Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 13, 2017

Kepler’s Newest Enemy

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Massasauga Rattlesnake

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

One of my responsibilities is keeping Master’s campsite free of marauding chipmunks, chihuahuas, and other vermin. I have also fended off squirrels, possums, and raccoons (that acted like bears).

But this article is about a new adventure defending Master’s campsite from a new enemy.

Kepler’s Newest Enemy

My newest enemies that I protect against are snakes.

I’m especially hostile toward the massasauga rattlesnake which is the only poisonous snake in the state where we camp the most. I feel a strong compunction to keep all snakes well away from Master’s campsite.

But my buddy Henry, a Silky Terrier whom we adopted several years ago, does not feel the same urgency about snakes. We discussed the issue:
Henry: “I don’t know why you are so antsy about rattlesnakes, Kepler.”
Me: “Well, Henry, it’s simple. I dearly love Missus and Master. I would feel just awful if a snake got by me and bit one of them. It’s up to me to keep them safe.”
Henry: “Not to worry. I have not smelled any rattlesnakes anywhere in this campground.”
Me: “Exactly. And do you know why you have not smelled any rattlesnakes anywhere around?”
Henry: “Because there are none here?”
Me: “Yes, and there are none here precisely because I’m doing my job with excellence. I, Kepler, keep the snakes away. It would help if you were a little less lackadaisical about this whole thing, Henry. What if two snakes come and one slips by while I’m busy with the other? Are you ready, Henry, to defend?”

Snakes

Snakes live on every continent except Antarctica. Of 3,000 known species, only 725 are venomous, and only 250 species can kill humans. North America has 120 snake species, 20 of which are venomous.

Despite claims to the contrary, snakes actually do “eat dust” per God’s curse on the serpent for deceiving Eve (Genesis 3:14). Snakes pick up dirt particles with their darting forked tongues. The vomeronasal sensory organ in the roof of the mouth “smells” the dust particles for possible prey. The fork in the tongue provides the snake with a directional sense of smell to follow a trail.

Cambodia has the world’s largest snake harvest because it also has the largest crocodile harvest, and snakes are crocodiles’ favorite food. Snakes are to crocodiles as chickens are to men, except that most men do not eat live chickens in one bite.

Cambodia has 900 crocodile farms, some with 2,000 crocodiles, which are raised for their meat and hides. Sour crocodile soup and croc curry are favorite dishes. Snake hunters annually harvest 4 million snakes from Tonle Sap, southeast Asia’s largest lake. Most of the snakes are sold to crocodile farms at $1 for 50 snakes. Other snakes are sold for their skins to make shoes, wallets, or purses, while some are sold to restaurants for meat.

Snake Worship

Snake idols are ubiquitous throughout Cambodia in streets, homes, and temples.

India, sometimes called the land of snakes, has temples dedicated to cobras — considered to be divine. Snakes figure prominently in Hindu myths, and Hindu gods are frequently depicted adorned with snakes. People worship snakes during the Hindu festival Nag Panchami.

The snake was one of Egypt’s gods, and Pharaoh’s crown sported a cobra. The Cobra was emblematic of royalty for Egyptians. Egyptians worshiped the cobra as the fire-spitting goddess of destruction called Wadjet or Edjo.

In 1909 British researcher Arthur Lillie said that although snake worship was unexplainable, it existed throughout the ancient world.

It makes no sense to me as a dog why someone would worship a snake! It’s just another creature made by the Great Creator, and a pretty lowly one at that. But snake worship has occurred worldwide throughout history.

I asked Master about this puzzle. Why do some people worship snakes? Master said the reasons might include distorted memories from the Garden of Eden, a campaign of deception by the Serpent (Revelation 12:9), and man’s own rebellion against the Great Creator.

Kepler finds ribbon snake

Kepler Finds a Ribbon Snake

I don’t worship or venerate snakes. I chase them away.

In this picture I found a northern ribbon snake. Look for it to the left of the base of the tree. It’s a type of garter snake.

I needed to drive it out of Master’s campsite. And drive it out I did!

I drove the ribbon snake onto the sunny campground road where it could comfortably sun itself just out of reach of my tether. I hoped the wheels of a vehicle would soon turn the ribbon snake into an actual ribbon.

Christmas

After I told Master how I had saved him from the ribbon snake, he surprised me by switching subjects to talk about Christmas. I didn’t mind because Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s coming up soon:
Master: “Kepler, what is your favorite Christmas animal? Reindeer? Camel? Donkey? Sheep? Cow? Turkey? Goose?”
Me: “Huh? Oh, probably cow, sheep, or turkey. They all taste good. I have never eaten reindeer, camel, goose, or donkey, but I’m ready to try them right now. Here’s my bowl.”
Master: “Kepler, try to guess my favorite Christmas animal. It never appears in manger scenes, but religious sites worldwide feature it. It rarely appears on American dinner tables, but it’s a popular Asian food. This animal lays eggs, but it’s not a chicken or turkey. It figured prominently in the life of Moses, and Jesus pointed to it as a type of Christ (John 3:14). Can you guess what it is, Kepler?”
Me: “Master, I love riddles, but I have absolutely no idea about this one. I know you eat strange things like cranberries and walnuts, so there’s no telling what your favorite Christmas animal is.”

Then Master totally stunned me with his answer.

Master: “Kepler, My Favorite Christmas Animal is the Snake!”
Me: “Master, I’m astonished! Snakes are slippery and wiggly and probably taste awful. What do they have to do with Christmas?”
Master: “Well, Kepler, you’ll be interested to know that snake meat tastes good (a lot like chicken), but its deliciousness is not the reason for my choice of the Snake as my favorite Christmas animal. The reason is that the Snake is the key animal explaining the reason for Christmas.”
Me: “I still don’t get it, Master.”
Master: “What is Christmas? Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and Savior of the world. Why did the Son of God come to earth? Why did man need a Savior?”
Me: “Because of sin, because Adam sinned?”
Master: “Right, Kepler. But why did Adam sin? The answer involves the Snake. The Serpent deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, and she ate the fruit the Great Creator had forbidden. She gave some to Adam who also ate. This sin of disobedience to the Great Creator’s explicit command, instigated by the Snake, is the root cause of all the turmoil, trouble, and suffering in the world.”
Me: “Wow! That snake really did a job on Adam and Eve! Anything happen to him?
Master: “Genesis reports that the Lord God reprimanded the Serpent with these words:
Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.
(Genesis 3:14-15)”
Me: “Aha! So that’s why it’s a ‘snake in the grass.’ Who is the woman’s seed that will bruise the serpent’s head?”
Master: “That is Jesus of Nazareth. God the Son, the Great Creator, came to earth as Jesus to solve the sin problem by living a sinless life and dying on the cross to atone for His people’s sin. The death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ provides eternal life to all who follow Jesus. This is the Good News of the Bible.”

