Janice Boekhoff
 

Devotion

In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

Mark 15:31-32

I was trained as a geologist and worked in the field for four years after graduation. After I stopped working to stay at home with my kids, I attended a class that helped me become a creationist—someone who believes in a literal seven-day creation by God.

Several of my old colleagues know of my creationist beliefs and most were kind enough not to mock me, but a few did, in the hopes of convincing me of the error of my ways. I’m not going to say their intentions were loving, but they were concerned for me.

When I want to shout against the arrogance of those who disrespect my beliefs, I remember how Jesus was mocked, even while he was dying. His only response was to forgive them. Jesus knew that people would reject Him, yet He declared the truth every second of His earthly life.

Despite the voices that might say you are crazy, ignorant or brainwashed, don’t be afraid to believe the Bible is true (yes, all of it). The opinion of men does not change God’s truth.

Dear Lord, thank you that You are truth and we need not search any further. We rejoice in the glory of Your creation, including those people You created who mock us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Where Did Our DNA Come From?

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Have you ever wondered about your DNA? Maybe you’ve even thought about getting a DNA test just to see what’s hanging out in your genes. Then again, maybe that’s just me.

But if you’re curious about where your DNA might have come from (other than your parents, I mean), I’ll tell you the real answer. Nobody knows.

Evolutionists say that a primitive form of RNA formed in a primordial soup of elements and then modified itself into DNA. This scenario is speculation because no one has ever seen it happen, even in a lab. But for arguments sake, let’s just say it’s possible the nucleotides that make up DNA formed that way. It still doesn’t explain how the information came to be inside our DNA.

For instance, if I see a rock with ancient pictographs on it, I can explain how the rock came to be by natural processes. The minerals crystallized in a specific shape according to their chemistry. But the pictographs are different. They contain information, which implies an intelligence to impart that information. Our DNA is the rock, but encoded within it are volumes of information, basically the recipe for a complete human being.

I recently attended an event where Dr. Charles Jackson spoke and he framed the problem is a creative way. He had us imagine that we were lying on our backs, gazing at the clouds in the sky when one passes by in the rough shape of an “H.” Most people would assume this was a chance occurrence and rightly so. But what if you then saw an “E,” “L,” and “P” following the first letter?

dreamstime_s_36109587Now, HELP is spelled in the clouds. Would you still believe that’s a chance pairing of the clouds or something more?

Most of us would think it’s something more because we recognize this as information and we know that it must come from some intelligent source. As Dr. Jackson continued, he sang the Beattles song “Help” and asked us to imagine that we saw all the lyrics up in the clouds. Would anyone believe that was a random event? Not likely.

So, what is the threshold for discerning when something is random or not. Scientists usually use numbers in the 1 out of 1080 range, but even this is hypothetical. In the 1980’s, two scientists, Sir Fred Hoyle (PhD, astronomy) and Chandra Wickramasinghe (professor of applied math and astronomy), calculated the probability of getting an amino acid to from into a protein randomly, which is something DNA accomplishes on a regular basis.  They determined this would happen 1 out of 10191 times. A number that is well beyond what scientists would accept as randomly possible.

Intuitively, this makes sense to us. As I said, DNA is a recipe for a human being. If we ran across an apple pie, we wouldn’t think it created itself by chance and an apple pie is much less complicated than a human being.

Information always implies an information giver. We have no example of information (like that contained in DNA) that arises without a language, idea, mind or intention. As Albert Einstein said it:

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

What if the reason we can’t solve the puzzle of our origins is because it’s outside of our consciousness? As in, outside of our sphere of comprehension.

Evolutionists say the appearance of designed information in DNA is only an illusion. What makes it an illusion? The fact that they believe God doesn’t exist.

But what if He does? Maybe DNA appears designed because it is.

What do you think? Is design an illusion? Where did the information come from?

 

Reference: https://answersingenesis.org/origin-of-life/can-natural-processes-explain-the-origin-of-life/

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Devotion

“Keep my commands and follow them. I am the Lord. Do not profane my holy name. I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the Lord, who makes you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord.”

Leviticus 22:31-33

Sometimes we can be tempted to think about what good people we are and about how hard we try to obey God. But we need to remember that He is the one who makes us holy. He even made a point to tell us this in the Old Testament long before Jesus came to take our sins and give us the power of the Holy Spirit.

It’s impossible for us to live up to His holy standards on our own. But if we give ourselves to Him, He will make us holy.

Dear Lord, thank you that you are constantly making us into your holy image. Give us the courage to embrace the molding you do in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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