Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 17, 2018

Science in the Bible – Pigs with Wings?

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When pigs fly!
Have you ever heard someone express their opinion about some unlikely event with those words? Such a statement is based on a firm belief that pigs will never fly. Otherwise it loses its meaning.

But if Evolutionism is a valid belief system, pigs with wings should be possible. Evolutionists believe that all life descended from a common ancestor. Many different animals purportedly evolved many different types of wings independently through many different chains of descent. Evolutionists also believe animal kinds continue to evolve new traits and characteristics as well as develop new animal kinds.

So if Evolutionism is true, why shouldn’t pigs evolve wings someday? Wouldn’t winged pigs have a survival advantage over unwinged pigs?

But don’t hold your breath waiting for pigs with wings. According to a Biblical worldview, pigs will never develop wings. Yahweh created different kinds of life in the beginning with the ability to reproduce after their kind (Genesis 1:20-25). This phrase “after their kind” is repeated 10 times in Genesis 1.

After their kind” means cats produce cats, camels produce camels, and crocodiles produce crocodiles. Cats never produce chihuahuas. Camels never produce cows. Crocodiles never produce canaries.

This agrees with what scientists and non-scientists have observed for thousands of years. Never has anyone seen one kind of life change into another kind as evolutionists hypothesize. It just doesn’t happen.

Moreover, Yahweh created each animal kind with built-in potential for genetic variation to facilitate adaptation to a wide variety of environments. But there are limits to the variations as determined by each kind’s genetic code in its DNA. To produce usable wings on pigs would require an impossibly enormous amount of new genetic information integrated into pig DNA. That cannot happen through random accidental DNA changes which must simultaneously preserve or increase viability. The overwhelming majority of random DNA changes are deleterious.

Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) is the founder of the science of genetics. He discovered the laws of genetics using pea plants and showed that variety occurs within a kind but only within limits.

Mendel’s laws of genetics have been confirmed through thousands of experiments since the beginning of the 20th century. Moreover, man has employed selective breeding for centuries with many animals and plants to enhance desired traits. Crop yields have been increased, but new features like wings on pigs have never been produced. Even more significant, new kinds of life have never been developed.

One of the most extensive selective breeding efforts has occurred with dogs. We now have a great variety of dogs from chihuahuas to mastiffs with many different shapes, sizes, temperaments, and abilities. But all such breeding efforts produce dogs — never a new kind of animal.

Selective breeding does not even produce new features like wings on a dog or pig. It cannot produce apples on corn plants. It only “loses” traits that were already present in the genetic code. It never creates new genetic information to produce new features. If new features cannot be produced, then molecules-to-man evolution is impossible.

Why do people continue to believe in the theory of evolution when it violates the Biblical and scientific principle of reproduction “after their kind,” one of the foundational scientific laws of biology? Pigs will never develop wings!

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before scientists discovered the laws of genetics, the Bible clearly taught that plants and animals reproduce only after their kind. The Bible emphasized the reproductive integrity of plant and animal kinds from the beginning.

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?

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 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
24. Science in the Bible – Biogenesis

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

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 10, 2018

Kepler Loves Bulldogs

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

Master and I are big fans of the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

UGA had a great season of football this year, finishing the regular season 11-1 and then thrashing Auburn 28-7 in the SEC Championship game. They finished the season ranked #3 in the country, and thereby earned a spot in the Rose Bowl against #2-ranked Oklahoma and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.

As a result, Missus won’t need to trim my toenails this month — I wore them down pacing around with nervousness and excitement during the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day. It was one of the greatest bowl games of all time! After two overtimes the University of Georgia Bulldogs came out on top 54-48.

This past Monday Georgia played the University of Alabama Red Elephants for the college football National Championship. Alabama was favored by four points. Georgia scored first early in the second quarter and led the rest of the way until Alabama tied the score at 20 with just under 4 minutes left in the game. Georgia made a field goal in overtime to lead 23-20. After a big sack on first down, Alabama hit a 41-yard touchdown pass to win the game 26-23 in overtime.

It was a heart-breaking loss for me. I so wanted Master’s Bulldogs to win. But finishing #2 in the country is still pretty good. Here is a USA Today article telling the story of the game: “Alabama captures national title with overtime win over Georgia.”

