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Tails up all those who think we’re related to chimps, or descended from ape-like creatures. No monkeying around now…

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Despite all the propaganda and speculation foisted onto me at school and through television I have never for a moment believed that I was descended from ape-like creatures. As a kid I wondered why pre-humans would shed all their ape-like fir and then shiver in the cold and start making clothes. I must admit though, that sometimes I can’t help appreciating why some people believe they have ape in their ancestry…

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Here are a few related tails tales. This post is an edit of something I wrote four years ago, and which I thought deserved another airing.

ONE

At a creation seminar I attended, given by ex-evolutionist Dr. Tommy Morton, the audience was shown part of a PBS (equivalent and sister to BBC TV) “Nova” special on Lucy, one of the alleged evolutionary links between an ape-like creature and humans. For us all to see and hear, Nova’s narrator explained how scientists had decided that when fossilized, the hip had somehow been fused in the “wrong” position, so that the remains made the animal look like it walked too much like an ape, and not much like the link they believed it to be. So, in front of the camera, the scientist cut the joint and fixed it in the position he believed it was originally, and hey presto…it’s a genuine missing link, touted and promoted by public television for millions to see! Don’t think for a minute that this type of scientific “research” is rare…

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A few years ago I played escort for a party of people on a trip to the “Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute” at Central Washington University. The institute’s website makes the claim that chimps living there have “acquired the signs of American Sign Language (ASL), and use those signs in conversations with each other and their human companions”. This “accomplishment” apparently has resulted “in a better understanding of ourselves, as well as our place and role in nature”. The site also refers to the chimps as “our fellow apes” (hey-speak for yourself and count me out!)

I can remember seeing the first chimp to “acquire a human language”, on TV in the UK. Her name was “Washoe”, born in 1965. Washoe was the matriarch of the CHCI family at CWU. Even at the age of twelve it seemed to me that there was something not quite right about the link they were making between us and the chimp’s mimicking of gestures.

Anyway, when my party and I arrived at the institute, and before being allowed to see any of the chimps, we were given strict instructions on how to behave in front of them. We were told to stoop and not to stand erect, in a gesture of peace and deference.  We were given one or two simple hand signs in order to have some basic communication with them. And we were told not to reveal our teeth: a toothy smile was a serious no-no, as this is a sign of aggression to chimps (wait a moment – I thought they were supposed to be becoming more like us, not us more like them!)

Once inside the enclosure, we were all extremely relieved to bear in mind that there was a thick, shatterproof glass wall between us and those rather large chimps, because with one accord they decided that instead of having a nice chat about the weather, or the latest football scores or stock market report, they were going to make us jump out of our skins by charging at the glass and hammering on it with all their might. The glass boomed… everyone gasped and jumped back, then after a few seconds laughed nervously, realizing and hoping that that glass barrier would keep us apart from animals which were capable of ripping our limbs off.

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THREE

In 2002, researchers at Plymouth University in England were so inspired by the belief that a million monkeys poking away at typewriters for a million years would generate the entire works of Shakespeare, that they decided to go at least some way towards proving it. They left a computer in a cage with six macaque monkeys at Paignton Zoo for a month.

The best that could be said about the following achievements of the monkeys is that they had a very effective stint at typing S’s – pages of them. However, rather than sitting down to get to work on a literary masterpiece, the lead male decided to “bash the hell” out of the keyboard with a rock, as one researcher put it. The male and the other five also took great pleasure in urinating and defecating on it.

As Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt remarked,

“Even the simplest English sentence of the “See Spot run” type is beyond the capabilities of real monkeys, no matter how long you give them” 1

FOUR

As far back as the 1960’s, there were a number of individual not involved in scientific research, who had independently arrived at the conclusion that they were indeed close relatives of chimpanzees. In fact, they were so sure of it that they formed an association to affirm their heritage, aptly named “The Monkees”. Before long they had written an anthem to celebrate their shared beliefs and characteristics:

Hey!

Hey!

We ARE the monkeys!

People say we monkey around,

But we’re too busy singing

To put anybody down!

We’re only trying to be friendly…!” (2).

