Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Baraminology, Biological Classification & Definitions

I Think that my Previous Post (That is the One Just below this one) is One of my Absolute Favorites, yet it is Time to Move on.

In an Earlier Post, I Left this Link in Relation to the Change in the Definition of Species.  Actually, the Conservapedia (Species) says something Similar.  Let me Quote some of it for you.  The Bold Emphasis in all of the Below Quotes is Mine.

"Linnaeus, who introduced the classification system in the 18th century, originally intended 'species' to refer to the biblical creation 'kinds', but the modern definitions of species do not match the biblical kinds.  Despite this, many people, both Christians and evolutionists, believe that the idea of new species developing is inconsistent with the Bible.  However, creationary scientists accept that 'speciation' has been observed, although they deny that speciation can lead to the development of completely new features as predicted by evolutionists."

I Found a rather Interesting Statement in the Wikipedia, Under the Heading, Biological Classification (Wikipedia).  Here is the Quote...

"Modern biological classification has its root in the work of Carolus Linnaeus, who grouped species according to shared physical characteristics.  These groupings have since been revised to IMPROVE CONSISTENCY WITH THE DARWINIAN PRINCIPLE of common descent."

Don't you see?  That's just the Problem.  When ever the System and/or the Definitions are Revised, it is to Improve Consistency with Darwinism, not with the Idea of Evolutionary Limits Between Kinds.  The Whole Idea of Evolutionary Limits just Keeps being Pushed Aside, Mostly because that is not what the Atheists want to Believe.  The Definitions are just as Biased as the Science.

This is Why the Creationists have Created their Own Classification System Known as Baraminology.  The Word Baramin comes from Two Hebrew Words; Bara - Created and Min - Kind.

These Words in the Strong's Concordance are Spelled just a Little Differently, but they are the Same Words.  Min is Actually Spelled Miyn; Same Word; They just Simplified the Spelling.  The Literal Hebrew Meaning, from the Strong's Concordance is "to Portion Out, a Sort or Kind"

This Word is Found in Genesis 1:24, "And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind (Miyn), cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind (Miyn), and it was so.'" (KJV) 

Bara is Actually Spelled Bara' and it Corresponds to the Word in the Very First Verse in the Bible.

Gen 1:1 - "In the beginning God created (Bara') the heaven and the earth."

So there you have it Bara' Miyn; Created Kinds.  See the Conservapedia (Baraminology)  for a More Detailed Definition.  I'd Like to Quote Part of it for you, though.

"Based on the Biblical criterion for kinds, creationists deduce that as long as two creatures can hybridize with true fertilization, the two creatures are (i.e. descended from) the same kind.  Also, if two creatures can hybridize with the same third creature, they are all members of the same kind.  The hybridization criterion is a valid operational definition, which could in principle enable researchers to list all the kinds.  The implication is one-way—hybridization is evidence that they are the same kind, but it does not necessarily follow that if hybridization cannot occur then they are not members of the same kind (failure to hybridize could be due to degenerative mutations).  After all, there are couples who can’t have children, and we don’t classify them as a different species, let alone a different kind."

The Word  Degenerative (Mutations) is Key, for Darwinists Assume that Mutations Create Something New, yet they do not.  As Radar was Explaining, in Breeding, Genetic Information is not Progressive.  When we Breed a Certain Pure Breed Dog, we Loose Information, we do not Gain it.  In the Breeding of Samoyed's, for Example, all Genetic Information is Lost, Except for Long Hair, White and the other Characteristics of the Breed.  The Only Way to Get the Lost Information Back, is to Breed the Samoyed with some other Breed of Dog, yet even this is not the Adding of New Information, cause all the Genetic Information that is Present is Still Related to Dogs and there is Nothing New Added that will Move the Dog Information in the Direction of Cat, instead of Dog.  No New Information is Ever Added and this is why Evolution between Kinds is not Possible.

There is One More Word that I want to Define here and that is Macro-Evolution.  The Conservapedia (Macroevolution), Acknowledges that the Idea is just a Theory and Here's more of it Quoted Below...

