"For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands."
When you were a child, did you ever stick your arm out of the window of your car as it traveled at high speed? If so, you will remember how the fast-moving air currents would push your arm up, down,...
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."
Creation Moments isn't in the business of reviewing Hollywood films, and we're not about to start now. However, we do have some thoughts about the whole Jurassic Park movie franchise. Though these films are entertaining, Christians need to be aware that the films are also promoting evolution by claiming that modern-day birds are descendents of Jurassic-age dinosaurs.
"Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him."
Though they are less than a half inch in length, recent studies have shown that Habronattus jumping spiders have eyesight that, in some ways, rivals our own. In fact, they can do something even your family pooch can't do – see colors.
"But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray … And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat."
Don't mess with the hoopoe – especially the female! Their Creator blessed this bird with an oil gland that produces a really foul-smelling liquid. When rubbed into their plumage, it smells like rotting meat and deters not only predators but parasites as well. In fact, it also acts as an antibacterial agent.
"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness."
The best fishermen not only know where the fish are biting, but exactly what type of bait or lure is needed to catch the big ones. That's why I say that the best fisherman of all is not a man but a bird.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Scientists have discovered that seemingly purposeless behaviors among leaf cutting ants actually serve an important function. Leaf cutting ants cut green leaves into pieces that they can carry back to the nest. As they cut a leaf, they vibrate, creating an effect like an electric knife. Since they can cut the leaves without vibrating, it would seem to have no purpose.
"For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me."
When a honeybee finds a good source of food, she returns to the hive to tell fellow bees where it is. Her dance tells nest mates the direction of the source from the nest and how far away it is. Researchers have long puzzled over how the bee knows the distance she has traveled. Several theories have been proposed, but until now, none have been proven.
"And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female."
Charles Darwin recognized that ants challenged his theory of natural selection. He even mentioned it in his Origin of Species. He even asked how the situation with the lowly ant could ever be reconciled with his theory. He never did come up with an answer, and neither have modern evolutionists.
"He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?"
Researchers at Purdue University are demonstrating that parrots are capable of intelligent communication. Their carefully designed experiments have convinced even skeptics that the two parrots under study are not just giving conditioned responses. Their results are challenging the accepted scientific knowledge about animal intelligence and the evolutionary claim that intelligence is one of the traits that separate us from animals.
"Smoke goes out of his nostrils, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes."
Warm-blooded creatures need to be able to vent excess heat or they begin to suffer heatstroke. One of the ways in which warm-blooded animals do this is through the nasal cavities. As they breathe, the air passes through sheets of mucous membranes that are designed to increase the surface area over which the air passes. These membranes have a rich blood supply.
"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers."
Scientists have long known that some ants communicate with one another using vibrations. They also know that these ants pick up vibrations through ears that are located in their knees. Ants in four subfamilies communicate using these vibrations. These ants tend to build nests with wood or dried pulp, which tend to carry the vibrations. Disturb a carpenter ant nest, and the vibrations will begin.
"Then they told him, and said: 'We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.'"
Honey has always been a popular food. For thousands of years it was a symbol of prosperity. Perhaps honey's continuing appeal is one of the reasons there is so much research on honeybees. A research team has released their findings that explain how honeybees learn how to navigate. Another team has released information showing how bees know how far they have traveled.
"And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety."
Over the years, Creation Moments has brought you countless examples of plants and animals that appear to have been designed because they really were designed! Nowhere is this easier to see than in the design of bird eggs.
"And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:"
"What a delicious-looking tomato," you say to yourself. But as you reach for it, that bright red tomato suddenly comes to life and jumps away in pursuit of its own lunch! That "tomato" you almost grabbed is actually a tomato frog, a creature found only on the island of Madagascar.
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Though it must surely be one of the most disgusting creatures in God's creation, the bird dung spider is yet another beautiful example of God's design.
Not only does the bird dung spider have a body covered with unattractive warts, the spider often produces a white thread and sits on it, looking almost exactly like bird poop that has fallen on a leaf.
"There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow:"
What makes owls so good at catching prey as they fly through the night sky? Part of the credit obviously goes to their amazing eyes that are able to see with such clarity in low-light conditions. But owls also have another design feature that allows them to sneak up on their prey without being noticed. Owls, you see, were designed to fly in virtual silence.
"He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."
Why in the world would engineers at Mercedes-Benz and DaimlerChrysler turn to a fish built like a box for inspiration on automotive design? After all, automakers want their vehicles to travel just as efficiently through air as sharks swim through water. But the boxfish is anything but streamlined.
"He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?"
We love it when one of our listeners brings something of interest to our attention that we can pass along to other listeners. A listener sent us a link to an article at the National Geographic website on little-known facts about the eyes of animals. Since National Geographic treats evolution as fact, no mention was made that God created the eyes of these animals. But we are sure that our listeners will be quick to give credit where credit is due!
"As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:"
The foundation of evolution is so weak, the flight feather of a bird can send it crumbling to the ground. Perhaps no one is better equipped to speak on the amazing design of flight feathers than Dr. Stuart Burgess, the engineer who designed the solar array deployment system on the European Space Agency's earth observation satellite. In addition to his engineering work at Bristol University, he is the author of Hallmarks of Design: Evidence of Purposeful Design and Beauty in Nature.
"And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain."
It's a sunny, sweltering summer day, and you're looking for a place to park your car. Since you know you'll be gone for several hours, you look for a nice shaded spot so your car will be more comfortable when you return. Or it's a blustery winter day with sub-zero temperatures. This time you park your car where there's as much sunlight as possible so that the sunlight streaming through your windows will heat your car's interior while you're gone.
"And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle."
When the South American false-eyed frog is approached by a predator, it behaves in a way that evolution is powerless to explain. It turns its back on the predator.
So how is this a good strategy? In the time it takes to spin around, the frog's back is changing color to look like a pair of large, menacing eyes, complete with black pupils surrounded by blue irises. And it accomplishes this in only one second.
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