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FIVE

The research on this topic has progressed since I wrote the summarized info below four years ago. Please see note 7 for a link to a 2017 update. This is slightly technical: sorry about that.

For several years now we’ve been told there is conclusive evidence that human and chimp DNA is 95 to 99 percent similar. The evolutionary concept is that apes, particularly chimpanzees and humans, descended from a common ancestor.

In the “chromosome 2 fusion  model”, researchers claimed that two small chimpanzee chromosomes fused at some time in the not so distant past, forming one large stable chromosome, which is “why” the great apes have 24 chromosomes and humans have 23. The evidence that led them to make this conclusion was that there was a cluster of “telomere” sequences in the middle of human chromosome 2. Since telomeres were originally considered to be only at the ends of chromosomes, and that they serve only as a kind of “cap” on the chromosome, researchers concluded that this cluster was evidence for the fusion model.

At the Institute for Creation Research, Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins, with a PH. D. in genetics, and Dr. Jerry Bergman, a professor at Northwest State College in Ohio, have been following the secular research and resulting claims closely, and have carried out extensive studies of their own from the standpoint of the creationist. In 2011 they reported that they had found that telomeres are not unique structures only present at chromosome ends, but that there are in fact many telomeres, telomere clusters, and telomere repeats throughout the genome, often within internal regions of human chromosomes (3).

In 2012 Tomkins and Bergman authored reports in the Journal of Creation on the human-chimp DNA question. The first reviewed relevant secular science literature. Their own analysis detailed many differences in genomic DNA, gene regulation, regulatory DNA features, micro DNA code and gene splicing.

The second paper examined secular research methods and discarded data. It concluded that:

“All analyzed cases of reported human-chimp DNA sequence similarity is based on biased data selection and exclusion techniques. DNA sequence data that is too dissimilar to be conveniently aligned are omitted, masked, or completely excluded. Furthermore, gap data within DNA sequence alignments are typically omitted, further biasing similarity estimates”

The report continues:

“These highly selective data-discarding techniques, fueled by Darwinian dogma, lead to the commonly claimed 98 percent similarity between human and chimp”

The authors concluded at that time from their own analysis that the two are not more than 81-87 percent similar (4).

In January of 2013, Dr. Tomkins wrote a report titled “Epigenetics Proves Human and Chimp are Different”.

Epigenetics is the study of how DNA has been modified in such a way that its chemistry has changed, but not the actual base pairs that make up the genetic code of the sequence. Recent studies have shown dramatic differences in human and chimps in regard to epigenetics, particularly in a process known as “methylation”. This difference is recognized by secular researchers (5).

In February of 2013, Tomkins’ article, “Chromosome Comparison Shows More Chimp-human Differences”, discussed ICR’s ongoing research. Tomkins wrote:

“For the primary chimp chromosomes (autosomes), the amount of optimally aligned DNA sequence provided similarities between 66 and 76 percent, depending on the chromosome…”

Continuing, Tomkins noted that only 69 percent of the chimpanzee X chromosome and only 43 percent of the Y chromosome were similar to human DNA. His conclusion:

“These results illustrate the genetic and biblical fact that humans are not just another primate, but are uniquely created in the image of God” (6).

This Bible passage comes naturally to mind, in which major signs of the decline of a civilization are outlined:

“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised, Amen” (Romans chapter 1, especially verses 22, 25).

NOTES

1 Benjamin Wiker & Jonathan Witt: “A Meaningful World” (Pub. Inter Varsity Press, Downers Grove, Ill., copyright 2006 by authors) pg. 32.

2 The Monkees: “Hey-hey we’re the Monkees” (written by Tommy Boyce& Bobby Hart)

3 “Acts and Facts”, a monthly publication of the “Institute for Creation Research”, Dallas Texas, (www.icr.org) May, June and November 2011 copies

4 “Acts and Facts”, June 2012

5 “Acts and Facts”, January 2013

6 “Acts and Facts”, February 2013

7 http://www.icr.org/article/dna-variation-widens-human-chimp-chasm/

ICR gives you a free subscription to Act and Fact – a great creationist magazine:

http://www.icr.org/icr-magazines/

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Here’s an interesting little sequel to my last post,”Fossils and the wrong key”, in which I noted that stories of dinosaurs wandering into swamps, lakes, bogs, rivers, tar pits and so on abound, because dinosaur fossils and bones are found in sediments where they had to be buried rapidly.800px-Triassic_Utah

Evolutionists strictly enforce their “no divinity” rule and look for any other explanation than the Biblical one, which is that a world-wide flood rearranged the surface of the earth and killed almost all life.

