Friday, February 21, 2020

When can we order the trailer?

I am in awe at the love and generosity of so many folks who are making this mobile Genesis Walk Museum a reality. It is a bit daunting to step out and begin a venture that requires the help of others, all without the financing needed to get it off the ground.
We have been going to fairs in Wisconsin for well over a decade with the message of God's Word, beginning in Genesis and culminating with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now we plan to go mobile in order to make our message more cohesive (a WALK through Genesis), and to reach out at more venues, and make it easier on us to do so (setting up and tearing down is hard on my body!).
We began fundraising just over a year ago. God has sent over $25,000.00 of the needed $45,000.00 to purchase the trailer, beautiful outer wrap and design and outfit the inside (which will be somewhat ongoing for a while).
My heart is bursting as I reflect on the generosity of so many. Thank you!

We can order the custom built Triton trailer once we have $34,000.00 in hand. We are so close!! The trailer will take 2-3 months to build to our specifications. We have VERY TALENTED people on our team who will design the displays. We will also accept help from those wishing to join our team. :)

What's the Evidence, Inc is a not for profit 501c3. We accept donations through our Gofundme page
https://www.gofundme.com/f/genesis-walk-museumwhat039s-the-evidence,
or by check. Please email me at: Whatstheevidence@gmail.com for the address to send a check.
Less than $10,000.00 is needed at this time!
Please keep this in prayer. The world is falling apart....We have the message of hope. This is a wonderful venue to reach others. All His work. Thank you! Mary


Monday, January 20, 2020

This is excellent information about human and chimp DNA



Separate Studies Converge on Human-Chimp DNA Dissimilarity



The improvement of DNA sequencing technology, along with scientific advances in the field of genomics, is proving to be a profound enemy of evolution. Two new discoveries that challenge the human evolution paradigm were reported nearly simultaneously—one by a secular scientist and the other by myself. Remarkably, the corroborating data produced in both reports are in perfect agreement.
A key element of the evolutionary paradigm is the idea that human DNA and chimpanzee DNA are 98.5% identical. This level of DNA similarity is needed to undergird the hypothesis that humans and chimps shared a common ancestor three to six million years ago. Based on known mutation rates in both humans and chimps, anything significantly less than a 98.5% DNA similarity would destroy the foundation of the entire theory.
When I began studying the scientific literature on the subject, I realized there were serious problems with the evolutionary idea of nearly identical human and chimp DNA. In every publication I evaluated, it became clear researchers had cherry-picked highly similar DNA sequences that supported evolution and discarded the data that were dissimilar.1 I recalculated DNA similarities from these studies by factoring back in omitted data and obtained drastically lower levels of human-chimp DNA similarity—between 66% and 86%.
Another major issue I uncovered is that the chimpanzee genome was literally put together to resemble the human genome.2 This little-known fact was accomplished by taking the small snippets of DNA produced after sequencing and lining them up on the human genome. The human genome guided the researchers throughout the chimp genome assemblage process.
Despite these issues, brought about because of scientists’ evolutionary bias, continuing improvement in DNA sequencing technology is slowly bringing the truth to light. The newest version of the chimpanzee genome was recently completed, and the results not only validate my past research but also spectacularly confirm new research I have just published.3
The research paper for the new chimp genome completely sidesteps the issue of DNA similarity with humans.4 Nevertheless, University of London evolutionist Richard Buggs analyzed the results of a comprehensive comparison of the new chimp genome with the human one and posted his shocking anti-evolutionary findings. He stated, “The percentage of nucleotides in the human genome that had one-to-one exact matches in the chimpanzee genome was 84.38%.”5
What makes Dr. Buggs’ analysis more amazing is the fact that my own recently published research using a different algorithm gave the same results. In my study, I aligned 18,000 random pieces of high-quality chimp DNA about 31,000 DNA letters long (on average) onto human and several different versions of the chimp genome. Not only did my data show that the older version of the chimp genome (PanTro4) that had been used to support evolution was deeply flawed and humanized, but they also showed the aligned segments of chimp DNA were on average only 84.4% identical to human—the same level reported by Buggs.
These new results by both myself and Buggs also closely match a 2016 study I published that indicated the overall human-chimp DNA similarity was likely no more than 85%.6 Based on the most recent research, the difference between the human and chimp genomes is estimated to be about 15%.
A 15% DNA difference between humans and chimps is a discrepancy that can’t be ignored when no more than about a 1% difference is required to make human evolution seem at all plausible. Once again, the scientific accuracy of the Bible is vindicated regarding the uniqueness of humans as stated in Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
References
  1. Tomkins, J. and J. Bergman. 2012. Genomic monkey business—estimates of nearly identical human-chimp DNA similarity re-evaluated using omitted data. Journal of Creation. 26 (1): 94-100.
  2. Tomkins, J. 2011. How genomes are sequenced and why it matters: implications for studies in comparative genomics of humans and chimpanzees. Answers Research Journal. 4: 81-88.
  3. Tomkins, J. 2018. Comparison of 18,000 De Novo Assembled Chimpanzee Contigs to the Human Genome Yields Average BLASTN Alignment Identities of 84%. Answers Research Journal. 11: 215-219.
  4. Kronenberg, Z. N. et al. 2018. High-resolution comparative analysis of great ape genomes. Science. 360 (6393).
  5. Buggs, R. 2018. How similar are human and chimpanzee genomes? Posted on richardbuggs.com July 14, 2018, accessed August 9, 2018.
  6. Tomkins, J. 2016. Analysis of 101 Chimpanzee Trace Read Data Sets: Assessment of Their Overall Similarity to Human and Possible Contamination With Human DNA. Answers Research Journal. 9: 294-298.
* Dr. Tomkins is Director of Life Sciences at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University.

