Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What Shrimp and Stars Have In Common



The fruitless quest for transitional fossils is the ongoing desperation of biased paleontology. Science remains in unconfessed, hot pursuit of fossils that are hybrids of two different species (whales with feet for example), because in Darwin’s own words, the fossil record should be littered with them: “Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links?” Aside from easily answering Darwin’s question, his own quote highlights science’s present desperation. If they could just find fossils that bridge two species, that might be proof of ancestry between those otherwise unrelated species. And, the present lack of such fossils is terribly inconvenient. But, even if they could find such fossils, is their assumption about common traits being proof of ancestry, reasonable? If common traits is proof of ancestry, what about common traits elsewhere in the universe? And, what about species that have traits that are shared with no other species?

A great example of the latter is the “snapping shrimp.” They are otherwise known as pistol shrimp (Alpheidae). Snapping shrimp are one of the loudest animals in the sea and certainly the hottest. When it snaps its special claw it produces a sound that can reach 218 decibels, a sound that produces pressure sufficient to kill a small fish. By the way, 218 decibels exceeds the sound of the Battleship New Jersey firing all 9 sixteen inch guns at the same time. In addition, the bubble that their snap creates can reach temperatures of over 4,700 degrees Celsius (8,500 degrees Fahrenheit). By comparison, the surface temperature of the Sun is estimated to be around 5,500 degrees Celsius. Why can’t we find this shrimp’s unique traits anywhere else in the animal kingdom both today and in the fossil record? And, is there anywhere else in the observable universe that we see such traits in common?

Before, we answer those questions, let’s pose some more that also demand answers. Can such an amazing design displayed in snapping shrimp ever arise from random non-intelligence? Have we ever observed a mutation that could result in what the snapping shrimp is able to demonstrate? With all of our human intelligence, we are unable to engineer a synthetic claw that can produce similar results. But, we are led to believe that this is possible by random chance with zero intelligence applied. In science, the possibility of something occurring should be governed with the highest level of evidence – observation. Has our observations been allowed to govern such wild claims? Are non-intelligent random forces more capable than actual advanced intelligence? Where is the proof of any of these wild assertions? Or, is Darwin’s appeal one of ignorance?

As Christians, we should not be surprised by animals that perform such amazing feats. Even Job 41 reminds us of Leviathan, a sea-dwelling dinosaur that snorted fire. In fact, these feats by animals speak to God’s amazing glory. Job 12:7-10 says, “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”

Not only do the “heavens declare the glory of God,” but the rest of His creation declares it as well. It’s individual glory aside, there is something else that the snapping shrimp shares in common with other things in nature. When you examine the snapping shrimp, you see the evidence of the One who also designed our Sun, a burning star about 109 times the size of our Earth. We observe a simpler and less intelligent creature than ourselves possessing the skill to mimic the mind-boggling heat of a massive star. As earthly creatures successfully mimic heavenly bodies, we are reminded of their common thread. That thread is not unobserved random chance. Their common thread is Godly intelligence. And, the snapping shrimp and our Sun share common traits. Using Darwin’s twisted logic, they must be related. Here is where we might agree but for different reason. They are related by virtue of their common Creator.

It is the truly ignorant who choose to ignore the obvious. And, it is evil for those who are ignorant to lead others to such a similar misfortune. Be encouraged as you observe the amazing design in the world with which our God surrounds us all.

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