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Friday, February 18, 2011

The Creation Couple(s) - Happy Birthday, Baby!

Today is my wife's birthday.  She is still younger than me, ha ha, and will never catch up! 




Debbie, I am still smitten with you like a teenager in love!!!

She and I are wonderfully happy and we are both people who believed in evolution as children and even young adults.   We both became born-again Christians as adults and then we were introduced to the idea that the Bible was accurate from beginning to end.   We both separately began to study the scientific evidence for evolution and creation and soon realized that evolution was propped up by a series of falsehoods and suppositions rather than facts.   We both found that Darwinism is all talk and no walk, it is only hypothetical in nature and when push comes to shove it doesn't make sense in the light of modern scientific dicoveries.  That is why most Darwinists seek to get people to look at the corners and edges of the discussion, because there is no center to consider.   Naturalistic Materialism cannot account for existence or information or life or design, so why consider their cries to discuss "no young isotopes" when the very question is tilted.  The real question would be "Are there no young isotopes?"

When Debbie and I met, we realized that we were a fantastic match in many ways.   I needed an intelligent Bible-brain to be able to discuss the finer points of the Christian faith and Debbie is absolutely that!  I needed a creative soul as a partner and she is a gifted artist.   She was looking for someone who understood both the Bible and science and was also a political science enthusiast and that was me.   We actually met on an online Christian dating site, Christian Cafe, and so we passed emails and then phone calls for awhile before we actually met.  By the time we met we already liked each other so the friendship part was already settled.  But meeting in person we immediately discovered the romantic side was there, too.   So we began dating in late summer and got married before the year was through.

I had a kind of quiz I sent out to prospective mates that included this:

How do you feel about dogs?
  • I love dogs, they are awesome!
  • I like dogs.
  • Dogs are okay, I guess.
  • I really don't care for them.
  • Get that hairy beast away from me!!!
Debbie picked the first one.   We have had at least two dogs since the day we married.   I figured that I wouldn't marry anyone who didn't at least like dogs and didn't appreciate "It's a Wonderful Life" even if they had seen it ten times.   Debbie loves animals (we have a bird and two fish tanks, too) and we put out bird feeders all year long as well.  Our willow tree in the back yard was planted only seven years ago and it is already taller than the house and it serves as a gathering spot for birds.  Earlier this week it was suddenly filled with Robins even with two feet of snow on the ground.  How did they know?  A big melt was coming, and now most of the snow is gone and Robins are back early.  It may have been a cold and snowy winter but the birds know when the weather will be right for them to return.   

We love each other and we are best friends.   She is my dream girl!  The best thing I can pray for my kids is that, when they marry, they have a relationship as close as ours.   We pray for our married children to get there and we pray for our unmarried children that they will find their match when the timing is right.       

Debbie and her 1959 birthday cake


My wife is creative, loving, a gifted artist, incredibly cute, caring, a great cook, very smart, something of an expert on government and political science, a Bible brain who tries to live according to God's will, great with animals, a terrific mother loved by all the kids, a wonderful friend, and all things considered she and I put together make a great Creation Couple.  We know the Bible, we understand the science and we live accordingly.  

Only God knows me better than my wife.   She laughs at a lot of the comments and sometimes she even makes a comment or two herself.  Some of you have no shame, really, "Stockholm Syndrome?!"  Wow.  I guess desperation can make people say incredible things?   Anyway, I love my wife so much and she is my gift from God.   Happy Birthday, sweetheart!!!!

Below is a short post about another couple who could go by the title of...

The Creation Couple

Whether challenging secularists on creation or abortion, this dynamic duo packs a powerful punch

Summary

Don Batten and Jonathan Sarfati interview husband and wife Dr Stephen Grocott and Dr Dianne Grocott. Stephen is a leading international research scientist in industrial chemistry, currently with a major firm in Queensland, Australia. Dianne is a qualified medical practitioner and psychiatrist. They have spoken on several occasions for Creation Ministries International. Whether challenging secularists on creation or abortion, this dynamic duo packs a powerful punch.

Interviewing two people at once was a new one for us, but it helped to have known Stephen and Dianne for some time. They shared how they each converted to Christ in their early thirties.

Dianne: ‘I was brought up in the church. I went to an Anglican girls’ school, where I sang hymns to the Creator at assembly, and learnt about evolution in the science lab, so at 15 I thought, “God is irrelevant; I’ll have to look after myself.” That ended any sort of Christian thing for me for a long time. To have some purpose in life I studied medicine—to help people. Then I trained in psychiatry because there people were looked at as more of a whole person. But psychiatry didn’t have the answers either. We were taught “the truth” according to Freud, Jung, the Behaviourists, and so on. But they contradicted each other. You picked one that you liked and believed that as “truth”, but it did not solve people’s real problems. People would confess to us bad things they had done, and then we’d let them decide whether it was all right to continue doing them. I realized that I was like a priest, and it scared me. I tried all sorts of spiritual disciplines, but didn’t find the truth until some Christian friends invited us to a meeting. I responded to an invitation to follow Christ.’