In two post-game interviews, I heard Alabama’s winning freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa give credit, praise, and thanks to his “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” I know there are disciples of Jesus Christ on both teams who badly wanted to win, but the sovereign ruler of the universe, who works all things after the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11), ordained Alabama to win the championship this year.

My only beef with UGA is I think they should use a Jack Russell terrier for their mascot instead of a bulldog. Wouldn’t the University of Georgia Jack Russell Terriers be much better? I would be a great live sideline mascot for the team. My enthusiasm is limitless, and jumping high into the air is one of my specialties.

Bulldogs & Elephants

The Georgia-Alabama National Championship game was especially interesting for me, because I like Bulldogs and Elephants very much. Do you wonder why? It’s because as a dog I like Noses! I always root for teams with good noses.

Most people think bulldogs are ugly, but I really admire their noses — they are so well-designed by the Great Creator. The bulldog’s pushed-in nose permits the bulldog to maintain its powerful jaw grip and still breathe. While the bulldog hangs onto its prey, the loosely-wrinkled face-skin provides channels to drain dripping blood away from the bulldog’s eyes and air passages.

Of course I am envious of elephant noses. They are so big and multi-purposeful. The largest nose on earth is the elephant’s trunk — 6 feet long, weighing 300 pounds! It’s a respiratory device, an olfactory instrument, and a food-gathering machine. I absolutely love it! What a gift from the Great Creator!

I loved watching Big Al, the Alabama elephant mascot, patrol the sideline during the National Championship football game. What a superb nose he has!

Elephant trunks can pick up small berries and leaves from the ground with the sensitive tip or pull seed pods and fruit from 20-foot trees. If necessary, elephants wrap their trunks around trees and shake food down. They even uproot trees with their trunks to reach upper leaves and fruit. Elephants use their trunks to strip bark from trees and dig up roots for food.

Elephants can pick up 600-pound logs with their trunks. An elephant can suck up 1.5 gallons of water to spray into its mouth, over its back, or all over you. Elephants looking for water dig pits 10 feet deep with their trunks. Elephants are also excellent swimmers using trunks as snorkels. Trunks are noses designed for amazing breadth of use.

I would love to have a trunk for a nose! My nose is a super-smeller, but a handsome little Kepler-sized elephant trunk would really add to my capabilities to serve Master and Missus.

Another animal nose that I greatly admire is that of the moose, because with a moose nose I could dive underwater and explore for extended periods. Moose can dive almost 20 feet deep to graze on underwater vegetation.

The moose nose is a fascinating piece of engineering with multiple large passages. Specialized structures of muscle, bone, and cartilage work together to seal moose noses for underwater dives. Within each nostril a thick tissue pad can be pulled in to block outer nasal passages while diving. On each side of the dome of the moose nose is a pulley-like structure that helps muscles pull each nostril shut. A mobile cartilage joint on each side slides back and forth to widen or narrow the nostril.

This well-designed moose nose system could not have evolved gradually. It had to work properly from the beginning or moose would drown. Less-than-perfect operation confers no survival advantage for moose.

You might wonder at my fascination with all the different noses that the Great Creator made, but remember, I’m a dog. My nose is the primary tool the Great Creator gave me for learning about my world.

Even the Bible is big on noses. Israel’s King Solomon, often considered a connoisseur of feminine beauty, admired big-nosed women. He praised one wife for her enormous nose “like the tower of Lebanon” (Song of Solomon 7:4). This was apparently a successful compliment because Solomon accumulated 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:1-3). Today Master could give Missus an analogous compliment by saying, “Your nose is like the Washington Monument!”

Surprisingly, most people do not drool over bulldog noses or elephant noses. Nobody wants a bulldog nose — except bulldogs. Nobody wants an elephant nose — except elephants. Not all noses are as attractive as Mrs. Solomon’s nose, but I myself have never seen an ugly nose; even moose noses are beautiful. In fact, noses substantially contribute to facial attractiveness. Imagine if that spot on your face were empty! How handsome or beautiful do you think you would be?

People Noses

The Great Creator gave Master a nose of sorts. I know it was designed just for him, but I would prefer him to have a bulldog nose or an elephant trunk.

I consider Master nose-blind, because he can hardly smell anything. But that’s what I’m good for — I help him out with smelling.

