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Today's Creation Moment

May
27
Who was First to North America?
Genesis 1:28
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth...”
The conventional understanding has always been that North America was populated by people who crossed from Asia to Alaska via the Bering Strait and then migrated down the West Coast. Eventually, some...
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Animals

Screen Actor Octopus

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Psalm 81:15
"The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to Him, but their fate would endure forever."

The animal we feature on today's Creation Moments is so new to science it hasn't even been classified according to genus as this is written. Yet the mimic octopus is the talk of the scientific world.

"Darwin's Finches" - No Proof of Evolution

Genesis 1:21
“So God created . . . every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. “

Illustration: Darwin’s finches. (PD)During his visit to the Galapagos Islands Charles Darwin saw that each island was populated by a little finch. These birds were all very similar, yet from one island to another there were some differences in the size and shape of the beak.

When a Female Bee Isn't Even a Bee

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2 Corinthians 1:11
“...you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.”

Photo: Blister beetle. Blister beetles of California's Mojave Desert depend on solitary bees for their life cycle. However, the beetles have nothing of interest to offer the bees.

The Stranger Who Isn't a Stranger

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Genesis 17:8
“Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

termiteSocial insects seldom, if ever, tolerate other species within their communities. Strangers are generally identified by their smell, rather than by their appearance, since those insects that aren't actually blind have very poor eyesight. It is common for social insects to unite to destroy even one stranger who invades their nest.

Go to the Ant

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Proverbs 6:6
“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:”

AntThere are certain occasions in the Bible when we are directed to look at the behavior or traits of an animal and are asked to learn an important lesson from them, behavioral or spiritual. One of the most well known of these is found in Proverbs 6:6, where we are told to “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.”

Cats

Genesis 49:9
“Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?”

Collage of wild big catsOnly two members of the cat family are mentioned in the Bible: lions and leopards. And, in any case, we can work out exactly when they were created. Cats are land animals, so they were created on Day Six of the Creation week.

Evolution of New Species?

Genesis 1:21
“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

Femal resident Finch from DaphneIt was Charles Darwin’s assumption that new species arose from previous ones by a process of natural selection. Darwin famously illustrated this point by reference to the various species of finch living on the Galapagos Islands.

Chimps’ Brains Work Differently

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Ecclesiastes 3:20-21
“All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?”

chimpanzee familyA recent report in the journal Science has reached the startling conclusion that human brains and chimp brains are entirely different. A study led by scientists at Yale University has discovered that much of the gene activity in the human brain is completely alien to that occurring in the brains of chimpanzees.

How the Aye-Aye Taps Into Lunch

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Isaiah 45:18
“For thus says the LORD. Who formed the earth and made it. Who formed it to be inhabited: 'I am the LORD, and there is no other.”

Aye-AyeThe Aye-Aye is one of the strangest little monkeys on earth. Its peculiar features bear witness that it was specially designed and created to fill a unique niche in nature, not a chance development of evolution.

Were Dinosaurs Warm Blooded?

Psalm 147:2-3
"The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds."

Reconstructed skeleton of a Thescelosaurus at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois.Dinosaur fossil hunters and paleontologists have long debated whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded or cold-blooded. With reptile characteristics, it was expected that dinosaurs would be cold-blooded. Yet, some evidence indicated that they must have been warm-blooded.

Survival of the Most Cooperative

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Hebrews 13:6
“So we may boldly say: 'The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Capunchin Monkey"Survival of the fittest" is an essential principle of evolution. This principle has not only been applied to animals, but also to human beings, as a social theory.

Wild Dogs of Australia

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Genesis 1:25
“And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

Wild dogMost mammals in Australia are marsupials. That is one of the things that makes Australia so special to those of us elsewhere in the world who may never have been there. Think of Australia, and most of us think of kangaroos, koalas, and wombats. Placentals, like rats and rabbits, are normally pests, introduced in colonial times.

What Purpose for a Porpoise?

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Genesis 1:28
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.“

Vaquita porpoiseAs I write this article, there have been reports about the imminent extinction of the vaquita, a little porpoise that lives in Mexico’s Gulf of California. In 2016, it was estimated that there were only 30 of these small marine mammals left, whereas 97 were counted in 2014.

Large, Gray and Wrinkly

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Genesis 1:25
“And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

ElephantThe old joke goes: “What’s gray and has a trunk? A mouse on vacation.” Of course, we know that this is really the description of the world’s favorite animal, the elephant.

Origin of Animals

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Genesis 1:24
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”

Cell diagramAccording to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, animals evolved from unicellular eukaryotes. Eukaryotes are cells that contain a clearly defined nucleus. This membrane enables the two stages (coding and decoding) of protein synthesis to be separated. According to the encyclopaedia, this has enabled different types of cell to evolve to do different jobs.

Most Complete Tyrannosaurus

Genesis 1:24
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so”

Diagram of a T-rex skeletonA previous Creation Moment talked about the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs – those beautiful models of dinosaurs built in Victorian times that do not look anything like what we imagine those same dinosaurs to look like today.

Everybody Wants to Be a…

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Genesis 7:2
“Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.”

Saber Tooth TigerWhen you look through the Bible, there is one interesting land animal type which is missing. There is nothing to say that a pair of them got on the Ark, but we have to assume that they did so that they survived until after the Flood. Today, we just think of them strutting around the world, vicious killers, waiting for the opportunity to spring on their next prey.

Crooked Critters

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Colossians 2:8
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men...”

Photo: A male Northern Green Frog near a pondCon men develop elaborate schemes to cheat people out of their money or other possessions. Successful cons are cleverly and intelligently directed toward the con man's goal. We would not expect such intelligently directed, albeit sinful, behavior in animals, except that the Bible tells us that deceit is the way of the world since sin has entered the creation.

What Was Leviathan?

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Job 41:1-2
“Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?”

Image: SarcosuchusThe leviathan of Job 41 appears to be a ferocious creature. It cannot be caught with any sort of hook. It cannot be captured by harpoon, either through its jaw or its nose. The description given in Job 41 is that of an enormous sea monster with great strength, defensive armor, and able to breathe fire. This last attribute has led many to suggest that the creature is not real but only mythical.

Calamari on the Prehistoric Menu

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Genesis 1:21
“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

Image: IchthysosarusThe word prehistoric refers to a period of time before there were people on the Earth. Evolutionists assume that to have been for millions of years, so their accounts of the majority of fossils would refer to them as prehistoric. As Bible believers, we know that God made everything in the Creation Week, so there was no prehistoric time.

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