Finally I understood. Christmas celebrates this historic event when the Great Creator became man — necessitated by the Snake’s deception of Eve in Eden.

That’s why the Snake is Master’s favorite Christmas animal. Makes a whole lot of sense once Master explained it.

Christmas is the time when we celebrate the coming of the One who beat the Snake! I like beating snakes.

Merry Christmas everyone! Jesus beat the Snake!

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. What is your favorite Christmas animal? Why?
2. Why isn’t the Snake more prominent as a Christmas animal?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 27th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-27 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks

Read the sequel:
28. Kepler ??? coming soon . . .

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“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday December 13, 2017 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 6, 2017

Science in the Bible – Biogenesis

(3 Minute Read)

Do frogs come from bogs? Do slugs come from mud? Is that the source of their life and existence?

We would laugh or roll our eyes at that kind of notion, yet these used to be widely held beliefs. People thought most insects generated spontaneously from their environments, and they believed that putrefying meat produced maggots.

But these misconceptions about spontaneous generation of life were eventually refuted by careful experimentation and observation.

In 1668 Italian physician and biologist Francesco Redi (1626-1697) demonstrated experimentally that maggots come from eggs laid on rotting meat by flies. Maggots are not generated spontaneously.

Law of Biogenesis

Francesco Redi is famous for his statement expressing the principle he demonstrated: Omne vivum ex vivo — “All life comes from life.”

This was an early expression of the Law of Biogenesis: Life only comes from pre-existing life.

Several centuries later in the early 1860s when spontaneous generation was still widely believed, French chemist and biologist Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) showed experimentally that microorganisms do not spontaneously generate, but rather they come from airborne sources. Pasteur concluded,
“Never will the doctrine of spontaneous generation recover from the mortal blow of this simple experiment. There is no known circumstance in which it can be confirmed that microscopic beings came into the world without germs, without parents similar to themselves.”

Pasteur’s work definitively settled the controversy of his day over spontaneous generation of life. He received the Alhumbert Prize in 1862 for disproving the theory of spontaneous generation. Pasteur had confirmed the Law of Biogenesis.

Thus several centuries ago, scientists eventually refuted spontaneous generation of life and verified the Law of Biogenesis, showing that life only comes from pre-existing life.

The Law of Biogenesis is one of the most fundamental laws of biology. Throughout the history of man, it has never been observed to be violated and has never been refuted. All human experience confirms the truth of the Law of Biogenesis. You can never get a living creature from something dead.

Law of Biogenesis in the Bible

But this is what the Bible taught from the beginning, long before scientists confirmed it through experimental tests.

The Bible teaches that Yahweh, the living God of the Bible Who created everything, is the origin of all life on earth.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. (John 1:1-4)

The Bible reports very clearly the beginning of life (biogenesis) on earth:
Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:11-12)

Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” (Genesis 1:20-22)

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. 25 God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. . . . God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:24-25, 27)

Evolutionists and Biogenesis

Since the Law of Biogenesis is taught in the Bible and confirmed through all human experience and observation, why do evolutionists dogmatically insist that in the beginning life originated from lifeless matter? Doesn’t that belief contradict the Law of Biogenesis that life only comes from life?

Why do people continue to believe in the theory of evolution when its foundation violates the Law of Biogenesis, one of the foundational scientific laws of biology?

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before scientists verified the Law of Biogenesis, the Bible clearly taught that life comes from Yahweh, the Giver of life.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths like this and those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. Do people believe in evolution because of investigation, evidence, and proof?
2. Do claims like “Everybody thinks . . .” or “Everybody knows . . .” or “Everybody says . . .” influence your opinions?
3. What beliefs or perspectives have you embraced just because they are generally accepted?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 24th article in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life
17. Science in the Bible – Circumcision
18. Science in the Bible – Expanding Universe
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible
20. Science in the Bible – The Sun
21. Science in the Bible – Atomic Fission
22. Science in the Bible – Surgery
23. Science in the Bible – Dinosaurs

Read the sequel:
25. Science in the Bible – ??? coming soon…

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Wednesday December 6, 2017 A.D.

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 29, 2017

Stealing Thanks

(2 Minute Read)

Are you alert to the pagan/secularist practice of deflecting attention and focus away from the Great Creator? One example is the use of the term “Mother Earth.”

In the lower left-hand corner of last Sunday’s Parade Magazine cover it says,
“We celebrate all who come to our rescue — from first responders and comfort dogs to shelters and protectors of Mother Earth.”

The earth is not anybody’s mother. It was created by the Great Creator on the First Day of Creation Week as a habitation for mankind. It is man’s place to live, work, and play. It is where man glorifies his Creator through his life and worship.

The earth is not a giver of anything. The earth is a gift from God. It is an inanimate entity; it has no life, personality, or character. Any thanks, praise, or credit given to “Mother Earth” is robbing the Great Creator of the honor He is due.

The recent Thanksgiving season reminded me of another example of secular attempts to deflect credit away from the Great Creator. For example, for decades at Thanksgiving people have wished me “Happy Turkey Day.” I always reply by saying, “Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.”

This year there’s a new term for the Thanksgiving holiday that I’ve been seeing. It’s included here in the GEICO ad in the lower right corner of the Parade Magazine cover. Many people are now calling the holiday “Friendsgiving.”

Referring to the season as “Turkey Day” or “Friendsgiving” deliberately avoids the meaning and reason for the season. The original meaning and long-standing purpose of the day was to give thanks to the Creator for His many blessings showered upon us during the preceding year. Calling the occasion “Turkey Day” or “Friendsgiving” completely obfuscates the occasion’s purpose.