Frank Sherwin with Institute for Creation Research recently published an article* on a fossil find in Canada, which included a nodosaur in spectacular condition.

Nodosaurs were tank-like dinosaurs, similar to ankylosaurs, covered with spiky scales. Miner Sawn Funk found one in 2011 in Alberta’s Millennium Mine, in such good condition that it looks like a statue. It even had skin remnants on its face and toe pads. How does that happen after 65+ million years?

The sedimentary layers at the mine where the nodosaur was unearthed also contain plenty of plesiosaurs. How did creatures from land and sea environments get mixed together and buried in the same sediments? According to the official story, a flood filled a riverbed and swept the dead nodosaur out to sea. It sank to the sea floor and minerals quickly penetrated its skin and armor, “ensuring that the dead nodosaur would keep its true-to-life form as eons’ worth of rock piled atop it”.

Or perhaps it got buried in the Biblical Flood, along with the plesiosaurs, all of which were swept together and buried in sediment-laden waters.

* http://www.icr.org/article/10011/

If anyone really wanted to see evidence in favor of the Bible, they would have a fantastic opportunity in the fossil record…

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I’ve written posts before about the fate of the dinosaurs (note 1). Dinosaurs, we’re told, frequently “wandered into swamps” or bogs or tar pits, or fell into rivers or lakes, or got swept up in a tsunami or a giant storm and buried…rather like we don’t see herds of animals being swept up and buried deep down during the current “monster” hurricane season. As an example, take a look at this “Live Science” web page, which describes a huge mass-fossil graveyard, caused by…a flood. The picture (you know-an “artist’s impression”) is most revealing, and the report tells us that:

Scientists have revealed what may be the world’s largest dinosaur graveyard. The dinosaurs may have been part of a mass die-off resulting from a monster storm, comparable to today’s hurricanes, which struck what was then a coastal area (note 2).

Evolutionists have had to assume that dinosaurs wandered or fell into a whole range of watery, sandy or muddy graves or got buried in a freak storm, because these animals would not fossilize well at all-if at all-if they just died on the surface under normal conditions. There are millions of fossils around the world of creatures who were buried suddenly in sediment, but God forbid (I’m sorry, Darwin forbid) that we should invoke the Biblical Flood, in which almost all life on the earth perished in a catastrophe which included geological upheaval.

At school I, along with many others in past decades, was taught the “proven fact” that in the study of earth history “the present is the key to the past”, meaning that the processes we see taking place all around us: slow erosion of river beds, the movement of the continental plates by inches every year, and so on, have always been happening at the same rate as they do now. This is why we “know” it took many millions of years for the Grand Canyon to form, for example. Traditional belief in the Biblical Flood was abandoned with the theories of Lyell, Darwin and others.

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I was also told that fossils demonstrate the evolutionary “tree” of evolution. I’ve discovered from visits to such places as the Natural History Museum in London, and the work of dissenting scientists, that there is no such evidence, just dogma and artists impressions.

More recently in the field of geology scientists have had to face up to the evidence that there have been huge catastrophic events in earth’s history which have changed its surface and its life in very short periods of time. In a new layman’s level article on the subject published by Institute for Creation Research, Frank Sherwin reports:

Secular geologists hypothesize five major mass extinctions in Earth history and maintain the most catastrophic of these happened nearly 252 million years ago. This Permian extinction, or Great Dying, supposedly resulted in the loss of 70 percent of land species and 95 percent of marine species (note 3).

