Sunday, September 30, 2012

#21 DNA

Every living thing has DNA in its cells. We can’t talk about life without talking about DNA, the “blueprint” of life. Differences in the DNA will determine what type of plant or animal emerges. I’m sure you know a little about it already.

You have about 100 trillion cells in your body and all of them contain DNA except red blood cells. If you laid the DNA from one cell end to end it would stretch about six feet, but would only be about 50 trillionths of an inch wide. Laying out all your DNA, it would reach to the sun and back about 600 times. (6’ x 100 trillion divided by a round trip of 184 million miles). Put another way, it would span the diameter of the Solar System.

If you started typing 60 words per minute for 8 hours a day, it would take you around 50 years to type out the DNA sequence in one of your cells.

DNA is so amazing, there are probably enough facts about DNA alone that I could put together 101 Proofs for God just using DNA.

DNA does almost everything. It sets the patterns for all your proteins. Patterns in your DNA are used for producing the RNA which is then used by ribosomes in your bone marrow to produce hemoglobin. Every second the ribosomes make 100 trillion molecules of hemoglobin. (Can you even believe that?) Hemoglobin carries oxygen to your brain, muscles, and all your cells. Without it, you die.

Humans have 46 chromosomes of genetic material in their cells consisting of 23 pairs. Sections of genetic code on the chromosomes are called genes. We have an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 genes. Each gene is made up of segments of DNA that are about 10,000 to 15,000 base pairs. A “base pair” is like one of the rungs on the “ladder” in the DNA. The genes are the areas of the chromosomes that are passed from parent to child and contain the hereditary information which gives you characteristics like your parents.

The human genome (the exact DNA sequence in a human) consists of about 3 billion base pairs and almost every cell of your body has a complete set. The amount of data in one cell would fill 1,000 volumes of an encyclopedia.

Every time a cell divides the DNA goes through self-replication using cellular protein processes that act like machinery. It makes a complete duplicate of itself, accurately copying the 3 billion base pair genome. Astoundingly impressive! Astronomically impossible to happen accidentally. Your body produces about one billion new cells every hour.

This duplication has just one exception. That is when making a sperm or egg cell. That process requires ending up with only half the DNA makeup. A man’s body makes 1,500 sperm cells per second.

But DNA is not only reproducing itself fantastically fast, it is also helping make every type of protein that is necessary for your life. This is serious multi-tasking.

Watch this 7 minute YouTube video to see an animation of several of the functions of DNA. Astounding mechanical and bio-chemical complexity is taking place. Here is a quote from the video: The DNA is an “assembly line of amazing miniature bio-chemical machines that pull apart the double helix of DNA and crank out a copy of each strand.”

Here is another video (2:36 minutes) that might help in understanding the very complex replicating process:

Certainly lots more will be discovered about DNA and the human genome, but from what we already know, it is mind boggling in its complexity. There is no entity in the known universe that stores AND processes more information MORE efficiently than the DNA molecule. That some scientists continually exclude any possibility of an invisible hand of God that started the DNA processes is unfathonable. To insist that science must remain godless in the face of all evidence to the contrary is absurd.

Science proves there must be God.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

#20 GPS and Monarchs

Most people are familiar with devices in your car or Smartphone that are called GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) systems and they guide you over short or long distances to exactly your destination.

If you do any research on GPS, you will learn what a modern-day miracle of technology they are.

First you have to have the 31 communication satellites up in orbit circling around the earth. Each one is emitting a signal telling the time and it's location. Your GPS device has to be able to pick up at least 4 satellites in order to be able to work for positioning. There is a computer inside the GPS that uses the broadcast information to calculate exactly where you are.

Pretty amazing when you think of all the intelligence and development of science, math, and technology to put those satellites in orbit and in creating the GPS devices themselves.

And the purpose is to create a guidance system in order to give directions to get you where you want to go.

Is it possible for such a sophisticated guidance system to come about randomly without purposeful application of intelligence? Not likely.

Let me tell you about a guidance system even more sophisticated and miraculous. It's the story of the Monarch butterfly.

The normal Monarch butterfly that lives in the spring or summer will only live for two to four weeks. They will mate, lay eggs, and die in that time. However, the generation of Monarchs that are born in late August, unlike their parents and grandparents will live for nine months. Scientists do not know why.

Their desire to mate is turned off and they stock up on nectar and water and begin an incredible flight. They start off in Canada or the northern United States and will fly between 2,500 to 3,500 miles using some type of "GPS" system.