Thankfully, not everyone avoids the meaning of the day. Here is a picture of a Wendy’s marquee in Statesville, North Carolina. It has precisely the right idea for Thanksgiving: “We Give Thanks to God.” This was on both sides of the marquee.

Another example is Christmas. For decades secularists have been trying to remove Christ (who is the reason for the season) from Christmas. A major mall near my house has long avoided the word Christmas. Instead they use “Giving Season.” Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ (Anointed One) sent to redeem His people from their sins.

When store clerks wish me “Happy Holidays” or some such empty phrase, I always reply, “Merry Christmas.” They almost always then say “Merry Christmas” back to me.

Be sure to wish people a “Merry Christmas” this year whenever the opportunity arises. And be prepared to explain the true reason why Christmas is a merry time.

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you consciously thank the Great Creator for His blessings on a daily basis?
2. What simple phrase can you use that credits the Great Creator in the presence of others?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday November 29, 2017 A.D.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 22, 2017

Kepler Gives Thanks

(3 Minute Read)

Futile Thankfulness

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Parson (Jack) Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he agreed this is a good time of year for me to tell people why and to whom I’m thankful.

I suggested this to Master after I heard him converse about gratitude recently with someone we met on one of our walks. Master takes me on walks all around whatever campground we happen to be in, and we often meet other dogs and their owners.

This month I met a shaggy pit bull / sheepdog mix that was totally unruly. No wonder that Bullet needed a nail-studded leather collar and heavy leash! He was so hideous that I thought he should have to wear a hood to completely cover his head. While Bullet and I were sniffing each other, I overheard Master talking with Bullet’s owner, a truck driver. I will skip their boring chatter and go right to the meat of it:
Truck driver: “That gal in the little Jetta swerved right in front of me, making me stand on my brakes something awful. I thank the universe I didn’t jackknife!”
Master: “Close call! I too think it’s important to be thankful. But why did you thank the universe? How exactly did the universe keep you from jackknifing? What did the universe do? How did the universe deliver you?”
Truck driver: “Well, I don’t really know. I think the universe was controlling my fate and helped me somehow. I just felt relieved that I didn’t jackknife and wanted to give thanks.”
Master: “I understand the desire to give thanks. I have it everyday. But I give thanks to the One who actually delivers me and gives me many blessings every day.”
Truck driver: “What do you mean? Who does that?”
Master: “The Great Creator — the God of the Bible who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them. He made me, rescued me from my sin, and blesses me every day. The universe can’t do anything for or against you or me. Only the Creator of the universe has the power to help you.”
Truck driver: “Oh, you must be one of those religious fanatics.”
Master: “Maybe. I do happen to believe in honoring and thanking the Great Creator. Think about who helped you keep from jackknifing. Was it really the universe?”

Master’s conversation got me to thinking about thankfulness. I’m thankful for a bunch of stuff this year:

Strutting Toms

Strutting Toms patrolling a campground

Kepler’s List of Thanks

1. I’m thankful I’m not a turkey. I have heard what happens to many turkeys on Thanksgiving. Recently we were in a store where I saw lots of turkeys without any feathers wrapped only in plastic in a very cold place. It gave me the shivers. Then, adjacent to the very cold turkeys, I saw big “turkey pans” and jugs of peanut oil for sale. Master said they would be used to help the turkeys warm up. That made me feel better, but I saw Missus shudder.

2. I’m thankful Master feeds me every day. He never forgets. Missus says he has one of the best memories on the planet, and I’m grateful. I usually get chicken-based kibble mixed with table scraps. I love the variety.

3. I’m thankful we go camping so much. I love exploring new places, savoring new smells, and protecting Master’s campsites. This week we were at a campground with a small herd of deer (6 does, 1 buck, 5 fawns) that loped through the grounds as we walked. I so badly wanted to show Master that I could run faster than the deer, but he wouldn’t let me. Campers told us a wild lynx had been on our campsite the night before, so I made sure it stayed away while we were there. I’m very good at protecting Master’s campsite.

Master walks me all around when we camp.
Here I’m checking out Lake Huron.

4. I’m thankful Master teaches me about the Great Creator. He has explained that the Great Creator is the One to whom thanks are due. I hear so many people these days thanking the universe, or the environment, or the ocean, or the woods, or the garden. Seems silly to me. It would be like me thanking my food bowl for my dinner!

I asked Master about people thanking the universe, the environment, etc. He said such thanks is futile! None of those entities is a causative agent; all are created by the Great Creator for the benefit of man. Master said even I was created for the benefit of him and Missus.

Master gave me these Bible verses to think about:
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools. (Romans 1:21-22)

He said honoring and thanking God is vital. Refusal to do so leads to futile speculations, such as thanking the universe, and leads to foolishness. The word “thanksgiving” is found 30-40 times in the Bible, depending on the version. But the “thanks” is always directed to the Almighty Creator, never to the universe He made.

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
(1 Chronicles 16:34)

So I give thanks for all my blessings to the Almighty Great Creator who made me and placed me with Master and Missus.

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Can you formulate a gracious one-sentence response to use when you hear someone giving thanks to the universe?
2. A prominent weight-loss article recently recommended being mindful by giving thanks to your food. What do you think about that?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 26th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-26 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs

Read the sequel:
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy coming soon . . .

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday November 22, 2017 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 15, 2017

Kepler Finds Duck Eggs

(4 Minute Read)

Male Wood Duck

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Parson (Jack) Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he asked me to tell about finding bird eggs on our camping trips this year. I found eggs four different times!

First I told about finding killdeer eggs, and then my second egg report was about finding robin eggs. Third, I told about finding cowbird eggs in a phoebe’s nest. Today I will tell you about my fourth find, the very best one of all.

Remains of a wood duck nest
at the base of a hickory tree

Wood Duck Eggs

Hiking in woods near a lake with Master, Missus, and Henry, I found the remains of a destroyed nest at the base of a tall hickory tree. There was a clump of nesting material at the base of the tree and many other fragments scattered around on the ground.

Even though Master and Missus are nose-blind (they can’t smell worth a hoot), they have good eyesight for spotting things. I think Master saw it even before I smelled the broken eggs, because he was walking us straight toward the tree. But he let me take credit for finding our fourth batch of bird eggs.

High above were three holes in the tree. The middle one, about 40 feet up, had wisps of nest material fluttering out of the hole. So we knew that’s where the nest had been.

