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Today's Creation Moment

Researchers Find a Hidden Cost to the Internet
Proverbs 18:24
"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."
Have you been on the internet lately? If so, it may be costing you more than you think. That's the suggestion of a study done by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The study...

The Gift of Words

Acts 17:26
"And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation…"

Is language learned or is it a built in part of our very nature? If we were made by a Creator who values communication, we would expect to have some built in language skills and desires. In fact, common features among all languages would also support the Bible's historical account of how humans once had only one language.

Gift of wordsResearchers who studied human methods of communication around the world learned that all people have far more in common with one another than can be explained by simple biology. Linguists have noted that all languages have verbs, nouns and similar phrase structures. Certain consonants in English serve as stop sounds for words. When researchers tested African infants who had never heard English, they found that those infants recognized the same boundaries as American infants.

Not only is language universal to humans, but also every human language follows the same basic rules, even though this is unnecessary. Some scientists are now beginning to theorize that present human languages are all built on a single universal language pattern.

They have also noted one more important fact. While you can coax an ape to learn a limited vocabulary by bribing it with bananas and candy, human children happily learn 150 new words per week simply for the joy of learning language. No biological theory of origins can explain this rapid language acquisition. The Bible's history of humanity offers the only possible explanation for human languages.

Lord, help me to never abuse Your gift of language and words by lying or purposefully confusing others. Help me to thankfully use language to communicate the gospel to those around me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Gould, Carol Grant. 1983. "Out of the mouths of beasts." Science 83, April. p. 69. Photo: Cuneiform is one of the earliest forms of written language.