However, Master argues that he is not as nose-blind as I think. He says the roof of his nose contains 10 million scent receptors of 500-1,000 different types that detect thousands of chemicals. Scent receptors are proteins folded to fit odor molecules of particular shapes. When odor molecules snap into protein receptors, olfactory nerves signal the brain.

The sense of smell is very complex. A single odor may contain 1,000 different chemicals. A quick whiff generates activity throughout the brain. Strong emotional memories result because the human nose is also connected to the brain’s limbic system which controls emotion.

Trained perfumers can identify 10,000 different fragrances. To warn of natural gas leaks, a rotten egg smell is added. The human nose can detect as little as one 400-billionth of a gram of this chemical in a quart of air.

For comparison, I have about 220 million scent receptors in my nose, over 20 times the number that Master has. If the membranes in my nose were spread out, they would cover several king-size beds. The Great Creator gave me far more smelling ability than Master.

The nose hosts a second detection system. The centimeter-long vomeronasal organ (VNO) detects odorless pheromones which influence feelings and mating behavior. It is wired directly to the hypothalamus which affects emotions and drives. Evolutionists once incorrectly believed the VNO was a useless vestigial organ. How would two completely separate systems for detecting invisible molecules in the air evolve by random increments?

Who designed, engineered, and created noses?
Who made something for people and animals that can explode like a cannon in a sneeze, warn of danger, detect minute invisible chemicals, filter noxious elements, destroy germs, sense direction, generate pleasurable sensations, provoke powerful emotions, and give the breath-of-life? Who could even imagine, much less create, such a phenomenal multi-purpose tool as the nose?
I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)
Praise be to the Great Creator for His gift of noses!

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

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

Questions to Ponder

1. Why is a strong imposing nose out of fashion as an element of beauty in western culture?
2. Why would Terriers be a good mascot for a team?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 28th 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 9-28 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
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy

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

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Wednesday January 10, 2018 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 | January 3, 2018

Clearly Seen

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Did you know that there are no atheists in the entire world? There is not a single one!

Even those who self-identify as atheists are not truly atheists! They are simply wrong when they claim to be atheists. They are deceiving themselves.

One indication of this is the frequent use by atheists of the phrase
“Oh my God!”
when they encounter something especially unusual, striking, or horrific. Whom are they calling upon if they don’t believe God exists?

A more definitive indication of this truth that atheists do not exist is explicitly stated in Scripture:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 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, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23)

Not only have God’s invisible attributes been seen, but they have been clearly seen!

But how can Yahweh’s invisible attributes be seen? The Apostle Paul’s explanation is that the divine attributes are understood through what has been made with the result that men are without excuse. That is, Paul is saying that Creation is clear testimony to the Creator, and this testimony is available and clear to every person. The evidence is so clear that no man has an excuse.

The Apostle Paul is using the Argument from Design in Romans 1:18-23 when he says that Creation points clearly to God the Creator. To see Creation daily and yet rebelliously assert “There is no God” marks one as a fool (Psalm 14:1).

The Romans 1:18-23 passage quoted above teaches that no one in his deepest heart is truly an atheist, because the knowledge of God is within every man. The Apostle Paul says that men know God through “what has been made” (Creation), but they deliberately suppress that truth. In fact, Paul says men are “without excuse” because the evidence is so clear. Yahweh Himself made it clear. In their belligerent disbelief, men become futile in their speculations (such as evolutionism) and their foolish heart is darkened.

Self-proclaimed “atheists” occasionally acknowledge design.
For example, proselytizing “atheist” Richard Dawkins admitted,
“Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.”
(Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, 1996, p. 1) (my emphasis)

Later on he wrote,
“Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view. Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the illusion of design and planning.”
(Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, 1996, p. 21.) (my emphasis)

Dawkins, an avowed atheist, explicitly admitted the evidence for design, purpose, and planning in nature is overwhelming. According to Dawkins, it looks like things were designed for a purpose. The evidence is overwhelming.

That’s what the Apostle Paul said in Romans: the knowledge of God is clearly seen; it’s so clear that men have no excuse.

Things look to Dawkins like they were designed because they were designed — by the Great Creator.

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you think evidence in nature points to an Intelligent Designer? Why or why not?
2. Is evidence of design a totally separate issue from the identity and character of the Designer?
3. Do concerns about the nature and character of the Designer make it difficult to believe a Designer exists?