Nest was in the middle
of the 3 holes at the top

I heard Master and Missus speculating about the nest maker and what had torn up the nest. They wondered if it was an owl nest that a raccoon had ravaged. Later we found out it was a wood duck nest, but we never learned what had destroyed it. It could have been a raccoon or opossum or possibly a hawk or owl.

Most interesting of all was what had been in the nest and was now on the ground — several broken eggs and three intact eggs. These were big eggs, slightly smaller than chicken eggs. But the shells were tougher than chicken eggs.

I was very eager to investigate. The broken eggs were still runny and we could see the red fertilization spots. So we knew the nest had been torn up quite recently, probably within a few hours. Master let me lick out the egg shells. Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! I finally got to eat some of the eggs I found!

Wood Duck Eggs from Nest

After I finished licking out the broken egg shells, I wanted to take the three intact eggs and break them over the kibble in my food bowl. But Master said that the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act made it illegal to take them. We checked the next day, and the eggs and shells were totally gone. Maybe a park ranger cleaned them up.

Later I googled to see if Master was making it up about the Bird Treaty. I found out it was passed 99 years ago in 1918. The guys who passed it are long dead. Why do I have to give up delicious eggs to obey some dead guys? Doesn’t make sense to me.

Later Master told me this unexpected special egg treat was an example of Yahweh’s care and provision for me as described in this Psalm:
They all wait for You
To give them their food in due season.
You give to them, they gather it up;
You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
(Psalm 104:27-28)

Wood Ducks

I thought it was very strange to find a duck in a tree! I thought ducks lived in water and along shores. So I asked Master about it . . . turns out, there are ducks that live in trees.

Wood ducks nest in holes in trees — hence their name. They have sharp claws for perching in trees. They live in wooded swamps or riparian woodlands. (Riparian is not my word; I got it from Master. He said riparian means “near water.” I don’t know why he didn’t just say, “near water.”)

At the founding of the USA, the colorful wood duck was so common that it was considered as a possible national symbol, along with the turkey (Benjamin Franklin’s choice) and the eagle.

Male Wood Duck in Nesting Tree

Here is a picture of the duck who fathered the eggs in the nest. He’s perched on a branch of the nesting tree. An ornithologist we met in the park took the picture and gave it to Master.

Again, ornithologist is not my word. Master said it means someone who studies birds. I don’t know why he didn’t just say “bird watcher.” But at least I’m improving my vocabulary in preparation for taking my college entrance exams next year. I want to be a dog doctor or a dog psychologist. Dog psychologists are in high demand and earn a lot of money from insecure dog owners, but Master said he would not pay my tuition for that course of study.

Ducklings are precocial; that is, they hatch feathered, able to see, and able to forage for food soon after hatching.

The mother hen calls the ducklings out of the nest within 24 hours after hatching. Most nests are 30 to 60 feet above ground, and the ducklings jump down out of the tree to join the mother on the ground. She then leads them to water.

I need to stop and write a letter to Congress about revising the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. I should have been able to eat those abandoned eggs I found on the ground.

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. How has Yahweh opened His hand this week to satisfy you with good as in Psalm 104:28?
2. What is your guess as to what happened to the wood duck nest?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 25th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-26 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs

Read the sequel:
26. Kepler Gives Thanks

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Wednesday November 15, 2017 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 8, 2017

Science in the Bible – Dinosaurs

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After Eden 20100813-LivingWithDinosaurs

Dinosaurs have captured imaginations worldwide! Kids love them, but dinosaurs intrigue people of any age. In natural history museums, dinosaurs are among the most popular exhibits.

Dinosaur fossils have been discovered on every continent beginning in the 1820s. Most are in massive water-deposited bone graveyards, probably resulting from Noah’s Flood of 4500 years ago.

Today scientists claim dinosaurs ruled the earth for 140 million years but died out some 70 million years before man appeared. This supposedly ancient provenance is part of what gives dinosaurs their appealing mystery. But is this purported history true?

The Bible spoke of dinosaurs long before modern scientists started digging up dinosaur fossils. It calls them dragons.

“Dinosaur” comes from two Greek words meaning “terrible lizard.” The word “dinosaur” is not in the English Bible, because it was not coined until 1841 by creationist scientist and head of the British museum Dr. Richard Owen, centuries after the King James Version was translated.

St. George and the Dragon

The truth is that men and dinosaurs lived at the same time starting about 6,000 years ago. Evolutionary age estimates have been torpedoed over the last 20 years by startling fossil discoveries. At fossil digs, fossilized dinosaur bones have broken open to reveal soft tissue, including flexible blood vessels — impossible if the bones were millions of years old.

Dinosaurs in the Bible

The Great Creator made land dinosaurs the same day He made Adam and Eve — on Creation Day Six. Dinosaurs would fall in the category of “beasts of the earth.”
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:24-25)

Later that day Adam named the “beasts of the field.” So Adam named dinosaurs.
God formed every beast of the field…and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. … The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field. (Genesis 2:18-20)

Noah took specimens of every kind of land animal on the ark, and this would include dinosaurs (Genesis 6:19-20). Although hundreds of dinosaur species have been given names, many from scanty evidence, yet only about 50 dinosaur kinds would be needed for the ark. All baby dinosaurs were small, since the largest fossilized dinosaur eggs ever found are football size. Noah probably took hatchlings or young dinosaurs to save space, and to ensure that their entire reproductive life cycle would be available for replenishing the earth.

The Story of Noah's Ark
Advent Calendar by
Dorothy Sayers & Fritz Wegner

Literary scholar Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) is best-known for her intricate mysteries featuring British detective Lord Peter Wimsey. She was a good friend of Christian apologist and Narnia author C. S. Lewis.

Sayers also authored a children’s advent calendar The Story of Noah’s Ark in 1956. Fritz Wegner’s accompanying full-color illustration with calendar doors that opened showed animals, including dragons (dinosaurs) at lower left, gathering to board the Ark shortly before the impending Flood. Three pages of text by Sayers gave a detailed description of the picture.

Sayers wrote, “To be sure there were Dragons in the Ark, or there wouldn’t have been one for St. George to fight.” Sayers logically deduced the presence of dragons (dinosaurs) on Noah’s Ark from history’s evidence of St. George’s battle with a dragon and from the Genesis record that all air-breathing animals outside the Ark died (Genesis 6:17; 7:21-23).

