say about it is once again to be viewed as merely a guess. So, if science is knowledge, and we can’t trust any of that knowledge. What good is it?
Darwin’s theory is horrible factually, intellectually(I could care less about science!) and logically. The fact that “science” has backed it whole heartedly really emphasizes just how blind and lame the big enterprise is. But, the reality is, how can science be reconciled to its perceived nemisis, the seemingly less sophisticated ‘creationists’? But, the simple argument called, “intelligent design” has sealed Darwin’s fate. Now any “scientist” that tries to refute ID is left being made to look like a kook.
To the average public it’s obvious that ID is an evolution killer. It’s the intellectuals and scientists that have for so long bashed and belittled creationists that can’t seem to break free of the antichristian mindset. The mindset that was set in place by Huxley and the X-Club, that science had replaced Christianity as the herald of a new age of human evolution and achievement instead of reconciliation, peace and devotion to our Creator thru Christ Jesus. Thomas Huxley believed that Biblical Christianity had vanished by the 2nd century and that it was now up to scientists to eliminate all vestiges of Christianity and teach the world that we are accidents of nature and our lives are meaningless and death is final.
Science is the faith of death contrasted by the faith in Jesus is life. Jesus is reality and science is a pathetic farce. And yet science holds fast to its misplaced faith in Darwin and itself. They even dig in their heels and declare some of themselves as, “evolution scientists”! They are doing all they can to paint a castle on the crumbling shack. Not a single new form of life worthy of the title, “genus” has ever been documented out of the sum 1,000,000 or so known species of life. Much less anything we can possible call a new, “order”, “family”, etc. For all we can tell natural biological adaptation is hard pressed to even produce enough change to come up with something barely resembling a new “species” even with all it’s variety of definitions.
I have had the good fortune to have a good handle on what evolution theory is having a BS in Biology and it’s helped me see thru the arguments of the evolutionists. It’s important to really digest the principles of physics, genetics, geology, and so on. To tease out what has real support, like reversion to wilds, and what doesn’t, like common-descent. When you see the artistry in nature, you can no longer ignore a real Creator as its Artist sublime!
So, how does Darwinism survive? Because those that see thru it are cowards, too proud, too comfortable perhaps. All I can say is the Creator is watching….
Cosmology has to be the bologna king! Where do they come up with this stuff? A nova, the “birth of a star”, a “planet made of diamonds”, “gases condensing in space”? Science is lost in space and Dr. Smith is sure that the robot is just a big babbling buffoon. They tell us these objects out there are “light years” away and yet they know everything about them. Their age, how they got there, what planets are circling the stars, their size, composition, atmosphere contents and if they are anything like earth. The whole science of cosmology is well, far fetched.
If these guys really want to make a profound statement about the cosmos, it would go more like this, “we are astonished by all we see and the mystery of it all just keeps growing!” If they were wise, they’d just leave it at that. But, that’d be only partly true, cause we know that the Creator engineered it. Their purpose is to be lights for us and help us keep track of days and seasons. Anything beyond that is second guessing at best and vulgar for the most part.
First there was “atomic theory”, then there was “quantum” theory and they “string theory” and now it’s the “Higg’s Boson” or the “God Particle” and who knows what they’ll dream up next. Sometimes I wonder if E=mc2 wasn’t some tongue in cheek from the great theorist. It really seems that Einstien was just using the speed of light squared in the equation as a handy expression of enormity since the units that each represents aren’t even given. It just sounds like a clever was of stating that there’s a load of energy available in them thar masses! It’s relative, that’s all.
Well anyway, my point is that if scientists are really after the truth and any understanding of this reality, they ought to first confess that what those heavenly bodies are and how they were made is a MYSTERY! And if they were honest, they’d just leave it at that! Sorry folks the show is over, gasses don’t compress in space to make baby stars. All that stuff is way too far away to really be understood!
What would it be like in a world without flies? Flies keep the world tidy and sanitary. Their babies, known as maggots, eat and disinfect dead and rotting flesh quickly and efficently. They make it much more difficult for deadly diseases to spread and possibly wipe out life on earth. How many T-rex’s would have succombed to gangrene after being injured in a battle with triceratops had there not been flies around to treat the wounds?
Cleanup crews like flies are an important part of any ecosystem. Flies preserved in ancient sap from trees go way back to the days of dinos pretty much unchanged from their present form. Well of course, there’s always been the need for recycling and “decomposition” as the say.
So, how could any ecosystem have survived without them? For me, the answer is simple. They’ve likely always been around. Living things tend to be eco-dependent. We need other creatures to tend to our living by maintaining our environment and we need them to tend to our death as well.
Why are so many people shamelessly cursing the Engineer that put everything here including ourselves? Won’t the Creator hold us all accountable just as everything in the ecosystem maintains the necessary checks and balances? As a young college student of biology I had to make a choice as to whether I would risk loosing my soul by abandoning all faith in God as the teachings of evolutionism were tempting me to commit that sort of blasphemy. Today, I know that the Creator Himself enabled me to hold on to that bit of faith that remained in me.