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 January 3, 2018 A.D.

For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 31, 2017

Best of 2017

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It’s the last day of 2017, and this is the 52nd and last weekly blog post of the year. I hope that the Bible-Science Guy Blog has informed, challenged, and perhaps even stirred you in 2017.

To headline the Best of 2017, Kepler, my Jack Russell terrier, insisted I use this picture of him. He was adamant that he deserved special notice since he wrote 13 blog articles for me this year based on his adventures.

Here are some of the statistical highlights for this year’s blog. Below the stats, don’t miss the recap of the Best Bible-Science Guy Articles from 2017.

In 2017, 69,247 distinct readers from 192 countries viewed this blog 106,865 times.

The top ten countries in descending order of total views in 2017 were USA (76,161 views), Canada, UK, Australia, India, South Africa, Philippines, Jamaica, Singapore, and Cayman Islands. (602 views).

Sunday was the most popular day of the week to read the blog in 2017 with 16% of the blog views occurring on that day. This means viewership is probably fairly evenly spread throughout the week, since an equal distribution of views throughout the week would have 14.3% per day of the week. September was the busiest month with 6,787 visitors and 10,194 views.

Click 2017 Bible-Science Guy Articles for a list of the 52 new articles posted on the Bible-Science Guy Blog in 2017. Additionally, 2 blog articles from 2008 were migrated from a defunct previous host to BibleScienceGuy.wordpress.com.

The Bible-Science Guy Blog started in October 2007. It now comprises 573 posts, 87 newspaper articles, and 10 tab pages for a total of 670 items. During 2017, 668 of these items were viewed at least once. Over the life of the blog, 246,442 different visitors have viewed the blog 454,266 times.

Today’s post is actually my 600th blog post. This counts the 573 blog posts on this site plus 27 blog posts from 2008 that remain to be migrated from a defunct previous host.

The five articles with the most views during 2017 were all published in prior years. Of the 132 articles with 100 or more views during 2017, only 23 were published in 2017. This illustrates the enduring relevance of the Bible-Science Guy blog articles.

Here are the five articles with the most views during 2017:

How Many Died in Noah’s Flood? (Jun 18, 2014) – 19,049 views.
Tower of Babel – What Did It Look Like? (Mar 20, 2013) – 5,886 views.
Could Noah Fill the Earth? (May 28, 2014) – 5,681 views.
Tower of Babel – Where? (Mar 13, 2013) – 4,511 views.
Tower of Babel – When? (Apr 3, 2013) – 4,050 views.

 

The Best Bible-Science Guy Articles from 2017

Here are my choices for the dozen best Bible-Science Guy Blog posts from 2017, listed in order of publication date. I chose the posts I liked best — the ones I found most interesting, most important, or best written. I included those that accumulated the most views or stimulated the most comments.

Make America Great Again (Jan 25) (with video)
The United States inaugurated a new president on January 20, 2017: Donald J. Trump. Here is a report on his inauguration along with Biblical instruction on how you and I can help make America great again.

Is Genesis History? The Movie (Feb 8) (with video)
This was the most-viewed 2017 blog post of the entire year.
What really happened “In the beginning“?
Did God create the world in six days, or did it take billions of years?
How did the vast diversity of plants and animals originate?
Did Man descend from apes, or was he created in the image of God?
Was there a global flood that destroyed the world, or is that a myth?
Why do we have so many different languages?
In short, Is Genesis really true and historically accurate?
The documentary Is Genesis History? is a comprehensive investigation into the scientific and historical evidence pertaining to the historicity of Genesis. Respected scientists, theologians, and philosophers present evidence that Genesis provides a true account of man’s history from the Beginning.

The Case for Christ, the Movie (Apr 12) (with video)
To save his marriage to a Christian wife, an avowed atheist seeks to disprove the Resurrection with a rigorous detective-like investigation. The tension of the marriage relationship of a new believer with an adamant atheist made for a gripping story. Lee Strobel, legal editor at the Chicago Tribune, begins an intense pursuit of the truth about the Resurrection, hoping to prove it false and restore his wife to atheism. He interviews world-renowned experts in archaeology, history, theology, philosophy, psychology, and medicine with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis. Excellent story-telling keeps the viewer engaged throughout the movie.