The Bible’s most extensive description of any animal (44 verses) portrays two terrifying dinosaurs, Behemoth and Leviathan. Behemoth was a monstrous beast with a tree-like tail, bones like bronze, and limbs like bars of iron. Leviathan was king of God’s creation, an enormous fire-breathing dinosaur with vicious teeth and stone-hard impenetrable scales. Leviathan probably spawned the fire-breathing-dragon stories of antiquity. (Job 40:15-41:34)

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The evolutionary dogma that men never saw dinosaurs has infected many Bible commentators. Thus Study Bible notes and commentaries often identify Behemoth as an elephant or hippopotamus and Leviathan as a crocodile. This is absurd in light of the actual Biblical descriptions. The only reason for these interpretive gymnastics is to avoid the obvious conclusion that the Biblical authors saw dinosaurs vividly and repeatedly, and expected the reader to recognize a detailed eyewitness description.

The Bible has many references to dinosaurs or dragons. The words “dragon” or “monster” (Hebrew tanniyn, Greek drakon) appear 48 times in the Bible and probably refer to dinosaurs (Job 7:12; Psalm 74:13; 148:7; Isaiah 27:1; 51:9; Jeremiah 51:34; Ezekiel 29:3). The flying serpent of Isaiah 30:6 may be a winged dinosaur. In Revelation, the figurative use of “dragon” for Satan (13 times) was surely based on the Apostle John’s awareness of horrifying real monsters which we would call dinosaurs.

Some Bible verses mention dragons right along with other well-known animals:
You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the dragon
(literally, tanniyn) you will trample down. (Psalm 91:13)
The Psalmist expected readers to recognize the dragon (dinosaur) creature just as they would a lion or cobra.

Contrary to evolutionary belief, dinosaurs were contemporary with man. Adam named them about 6,000 years ago. They were on the Ark with Noah around 2500 BC. They were well known to Job (circa 2000 BC). Dinosaurs were familiar to Isaiah (700 BC), Jeremiah and Ezekiel (600 BC), and the Apostle John (50 AD). Dinosaurs run, swim, and fly through the Bible — starting with Adam in Genesis all the way to the Apostle John in Revelation.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before paleontologists dug up dinosaur fossils, the Bible spoke of dinosaurs, including detailed descriptions.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths like these and those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. If dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark, what happened to them?
2. How can Bible passages about dragons spark your kids’ interest in Scripture?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 23rd article in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life
17. Science in the Bible – Circumcision
18. Science in the Bible – Expanding Universe
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible
20. Science in the Bible – The Sun
21. Science in the Bible – Atomic Fission
22. Science in the Bible – Surgery

Read the sequel:
24. Science in the Bible – Biogenesis

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Wednesday November 8, 2017 A.D.

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 1, 2017

Genesis: Paradise Lost, the Movie

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“There are only two possibilities: we just happened, or somebody made us.”
– Astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner

“They hijacked science and they convinced the whole world that science is only possible within an atheistic worldview.”
– Historian Dr. Terry Mortenson

“How can you not believe that somebody designed all this?”
– Astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner

“The Law of Biogenesis says that all life comes from pre-existing life. And yet evolution says that life can come from non-life. But we see no examples of that today.”
– Science Educator Dr. Charles Jackson

“Evolution is not scientific fact. Millions of years is not scientific fact. Evolution and millions of years is the greatest myth ever forced on the minds of men. The reason everybody believes it is because they’ve been brainwashed.”
– Historian Dr. Terry Mortenson

These are quotes from a new documentary movie Genesis: Paradise Lost from Creation Today. It will be shown in over 700 theaters nationwide on Monday, November 13 and Thursday, November 16 in both 2D and 3D.

Thirty-five hundred years ago God inspired Moses to record the beginning of history. The history of the universe that Moses wrote, the book of Genesis, is the definitive book of humanity’s origin. And it explains why the world and mankind are broken.

Yet Genesis is the most attacked, the most questioned, and the most derided book of the Bible. The film Genesis: Paradise Lost defends the historicity, reliability, and accuracy of the early chapters of Genesis.

In addition to Faulkner, Jackson, and Mortenson, a dozen other respected apologists, scientists, and theologians speak in the film including Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, Ray Comfort of Living Waters, medical doctors Dr. David Menton and Dr. Tommy Mitchell, and molecular geneticist Dr. Georgia Purdom.

Positives of the Film

– The content is very solid. It is the biggest strength of the movie.
– The visual dramatization and animation of the six days of creation from Genesis 1 was attractive and well-done.
– ​Nice depiction of Eden. Beautiful artwork, scenery, dinosaurs, photography, animation. Enjoyable music, appropriate and engaging.
– Good narration by Dr. Voddie Baucham — mellow, engaging voice, clear diction.
– Good variety of speakers. ​Speakers are expressive and articulate.
– Presented strong scientific evidence on controversial topics including Creation vs. Evolution, continental drift, divine design in biology, geology, physics, microbiology, and astronomy.
– Included good young universe arguments.

“​It’s unbelievable what unbelievers
have to believe to be unbelievers.”

-Science Educator Dr. Charles Jackson

Negatives of the Film

– Too much “talking heads.” It got to be a bit tedious and repetitive, even though the content was very sound.
– The speakers’ names and affiliations should have been included as captions. I recognized and knew most of them, but for those I didn’t, it would have been helpful to have them identified.
– Great deal of jumping around among topics and speakers. The overflow of words in such rapid succession and the continual shifting of speaker and subject could be overwhelming for viewers not already familiar with the material.
– The interesting visuals went by too fast.
– The Gospel presentations at the end were repetitive and too long.

Movie Trailer

Here is a trailer for Genesis: Paradise Lost, the movie.

Learn more about the film and order tickets at GenesisMovie.com.