Are you dissing your Creator? Have you used the name of Jesus in any sort of disrespectful way? Blasphemy is a serious crime against our Creator and it WILL be punished with death. Jesus received that punishment for us on a cross made from a tree that He engineered for us. Unless we repent and turn to Him in faith, we will remain on death row because of our crimes, our failures to keep the 10 commandments. If you have ever abused the name of Jesus your Creator, you have commited blasphemy and will go to hell for you crime! You must repent and believe Jesus, the Messiah to be saved from God’s wrath for such a vile act. This goes for any failures you may have in obeying the ten commandments of our Creator.
For me, all bets on Darwin’s creation story are off. Let’s put all our faith in Jesus, our Creator!
One of my earlier posts was about the “Valles Marineras” I think it is called. That is a very interesting region on the red planet and I’m quite sure that it’s a scar left by an enormously devestating and powerful event that took place some time in the planet’s past. If Mars ever was supportive of a carbon-based ecosystem, that event would have put a fiery end to it.
I’m pretty sure that a rather large comet or asteroid punched thru the planet’s crust at a certain angle and speed that let it travel quite a distance beneath the surface opening the huge fissure along the planet’s surface and spewing an incredibly huge amount of debris way out into space which fell into obits of their own producing what we refer today as the, “asteroid belt”. The scar is actually a rupture of the of the side of the planet with a rather clear circular entrance and exit scar at its beginning and end.
If this is what really happened to Mars, it would have vaporized all carbon-based living things as the planet-wide firestorm consumed all the oxygen if it was ever present. I doubt that any trace of life would have not been destroyed and any surface water would have expanded and been pushed out into open space. Of course there is nothing to say that there ever was any life on the planet. Today all that appears to be left of any atmosphere is a little carbon dioxide.
From the looks of some of the surface photos I’ve viewed from the NASA site there appears to be quite a few liquid lakes that would presuably contain CO2 in the liquid state although NASA so far has not confirmed this publicly at least. Now I could be wrong about the CO2 lakes it could just be that the gas is denser in those regions or some strange optical effect giving the appearance of liquid lakes.
Oxygen in earth’s atmosphere is stabilized with a generous amount of nitrogen and CO2 so that it won’t ignite in a worldwide firestorm killing everthing. In a Northern Russian region called, “Tunguska” there was the site of an enourmous explosion in the early 1900’s. I”m guessing that was a natural gas explosion where a large area of land was filled with an accumulation natural gas in sufficient concentration that when Mr. Tesla was playing with his atmospheric high voltage electrical experiments attempting to make some sort of aurora on the polar region in order to be seen by some polar explorers, that this intense electrical atmospheric charge set off the built up natural gas causing an explosion big enough to level vast regions of large forests trees like dominos falling away from the epicenter of the blast.
Most seem to hold to the meteor bolide explanation for this, but to date no evidence of a crater or sufficient meteor fragments have been found there to support their claim. As huge as that explosion must have been, it’s small change compared to the energy that would have been released into the Mars atmosphere during a moon sized asteroid/comet punch thru.
Could Mars ever be able to support carbon-based life like on Earth?? Possibly, but it would take a huge amount of work and time to induce the ecologic succession of events needed to get things going. Start with CO2 metabalizing extremophile bacteria and let them start pumping out nitrogen gas and oxygen until the atmosphere becomes dense enough to moderate and elevate the air temperatures to the point that you could set loose various hydrogen producers so that that hydrogen-rich atmosphere could combine with the growing amount of oxygen and gradually the CO2 would be replaced by water ice and snow until conditions for photosynthesizing plant life could be established. If the atmospheric temperature could rise enough to allow water to thaw you could add all sorts of plants to raise the oxygen levels sufficiently and away you go.
Obviously, this is something that is way out of the our league as humans. There may not be any creatures still in existence capable of surviving on Mars in its current state. To really prime the pump of any ecosystem from scratch you need to be fantastically powerful and intelligent! Only the glorious Creator revealed in the Bible is capable of such a thing. Jesus did so on this planet and He could do so on others as well if He wished.
Of course it would require very careful planning and diligent work by huge armys of people to pull such a thing off. When our Creator did so here on earth, he had all the resource in heaven at His disposal if He wanted. He also had complete control of what sorts of “cultivating” creatures He wanted to use to make our ecosystem come into being.
What a fantastic and wonderful place He has made for us!!! If you don’t know Him, get to know Him thru His Son, Jesus the Christ. He said, “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life, no on comes to the Father but through Me.”