How did fossils of marine life end up on top of Mt Everest and other mountain ranges? How did mass fossil graveyards of many kinds of animals occur? How did entire herds of dinosaurs get suddenly buried together in muddy graves? How did schools of whales get transported to inland deserts? The evolutionist has an explanation for each one, of course, carefully and diligently attempting to omit anything remotely Biblical, but in truth sounding more Biblical all the time, as seen in the “Live Science” report.

The Bible-believer and seeker can read the early chapters of Genesis with great confidence, knowing that there’s been a logical and inspiring explanation for all the fossil and geological evidence, all through the ages.

NOTES

1: https://nickyfisher.com/2014/08/09/the-real-reason-dinosaurs-became-extinct/

2: https://www.livescience.com/8340-world-largest-dinosaur-graveyard-linked-mass-death.html

3: http://www.icr.org/article/10196

Can you call yourself a Christian if you vote “left”, or “right”?

Since the nineteenth century some socialists in the West have claimed that they are the real Christians in society, while in contrast anyone who doesn’t agree with them politically is self-seeking and doesn’t deserve to be called “Christian”. If you vote on the “right” you’re obviously greedy and don’t care about the poor-you only care about yourself. Currently it seems to me that those on the political far-left have all but abandoned any association with the Faith in favor of either atheism, secularism, plurality or the god of Islam. But still, to them being a real Christian is all about people-usually someone else- parting with their money to correct inequality.USCurrency_Federal_Reserve

My dad was the most godly man I’ve ever known, and the most generous. He lived in humility and holiness as much as any man does, and he considered himself a socialist. He felt that way because when he was a child the people who did all the hard physical graft-including his own dad-were paid little and worked long hours, receiving little respect from their employers, and socialism promised to fix that problem. I don’t think he realized that all self-respecting socialist societies, particularly at the time he was raised, were based on atheism, naturalism and secularism.

But given his life as an example, I don’t doubt that a socialist who may be wrong about a few Biblical doctrines as he was can also be a real Christian in the original, true sense-and a good one. The term “Christian” (“Christ-one”) was intended for those who were believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel being about repentance from sin, and faith in Christ’s sacrificial life, death and resurrection.

God doesn’t “vote” left or right, but by his own standards. Those standards-or many of them-may or may not be followed by people on the left or the right. However, Socialism-solidly and often extremely “left” of center (if there is such a thing as “center”) is predominantly atheistic or at least simply secular. We can see this in the present-day use of the Constitution’s “establishment” clause as a weapon against expressions of faith, when the clause was clearly intended to protect the free exercise of religion-all religion-without the ability of the government to establish and impose one on its people. Socialism is often, as prescribed by Marx himself in his communist “Manifesto”, established or promoted by violent rebellion or the threat of it, whereas the gospel is about love of all men-rich or poor-and obedience to established authority as far as it’s godly. See my post on the birth and aims of socialism:

https://nickyfisher.com/2012/06/09/war-religion-and-atheism-part-2-marx-and-engels/

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Socialism is opposed to the Church and to the traditional, Biblical family. Many on the “right” of the political spectrum are on the right not because they’re greedy (and greed is not confined to the “right”-there are billionaire and millionaire socialists-even in politics) but because they see the extreme “left” to be at war against Christian social values and principles.

Socialism is fundamentally opposed to freedom of enterprise, conscience and thought, and attempts to shape all minds into its mold, most particularly now through indoctrination in education.

The difference between socialist and Christian giving is clearly seen in the book of Acts-sometimes used erroneously as a selling point for socialism. In chapter two we read that:

“…all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as anyone had need” (Acts 2:44-45).

There are three important things to see in this passage. First, there’s no doubt that the first Church-age believers really were generous. Secondly, however, they were generous towards each other, not to the state’s coffers. Thirdly and most importantly, the giving and distribution was voluntary.

The difference between socialist redistribution of wealth and real, original Christianity is that socialism demands and extracts money from you in the form of high taxes, and distributes it as the ruling elite decides. Sometimes it’s allocated to anything but Christian causes, such as abortion or sex-changes. Socialism takes your money by “law” whether you want to part with it or not, and whether you can afford it or not: Christian giving is willing, voluntary, joyful, generous giving from the heart, and from wealth that you have earned from your own hard work and enterprise.

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