Cite this article: Jeffrey P. Tomkins, Ph.D. 2018. Separate Studies Converge on Human-Chimp DNA Dissimilarity. Acts & Facts. 47 (11).


/https://www.icr.org/article/separate-studies-converge-human-chimp-dna/

Monday, January 13, 2020

Yes, silly indeed

https://www.icr.org/article/11697/
New York Seminarians Worship Plants



Recently, some New York seminary students exhibited their unbiblical imaginations by idolatrously confessing their sins to potted plants. Sound silly? It is.

Today in chapel, we confessed [our sins] to plants. Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor. What do you confess to the plants in your life?1

New York’s Union Theological Seminary (an affiliate of Columbia University) has a long reputation for rejecting the Bible’s authority and doctrines, but plant worship is a new low. What’s going on? In short, if people don’t worship the real God, they’ll eventually imagine and worship fake gods.

Not only is it our duty to glorify God as Creator, and to thank Him for creating us, it’s dangerous if we fail to do so. Scripture says that failing to revere God as our Maker is a path to disaster—because such failures flow into vain imaginations, darkened hearts, and reprobate-minded follies.

Because, although they [i.e., all humans who hold the truth of God in unrighteousness] knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals, and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness.... And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind… (Romans 1:21-26a, 28a)

Appreciating God as Creator is fundamental to understanding the basics of life.2 Likewise, there are immediate consequences for failing to appreciate Him as the Creator; those consequences include self-destructing hearts and minds, foolish thinking, even silly mythologies—touted by supposed intellectuals.

Many who laugh at the silliness of the Union seminarians’ pantheistic ritual should think twice. Accepting evolutionary “natural selection” myths about how and why we originated is really the same kind of animistic idolatry as praying to potted plants.3 There is no theological difference between praying to potted plants and accepting the materialism of evolutionary myths that treat the world of nature as its own maker and as our creator.

Rather than giving credit to God for the many caringly engineered details, systems, and interactions that make our lives possible, evolutionists persist in giving credit to animate and inanimate components of creation—such as the humble earthworm4 or the dung beetle5 or infinite time.6 That kind of irrationality is both sad and silly. God created an enormous diversity of plants—including trees, flowers, mosses, grasses—and all of them should be appreciated as marvelous members of God’s creation.7 But plants, regardless of how wonderfully they bless us, are not to be prayed to: “For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”8