From an engineering standpoint it’s very important to emphasise the advantages of direct engineering over passive engineering. Passive engineering relies exclusively on trial and error. Edison developed the incadescent light bulb in this way. He knew that a metal wire would emit light when enough elecrical current was passed thru it. The problem was to get that light to be emitted at a temperature sufficiently below the metal’s melting point. And, after a long process of trying all sorts of different metal wires he eventually tried tungsten and got the results he wanted. Passive engineering is slow and inefficient to say the least. If Edison had more complete data on the light emission vs. melting point characteristics of all metals at his disposal, he could have known exactly which one to use and could have actively engineered his light bulb based on that information. He might have realized that plasma based lighting would have been a much better path to pursue had he been privy to plasma physics. When it came time to generate the needed electrical power to light all those bulbs he was making Edison’s passive approach to engineering kept him in the direct current box. Nichola Tesla had a more active approach to engineering that freed him from endless trials and errors. He instead ran the trials mentally and was able to produce a completely functual “prototype” without any need for physical trials. Tesla had a mind for physics that was way beyond Edison’s. He realized that electricity travelled farther and more efficientlywhen the electrons were just shoved back and forth instead of pushed exclusively in one direction. The electrons just needed to pass thru the wire, it didn’t matter which direction they were going. So Edison failed miserably to light all his light bulbs with his DC generators. Today AC generators keep up a power grid that spans continents with amazing efficiency thanks to Tesla’s active approach to engineering.
Living things were actively engineered. We know this because precise understanding of physics that is needed to even half-way reproduce it by human efforts. Darwin thought that passive engineering could have engineered all of life on earth by “natural selection” that is passive engineering or trial and error at work in nature. Darwinism is exclusively a passive engineering creation myth. It might be a little better than some pagan myths, but not by much.
Trial and error passive engineering is just a little bit past futile, but it’s pretty close. And that approach is much closer to futile in the world of bio-engineering. To bio-engineer things right you need first a full knowledge of 3-dimensional molecular physics and that means a tour de force ability to build molecular machinery to fulfill all the needs of a living organism that can replicate itself precisely and continuously. This is by no means the stuff of passive engineering even with an infinite amount of time. It just won’t happen!!!
Two similar spacecraft that were launched back in the 70’s are approaching the edge of our solar system. They both have nuclear powered batteries that allows them to keep their electrical systems alive indefinitely without depending on solar panels. As the light from the Sun becomes less intense to the point that they are not of much use. At some point it is expected that the direction of motion of the solar wind will change and cease to be predominantly from our sun signalling their departure from the sphere of our star’s influence and entrance into “interstellar space” as they say.
NASA expects this to happen for the further of the two craft at any time assuming that this threshold is uniformly spherical in shape. Assuming also that this is what will happen at all since such an event has never been studied directly in this way. How will radio transmission be effected by this transition? Will the power of the signal fall off somehow or remain the same? We can only guess what will happen. There will no doubt be some surprises in store as old theories make way for new ones.
As I’ve said before, we must have a deep respect for the Creator before ever coming to a real understanding of His Creation and that includes “space”. Those that assume that the universe was “spontaneously generated” like much of “modern science” rely completely on existing physical laws to explain everything about everything. Once you come to realise that there is a Creator behind it all, you know the physical “laws” are completely plastic to this Creator. I prefer to call them the “properties of the present physical state” which have been put into effect at this time. How long this has been so and how long it will continue is impossible to determine and is totally up to this immeasurably, immensely powerful person.
The same person that humbled Himself and took on the form of a humble servant as Jesus.
US public tv has been running a series of new shows about the universe. It chronicles the “advances” in our understanding of the universe. The “big bang”, the Hubble Telescope, “dark energy” and “dark matter” and stuff like that. First there was the “red shift” and the “expanding universe”, then there was the “big bang idea”, then the establishment for the “age” of the universe at “13.7 Billion Years” based on the supposed accelleration of objects out there and so forth.
They make is sound as if everything has been figured out! The wonderful achievements of man with celebrations and award ceremonies! Now, there are the challenges of “dark energy and dark matter” to tackle. The space telescope has revealed a vast and complex universe most of which is a visual artifact from many millions of years in the past. We have no way of actually telling if any of it is still really there if it’s much further out past our own little galaxy, the “Milky Way”.
In fact, we have only just recently managed to send a probe out beyond this tiny solar system. We think we know so much about the universe and yet as this lonely probe leaves our solar system into open space there is bated breath waiting to find out what open space is really like. So, what’s just outside of our solar system is still a mystery. That might only be a few “light hours” away. So, how much do we REALLY know about these phantoms that we see in the night sky. So many of which existed million and even billions of years ago if they are right about that. For all we know, they may have been removed long ago leaving a visual record a long stream of radiation that could run out at any moment.
Science is a game of educated guessing and NOTHING MORE! The fundamental rule of modern science is, “seeing is believing”. A sort of “photon-based” reality show based on fringe ideas that grab our imaginations. Just like so many scifi shows that paint a loosly “science” based picture of space, the future, etc. But, never seem to touch on financial accountability. How even crude space flight programs like the space shuttle can bring NASA to it’s knees.
Jesus worked long and hard to cultivate a place for mankind to be introduced. He knew full well the price He would have to pay for His efforts and hard work to give us a place that we could enjoy and hopefully appreciate. Maybe you find it hard to believe. But, that won’t make it any less true. Reality is reality.
In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made for Him and by Him. Without Him was not anything made that was made. He came to His own and His own received Him not. But, to as many as received Him He gave them power to become the sons of God. Even to as many as believed on His Name. (The Book of John chapter one)