"Macroevolution is the theory that natural selection, mutations, and genetic drift can, given enough time, lead to the creation of new clades, which are groups of organisms consisting of a single common ancestor and all the descendants of that ancestor."

Evolutionists will Call Something as Small as Speciation (in Accordance with their Biased Definition of Species) Macro-Evolution, yet what they are Actually Hoping to Prove is so Very Much Bigger than that, since they Believe that all Organisms Descended from the Same Ancestor, the Original being the Simplest Form of Bacteria.  This, however, is not what the Bible Says and  the Biblical Explanation has in no Way been Disproved, for The Actual Natural Selection and Evolution between Biblical Kinds has Never been Observed. 

When I Shared at Least some of this on a Comment Thread on Radar's Blog, One of the Commenters Mentioned that the Conservapedia is Biased, yet I get such a Kick Out of it when Liberals call what is Conservative Biased, but will not Acknowledge that their Sources are Biased as well.  The Wikipedia is no Less Biased than the Conservapedia.  The First Leans Liberal and the Second is more Conservative.  Besides, since Baraminology is a Conservative Idea, I thought it much Better to use a source that was Conservative, rather than a source that was Biased against the Idea.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Can you Loosen Orion's Belt?

Just as my Blog goes is Spurts and Phases, so also my Subject Matter goes in Phases as well.  Right Now, I'm on an Scientific, Christian Apologetics Phase, that is Mostly being Motivated by Radar's Blog.  I've Only Read a Few of his Posts, yet am also being Stimulated by Very Challenging and Intelligent Conversation in the Comment Section of some of those Posts.  The Most Recent of which is Just Over a Year Ago, I Introduced Ian Juby and Now it's Time to Add on...  Yeh, It's Long and the Comment Section is Long.  Just Read what you Want to and then Move on.

What I am Thinking about Today is Another of his Posts, Is the Bible Scientifically Correct?  Introducing Please Convince Me Dot Com.  This One is Excellent too and is Also Long, yet I'm going to Tell you Right now, which Parts of it I was the Most Impressed by.

This First Two Sections that I was Impressed by are "How is the Earth Seated in the Cosmos?" and  "Is the Universe Expanding?" and here are the Verses that were Quoted.

Job 26:7 -"He spreads out the northern [skies] over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing." and 
Isaiah 45:12 -"It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it.  My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts."

"I'm not sure what Translation was Used on this Post.  If you want to Read what was Said on the Post, than Click on the Is the Bible Scientifically Correct? Link.  My Very Brief Explanation is that the Above Verses Show how the Writer of Job and Isaiah seem to Know that the Earth was not held up by Anything and that the Universe was Expanding, even though the Bible was Written before such was Understood.

The Sections of that Post Under the Heading "Are There Valleys in the Seas?" and "Are There Springs and Fountains in the Sea?" are Excellent too.  The Part that Impressed me the Very Most, though, was the Section Entitled, "Is There Something Special About Pleiades, Orion and Arcturus?"  Now, that Section is Definitely Worth Repeating, so here it is below...

"If you’ve ever read the story of Job in the Bible, you are probably aware of the fact that Job was extremely wealthy and had a great family.  But, tragedy struck and he lost his wealth, his children and his wife.  To make matters worse, Job was reduced to excruciating pain, and was eventually covered with sores from head to toe.  All this was too much for Job, and he eventually accused the Lord of being unjust.  God didn’t answer Job’s accusation directly.  Instead, He began to ask Job a series of questions and one of these questions demonstrates perhaps the most amazing scientific truth in all of scripture;

"Job 38:31-32 - "Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?  Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?  or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?"

