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Today's Creation Moment

Apr
25
For the Sheer Joy of Variety!
Isaiah 45:9
“Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or...
Did you ever try to plan all the details of a simple project? How many plans do you think the Lord had to make when He created living things? A billion? A billion times a billion? We all know that it...
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As a Christian, I believe that God created the universe and all things within it. However, I also think that this idea is compatible with science and evolution. If we believe that God created the atom and set time into motion, then we can also believe that He created the natural laws for galaxies to form and life to emerge. Science suggests that the 'Big Bang' occurred 13.7 billion years ago, and the solar system (along with the Earth) formed 4.5 billion years ago. On Earth, life is thought to have first developed about 3.8 billion years ago. The first cells weren't really living as we would think of today; they consisted of simple spheres of lipid membranes that were able to use energy from their environment to organize themselves. The defining characteristic of living cells is that they can overlook the law of entropy by increasing their own organization while decreasing the organization of the environment around them. In this way, entropy is essential for the development and evolution of life, and all living things harness entropy for their own use. These most primitive cells didn't have DNA or any genetic material, and one could say that they were in fact simple molecules. These packets of organized molecules grew large and could break off, forming new packets. Genetic material (RNA, DNA) developed later as a way to organize the processes of the cells and give orders. Genetic material also permitted the miracle of evolution to occur, where genetic material undergoes random mutations (very slowly, mind you) and 99.99% of the time, these mutations are detrimental to the survival of the organism. It's that 0.01% of the time that that might be beneficial to survival, that these mutations might enable the organism to survive longer and reproduce more often. This mutation is passed down to offspring through the same genetic material, and it extrapolates through time. Evolution is an incredible phenomenon, and it took 3.8 BILLION years to get us where we are today. But we cannot deny that it exists.

In regards to your question about the heart, I'm sorry that the evolutionists on your facebook page couldn't answer the question. I perform medical research on embryonic heart development, so I can better explain it.

In short, the blood came first, with no blood vessels or pumps. Starfish and jellyfish do not have a heart nor blood vessels, but their cells are immersed in a watery fluid that provides them with nutrients. However, without a heart, they can't perform much activity (that's why we think of these animals as slow and graceful).

Organisms like snails, horseshoe crabs, and insects have a heart to pump blood, which enables them to perform more activity and/or grow larger. However, their circulatory systems are inefficient because they don't have blood vessels. Instead, a fluid called hemolymph just flows around the inside of their bodies, delivering nutrients to the cells, but not in an efficient manner.

More complex animals have blood, hearts, and a circulatory system. However, our hearts don't look like the hearts in lower creatures. Snails and insects have a one chambered heart. Simple fish have two chambered hearts. Reptiles and amphibians have a three chamber heart, and we have a four chambered heart. Four chambers allows our hearts (and the hearts of all mammals) to be incredibly efficient at pumping blood throughout our bodies.

You're absolutely right; God is unfathomably complex and created an incredibly complex universe, but this doesn't have to mean that he personally created everything in it. Instead, he created the building blocks and made laws for the universe. He then allowed these building blocks to follow the laws he created and develop into things of incredible wonder. I believe in science because it allows us to appreciate God in yet another way. We will never fully understand God, but studying His work allows us to worship him more fully.

I'd love to discuss this matter further. If you have any questions or find flaws in my argument, please send me an e-mail and I'll get back as soon as possible. My email is <a href="mailto:fitzhenryl@yahoo.com">fitzhenryl@yahoo.com</a>.

Best,
Larry

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