Light Has to Be Fastest

Today, I had to make a left turn from a two-way street. There was a car coming towards me, so I quickly analyzed how fast he was goingl, how quickly he was going to reach me, and whether or not I had the time to turn before he reached me. The conclusion I came up with was, “No.”
So I waited.

As I was waiting for him to pass me, I looked at his headlights. It was overcast and sprinkly but not dark, so I didn’t lose my night vision or anything.

During this period of time, I had a very odd thought. “I wonder if the time that the light takes in reaching me affects my perception of where he is?”

Almost immediately, I realized how foolish of a question that was. Light is the fastest, well, thing! in all of creation!

Then, I realized that God had to make light travel seemingly-instantly because otherwise all of our actions would be disastrously delayed. Can you imagine driving when you had a 5 second delay between when someone did something and when you reacted? Even giving people high-fives would be a feat of the highest difficulty!

If light traveled even only at the speed of sound, the world as we know it wouldn’t work at all.

However, would we even notice, if this was how it had always been?

Food for thought, eh? 🙂

-Sydney

A Thang With Wangs

Flying insects use all sorts of creative methods to get from from point A to point B. About 54.5 million to 37 million years ago, at least one species of beetle was using wings that looked like helicopter propellers to get around, Science News reports.

(Source: Prehistoric Beetle Had Wings Like Helicopter Blades – Mental Floss)

If I found an old helicopter, everyone would know that it was made by humans because it is too complex to have been created by a bolt of lightning striking a tree that was next to some scrap metal or something, right?  OK, then how are evolutionist scientists going to explain how THIS came about? Helicopter wings on an insect? Wings in and of themselves are an amazing “invention” —  one we’ve barely been able to replicate — and yet most people believe (we don’t have proof) that they evolved by chance and luck and chemicals. How’d the chemicals get there? Chance and luck and matter mixing and reacting, right? How’d the matter get here? A big explosion. What exploded? Everything. How? Well… we’re working on that one.

Creationist scientists know that since God is unchanging, his laws won’t change either. (Gravity, Laws of Thermodynamics, Laws of Motion, etc.) Because of this knowledge, we can use the scientific method to examine and try to begin to understand nature around us. We can even predict things! How amazing is that? 😀  We know exactly how creation came into being.  God told it to. 🙂  Everything was created within a week, even these helicopter beetles.  The intricate design of God’s creation is something that we can try to replicate, but he gave us the materials in the first place, so we really can’t take credit for any of it.  But, that’s OK!  We are here to bring him glory, and that’s all that the founding fathers of science, like Isaac Newton, wanted to do.  Should our mindset be any different?

Squid

P.S. Dear Evolutionists, you do know that the word “universe” comes from “uni-” (single) and “-verse” (spoken sentence).  The thing you say came about by chance is actually called a “single spoken sentence.”

Bill Nye’s Ark Encounter

Despite Bill Nye’s hostility to the Gospel and those who are spreading it, I praise God for the opportunity He gave to AiG to share the Good News with him, and for the world to see how Christians should treat those that oppose them.

Squid

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The largest timber-framed structure in the world just received an unlikely visitor as Bill Nye “the Science Guy” made an unscheduled visit to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky on Friday. Visitors were treated to a two-hour impromptu debate as Ken Ham graciously guided Nye on a personal tour through all three decks.

The Ark Encounter, which opened to the public on July 7, 2016, is an amazing representation of the historical Noah’s Ark- what it may have looked like, how it could have been built, and how feasible it would have been for Noah and his family to care for all the different kinds of animals that would have boarded during the year-long global flood.

