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Supreme Court blocks Louisiana law regulating abortionists
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked Louisiana from implementing an abortion clinic regulation that was enacted four years ago but has been mired in a court battle since. In a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts as the swing vote, the justices granted the appeal....... More
Controversy surrounds first Synod meeting of Ukrainian nationalist church
The first meeting of the “Holy Synod” of the Ukrainian schismatic-nationalist church on Tuesday did not pass without serious conflicts and discrepancies, thanks, in part, to the personality of Philaret Denisenko. According to the Ukrainian site Glavcom, several bishops of the so-called . ........More
GOD AND SCIENCE ARE NOT ENEMIES - PART III
A final look at the fascinating book “The Case for a Creator,” by Lee Strobel. This time in the field of biology.
One of the biggest discussion points is the issue of how life actually started. How did we get from lifeless chemicals, to the simplest single-cell organisms? One famous experiment, by Stanley Miller in 1953, claimed to have simulated the creation of life by “zapping” an approximation of the primordial soup with electricity. This formed amino acids, which are the raw material of protein molecules, which in turn are the building blocks of cells. For a while, this experiment was held to provide solid evidence that life could have been the result of random chemical interactions, thereby removing the need for a Creator.
When the dust settled however, it was discovered that Miller’s recipe for the primordial soup was almost definitely wrong, and that if we were to replay the experiment with a more accurate recipe, no amino acids would be formed. The levels of nitrogen required to form amino acids were most likely not present in the soup. Additionally, Miller’s experiment produced only 2 or 3 of the protein-forming amino acids out of the 22 that exist. Yet another problem was that the amino acids that did develop, promptly reacted with other chemicals in the soup to form a brown sludge that was very unfriendly to the development of life.
It has been calculated that, for one protein molecule to form by random chance, the odds would be 1 in 100,000 trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion! And a single, minimally complex cell requires somewhere between 300 – 500 protein molecules!
This led biochemist Franklin M. Harold to say “We should reject, as a matter of principle, the substitution of intelligent design for the dialogue of chance and necessity; but we must concede that there are presently no detailed Darwinian accounts of the evolution of any biochemical system, only a variety of wishful speculations.” As a sidebar, I have to say I admire the man’s faith! By his own description, you need a lot more faith to believe in pre-biotic natural selection, than to believe in God.
Let’s just say we get over the hump of life actually starting, there remains another fascinating hurdle for Darwinian evolution – something called irreducible complexity. Think of an eye. It has thousands of working parts. And the eye will not work at all without a large number of those parts. Darwinian evolution states that random mutations occur in life forms all the time, and those that are beneficial to the mutant give it an increased chance of survival, therefore an increased chance of procreating its own (mutated) genes, therefore spreading its mutation out into the species, thereby making the mutation mainstream. The problem is this – the chances of a life form without an eye, mutating an entire eye all at once, are so astronomical as to be safely in the realms of fantasy. The thousands of components that make up an eye would need to be mutated separately – and no single part of an eye is beneficial to a life form by itself. A mutation that was just one part of an eye would not give the creature a survival advantage, therefore it is highly unlikely that the mutation would be perpetuated into the mainstream of the species. A mutation of one part of an eye would die out before a second part of an eye was mutated, let alone the thousands of parts required for an eye to actually work and become an advantage for the life form. It is impossible for an eye to evolve under the rules of natural selection.
And it doesn’t just apply to incredibly complex things like eyes. The example of a flagellum is quoted in the book. This little thingy acts like an outboard motor for bacteria, and requires 30 – 35 proteins to form. Some of these proteins form the propeller (which, incidentally, can rotate at 10,000rpm – try getting the family sedan up there and see what mess you make!), others attach the propeller to the driveshaft, and others act as bushes, so that the driveshaft can penetrate the bacterial wall and connect to a “motor” inside! Each of these proteins would need to form by evolutionary mutation, and would be useless without the other proteins. It seems that natural selection is not really viable at the molecular level either.
I’ll finish with three great quotes contained in the book:
Darwin himself was honest enough to say in The Origin of the Species, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
George Sim Johnson, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said “Human DNA contains more organised information than the Encyclopaedia Britannica. If the full text of the encyclopaedia were to arrive in computer code from outer space, most people would regard this as proof of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. But when seen in nature, it is explained as the workings of random forces.”
Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the double-helix structure of DNA, said “An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.”
And finally, a MISQUOTE from the December 31, 1999 issue of Time Magazine, and a quote from the Bible:
“Charles Darwin didn’t want to murder God, as he once put it. Don’t worry, Charlie, you’re off the hook!”
“The wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.” Isaiah 29:14.
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Muslims to Seek Christianity
A group of Muslims who were under ISIS rule near the Syrian-Turkish border explained why they decided to convert to Christianity
instead. Farhad Jasim, 23, who is one of many residents of Kobani, a strategic Syrian city, attending the first Christian place of worship
in the area for decades, .....MORE
Unprecedented gathering of 130,000 Christians in officially Islamic UAE
An event held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 5 February was attended by over 130,000 Christians; a startling occurrence in a region where Christian worship is tightly restricted and Christian converts from Islam risk imprisonment for apostasy. The UAE has one of the fastest growing Christian populations in the world,......More
Family Demands Answers after Chinese Christian Woman
Suddenly Dies in Detention
The grieving family of a Chinese Christian woman is demanding answers after she suddenly died while in detention for her faith. Bitter Winter, a magazine documenting persecution in China, reports that Xiao Li, a believer from The Church of Almighty God (CAG), was arrested at 10 a.m. on December 19, 2018, at an apartment she rented in Xingyang city in Central China's Henan Province.......More
In the third and final debate of the 2016 Presidential election, held on October 19 between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the question
of late-term abortion was brought up by the moderator, Chris Wallace. Clinton attempted to justify late-term abortion with the usual
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Will Iran Force Israel's Hand? The Iranians Have Yet To Be Deterred
Israel's now overt war against Iran has moved to the airwaves as well. At the Cybertech2019 conference held last week in Tel Aviv, Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Iran threatens us in many other ways. They issued ... threats that say they'll destroy us. ... We're
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Palestinians Slam US for "Conspiring" to Broker Peace Against Their Will
The Palestinian Authority on Thursday slammed the Trump Administration for "conspiring" to broker a Middle East peace deal that doesn't meet each and every one of the Palestinians' demands. For the very same reason, most Israelis are thrilled to now have the likes of Donald Trump steering the Israeli-Arab peace process....More
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From China to sub-Saharan Africa, Christians experience high levels of persecution in 73 countries
In its latest annual survey of 150 countries monitoring how difficult it is to live as a Christian, out today, the overall trend in the 2019 World Watch List is that almost half (73) showed extreme, very high or high levels of persecution. A year earlier, it was 58 countries.......More
University can't ban Christian group for requiring that its leaders be Christian, court rules
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the University of Iowa can't selectively enforce its non-discrimination policy on a Christian student group that requires that its leaders abide by a Christian statement of faith. U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose issued an injunction barring ..More
Asia Bibi expected to leave Pakistan after court upholds her acquittal
Asia Bibi, the Christian woman at the centre of a blasphemy row which has ignited violent protests, been linked to two assassinations and spotlighted
religious extremism in Pakistan, is expected to leave the country after its top court on Tuesday upheld her acquittal of the inflammatory charge.
When she will leave and where she will go remain.....More