Undeterred

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The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

– Abraham Lincoln

Scales vs. Feathers

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Although these structures [feathers] seem quite different from the horny scales that cover a reptile’s body, the difference is in reality not very great. — Alfred Romer said in “Man and the Vertebraes”

This statement was made by an evolutionists who believed that dinosaurs, after many years of evolution, evolved into birds. The most famous of these dinosaur descendants would be the group of birds known as Raptors. These birds include, owls, eagles, hawks, falcons and vultures.

Theses birds, according to many evolutionists, have similar characteristics to small dinosaurs such as Velociraptor or Eoraptor. However, these similarities do not really exist, in fact, the only remotely shared feature is the legs, and even there they are very different.

Did dinosaurs have feathers?

In order to answer this question we have to explore the differences between feathers and scales.

First of all, thanks to fossilized skin, we know that dinosaurs were covered in scales. And, we know today, that birds are covered in feathers and the only scales that are found are on the legs and even these scales are different from dinosaurs.

In order to distinguish between dinosaur and bird we first have to distinguish between scale and feather.

Scale

The scale is a single unit connected to hundreds of others to form a protective covering for the wearer. These scales mainly show in reptiles but can extend to groups of fish, amphibians, etc.

The scale is connected together in folds. These folds are creased together to form a sort of flexible armor. These scales are layered very close to each other and they have dips in their sheets of scales that connect with other layers of scales. This gives it mobility and protection.

These scales, individually, are very simple and protect the body from water, air, and other enemies to the flesh.

Feather

Feathers are a wonder to the human mind and few can debate the amazing complexity and beauty of these seemingly simple features of birds.

These feathers show mind-boggling design in their structure.

First of all, in a normal feather, you have the following:

Shaft (1)

Vanes (2)

Barbs (400)

Barbules (800)

Anterior Barbules (top)

Posteir Barbules (bottom)

The shaft of a feather is the thick “rod” you see that runs straight up (maybe slightly curved) the near middle of the feather. When you have this shaft (A.K.A. rachis) it is split into two different parts, known as vanes.

These vanes are the two side of the feather. These vanes are then made up of barbs. These barbs are the small, individual lines of what feels like silk. You can hardly distinguish them from the vanes because they are connected by amazing little barbules that run up and down and on both sides of each barb (anterior barbules run along the top and posteir barbules run along the bottom).

These barbules intertwine with the barbules on the next barb and so on and so forth. But, how are these barbules keeping the barbs together? Well, an amazing thing called a hook catches a groove in the opposite barbule. The hook swings over and fits perfectly snug against that groove.

There is a small (microscopic, in fact) groove that is in line with the tinier hook attached to the barbule. This hook, when latched with the barbule on the next barb, latches over and connects with that same groove. This groove insures that the barbules will stay together so the barbs can stay together so the vanes can stay one, compact feather!

Therefore, as the above descriptions of scales and feathers states, the difference between scales and feathers is astronomical!

However, the question remains: did dinosaurs evolve into birds?

The question can only be answered by the facts; feathers and scales are extremely different and millions of years of evolution, no matter what the conditions, would not change that.

The Roar/War of Laughter

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A little while ago a friend of mine engaged me in something we called “a pun war”, named after the jokes we told each other. I would send him a joke (or “pun” as they are known) and he would send me one back. We collected quite a list, which included a few of my own invention.

How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it!

Jokes about German sausages are the wurst.

Broken pencils are pointless.

At first I didn’t like my beard, and then it grew on me.

Field trip to Coco-Cola factory; hope there’s no pop quiz.

Why were the Indians here first? They made reservations.

Always go to other people’s funerals or they won’t go to yours.

Why is the wig-making business a lousy venture? Because everyone forgets toupe′! (I made this one up)

I once did a theatrical performance on puns. It was a play on words.

An army officer that was sprayed with mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

I’m reading a book on anti-gravity; I can’t seem to put it down!

I got a letter from the doctor the other day and he said I had Type A blood but it was a Type O.

Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.

Seven days without a pun makes one weak

Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink.

When a chemist dies, they barium.

There are three types of people: those who can count and those who can’t.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving.

Well, yesterday I stayed up all night waiting for the sun to rise. Then it dawned on me!

The roundest knight at King Arthur’s table was Sir Cumference; he acquired his size from too much pi.

I hit the gym the other day, now my car is totaled.

I know a guy who is addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop at anytime.

A girl the other day said she recognized me from her vegetarian club . . . I told her I had never seen herbivore.

The man who created knock-knock jokes deserves a no-bell prize.

Of course we had a bunch of fun and laughs over them, as I’m sure you did, but I couldn’t help wondering, “is this kind of silliness really have a place in a Christian’s life?”

Of course, many would answer that quickly by saying, “Christians need to have fun sometimes.” And I do agree with that, to a degree. Christians should and can have fun, however, where is the limit? Should we spend 8 straight hours enjoying a theme park, or a lock-down laser tag game? Should we really spend so much time playing pointless games or watching pointless entertainment?

It is a question that is hard to answer, but God does give us an answer. Romans 13:11-14:

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Discernment is the key.

Where’s the Love Bro? – Evolution’s Extinction

VladKonstantinovHypacrosaurusAfter reading about how devastating evolution has been for America, I really started thinking about what life would be like without the idea that chance and time accidentally made us. It really got me thinking.

The world would definitely be different without the idea that we are mistakes. People would see that they are moral beings created by God. They would be able to see that they need the Savior, Jesus Christ. I wonder what else would come out that we never though evolution dealt with.

Well, a little while ago, we talked about extinction and how someday, extinction will be, well . . . extinct. It made me think about if, how and why evolution would go extinct.

If:

Now, evolution is a teaching that promotes a view that God does not exist. This, of course, is very blasphemous and evil in the eyes of God. Such a thing cannot continue to exist when God make a new heaven and a new earth. Such a idea has to go extinct.

So, evolution definitely will face extinction.

How:

When I asked my self how evolution would go extinct, I immediately thought of how most of the dinosaurs would have died according to true science and the Bible. I thought of the flood. Now, the flood was God’s judgment upon mankind for being so evil. I can see the same type of judgment coming upon the idea of evolution. It will be annihilated in the power of God’s glory.

Why:

Because evolution blasphemies God by saying He couldn’t exist or that He couldn’t create the universe, it will have to be removed when God restores the universe to a pre-Fall condition. Such teaching cannot survive in a world where God is the King!