Yahweh interrupted Moses
with a Burning Bush

The Great Interrupter (May 10)
The Great Interrupter of history is God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Yahweh specializes in divine interruptions which change the course of history. This blog discusses ten of Yahweh’s big interruptions.

Science in the Bible – Starry Host (Jun 7)
How many stars are there? It’s a very simple question, yet man cannot answer it. God alone has numbered and named the stars.
This is the 13th of 24 articles in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts published this year. Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This series focuses on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
The Science in the Bible posts were among the most popular posts. Of the 25 most-viewed 2017 posts, 21 were from this series.

Kepler Mentors Henry (Oct 4)
Kepler’s buddy Henry tries to write a guest article for Master’s blog on the meaning of smells. Henry claims that he can sniff a tree and tell the breed, age, and sex of all the dogs that have used that tree in the last month.
This was the most-commented article of all the 2017 blog posts.

Genesis and the Reformation (Oct 25)
October 31, 2017, was the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. It was the day Martin Luther “tweeted” his 95 theses by nailing them to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. The men who started the Reformation believed in a literal Genesis beginning a literal Bible, as demonstrated by these quotes from their works.

Kepler

Kepler

Kepler Gives Thanks (Nov 22)
Honoring and thanking God is vital. Refusal to do so leads to futile speculations, such as thanking the universe, and to other foolishness. Kepler says he is thankful that he is not a turkey, among other things.

Stealing Thanks (Nov 29)
Are you alert to the pagan/secularist practice of deflecting attention and focus away from the Great Creator? Like referring to “Mother Earth,” like calling Thanksgiving “Turkey Day or “Friendsgiving,” and like trying to remove Christ from Christmas.
More people “Liked” this blog post than any other 2017 post.

Science in the Bible – Biogenesis (Dec 6)
People once believed that life spontaneously generated itself despite the Bible’s teaching that life comes from life. 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?
This is the 24th of 24 articles in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts published this year.

After Eden Word Became Flesh

Kepler’s Newest Enemy (Dec 13)
Kepler’s new enemy is the same as his Master’s totally unexpected choice of favorite Christmas animal. It’s closely connected to the reason for the season.

Born of a Virgin? (Dec 20) (with video)
The Creator of the universe born as a baby from a virgin? Can rational, thinking people of the 21st century really believe such things? Read about the significance, evidence, and ramifications of the Virgin Birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Questions to Ponder

1. Which is your favorite of all the 2017 Bible-Science Guy Articles? Why?
(It does not have to be one from this Best of 2017 list.)
2. Which do you think is the best article to share with unbelievers to stimulate their consideration of Jesus of Nazareth?
3. Which do you think is the best article to share with believers to spur them to honor, worship, and glorify the Creator?
4. What topics would you like to see addressed in 2018?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

Peruse the other Best of Bible-Science Guy lists:
Top Ten Bible-Science Guy Blog Posts 2007-2012
Best of 2013
Best of 2014
Best of 2015
Best of 2016

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Saturday December 31, 2017 A.D.

For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 20, 2017

Born of a Virgin?

(6 Minute Read. With video.)

After Eden Word Became Flesh

Christmas Blessings to all the readers of the Bible-Science Guy Blog!

This week we celebrate the birth of the greatest Man who ever lived!

Two thousand years ago in Bethlehem in the land of Israel, a Baby was born and placed in a manger. By the standards of the day, His parents were undistinguished — a carpenter and a homemaker.

Yet this Baby from the Manger grew to be the most influential Man of history. Who was He?

He is One to whom none other can compare. Throughout the ages, leaders of nations have claimed many august titles. Military officers have earned numerous honors. Politicians have boasted strings of official titles. Scholars have accumulated multiple degrees.

But for this one Man of history, His titles far surpass all others, both in quantity and quality. The titles ascribed to the Baby from the Manger include Prince of Peace, Last Adam, Lion of Judah, Son of God, Everlasting Father, Wonderful Counselor, Savior, Mighty God, King of Kings, Christ, Son of Man, and Lord of Lords.

This man is also rightly titled Creator and Sustainer: He undergirds all of science and nature, “for by Him all things were created, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16,17). The universe and all it contains would disintegrate apart from the moment-by-moment sustaining power of this eternal God-man.