The Grocott family-Stephen, Patrick (6 weeks old), Rebekah (4), Dianne and Jeremy (7).
Stephen: ‘I grew up believing that we came from the apes. I didn’t have a Christian upbringing but when I was about 15, I went to a Baptist youth group for about a year, primarily to play table tennis. I remember thinking, “I would really like to believe what these people believe, but I can’t. That’s just not the way the world is.” By my early 30s I had had fantastic “success”: a high-paid job, world travel, a lovely wife, but no peace; I was completely empty and without purpose. When Dianne gave herself to the Lord, I thought it was just another thing which would pass, like Buddhism, and other “isms” she had looked into. The pastor visited us to go through a tract with Dianne. I was eating, uninterested. He came to a page with man on one side of a chasm and God on the other, with the Cross as the bridge—Jesus. He was reading how man has his struggles, strife, pain, etc. and I thought, “That’s life, big deal.” And then he said that in God there is peace. Bang! The Holy Spirit “grabbed” me. But I still had a question about evolution/creation. The pastor said, “The Bible says creation, so that’s the way it is.” So I just believed that, but wondered what my friends would say. So to equip myself, I read voraciously. The materials from Creation Ministries International were just fantastic. For me, creation/evolution was not the key in coming to the Lord, but it has been so important in strengthening my faith since. Without that I would be just blown around.’

We asked whether acceptance of six-day creation was important.

Stephen: ‘As a scientist, I try to think logically—I just couldn’t consider having a Bible where some of it was true and some not—you believe the whole thing. I never tried to believe the days were long periods of time, or anything like that. It was just all or nothing. Some people say that we should leave aside the meaning of the days, that it is a stumbling block, but the true stumbling block is compromising God’s Word. Becoming a Christian, knowing that the whole Bible is true and God is the Creator—suddenly the whole picture made sense. The logic, and the watertight internal consistency of the Bible, and its consistency with what we see in the world, really impressed me. That’s undermined by long-age beliefs.’

We discussed the supposed conflict between ‘science’ and the Bible.

Stephen: ‘Though I’d been working as a scientist for 10 years, I really only learnt what science was through Creation Ministries International. Some of the things people call “science” are really outside the realms of science; they’re not observable, testable, repeatable. The areas of conflict are beliefs about the past, not open to experimental testing. Take radioactive dating; you can measure decay rates and isotope ratios today, but you can’t extrapolate back to some time in the past when you couldn’t measure it. I’ve been asked if disbelieving evolution hampers my research. It doesn’t, because I work in real, experimental science. But belief in creation gave me an appreciation for the beauty of what I was researching. A proper scientific hypothesis needs only one contrary observation to prove it wrong. With evolution, you do not observe the predicted accumulation of information—you see a loss of information. And you do not see the millions of transitional forms there should be. So, if evolution was a scientific concept, it’s been falsified. So why do scientists believe in evolution? The same reason anyone believes in it—because everyone else, including scientists, seems to, and it’s what you are taught. Also, for a non-Christian, the alternative (creation) can be unpalatable.’

We enquired about those who say that we should reinterpret the Bible to fit in with ‘science’.

Stephen: ‘That shows a lack of understanding of science. In science you make observations, you try to come up with a hypothesis, an explanation that works, and you publish it. But a later experiment may show the hypothesis is wrong, and so you change it. So science is always changing and you would be constantly reinterpreting your reinterpretations of the Bible!’

Dianne’s work changed radically, as she shares:

Dianne: ‘It was amazing. The hardest thing was realizing that I now had the truth, that God had the answers to people’s problems, but I didn’t know how it fitted with my work. In spite of secular psychiatrists’ gradually recognizing a spiritual component to people’s lives, they basically don’t deal with that. They might send someone to, say, a meditation course, but the“spirituality" is very much “New Age”—i.e. "God" is “everything”, rather than being the Creator who made everything. Doing a course in Christian counselling made me even more unsettled, because I now had some tools that I could not use where I was working, in the public service. I then had children and was out of psychiatry for a while. That was good, because I had been very evolutionized. Before I could work as a Christian psychiatrist I had to unlearn a lot of evolutionary thinking. Later I went into private practice with a group of Christians. It’s great having the freedom to address spiritual issues, as well as biological, social and psychological ones as appropriate. When Christians seek help with unresolved spiritual issues, I am free to help. People know they are coming to a Christian counselling centre, so with people who know nothing of God but are receptive I can sow seeds or at least pray for them.’

Is the ‘boom industry’ of counselling a symptom of a society that has turned its back on God?