Questions to Ponder

1. How can movies help promote the message of creation?
2. What is the most important “take away” from a movie like this?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read my previous Movie Reviews:
The Genesis Code (with video)
Marilyn Monroe and the Age of the Earth
Mystery of Noah’s Flood (with videos)
God’s Not Dead, the Movie (with videos)
Noah, the Movie (with videos)
Exodus, the Movie (with video)
1. Patterns of Evidence: Exodus – Did It Happen?
2. Patterns of Evidence: Exodus – Facing the Facts (with video)
3. Patterns of Evidence: Exodus – The Debate
4. Patterns of Evidence: What Did Jesus Think?
5. Patterns of Evidence: Exodus – Does It Matter?
Risen, the Movie (with video)
Is Genesis History? The Movie (with video)
The Case for Christ, the Movie (with video)

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Wednesday November 1, 2017 A.D.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
It is Yahweh who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom. By His understanding He stretched out the heavens. (Jeremiah 10:12)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 25, 2017

Genesis and the Reformation

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Portrayal of Martin Luther Nailing
95 Theses to Church Door

Next Tuesday October 31, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther “tweeted” his 95 theses by nailing them to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany.

This event marks the beginning of the Reformation in which men like Martin Luther (1483–1546), John Calvin (1509–1564), and Huldrych Zwingli (1484–1531) led the church back to a Biblical understanding of forgiveness of sins and salvation.

The Reformation challenged the authority of the Pope and called Christians back to the authority of the Bible. The Reformation upheld the authority of the Bible as the Word of God over the authority of man.

Today we need a new reformation, a new return to the authority of the Word of God over the word of man. As we swim in today’s ocean of evolutionism, we need to return to the authority of God’s Word in Genesis.

The men who started the Reformation believed in a literal Genesis beginning a literal Bible:

  • They believed the book of Genesis was a book of actual history.
  • They believed Yahweh created everything in six regular days only a few thousand years ago.
  • They believed Adam and Eve were real people, the parents of the entire human race.
  • They believed Adam’s sin brought death and a curse on all of creation.
  • They believed a global Flood in Noah’s day destroyed the world and all life except for those in the Ark.
Martin Luther Believed in a Literal Genesis

Martin Luther wrote A Critical and Devotional Commentary on Genesis (CDCG). Here are excerpts that reflect his beliefs in a literal, historical Genesis.

“Equally useless is it to consider Moses in the beginning of his history as speaking mystically or allegorically. For as he is not instructing us concerning allegorical creatures and an allegorical world, but concerning essential creatures and a world visible and apprehensive by the senses, he calls, as we say in our trite proverb, ‘a post, a post;’ that is, when he says morning or day or evening, his meaning is the same as ours when we use those terms, without any allegory whatever. . . . But if we cannot fully comprehend the days here mentioned nor understand why God chose to use these intervals of time, let us rather confess our ignorance in the matter than wrest the words of Moses from the circumstances which he is recording to a meaning, which has nothing to do with those circumstances.” (Luther, CDCG, p. 41)

“We conclude that Moses spoke literally and plainly and neither allegorically nor figuratively; that is he means that the world with all creatures was created in six days as he himself expresses it.” (Luther, CDCG, p. 41)

Luther dated Creation at 3961 BC which he calculated based on embracing a literal Genesis. He wrote,
“We know from Moses that the world was not in existence before 6,000 years ago.”
(Luther, Lectures on Genesis, Concordia Publishing House, Vol. 1, p. 3.)

Luther saw man as a special creation distinct from the animal kingdom and through whom death and destruction entered:
“Moses however here sets before us the striking difference between man and all the animals mentioned; when he affirms that man was created by the peculiar counsel and providence of God; whereby he signifies that man is a creature far excelling all other animals, which live a corporeal life; which excellence was more especially prominent while nature was as yet unfallen and uncorrupted. The opinion of Epicurus was that man was created only to eat and to drink. This was not separating man from beasts: for beasts have also their pleasures, and they pursue them with delight. Whereas the sacred text before us forcibly expresses the distinction and separation of man from beast, when it affirms that God took deep thought and certain counsel in forming man; which counsel was taken, not only to form man, but to form him ‘in the image and after the likeness of God.’ This image of God is a far different thing from the care of the belly and the indulgence of the appetite; for these things beasts well understand and eagerly crave.” (Luther, CDCG, pp. 107-108)

“For it was on his [Adam’s] own account that the field was cursed. Whereas before he sinned no part of the earth was either barren or corrupt, but all places in it were marvelously fertile and productive; but now, the contrary, not only is it in many parts entirely barren, but even those parts, which are otherwise fruitful, are deformed and defiled with tares, weeds, briers and thorns. And this calamity is indeed great, and might well drive Adam himself and us all to choose strangling rather than life.” (Luther, CDCG, p. 315)

Luther also believed in a worldwide Noah’s Flood:
“When therefore in the time of Noah the whole earth had been deluged by the Flood and every living creature except a few souls, had been utterly destroyed, the age which immediately succeeded that of Noah lived without doubt in the fear of God.” (Luther, CDCG, p. 317)

Portrait of John Calvin by Titian

John Calvin Believed in a Literal Genesis

John Calvin wrote Commentary on Genesis (CG). Here are excerpts that reflect his beliefs in a literal, historical Genesis.

“Since the infinite wisdom of God is displayed in the admirable structure of heaven and earth, it is absolutely impossible to unfold The History of the Creation of the World in terms equal to its dignity…. The intention of Moses in beginning his Book with the creation of the world is, to render God, as it were, visible to us in his works. . . . For he [Moses] does not here put forward divinations of his own, but is the instrument of the Holy Spirit for the publication of those things which it was of importance for all men to know. . . . For he does not transmit to memory things before unheard of, but for the first time consigns to writing facts which the fathers had delivered as from hand to hand, through a long succession of years, to their children. Can we conceive that man was so placed in the earth as to be ignorant of his own origin, and of the origin of those things which he enjoyed? No sane person doubts that Adam was well-instructed respecting them all.” (Calvin, CG, pp. 23-24)

Calvin believed that Genesis means what it says. He wrote,
“Little more than five thousand years have passed since the creation of the universe.”
(John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Vol. 2, p. 925, edited by John T. McNeill, Westminster Press, 1960.)

Thus Martin Luther and John Calvin, both renowned scholars and leading giants of the Reformation, each believed the earth is only a few thousand years old. Their opinion deserves careful consideration.

