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Another Fun Creationist Website

Posted by Michael Dickens on May 21, 2009

The Bible is the world’s best scientific book. This website provides 101 scientific facts in the Bible.

http://eternal-productions.org/101science.html

I won’t refute all of them; just the fun ones.

“Noble behavior understood (John 15:13; Romans 5:7-8). The Bible and history reveal that countless people have endangered or even sacrificed their lives for another. This reality is completely at odds with Darwin’s theory of the survival of the fittest.”
Evolution is not about the survival of the individual; it is about the survival of the gene pool. Organisms that help other similar organisms will become stronger as a species. They help each other out when necessary, so they survive better as a whole.

“Chicken or egg dilemma solved (Genesis 1:20-22). Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This question has plagued philosophers for centuries. The Bible states that God created birds with the ability to reproduce after their kind. Therefore the chicken was created first with the ability to make eggs! Yet, evolution has no solution for this dilemma.”
Yes it does. I actually have a post about this. http://mtgap.bilfo.com/blog/2008/08/06/which-came-first-the-chicken-or-the-egg/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken-and-egg_problem

“The earth free-floats in space (Job 26:7), affected only by gravity. While other sources declared the earth sat on the back of an elephant or turtle, or was held up by Atlas, the Bible alone states what we now know to be true – ‘He hangs the earth on nothing.’ ”
So the Bible got one thing right. It is impossible to extrapolate and say that it gets all things right.

“Matter and energy do not feel.”
Feelings are chemical reactions within the brain. So yes, matter and energy can feel. This is an argument from personal incredulity.

“The first three verses of Genesis accurately express all known aspects of the creation (Genesis 1:1-3). Science expresses the universe in terms of: time, space, matter, and energy. In Genesis chapter one we read: “In the beginning (time) God created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter)…Then God said, “Let there be light (energy).” No other creation account agrees with the observable evidence.”
This is a loose interpretation. I would interpret it like this:
“In the beginning (God was created along with time, and is therefore not omnipotent) God created the heavens (space) and the earth (space)…Then God said, “Let there be light (human perception of a single type of energy).”

“Sexual promiscuity is dangerous to your health (1 Corinthians 6:18; Romans 1:27). The Bible warns that “he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body,” and that those who commit homosexual sin would “receive in themselves” the penalty of their error. Much data now confirms that any sexual relationship outside of holy matrimony is unsafe.”
Actually, I haven’t seen any data confirming that any sexual relationship outside of holy matrimony is unsafe.

“At a time when less than 5,000 stars were visible to the human eye, God stated that the stars of heaven were innumerable.”
Even if only 5000 stars were visible (which I somehow doubt), it still looks like a lot. And that’s what matters. Not how many there actually are, but how many it looks like there are.

“The number of stars, though vast, are finite (Isaiah 40:26). Although man is unable to calculate the exact number of stars, we now know their number is finite. Of course God knew this all along – “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name” (Psalm 147:4). What an awesome God!”
Something can be countable and also infinite. Whoever wrote this does not understand set theory. And anyway, if God is omnipotent, he has the power to name infinitely many stars, right?

“Amazingly, gross estimates of the number of sand grains are comparable to the estimated number of stars in the universe.”
Compare that with this quote:
“Today, astronomers estimate that there are ten thousand billion trillion stars – that’s a 1 followed by 25 zeros! Yet, as the Bible states, scientists admit this number may be woefully inadequate. [i.e. they have no idea how many stars there are]”

“Rejecting the Creator results in moral depravity (Romans 1:20-32). The Bible warns that when mankind rejects the overwhelming evidence for a Creator, lawlessness will result. Since the theory of evolution has swept the globe, abortion, pornography, genocide, etc., have all risen sharply.”
Obviously. Abortion and pornography are far easier in the modern day than they were 150 years ago. Genocide is due to population increase. None of these things have anything to do with the popularity of evolution. And anyway, it is arguable that abortion and/or pornography are not morally wrong. And anyway, evolution and God are not mutually exclusive.

“DNA anticipated (Psalm 139:13-16). During the 1950s, Watson and Crick discovered the genetic blueprint for life. Three thousand years ago the Bible seems to reference this written digital code in Psalm 139 – ‘Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect [unformed]; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.’ ”
Why can’t the Bible just say “there’s this thing called DNA which is a genetic coding for the production of proteins in your cells”? Oh yeah, because that’s not what it’s implying. The Bible is too easy to interpret.

“God has created all mankind from one blood (Acts 17:26; Genesis 5). Today researchers have discovered that we have all descended from one gene pool. For example, a 1995 study of a section of Y chromosomes from 38 men from different ethnic groups around the world was consistent with the biblical teaching that we all come from one man (Adam)”
It is probably true that all living men descend from one man. But that man was not the first man, as Adam was. His genes were simply the fittest, and eventually filled the entire gene pool.

“Evolution teaches that we all evolved from a common ancestor, yet offers no mechanism to explain the origin of the thousands of diverse languages in existence today.”
Hmm. This is a tricky one. Oh yes. It’s because EVOLUTION IS ABOUT BIOLOGY, NOT LINGUISTICS!!!! IT IS NOT THAT HARD TO UNDERSTAND!!!

“God has given us just the right amount of water to sustain life (Isaiah 40:12). We now recognize that if there was significantly more or less water, the earth would not support life as we know it.”
1. I see no evidence of this.
2. It may support life as we don’t know it.

“We now know that radio waves and light waves are two forms of the same thing – electromagnetic waves. Therefore, radio waves are a form of light.”
(This is a side point, but it’s fallacious so it’s worth pointing out.)
This is saying that if A is a member of C and B is a member of C, therefore A = B. This is false. For example, I am an American and George W. Bush is an American, therefore I am George W. Bush.

“Evolution cannot explain the origin of music.”
That’s because EVOLUTION IS NOT ABOUT MUSIC!!!!!! That’s like saying, “gravity cannot explain peanuts”, or “thermodynamics cannot explain rainbows”.

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In conclusion, this site loosely interprets the Bible, misrepresents evolution, and in general makes a bunch of crap up.

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