Dianne: ‘Absolutely. Many people are looking for answers, but in the wrong places. True life is not found in drugs, addictive behaviours, the pursuit of possessions or achievement. These contribute to a lot of psychological distress for which people seek help. Secular counselling and medication are often helpful but they don’t fix the deep down problems of people who don’t know God—who don’t have a purpose for living. You have to be reunited with your Creator for that. Our society, our schools, the media, are telling us we’re insignificant specks in a meaningless universe, but God says He sent His Son to die for us.’

Stephen’s work in industry has made him a target for the radical Green movement.

Stephen: ‘I see in it a worship of the creation—it’s the God-in-everything idea again—not the Creator. God makes it clear that He wants us to care for His creation, to be stewards of it. That means we are not to abuse the resources, but to use them sensibly, and for His glory. But in “Green" thinking, man is not the pinnacle of God’s creation; he is just another evolving animal. When you see how they value animals over human life, it’s pretty scary.’

Dianne sees the impact of ‘we are just animals’ in her involvement in the Right-to-Life movement.

Dianne: ‘If we’re just evolved animals, why not have an abortion if the lady feels like it? Most people don’t really understand how abortion can affect, not only the baby, but also the mother and the father, long-term. If you kill your child, you can’t go back to the time before the pregnancy. You are now the mother (or father) of a dead child. Even non-Christians feel grief, guilt and loss of self-respect. I’ve seen people who have felt so bad after abortions, they’ve gone into promiscuity, drug abuse or depression. But I’ve also seen the Lord forgive, heal and restore lives damaged by abortion.’

In medical school, Dianne was taught the fraudulent ‘embryonic recapitulation’ theory, in which human embryos were supposed to go through a fish stage, then an amphibian stage, etc. 

Dianne: ‘This idea has been used to persuade women that abortion is not destroying a human. But those in the abortion industry know they are dealing with live children who become dead children. That’s why abortion clinics do not show the pregnant woman the ultrasound of the baby. I have met women who were told after abortions, “Here is your blob of tissue,” but it was the afterbirth; the broken parts of the baby went into another bucket. They were lied to, but if we all just evolved, and the Bible isn’t true, why should an abortionist worry about God’s commandments against lying—or murder?’

Many think oil takes millions of years to form. But Stephen has been researching the rapid formation of oil from rock.

Stephen: ‘You can heat the organic precursor to oil, kerogen (a polymer derived from plants and algae, and found in certain rocks), in the absence of oxygen and get oil in seconds. And even at temperatures less than 300°C, this will happen by “hydrous pyrolysis”, in the presence of certain clay minerals, which are as common as muck. You get such conditions beneath the earth. I am not saying it takes seconds to form kerogen, then oil, but it certainly does not need millions of years—under the right conditions it only takes months, decades or hundreds of years.’

Both Stephen and Dianne see lots of evidence for a Creator in their fields.

Stephen: ‘I see the beauty of the way that molecules go together, the systematic nature of chemical structures and the laws that govern their formation and arrangement. I look at that and I say, “Man, this is complex, but it fits together by all these really neat rules. Where do they come from?” The chemistry of life is scarily complex. That people can even contemplate it making itself staggers me. Speaking to colleagues about it, they often get themselves into a logical corner, and then it gets down to the bottom line—a spiritual issue. It is wilful unbelief.’

Dianne: ‘I see “design” in the way human beings are meant to relate to God and to each other. I see people who are angry, sad, guilty, perturbed and distressed in many different ways. When people get right with God a lot of problems often improve. Over time their relationships with others improve, and as their symptoms improve they may not need as much, or any, medication. Some psychiatric illnesses have a biological basis (genetic mutations have been accumulating since the Fall). Getting right with God allows people to cope better with illness and other challenges. There is increasing research showing that people with faith enjoy better mental health and relationships. Evolution-based attitudes (“the strong wipe out the weak”—opposite to what God has designed) favour violence, exploitation and abuse, which do not lead to peace and joy.’

Stephen and Dianne found that their marriage took on new meaning and stability when they both submitted to Christ:

Dianne: ‘As an evolutionist, I believed that marriage was basically getting what you need from the other person, so you have to enter into a sort of contract. You’re constantly in a state of tension, trying to make sure that you get as much as you need without losing too much. Christian marriage is not like this. It is God helping two people be together and be one, and when you get to the point where God meets your needs, you can be free to serve each other. To each I would say, “Look to God to meet all your needs, and be prepared to lay down your life for your spouse, to give all on the mission field of his or her life, and God will supply your needs.” Doing that, marriages start to really change. And the closer couples get to God, the closer they get to each other. I have seen that in the counselling room and in my marriage.’