"Now God makes a statement about three stellar constellations, and as we examine these, we’ll see that science has only recently confirmed something that God told us a long time ago.  First, let’s take a look at what God says about Orion; 'Canst thou . . . loose the bands of Orion?'  God is talking specifically about the three stars that form the belt on the Orion constellation.  These three stars appeared to be fixed on our sky, rigidly aligned to form a relatively straight line.  Yet God asks Job, 'Hey do you think YOU can loosen this band?'  It’s as if He is saying, 'Well, I can buddy!'  It may seem as though the band of stars is fixed, but Garrett P. Serviss, the noted astronomer, wrote about the bands of Orion in his book 'Curiosities of the Sky'.  Today, this band consists of an almost perfectly straight line of second-magnitude stars that are equally spaced and very beautiful.  In the course of time, however, the two right-hand stars, Mintaka and Alnilam, will approach each other and form a naked-eye double; but the third, Alnitak, will drift away eastward so that the band will no longer exist.  In other words, one star is traveling in a certain direction at a certain speed, a second one is traveling in a different direction at a second speed, and the third one is going in a third direction and at a still different speed.  As a matter of fact, every star in Orion is traveling its own course, independent of all the others.  As time passes, this band of stars will indeed be loosened, just as God told Job.

Orion (Loosen his Belt)

"But now let’s take a look at the Pleiades Constellation.  Look at what God says: 'Canst thou bind the sweet influence of the Pleiades . . . ?'  God seems to be challenging Job in exactly the opposite manner from what he said about Orion!  It’s as if He is saying, 'Hey, Job, you think you can keep Pleiades together?  Well, I can!'  As it turns out, the seven stars of the Pleiades are in reality a grouping of 250 suns.  And photographs now reveal, that 250 blazing suns in this group are all traveling together in one common direction.  Isabel Lewis of the United States Naval Observatory (quoted in Phillip L. Knox’, 'Wonder Worlds') tells us that astronomers have identified 250 stars as actual members of this group, all sharing a common motion and drifting through space in the same direction.  Lewis says they are 'journeying onward together through the immensity of space.'  Dr. Robert J. Trumpler (quoted in the same book) says that over 25,000 individual measures of the Pleiades stars are now available, And these measurements confirm that the whole cluster is moving in a southeasterly direction.  The Pleiades stars are kind of like a swarm of birds, flying together to a distant goal.  Sounds a lot like what God described in the Book of Job!  'Hey Job, can you bind Pleiades together?  I did!'

Pleiades (Bound Together)

"Finally, let’s take a look at Arcturus.  Remember what God said about this constellation: 'Canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?'  Once again, God seems to be challenging Job here.  'Hey, Job, you think you can direct Arcturus anywhere you want?  Well, I can!'  Arcturus may look like it is fixed in the sky, but Garrett P. Serviss wrote that Arcturus is one of the greatest suns in the universe, and it is a runaway star whose speed of flight is about 257 miles per second.  Arcturus, according to astronomers, is thousands of times more massive than our sun, which is traveling only 12 ½ miles a second!  Charles Burckhalter, of the Chabot Observatory, (again quoted in 'Wonder Worlds') says that Arcturus’ high velocity places it in that very small class of stars that apparently are a law unto themselves.  Arcturus is a runaway.  The combined attraction of all the stars we know cannot stop him or even turn him in his path.

Arcturus (The Run Away Star)

When Mr. Burckhalter was directed to the Book of Job, he studied it in the light of modern discovery and made a statement that has attracted worldwide attention: 

“The study of the Book of Job and its comparison with the latest scientific discoveries has brought me to the matured conviction that the Bible is an inspired book and was written by the One who made the stars.”

"These scientific facts recorded in the book of Job concerning the Pleiades, Orion and Arcturus constellations anticipated scientific discovery by nearly 3,000 years.  Scientists only discovered these startling facts in the Twentieth Century, yet they were recorded in the book of Job nearly 3000 years ago.  Twentieth Century science has proven God’s Word, the Bible, is true."

When I Read this, I couldn't Help but to be Amazed.  I Kept Thinking About it until I Realized that I was Going to have to Repeat it in a Post.  The Credit for this Article does not just go to Radar, though, for Finding it and Posting it, but Also to the Original Source, Please Convince Me.com.