"There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel."
Opals are precious multicolored gemstones made primarily of silica. How do they form? Scientists admit that much of the chemistry is not well understood. However, according to the traditional explanation, their formation begins as water filters through silica-rich rock, dissolving some of the silica. When that water passes through a cavity in a suitable rock, the silica precipitates as a film on the wall of the cavity. After tens of millions of years, say the scientists, you will have an opal.
"Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."
If you live in a temperate climate, you have probably heard your home pop and crack on cold days. Those sounds are caused by the different materials that make up your house contracting at different rates as the temperature falls. At some point, the growing tensions are released and you hear the result. If you live in a warm climate that is subject to hurricanes, you know that a building is likely to fail at the point where different parts of the house, like the roof and wall, meet together.
"The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them."
Do you know how your ears help you pinpoint the location of whatever you are hearing? Two factors come into play. First, you hear the sound louder in the ear that is closer to whatever is producing the sound. And second, the sound arrives at the closer ear a little sooner than the other.
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
Do you remember when home computers used floppy disks? Magnetic floppies were replaced by optical discs, using laser technology, and now we depend on hard drives, flash drives and cloud drives for the storage and retrieval of digital data. But someday even our most advanced data-storage systems will give way to the latest and greatest advances in technology.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
We've all seen advertisements from retail establishments selling merchandise they call "slightly imperfect". Well, if you listen to evolutionists, we humans are more than slightly imperfect. As one writer claims, "From our knees to our eyeballs, our bodies are full of hack solutions."
"Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods."
Imagine, if you will, a robot mailman carrying a huge sack of mail on its back, walking step-after-step on the sidewalk until it reaches its destination. You'd be pretty impressed with the robot's designer, right?
"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:"
Not long ago, I was talking with another creationist about the impossibility of the first living cell coming into being through natural causes from non-living chemicals. I asked him, "Even if such a thing were possible, what would the first living cell eat?" Without missing a beat, my friend said: "Cellery?"
"For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."
To environmental alarmists, carbon dioxide is a pollutant and its existence in Earth's atmosphere is one of the greatest threats facing our planet today. But if plants could talk, they'd tell you a totally different story. To plants, carbon dioxide is food, and right now they are begging for more!
"And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones."
If the streets of heaven are made of pure gold and its twelve gates are pearl, what are the windows of heaven made of? The King James version of the Bible tells us: "And I will make thy windows of agates."
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."
You may want to be sitting down as you listen to today's broadcast. Why? Because scientists tell us there are far more bacterial cells in your body than actual human cells. According to researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, an average adult weighing 155 pounds consists of about 40 trillion bacteria and only 30 trillion human cells.
"He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion."
On our previous broadcast, we told you about the Fermi paradox. In case you missed it, the Fermi paradox is the attempt by scientists to account for the fact that we have not come in contact with extraterrestrial life. This is a very real problem for evolutionists because they believe that if life evolved here, evolution must have occurred on countless other planets. So why haven't we found anybody out there? Here are a few attempts to solve the Fermi paradox.
"Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD'S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is."
Where is everybody?! That's what physicist Enrico Fermi wanted to know. After all, if life evolved on Earth, he thought, certainly it must have evolved on countless other planets. So in 1950, he put forth what is called the "Fermi paradox" – a challenge to other scientists to explain why extraterrestrial life has not yet been found.
"It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect."
A robot that can move about on its own must be programmed in great detail. Instructions must be given to each moving part. These instructions must also be able to direct the robot under all anticipated conditions. If there is any error in the instructions or an encounter with unexpected conditions, the robot will probably just freeze in place. Even slime mold can do better than this.
"And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly..."
Ask any scientist and he'll tell you that blades designed to operate in fluids, like air or water, are best designed to have smooth edges. It only makes sense that a smooth leading edge is more efficient.
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead..."
A new science called biomimetics is making news. In the past we have talked about how some of man's designs are often similar to God's which do the same job. However, in biomimetics, researchers actively seek to study the creation to learn of designs that will solve engineering problems.
"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained...."
Studies show that it takes about a second to decide whether a person will do A or B. That's much too slow to make a successful typist or pianist. Good typists execute one key stroke every 60 thousands of a second. A pianist can play 30 notes with each hand about every 40 thousands of a second. How do they do it?
"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."
According to the theory of evolution, the atmosphere of the very early Earth contained no oxygen, but it did contain carbon dioxide. When the plants and trees evolved, they lived on the carbon-dioxide as they still do today and, by metabolizing carbon dioxide, they released oxygen as a waste product.
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse."
Though Creation Moments doesn't agree with everything that Christian author and apologist Eric Metaxas believes about origins, we have to congratulate him on his excellent op-ed piece that appeared in The Wall Street Journal – "Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God."
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