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Today's Creation Moment

Life Under the Sun
Ecclesiastes 12:1-2
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun...
The Book of Ecclesiastes keeps on referencing the world "under the Sun". What does the writer mean by this? The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes is referred to in Hebrew as Qohelet. This word...

God's Design

Lo Creó para ser Habitado

Isaías 45:18
"Porque así dijo Jehová, que creó los cielos; él es Dios, el que formó la tierra, el que la hizo y la compuso; no la creó en vano, para que fuese habitada la creó: Yo soy Jehová, y no hay otro."

Hay quienes creen que pueden leer el supuesto orden evolutivo de las cosas en el relato de la creación de Génesis 1. Sin embargo, cuando miramos más de cerca, nos image: Star and planet in space.damos cuenta de que hay una serie de discrepancias, que no pueden conciliarse. Incluso ateos evolucionistas han notado esto, por ejemplo, Richard Dawkins insiste en que no es posible armonizar Génesis con la evolución.

How Fast Do Stalactites Grow?

Genesis 7:11a
"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up…"

Stalacties in a caveFor generations cave guides have been telling cave visitors that the stalagmites and stalactites that they see around them grow at incredibly low rates. The figure that is usually given is one inch per century for stalactites (they are the ones that hang down). That estimate, however, was not based on any scientific research.

Discoverer of Oxygen

Hebrews 3:4
“For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.”

Joseph PriestlyJoseph Priestley was, by all accounts, not a pleasant man. He was brought up in a dissenting chapel in Heckmondwicke, Yorkshire, having been born in Birstall, near Leeds, Yorkshire, in 1733. That chapel believed the Bible to be completely true, but Priestley began to develop ideas that rejected the divinity of Christ and the Virgin Birth. In adulthood, he was, therefore, a Unitarian.

The Science of the Lawgiver

Genesis 2:1
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.”

Apples and a globeAn article in the New Scientist magazine suggests that the Reformation was a spur to scientific development. In their minds, Luther was a rebel, and it was this attitude of rebellion that led to the free-thinking required for modern science to develop.

No Final Conflict

Psalm 119:105
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

BibleThere has been a tendency among some evangelicals to worry about scientific opinion. For example, there has been a drive to reinterpret Genesis in the light of evolutionary theory, and, although that drive is decades old, it has accelerated among conservative evangelicals in the last ten years or so. The tendency seems to be to panic whenever a new scientific idea appears that seems to be opposed to the Bible.

An Ancient Sweet Solution to a Sticky Modern Problem

Psalm 81:16
“He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

Photo: Bowl of honey.We have all heard of "superbugs" - bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus bacteria have even shut down hospital wards. Now, researchers in New Zealand and Australia may have found out how to fight superbugs. And their weapon is one that has been in medical use for over 4,000 years!

The Garden on a Hill

Genesis 2:8
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.”

Photo: Bench in a gardenIn C.S. Lewis’s book about the creation of Narnia, The Magician’s Nephew, there is an “Enclosed Garden”. This is the place where Aslan sent Digory so that he could get the fruit which would heal his mother. It is clear that Lewis is referencing the Garden of Eden in his account, and it is interesting that he chose to position this Garden on top of a hill.

Copying God's Ideas

Genesis 1:31
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

Image: PikeIf you want to learn a new subject, find a master at the subject and copy them. If you want to lose weight, find someone who has already lost weight. If you want to program video games, find the ace games programmer and become her apprentice. And if you want to design ingenious and innovative new materials, go to the master designer Himself – God.

Your Father Knows

Matthew 6:8
“Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”

Image: Man walking down path leading to a wooden crossQohelet, the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes, reminds us to "Remember your Creator". Why do we need to remember Him? It is because everything that we value has come from Him. Qohelet has spent eleven previous chapters, explaining that if we do not reference everything to God, then it is all meaningless, just like trying to grab hold of the air.

The Most Beautiful Verse in Genesis

Genesis 6:8
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

Image: Genesis 6:8 GraphicGenesis 1:1 is pretty cool. It tells us that God made the world, the universe, and everything from nothing. It is a verse that gives the lie to all the great philosophies of the modern age. Yet, if I had to choose what I thought was the most beautiful verse in Genesis, that first verse would be close, but not the one.

Beauty from Brokenness in the Mountains

Isaiah 61:1-3
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

Image: Lava canyon waterfallIt is both a privilege and a joy that I get to take people to see sights around Mount St Helens. The other day, I took a school group into the Lava Canyon. As the river cascades violently over a lava flow, from about 2,000 years ago, it makes a beautiful sight. Some of that ancient lava flow was washed away by mudflows from the eruptions of 1980.

He Walks on Water

Matthew 14:25
“And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.”

Image: Chart of bouyancyWhat happens if a man tries to walk on water? The answer is that his feet would sink into the water.

Temple of Pi

1 Kings 7:23
“And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.”

Image: Diagram of the Sea of BronzeIn 1 Kings 7:23, there is an unusual account of how Solomon had the sea of bronze made. We read that is was “ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference”.

Gold Revisited

Psalm 119:72
The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

Gold must be one of the most remarkable elements in the Periodic Table. Its chemical symbol is Au, its atomic number is 79, and its atomic mass is 196.967. It is a lustrous, yellow-colored metal, and is almost chemically inert. It is this lack of chemistry, coupled with its rarity, that gives it its value.

First Gospel

Genesis 3:14-15
"And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."

It is notable that the first giving of the Gospel was spoken to Satan, but in the hearing of Adam and Eve. It is also notable that the first Gospel was given immediately after the first sin. God, in His mercy, did not leave mankind for a moment without a means of salvation.

Two Liquids Called Water

Genesis 2:10
"A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four heads."

Popular science information websites sometimes reveal fascinating facts. The Science Daily website recently published an articled suggesting that water is not one, but two liquids.

Growing Information

Job 19:23
“Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!”

Evolutionists assume that evolution happens by increases in genetic information. This, they claim, happens by mutations making more information. We should analyze how this might  DNA Strandhappen. 

Uranium Half-Life and Decay

Micah 5:2
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

The half-life is a value which gives an indication of the rate of decay of radioactive isotopes. Radioactive decay occurs in an exponential, rather than linear way. Suppose an isotope, which we will call X, has Uraniuma half-life of 1 year. If we have 32lb of X today, then in a year, we will have just 16lb – half of 32. In another year, however, we will lose only 8lb more—half of 16.

Did God Design the Eye Badly?

Proverbs 20:12
“The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them...”

Richard Dawkins believes he has found an organ system, which is badly designed, and so proves that no god could have designed it. He has popularized this accusation so widely that atheistic websites and forums simply quote the example, as if it were Diagram of the Eyeproven. He refers to the color receptors on the retina of the vertebrate eye.

Physics and Chemistry Belong to God

Genesis 1:27-28
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 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.”

When I was a high school science teacher, I taught both Physics and Chemistry. However, Chemistry was my main subject. Because of my background in education, I really enjoy taking groups of families and young people on the excursions to Mount Rock from Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument AreaSt Helens, which I lead two or three times a week during the Summer.

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