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3. Dragons . . . Were They Real?

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Dragons . . . Were They Real?

Bodie Hodge

A Dodo of an Introduction

The dodo was a strange bird, and our understanding of its demise and extinction by 1662 is equally strange. The dodo was a flightless bird that lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. It was easy to catch and provided meat to sailors. There were numerous written accounts, sketches, and descriptions of the bird from the 1500s through the 1600s.

But when the dodo went extinct, no one seemed to notice. And a few years later, scientists began to promote the idea that the dodo was merely a myth. Just look at the evidence:

1. It was a very strange creature.

2. No one could find them.

3. They seemed to exist only in the old descriptions, accounts, and drawings!

Had it not been for specimens popping up in the recesses of museum collections, and finally brought to light, they could have been labeled simply as myth for as long as the earth endures! But in the 19th century, at last, there was vindication that the dodo was real and that it had merely gone extinct. Since then, fossils and other portions of specimens have been identified as dodo.

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24. What about Beneficial Mutations?

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What about Beneficial Mutations?

Dr. Georgia Purdom

Many claim that beneficial mutations provide examples of evolution in action. These mutations supposedly result in the formation of major innovations and rare and complex traits1 that over time have resulted in the evolution of all living things from a common ancestor. However, analyses of these mutations show they only result in variations in pre-existing traits, traits that organisms already possess, and cannot result in the origin of novel traits necessary for molecules-to-man evolution.

All You Need Is Novelty!

For a simple, single-celled ancestor to evolve into a human over billions of years, novel traits must be gained. New anatomical structures like brains, arms, and legs and new functions like cardiovascular and muscle activities must be acquired. Regardless of whether this is proposed to occur through beneficial mutations that result in the addition of new DNA, changes in existing DNA, or through other mechanisms, there must be a way to add novel traits. However, all observed mechanisms, including beneficial mutations, do just the opposite they cause the loss of or slight variation in pre-existing traits.2 Beneficial mutations and other mechanisms cannot account for the origin of novel traits of the type necessary for molecules-to-man evolution. In a paper entitled A Golden Age for Evolutionary Genetics? Genomic Studies of Adaptation in Natural Populations, the authors (who are evolutionists) agree that the lack of mechanisms to add novel traits is a problem: Most studies of recent evolution involve the loss of traits, and we still understand little of the genetic changes needed in the origin of novel traits.3

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38. How Can Someone Start a New Life in Christ?

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How Can Someone Start a New Life in Christ?

Cecil Eggert

The Creator God tells us in the Book of Genesis about the origin of all things in six days — matter, light, earth, sun, moon, animals, and mankind. His desire was that all of His creation would live in a perfect world where God and man could enjoy everything He had made ... forever. Can you imagine living in a perfect world?

There was a perfect relationship between the Creator God and man; there was no death, disease, or suffering. Fear between man and animals was non-existent, and every emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual need that Adam and Eve had was met by their Creator. The role of man was clearly defined: Adam and Eve were in charge of an orderly earth that was "very good" (Genesis 1:31)!

Just imagine! God created man in His image, to have a relationship with Him, and gave him a perfect world to care for where mankind was the pinnacle of His creation! When God created Adam and Eve, He didn’t make them to be just obedient puppets; they had the freedom to choose and to make their own decisions.

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37. Who Sinned First — Adam or Satan?

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Who Sinned First — Adam or Satan?

Bodie Hodge

When Christians or others speak of Adam as the first sinner, this comes from the Apostle Paul where he states:

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (Romans 5:12).

It means that sin entered the world through Adam — that he is the one credited with sin’s entrance and hence the subsequent entrance of death and suffering and the need for a Savior — a last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). When we look back at Genesis, it is true that Satan rebelled, and also Eve sinned, prior to Adam’s disobedience.

The Sin of Eve

There were several things that Eve did wrong prior to eating the fruit. When the serpent (who was speaking the words of Satan) asked in Genesis 3:1: "Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?" her response was less than perfect:

And the woman [Eve] said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die’ " (Genesis 3:23; emphasis added).

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9. Does Radiometric Dating Prove the Earth Is Old?

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Does Radiometric Dating Prove the Earth Is Old?

Mike Riddle

The presupposition of long ages is an icon and foundational to the evolutionary model. Nearly every textbook and media journal teaches that the earth is billions of years old.

Using radioactive dating, scientists have determined that the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, ancient enough for all species to have been formed through evolution.[1]

The earth is now regarded as between 4.5 and 4.6 billion years old.[2]

The primary dating method scientists use for determining the age of the earth is radioisotope dating. Proponents of evolution publicize radioisotope dating as a reliable and consistent method for obtaining absolute ages of rocks and the age of the earth. This apparent consistency in textbooks and the media has convinced many Christians to accept an old earth (supposedly 4.6 billion years old).

What Is Radioisotope Dating?

Radioisotope dating (also referred to as radiometric dating) is the process of estimating the ages of rocks from the decay of radioactive elements in them. There are certain kinds of atoms in nature that are unstable and spontaneously change (decay) into other kinds of atoms. For example, uranium will radioactively decay through a series of steps until it becomes the stable element lead. Likewise, potassium decays into the element argon. The original element is referred to as the parent element (in these cases uranium and potassium), and the end result is called the daughter element (lead and argon).

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