Calvin accepted the Genesis record that Eve was made out of Adam’s rib:
“Although to profane persons this method of forming woman may seem ridiculous, and some of these may say that Moses is dealing in fables, yet to us the wonderful providence of God here shines forth; for, to the end that the conjunction of the human race might be the more sacred he purposed that both males and females should spring from one and the same origin. Therefore He created human nature in the person of Adam, and thence formed Eve, that the woman should be only a portion of the whole human race. This is the import of the words of Moses which we have had before, (Genesis 1:28,) “God created man… he made them male and female.” In this manner Adam was taught to recognize himself in his wife, as in a mirror; and Eve, in her turn, to submit herself willingly to her husband, as being taken out of him.” (Calvin, CG, p. 82)

“Afterwards followed the fall of Adam, whereby he alienated himself from God; whence it came to pass that he was deprived of all rectitude. Thus Moses represents man as devoid of all good, blinded in understanding, perverse in heart, vitiated in every part, and under sentence of eternal death; but he soon adds the history of his restorations where Christ shines forth with the benefit of redemption.” (Calvin, CG, p. 28)

And the flood was forty days, etc. Moses copiously insists upon this fact, in order to show that the whole world was immersed in the waters. Moreover, it is to be regarded as the special design of this narrations that we should not ascribe to fortune, the flood by which the world perished; how ever customary it may be for men to cast some veil over the works of God, which may obscure either his goodness or his judgments manifested in them. But seeing it is plainly declared, that whatever was flourishing on the earth was destroyed, we hence infer, that it was an indisputable and signal judgment of God; especially since Noah alone remained secure, because he had embraced, by faith, the word in which salvation was contained.” (Calvin, CG, p. 194)

The men of the Reformation were men of the Word who believed in a literal Genesis, a literal six-day creation several thousand years ago, a literal Adam, literal sin, a literal Flood, and a literal salvation through faith in the Great Creator, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Questions to Ponder

1. How can you make October 31 (Halloween) a fun and uplifting observance of “Reformation Day”?
2. Since many churches honor these Reformation leaders, why do they reject Luther’s and Calvin’s scholarly convictions about the authority and historicity of Genesis?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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It is Yahweh who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom. By His understanding He stretched out the heavens. (Jeremiah 10:12 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 18, 2017

Kepler Finds Strange Eggs

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Eastern Phoebe

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Parson (Jack) Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he asked me to tell about finding bird eggs on our camping trips this year. It happened to me four different times!

First I told about finding killdeer eggs, and then my second egg report was about finding robin eggs. Today I will tell you about some very strange eggs we found as our third find.

I LOVE all kinds of eggs, so these finds I will tell you about today were very exciting for me. But our last find was the very best of all. I will tell about that one in my next egg story.

Phoebe Eggs

The next day following my robin eggs adventure, we found six more bird eggs in another nest. This nest was atop a light fixture at the campground check-in station.

I found it because I could smell a phoebe sitting on the nest. Above is a picture of an Eastern Phoebe like the one I found nesting. The bird’s call is a sharp chirp, and its song is “fee-bee,” which gives the bird its name.

I pulled and barked and pulled and barked as we were passing the campground office, but at first Master didn’t believe me that there was a bird nesting there. Even though his nose is big, it doesn’t work very well for smelling things.

4 White Phoebe Eggs &
2 Speckled Cowbird Eggs

Master said this plump little songbird is a flycatcher. I had no idea you could get so fat simply by eating flies. I don’t mind ingesting an occasional fly or two, but a fly diet does not appeal to me. I suggested that we catch a phoebe to live in our camper and take care of the flies that like to travel with us. Venus flytraps and phoebes should take care of the pesky flies.

After I found the phoebe, I thought the nest was too high to collect any eggs. So I was eager to get going on to something else. (Missus says my idle is set high.) But we found a log to stand on and reached our camera up high to see what was in the nest.

And puppy was I surprised when I saw the picture! Here’s the picture we took of the nest. Do you notice anything unusual?

In the nest were six eggs from two different types of birds — four white phoebe eggs (not surprising) and two speckled cowbird eggs!

Cowbirds

The Brown-headed Cowbird is a small brown-headed black bird. It often stays near cattle feeding on the insects stirred up by the herd. It is best known for being nest-parasitic. This means that the cowbird lays its eggs in nests of other birds. It often lays in robin nests, but robins usually reject the cowbird eggs. The cowbird has more success laying in phoebe nests like the one I found.

A cowbird will distribute its eggs among several nests. Robin, phoebe, or sparrow nests are frequent choices, but the cowbird has 220 known and documented hosts for its eggs, including raptors and hummingbirds. It’s amazing that it can even fit its egg in a hummingbird’s nest.

Brown-headed Cowbird

Here is a picture of an adult male brown-headed cowbird. It has a brown head with an iridescent black body and is a little smaller than a robin. The female cowbird is slightly smaller than the male with gray plumage. We saw lots of brown-headed cowbirds at that campground.

Usually the cowbird will only lay a single orphan egg in an adopted host nest. Master’s picture above of two cowbird eggs in a phoebe nest is rather rare. I was quite proud to have found it for him. We don’t know whether a single female cowbird laid both eggs or whether two different female cowbirds used the same host nest.

The female cowbird watches for when the host bird lays her eggs. Then when the nest is empty, the cowbird darts in, quickly lays its own egg, and scoots off. She lays her egg in about 40 seconds. This compares with periods of 21-103 minutes to lay an egg for other perching songbirds.

She continues to watch the nest after laying her egg. If the host rejects the cowbird egg, the female cowbird sometimes destroys the host’s eggs. The cowbird depends on the host to incubate, feed, and raise its young.

Female cowbirds have laid as many as 77 eggs in one season. Of the 220 known nest hosts for cowbird eggs, 140 hosts are known to have successfully raised cowbirds. One problem is that cowbirds sometimes lay their eggs in nests of hosts that feed a vegetarian diet to their hatchlings, such as the house finch. This diet does not work for cowbird hatchlings, and they do not survive to fledge. Other hosts consistently eject cowbird eggs from the nest or reject the cowbird nestling.

Cowbird eggs hatch in 10-11 days, whereas most altricial (hatched in an undeveloped state requiring feeding by parents) bird eggs take 14 days to hatch. This gives cowbird hatchlings a jump on the host hatchlings. They start growing and eating before the host’s eggs even hatch and out-compete the host hatchlings for food. This often results in the death of some or all of the host’s own hatchlings. Sometimes a cowbird chick will even kill its host’s chicks when food is scarce.