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Several weeks ago Ken Ham publicly invited Bill Nye on a personal tour, and Nye accepted. The fact that he accepted is both interesting and encouraging. You could say that Bill Nye is Ken…

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Photo Challenge, Day 1

A couple days ago, Bri the Missionary in the Making challenged me to join her in a photo challenge that she found on Blogger.  As soon as she said my name and photo in the same post, I was in! 😀  Today’s prompt word is Intricate, so I immediately thought of nature (which I almost capitalized… thanks a lot, Gabriel 🙂 ). My first subpoint on that outline was spiderwebs, but as it was already mid-day when I found out the prompt, all webs had disappeared.  I had just finished reading a book about a family of French weavers, and it had me thinking.  If we found a piece of cloth on the ground, we wouldn’t assume it was just a pile of yarn that had miraculously tangled itself just so as to be a sturdy textile, would we?  No, of course not.  In Florida was have these giant stalks of grass incorrectly called Palm Trees.  No, I’m not making this up.  Go Google it.  I’ll wait.  OK, now that you’re back (or are a Floridian and knew it already), let’s continue.  These tall stalks are very fibrous. Each layer has been woven together to create its tough exterior.  Yet, most people you talk to on the street will say that it is just a well-evolved plant. Hm, I’m not sure I see that logic.  So, today, I decided to highlight the intricate weaving of the palm trees that God so perfectly designed.  The sunburst was a nice bonus too. 🙂

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Now, unfortunately, there are some, *gasp* rules.

RULE ONE: The photo has to be taken on the day of the post, i.e. you can`t use old pictures. (This is the hardest rule for me, because I’m the kind of person that if, by a rare chance, I do upload my pics to my laptop on the same day I take them, I put off editing and sorting them for weeks.  So, this is a good disciplinary challenge too. 🙂 )

RULE TWO: No Plagiarism. Must be your pic and yours alone.

RULE THREE: You must follow the five prompts that I`ll be posting my along with my pictures, unless, you know, you find another photo challenge prompt site and decide to do theirs instead. *dramatic lonely sigh*

Alright, now for my nominee.  *drumroooooool*

Joy!

I’ve seen what you can do on Flickr, so I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with for this challenge! (If you accept, of course. 🙂 )

Squid

P.S. Did anyone catch 6+10=16? I was wondering if I had gotten anyone trained yet, so I didn’t do a post.

The Truth is Unchanging

I hope that the reblog I posted last week made you really think about what you believe, and helped you see what you don’t. Today I’m going to repost one of my own blog posts from a while back, a poem.  This summed up what I believed and still do.  I hope you enjoy it and that it rings true in your heart.

Believed for so long
“Known” to be true.
Evolution from soup
Of me and you.

Creationists laughed at
But would you believe it?
Call it science?

Growing from soup
By process unknown.
Little to no proof,
Wait, hold the phone.

You want me to believe that?
I’m just an accident?
With the design I see
All around me?

I’m sorry, no I just can’t,
There is no evidence.
Design always spawns from a designer,
Of that I’m completely sure.

Does this beautiful world look accidental…
To you?
Perfect systems in place
To keep us all glued.

I think that they’re wrong,
That we’ve been lied to.
I believe there’s a God,
He loves me and you.

Instead of nature, creation
Purposeful and perfect
Made with a plan
But we ruined it.

Instead of our eternal happiness,
We disobeyed, and on us a curse was placed.
Death and troubles, separation from God.
Could this be the end?  No it was not.

A sacrifice for us,
Taking the penalty,
Death’s new victim,
Oh! No, it couldn’t be!

Jesus Christ, God’s only son
Loved immeasurably, loves us as one.
He took our punishment, the grave.
Overcoming death, he saves!

Oh glorious day!
The curse has been broken,
The shackles fall down,
So why does the world endlessly frown?

Because Jesus saves,
We owe a debt gladly paid,
Telling the world
That they can be changed!

But the debt is unappealing,
Bondage!  They say.
They can save themselves,
It’s “easier” that way.

But they don’t understand
The gravity of their plight.
Jesus Christ is the only way,
The only one who can save the day.

The God of the universe is calling you,
What will you answer, what will you do?
He alone is mighty to save,
For you he died, his soul he gave.

Will you let him?
Let him save you.
Throw down your pride,
Let him love you.