Stephen: ‘Before we became Christians, we might have had another couple of years left and then it would’ve been all over. As Christians now, we say that God has written the rulebook about marriage, and about everything else, in His Word. Sometimes you don’t want to do what He says, but you do it and when you see the results you have to say, “Wow!”’

A Handy Argument Against Evolution

For his Ph.D., Dr Stephen Grocott worked on optically active compounds (these can exist in mirror-image forms of each other, like right and left hands). Life depends on having only pure forms of these (only one ‘hand’). But if life began in a chemical primordial soup, there was no means of supplying the necessary ‘single-handed’ compounds. When Stephen synthesized optically active compounds, he always had to start with an optically active substance that was ultimately derived from a living source. With a bit of warming, his optically pure solution would decay back to a 50:50 mixture of right- and left-handed forms. He says:

‘Even if there were some source of optical activity in a primordial “soup”, it would quickly disappear anyway. The recent idea of polarized light from a nearby galaxy doesn’t help. They talk of it possibly causing a slight imbalance, say 51% right-handed and 49% left-handed. But in time that will decay anyway, and you need 100% pure, not just a slight excess.

‘I enjoy seeing the mental gymnastics of people trying to explain the origin of life. Most researchers in the area are honest enough to say they haven’t got the faintest idea how life began from non-life. The mind boggles at the complexity of the simplest single-celled organism-and the more we learn, the more complex it looks.’

[Ed. note: see colour diagram of chirality and Origin of life: the chirality problem]
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I've enjoyed reading the Buy The Truth blog and the author moderates his comments so that the shrill accusations and baseless ad hominem comments simply get tossed aside.  Those who comment there have to be civil and reasonable in order to be heard and he simply deletes those who are rude, repetitious or silly.   I do not think the commenters on this blog understand how good they have it here.   Often when they say something that I consider ridiculous I just ignore them but they get to comment as long as they keep their language suitable for mixed company, as some young people read this blog.   

Some of you have abused this privilege by making baseless accusations that I am a thief and a liar and yet I let those comments stand, as rude and wrong as they are.   I believe in free speech even if it is stuck on stupid.  But really, if you want the blog author to be more involved, try commenting on the actual article and addressing the post itself?   The average reader doesn't care whether you like me or not and he won't be interested in your deprecations.   If you want the average reader to even read your comments, have something worth reading.   Try saying something positive about your point of view if you can?   Or is that too much to ask?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Radar,

Radar said: As for the lottery games and Powerball, I detect naivete. Rather than argue about it, I leave commmenters to their own research. Are there patterns in lotteries being run by the states? Is there a way to game the system? I will give you about a week and then give you some answers

I believe it has been more than a week. And remember, we were talking about powerball not scratch offs. I can give you links if you'd like.

lava

radar said...

Here is part one - The gamed scratch off tickets -

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/01/ff_lottery/all/1

Since it is Debbie's birthday and we are going out to eat, I thought someone was wishing her well. But since lava actually gives some kind of name, we'll continue after he reads this.

Anonymous said...

I eagerly await part two, since the link you provided as part one was completely non-responsive. We were not speaking of scratchoffs. You provided a link to an article on scratchoffs. You did not win any point or issue that was in contention. I never said there wasn't a way to game the system of scratchoffs. We were discussing powerball, specifically.


And Deb. I truly do hope you have a happy birthday.


lava

Anonymous said...

"Some of you have abused this privilege by making baseless accusations that I am a thief and a liar and yet I let those comments stand, as rude and wrong as they are."

From what I've observed so far, the standard complaint is not that you are a liar, but that "such and such is a lie". The lie itself would thus be the base for any insinuation that you are a liar, and there is nothing rude about pointing out a lie.

If you feel that something is unjustly identified as a lie, speak up and address it.

Incidentally, lying itself is also rude and wrong, so it would behoove you to at least once in a while address falsehoods you've posted. Otherwise your blanket assertion that others make baseless accusations would also be rude and wrong.

Anonymous said...

Too funny:

lava: "I believe it has been more than a week. And remember, we were talking about powerball not scratch offs."

radar: "Here is part one - The gamed scratch off tickets -"

Even on something completely unrelated to worldviews, religion etc., Radar repeats his standard SOP:

1. Make unsupportable assertion.

2. Get called on it by a commenter.

3. Provide proof for something other than the original assertion.

4. Get called on that.

5. Come up blank re. proof of original assertion.

6. Run into personal pride issue re. admitting fault and stick to original claim despite lack of supporting facts.

7. Stall.

(8. Optional: months later, claim to have fully responded to the issue and won the argument, then feign boredom with the issue.)

We're now at number 4.

Captain Stubing said...

Judging by the latest post that Radar just put up (the one about magicians), we're now at number 5 or 6.

Captain Stubing said...

And needless to say, Radar is following his (dishonest and cowardly) playbook to the letter.