Kepler’s Big Idea

Missus and Master are quick thinkers. I can’t keep up with them. I can move quicker and faster than they can, but I’m not as quick as they are at thinkin’. I like to mull over a topic, turning it round and round and round in my mind till it’s thoroughly considered. Often I cock my head and look at Master, and he can tell I’m pondering some topic. Master says that for a dog I’m quite a thinker.

Even though I consider slowly, I’m still a dog with lots of ideas. They bubble up in my head constantly. Sometimes they percolate so fast that I can hardly keep up. Learning about cowbirds prompted an idea that I thought Master might view favorably.

My thinking went like this:
– Phoebes are good birds — they catch flies and have a pleasing song.
– Cowbirds are interlopers. They may destroy the phoebe eggs or nestlings.
– Two cowbird eggs is an especially dangerous situation for the young phoebes.
– We can help the phoebes (and me) by putting the two cowbird eggs in my food bowl.

I often hear Master say “keep thinking” or “think it through.” So I did some careful thinkin’. I went over this logical progression of thought several times . . . couldn’t find any fault with it. Aha, I thought. This time I’m going to get some eggs! I laid before Master my case for moving the cowbird eggs to my food bowl.

Master complimented me on my logical thinking, but he said we were leaving the campground and didn’t have time to get the eggs, much less explain to the park rangers why we were climbing around the camp office building. Besides, Master said, the more you disturb a nest, the more likely the mother bird is to abandon it. So he said we would just leave it alone. I was crestfallen.

But then Master said he would give me a piece of bacon instead. That fixed it! If there’s one think I like better than eggs, it is bacon. I will gladly trade 10 eggs for 1 piece of bacon any day. And it’s even better if it is fatty and raw, straight off the pig. Yum! Yum!

Master has bacon AND eggs for breakfast almost every day. I love this, because often I get some bacon grease poured over my food. Sometimes he lets me lick his plate. When I’m finished, Master tries to slip his plate into the cabinet, but Missus always intercepts it and puts it in the dishwasher. It used to hurt my feelings, but I’m accustomed to her finickyness now.

Next time I write, I will tell about finding wood duck eggs. Can you guess why I think that was the best egg find of all?

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. If you find a cowbird’s egg as a stowaway in another bird’s nest, should you remove it or let it hatch?
2. Why would the Great Creator design dogs with such a love for eggs when it can cause such damage?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 24th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-25 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear

Read the sequel:
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs

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“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday October 18, 2017 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 11, 2017

Kepler Gets a Bear

(3 Minute Read)

My Bear

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

Some people have expressed skepticism about my bear hunting abilities as described in my recent article Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons.

I have tried not to let this offend me, but it’s hard. I must admit that it hurt my feelings a little bit. Master does not doubt me, but some other people do.

My self-image depends on my doing very well what I was well designed to do by the Great Creator. When people question my hunting abilities, it hurts a little. But not much.

My Maker made me to hunt. My nose is constantly active picking up animal scents. If Master didn’t keep me on a tether so much, I would have racked up dozens of chipmunks, squirrels, coons, and badgers by now.

Here is proof of what I can do. It’s a picture of my very first bear.

My First Bear


 
This bear was harvested not far from the campground. I think my diligence in keeping raccoons and bears away from our campsite hugely contributed to my bear-hunter friend shooting this bear. I believe I helped drive this bear away from the campground and toward the hunter’s blind where it was shot.

Think about it. If you were a bear, would you want to tangle with me? No, certainly not. You would run the opposite way away from me and the campground toward easier pickings. Apparently, that’s what this bear did, and the hunter got him.

My Bear and the Fatal Arrow

Therefore, I’m counting this as my first bear. This makes my hunting tally 2 chipmunks, 2 squirrels, 1 bear. That’s not bad for someone who lives most of his life on a tether.

This male bear was around a year and a half old and weighed about 125 pounds.

My friend shot my bear behind the left shoulder with a bow and arrow. The arrow went through one lung and cut the other lung. My bear ran into heavy swampy vegetation and deadfall for about 150 yards and died. The hunters tracked the blood trail and dragged my bear out.

I was very interested in my bear. I wanted to learn for sure what a bear smells like. I learned. My bear smelled super great.

Smelling My First Bear

I smelled all over my bear — his back, nose, mouth, paws, everything. I even grabbed his stubby tail in my mouth to test out my bear-hunting style (see Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons for my bear-hunting method).

When they turned him over and I smelled his open, gutted tummy, I went wild with excitement. Missus was holding my leash, and she could hardly contain me, I was so driven to smell and chomp on that bear. Master tells me that bear meat tastes very good, and puppy do I believe it. I wanted to tear into that bear something awful.

Finally Missus had to drag me home and crate me because I was so over-stimulated by my bear. For almost an hour, I protested and begged to go back to my bear.

After I calmed down, my buddy Henry, a Silky Terrier whom we adopted several years ago, questioned me.

Henry: “What’s going on, Kepler? Why were you barking and whimpering and scrambling so much? Why were you banging on the door of your crate?”
Kepler: “Henry, I got my first bear! I got my first bear! I got my first bear! I did, I did, I did!”
Henry: “You what?”
Kepler: “I got my first bear. You know how I’ve been protecting Master’s campsite and driving animals away. One of the bears I drove away was shot by our bear-hunter friend.”
Henry: “Then isn’t it the hunter’s bear, not yours?”
Kepler: “I’m letting the hunter have it, but I’m counting it for me in my hunting tally.”
Henry: “What was the bear’s name?”
Kepler: “I don’t know what his mother named him, but I named him Little Grumpy. He smelled kind of grumpy, probably because he was irritated by the arrow.”
Henry: “What did the bear smell like?”
Kepler: “Better than you can possibly imagine. It was like a combination of old hamburger and reeking chicken innards. I loved the smell — it was a smorgasbord for my nose.”
Henry: “Mmmm. Sounds dee-lish.”

Now that I know for certain what bear smells like, I’m eager for Master to take me on a circuit around the campground to see where bears lurk. I need to know where to guard.

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Why does Yahweh provide some hunters with success but not others?
2. Is it ethical to use animals to hunt other animals? Why or why not?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 23rd article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-24 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following prequel posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry

Read the sequel:
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday October 11, 2017 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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