They fly all the way back to the same area and maybe the same tree in Mexico where their ancesters started out. 300 million Monarchs coverge from all over North America on the exact same 12 locations in Mexico.

After going into semi-hibernation for the winter, they start the long flight back north. But now their mating instincts are turned back on. They mate, lay eggs, and soon die.

The eggs hatch out caterpillars that eat, make cocoons, emerge as butterflies and continue the flight north, mate, lay eggs, and die. This generation lives only two to four weeks. One, two, maybe three generations live, reproduce, and die. Then comes late August and the whole thing starts over again with a generation that lives for nine months. This is called the Methusela generation and flies all the way back to Mexico to their ancestral home.

This generation has never been to that spot in Mexico where their "GPS" takes them. Neither were their parents there or their grandparents. How's that for an incredible GPS system!

Each generation included caterpillars that spun cocoons, turned into mush, and reconstituted that mush into a butterfly with that GPS system intact in order to get the Methusela generation back to "home".

Scientists don't have any idea yet of how that system works. What does it use for "satellites" for  points of reference for guidance? It's obviously more of a miracle of intelligence than the manmade GPS. Only a super intelligence could have designed Monarch butterflies.

Also note how big the GPS in the Monarch is. The brain of a Monarch is about the size of a few grains of sand.

There must be a God.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

#19 Butterflies and Metamorphosis

I think we are all familiar with caterpillars and butterflies.

There are over 20,000 known species of butterflies all over the world.

We know that caterpillars go into a cocoon, turn into mush, and then emerge two weeks later as a butterfly. You may have even watched one in school.

This process is called metamorphosis. There is an incredible and fascinating DVD out by the same name. 

The DVD shows an animation in great detail of what happens inside the cocoon. Based on MRI research that takes "pictures" of 200 slices of a cocoon, they know which parts of the caterpillar dissolve completely and which parts morph into various parts of a butterfly. The processes under evolution theory cannot explain what happens.

The caterpillar and the butterfly are exactly the same being, just at different stages. BUT only the butterfly can reproduce, not the caterpillar.

The caterpillar goes into a cocoon and through the process of metamorphosis becomes a butterfly. In this process totally new structures are built from the dissolved cells of the caterpillar. Some of the new structures are (1) reproductive organs, (2) a compound eye that can see a larger range of colors than the human eye, (3) a probosis, a feeding tube which emerges from the cocoon in two halves and is seamed together, (4) six articulated legs that have sensors that can detect a mate or "host" plant over a mile away, (5) two tenticles, (6) wings with veins and scales and all the muscles needed for flight.

One scientist said they don't even know 1/1000th of what goes on in the tiny butterfly brain.

The Theory of Evolution has no mechanism that can explain metamorphosis. Those very few who attempt it are making what I call faith statements. Basically they are saying, "We haven't found the evolutionary process yet, but it's out there. Just give us more time." The processes in evolution are random mutation, natural selection, survival of the fittest, and not much else. There is no known process for this type of sudden and dramatic change in the life of a single individual being.

Here is an interesting analogy which is a very much simplified example. Metamorphosis is much more complicated. Say a Model T Ford is driving along and then it stops. Then part of the engine cover grows to become a garage that completely covers the car. Inside of the garage the car ALL BY ITSELF without any intelligence added takes itself apart, changes the parts into other parts, and reassembles a new vehicle. Two weeks later out comes a helicopter.

If you do a search on the topic "evolution and metamorphosis", there are relatively a very few entries and there is no clear scientific research. You'll find words like "cannot explain". You might find some die hard evolutionist believers claiming that scientists just need more time. There are also some proposed changes to standard evolution that are suggested, such as "sudden" evolution. But, with those types of changes you don't have evolution any more. You can't keep changing the definition. A theory has to be a statement that can be proven or disproven. It can't be a moving target.

The Theory of Evolution is just based on faith. It's faith in an unproven and unprovable theory that is changeable all the time. Being changeable makes it untestable. And that makes it a worthless theory.

When a caterpillar goes into a cocoon and starts to turn into mostly mush, there must be some direction ALREADY built into the process or there could never emerge a perfectly formed butterfly out the other side. After that first caterpillar turned to mush, he had to get it exactly perfect coming out as a butterfly THE VERY FIRST TIME or else there would be no more caterpillars reproduced whatsoever.

No caterpillar can reproduce, so it is impossible for evolution to work its "magic". The Theory of Evolution requires myriad changes over long time periods by many, many generations of individuals. You CANNOT have evolution in one definition. The idea that caterpillars could have "evolved" that way is nonsense.

There must be a God.