Jesus Titles

There is no mistaking the holder of so many honorifics. Jesus of Nazareth is the most titled man in history! There are over 300 Names and Titles of Jesus in the Bible. Merely to read aloud all the titles of worth, dignity, and honor ascribed to Him in Scripture takes a full five minutes.

Virgin-Born!

One of this Man’s most distinctive and yet disputed titles is pivotal to redemptive history: Virgin-Born.

Can a virgin be pregnant?
Was the Great Creator of the universe born on earth as a baby?
How can one believe such things?

Was Jesus of Nazareth really born of a virgin? Isn’t that impossible?

The Virgin Birth is the primary point at which critics attack the Biblical birth accounts, thereby assaulting both the divinity and sinlessness of Jesus. Is the Virgin Birth optional? Or is it absolutely essential?

The Creator of the universe born as a baby from a virgin? These are certainly stupendous claims made about a baby named Jesus born in Nazareth, Israel, 2000 years ago. Can rational, thinking people of the 21st century really believe such things?

Biblical Accounts of the Virgin Birth

The Bible’s accounts of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth emphasize two points:
1. He was born of a virgin who had not had intimate relations with a man.
2. He was God.

Here is the apostle Matthew’s account:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25)

Here is Dr. Luke’s account:
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:26-38)

Adoration of the Shepherds
He who holds the universe together
humbled Himself to be born as a man.
(By Italian Guido Reni, 1575–1642)

The Biblical record is very clear that Mary as a virgin gave birth to Jesus. Scripture teaches that Jesus was conceived within His mother Mary by the Holy Spirit without a human father. It was a virginal conception. Joseph kept Mary a virgin until after Christ’s birth, so He was literally born of a virgin.

Significance of the Virgin Birth

The stunning significance of the Virgin Birth is that Divinity took on humanity. God and man joined in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Godhead. Jesus became fully human while remaining fully divine. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father. (John 1:1,14)

Salvation and the Virgin Birth are closely connected. Jesus had to be human and sinless to die in man’s place and pay the penalty for man’s sin. A natural son of Joseph and Mary would have been an ordinary sinful human. Is the sin nature passed through the male alone and not through the female? Scripture does not specify, but if true, this would explain the necessity for a virgin birth. For Jesus to be human, divine, and sin-free, the Virgin Birth was essential.

The Virgin Birth is inseparable from the authority of Scripture. Denial of the Virgin Birth denies clear Biblical teaching. If the Bible were historically inaccurate about the Virgin Birth, how could it be trusted for anything? What basis would there be for celebrating Christmas?

Evidence of the Virgin Birth

Born of a virgin — can sophisticated 21st-century readers believe such outlandish reports? Are they only symbolic, intended to portray a pure origin? Critics have argued the Virgin Birth was invented to handle embarrassing questions with a convenient “cover story.” But would it quell gossip to claim that God impregnated a virgin?

Modern man believes himself erudite compared to his supposedly naive ancestors. He understands how babies originate — virgin births are impossible. (Actually man is more gullible today — belief in evolution and fascination with horoscopes is rampant.)

Mary and Joseph both knew the facts of life. Mary’s question to the angel Gabriel shows she was not ignorant: “How can this be since I am a virgin?” Joseph initially planned to quietly terminate his engagement to pregnant Mary. Yet later he did believe Mary — compelling evidence made him change his mind.

Matthew, a wealthy tax collector, and Luke, a physician, produced two independent historical documents. Independence is demonstrated by the substantial differences in the two birth narratives resulting from differing perspectives and emphases. They are complementary but not contradictory.

Each testifies that Jesus was born of a virgin by the power of God. Likely both spoke to Mary, the one person most qualified to explain the birth.

Jews did not expect the Messiah to be virgin-born, so Matthew had no impetus to concoct a virgin birth story to fulfill prophecy. Why would Matthew and Luke fabricate such an “unbelievable” story? They clearly believed it was true. Matthew and Dr. Luke were not ignorant rubes. They understood the reality and significance of what they reported. The contemporary recording of the birth event by two independent reliable historians is weighty evidence that should not be casually dismissed.

