"And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:"
If you have never opened a bottle of wine, let me give you a little instruction on how to use a corkscrew. First, you puncture the cork with the corkscrew's tip. Then you turn the handle, forcing the...
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
In his book, The Blind Watchmaker, evolutionary evangelist Richard Dawkins famously declared: "Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose." Yes, seeing design in nature is so natural, so common-sensical that even young children innately know that nature is filled with purposeful design.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
Over the years, Creation Moments has been introducing you to animals that are superior to humans when it comes to such things as eyesight, hearing and the ability to survive in conditions that are too hot or cold for us humans. But now, some scientists in Australia are saying that animals are smarter than us, too!
"All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad."
Until recently it was commonly thought that humans can smell approximately 10,000 different odors. But that's no longer thought to be true. So how many different odors can that nose in the middle of your face detect?
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you."
On a previous broadcast, we told you about the IPCC report designed to frighten people with dire warnings about the destruction of our planet if the world's governments don't take serious measures now to combat man-made global warming.
"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
On the last day of March, 2014, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report warning that the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents. They went on to predict that mankind would face catastrophic consequences if we don't take drastic measures right now. But as you'll see in a moment, the report was released one day too early.
"And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."
The heart is an amazingly complex organ consisting of muscle tissue. And what do muscles do? They contract when stimulated by electric pulses. Though the human heart will beat 2-3 billion times in a person's lifetime, heart disease is one of the most common causes of death. That's why researchers have been looking for a way to produce artificial heart tissue. Have they finally succeeded?
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
How smart are Americans when it comes to science? That's what the National Science Foundation attempts to find out every two years. The results of their 2014 survey – which included more than 2,200 adults – gave Americans a rather poor grade. But are Americans really less knowledgeable about science or is the NSF's survey biased against the many Bible-believing Christians in America? Let's take a look.
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
Are we, as human beings, as good as it gets? According to several influential evolutionary scientists, human beings are as good as it gets, and evolution has stopped for us. Some dispute this, saying that human evolution is still happening, but it's invisible. Although none of this sounds very much like science, such claims have fueled new debate among evolutionists.
"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…."
Popular psychology has for years declared that troubled young people, especially those who become violent, suffer from low self esteem. But three studies released in the summer of 1999 conclude the opposite: young people who become violent have too much self esteem.
"My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust."
The ages of human history are frequently divided into periods named after rocks and minerals. There was the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. This evolutionary way of describing human history is based on the materials people used to make weapons and tools. On the other hand, the Bible describes man as developing his knowledge of metalworking within a few generations of his existence.
"Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD."
The Old Testament explicitly forbids God's people from getting tattooed. It might be argued that believers in God have refused to get tattooed because they view the body as the Holy Spirit's temple. But research conducted in 1999 is beginning to suggest that there is more to the issue.
"Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers."
If the biblical account of history is true, then man and dinosaurs lived at the same time. Some believe that this accounts for the almost universal legends of dragons. In many parts of the world, these legends were passed orally from generation to generation. Unfortunately, it takes only a few hundred years for such legends to become distorted.
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"
It has long been debated whether Christopher Columbus or Leif Eriksson was the first European explorer to discover America. But it's beginning to look as though this debate is beside the point. One surprising clue is found in inscriptions in West Virginia. These inscriptions are in a language called Ogam.
"But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick."
The blessings of modern medicine have saved many lives. Unfortunately, modern medicine's accomplishments have led many people to believe that good medical treatment is more important than God's healing power when you are sick. Astounding medical discoveries are being made all the time. For example, 60 percent of those with diabetes suffer nerve damage. This nerve damage can result in the body's inability to control blood pressure as well as other problems. In some diabetics, branching nerve cells swell, cutting off normal cell communication.
"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
Modern psychologists and social engineers generally hold that children are born innocent. Any evil they do is learned from those around them. Based upon this notion, they advise that children should not be spanked because that spanking only teaches violence. This modern teaching contradicts the biblical teaching that we are born in original sin, inherited from Adam. Belief in original sin is accepted in some form by most Christians, Jews and practically everyone who has ever raised children!
Most Christians realize that going to church, and worshiping in earnest, keeps them spiritually healthier. A study by Duke University researchers backs up an earlier study that people who attend church at least once a week do have better health and live longer lives.
"How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
We hear many warnings these days that tell us not to eat this food, it's full of cholesterol, or that food, it's loaded with fat. It's easy to come to the conclusion that the curse of sin has turned the whole creation against us. But God is a merciful God. He has given us the ability to learn about many of the beneficial foods and medicines that He has created.
"Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad."
The Bible frequently warns against anxiety. Modern science agrees that anxiety produces all sorts of negative changes in the body. A study on rats some years ago suggests that the damage done by anxiety begins practically at the onset of anxiety.
"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
Most people know that the most important molecule in our bodies is DNA. But another large molecule called ATP is what keeps you and your DNA alive. ATP is the primary energy system within your body. It generates the electricity in your nerves, making it possible to move your muscles. ATP's operation should remove any doubt that it is a product of a wise and intelligent Creator.
"O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches."
As we learn more about the genetic code, it is becoming increasingly difficult to escape the conclusion that all living things – and by implication, all things – have a very wise, personal Creator. At least one researcher in this field has admitted that it is extremely unlikely that the genetic code shared by almost all living things arose by chance.
The best-selling Wonders of Creation series has added a brand new biology-focused book that unveils the intricate nature of God’s world and the harmony that was broken by sin. The Ecology Book is color-coded with three...