From Do You Believe? (written and published by me 10 months ago)

Tallahassee Trip: Day 1, Part 2

Welcome to part two of the first day of my trip!  Today we explore the amazing Florida Caverns!

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During our guided tour through the Florida Caverns, my dad and I expected to hear that they were the result of “millions of years”.  But surprisingly, we didn’t!  Not once!  The guide said, “A long time ago.”  That is true, because that can mean 6,000 years ago.  And, I overheard him talking to a couple on the tour and said something to the effect of, “If you believe what the geologists say…” which makes me think that maybe he didn’t believe in what the evolutionists tell him.  So that was cool.

These specific caves were discovered by the CCC under FDR’s New Deal program, and the young men who found them nick-named the different “rooms” and rock formations.  I’ll include the names that I remember with the pictures I took of them.

I can’t remember this one’s name, but I thought all the stalactites were cool-looking.

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This one is the Wedding Room.  Can you tell why?  Our guide said that a couple did actually get married in there. 🙂

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A tunnel that we did not crawl through…

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These are perfectly natural stalactites… 🙂  Actually, in between the lights is a dinner plate that the original miners would use to reflect the small amount of light from their lantern into the large room around them.  Cool idea, right?

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Because of the darkness I was shooting at very low shutter speeds, resulting in lots of blur if I wasn’t careful.  I wasn’t careful here, but I like the effect it produced.

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Our tour guide actually did have quite a distinctive southern accent to match the hat.

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There was one rock formation nick-named “Jabba the Hutt”, and it was either this or another one.  I’ll point out the other and you can decide which you think is most appropriate.

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This formation and others similar to it are formed of little tiny “micro-pools”.  They were very sparkly but I had a hard time capturing that with the settings I was at on my camera.

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Dad and I had some fun with the gaps between rooms.

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I would insert his picture here, but WordPress’ media library won’t let me.  So, sometime later, in another post perhaps.

I thought of the Maze Runner when I saw this one… does anyone agree?

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This is the other formation that might have been “Jabba the Hutt”.  Which one do think works best?

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This was a column, (when a stalagmite and stalactite meet, they’re called a column) but something happened underneath this cavern’s floor and the floor shifted, resulting in a fracture.

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These were called “curtains”.  Smaller ones are humorously called “cave bacon”. 🙂

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These were fuzzy, but not from mold or anything.  I should have asked why…

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The Winter Wonderland room I believe. Or maybe it was called that at one time but they changed it… I can’t remember.

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The red glow is not natural, it is from a spotlight.  There was a green one too.

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More micro pools.

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I tried to capture the water droplets on the stalactites.  Our guide said that the water was actually very clean, and drinkable, so we were free to try and catch some in our mouths.  I was more worried about my camera, truthfully, but I did try to catch a drop.  I didn’t position myself properly and missed the drop, but Dad got a picture of me attempting it.  Let’s see if WordPress will let me upload it… Nope!  Oh well, it was cool.

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We did see two little bats flying around, and I took a picture of the sign in the museum so I’d remember the name. 🙂  Eastern Pipistrelle Bat.

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So that was my experience 63-64 feet underground!  Next time you’ll see the lush forests and giant spiders of the Florida Caverns national park!

Squid

Our Moral Revolt

“Can that doctrine [evolution] be accepted as scientific when its author admits that we cannot apply it ‘without deterioration of the noblest part of our nature’?  On the contrary, civilization is measured by the moral revolt against the cruel doctrine developed by Darwin.”  -W. J. Bryan

William Jennings Bryan stood up against the teaching of evolution in public schools during the Scopes Trial.  The trial was a farce, but while studying it in history I wrote down a couple of his statements.  I think that I should have used this quote in our apologetics class’ mock debate, eh, Gabriel?  It would have been an interesting point to bring up while debating whether or not evolution was science or religion. 

Another thing to consider while on this topic:

Lester Frank Ward had said that the best way to control other people’s thinking is by excluding certain ideas from discussion in the public schools. (Method of exclusion)

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