The Jews of Jesus’ day probably didn’t believe His virgin birth. Their backhanded slur, “We were not born of fornication,” (John 8:41) suggests their scorn about His birth. Skeptical Jews referred to Him as the “son of Mary” (Mark 6:3). Addressing a Jewish man as his mother’s son impugned his parentage. These insinuations show that unusual factors about His birth were well known. Mark and John were not afraid to record the aspersions since they knew the true explanation.

Paul’s description of Jesus as “born of a woman” (Galatians 4:4) suggests he knew about the Virgin Birth. Everyone is born of a woman; why mention it? Paul was emphasizing Christ’s humanity in connection with redemption. Typically one would mention a male sire, but he could not do that for Jesus.

Prophecy of the Virgin Birth

The first hint about the Virgin Birth was when God described One who would bruise the serpent’s head as “her seed” (Genesis 3:15). This is contrary to the usual Biblical pattern of identifying the male lineage of a child.

Over 700 years before Christ, Isaiah prophesied, “The Lord Himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) Syria and Israel were threatening military conquest of Judah. Isaiah assured Judah’s King Ahaz that they would not prevail; Assyria would desolate Judah’s two enemies before the virgin’s son knew good from evil.
Isaiah’s prophecy had immediate application to Ahaz and ultimate fulfillment centuries later. The prophecy was given to the “house of David” (7:13) and not only to Ahaz since “you” in 7:14 is plural. Matthew identified Jesus as the literal Immanuel (God with us) who fulfilled this virgin birth prophecy. Isaiah prophesied a birth that would signify the contemporary fulfillment of God’s promise to Ahaz and foreshadow the birth of Jesus. Jesus was the complete fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy independent of its historical context.

Matthew knew Old Testament language and culture far better than commentators who lived much later. Matthew’s understanding of Isaiah undoubtedly came from Jesus Himself. Moreover, Jesus appointed him to pass His teaching on to others. Matthew’s credentials for understanding and applying Isaiah’s prophecy certainly trump those of subsequent critics.

Mary: “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
Gabriel: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and
the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
for that reason the holy offspring shall be called
the Son of God.”

Ramifications of the Virgin Birth

A virgin birth was humanly impossible 2,000 years ago. But the God who created the earth and hung the stars in space could easily accomplish it. If God could make Adam from dust and raise Jesus from the dead, He could certainly produce a virgin birth. As the angel Gabriel told Mary, “Nothing will be impossible with God.”

Science considers it impossible for a virgin to give birth without male seed. Here Scripture and scientific opinion conflict. Many use “scientific impossibility” to dismiss clear Biblical teaching about Creation, age of the earth, and a global Flood. Should the Virgin Birth be jettisoned for “scientific impossibility”? Will the Resurrection be abandoned next?

The Virgin Birth was a divine miracle. Scripture does not explain how God did it. It only says that it was by the power of the Holy Spirit that a Child was conceived in a human womb. He had a human mother and God as His father resulting in being wholly man and wholly God.

The truth upon which all thinking must be grounded is the Bible, God’s Word. Truth clearly taught by Scripture must be believed, even if it cannot be explained scientifically.

If the Virgin Birth is false, then Christianity disintegrates. The Virgin Birth (when God became man) was the necessary precursor to the Crucifixion (where the God-Man paid for sin), which was the necessary precursor to the Resurrection (which validated Jesus’ divinity and sacrifice for sin). The Virgin Birth of Jesus of Nazareth is not an optional doctrine for Christians. The Virgin Birth is a historical event that’s foundational to salvation.

The most neglected truth of Christmas is that Jesus was virgin-born. If Baby Jesus was God in human flesh, as the doctrine of the Virgin Birth attests, then this stupendous news should be exuberantly celebrated and vigorously proclaimed!

Meaning of Christmas

Here’s a 2-minute YouTube Christmas video from Living Waters on the meaning and reason for Christmas:

Christmas Blessings to all the readers of the Bible-Science Guy Blog!

Questions to Ponder

1. Why do many who reject the Virgin Birth still look to Jesus as Savior?
2. How would you defend the virgin birth of Christ in your own words?

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 December 20, 2017 A.D.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:8-14)

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.

What’s Unusual about this Manger Scene?
Why Is This So Important?

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 9-28 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 Loves Bulldogs

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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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 6, 2017

Science in the Bible – Biogenesis

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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. 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 – Pigs with Wings?

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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

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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 9-27 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

Read the sequel:
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy

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“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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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“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 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)

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