God made the cosmos with super-small details.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.   (Hebrews 11:3)

God, through Christ, created the physical matter-energy cosmos out of nothing, and then God constructively shaped that physical matter-energy, at the super-small detailed level (i.e., what we today call “particle physics”), using particles and energy so small that we cannot see that level of detail with our human eyesight.   See Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3.)

 

God made the cosmos, so He owns the cosmos.

The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.  (Psalm 89:11)

Because God created and formed the heavens, He owns them and they glorify Him (just by being what they are)  — whether we humans admit it or not.  (See Genesis chapter 1 & 14:22; Deuteronomy 10:14; Nehemiah 9:6; 1st Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 8:1 & 19:1 & 57:5 & 89:11.)    

God made the cosmos huge, with stars of huge numbers and at huge distances from Earth.

He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.  (Psalm 147:4)

God, through Christ, created physical matter-energy cosmos out of nothing, and then constructively shaped that physical matter-energy, in the stretched-out expanse, as innumerable stars (and other heavenly bodies), so many and so far away (i.e., the heavens are so huge) that we cannot see that level of detail with human eyesight. (See Genesis 15:5; Deuteronomy 28:62; Isaiah 55:9; Jeremiah 33:22; Hebrews 11:12.)  Even so, God can count the exact number of the universe’s stars (Psalm 147:4a) — and God knows each of His stars, including His name for each one of them (Psalm 147:4b).

Why Kangaroo Rats Don’t Get Dehydrated in the Desert

Behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert. (Jeremiah 50:12b)

DESERT SCRUBLAND near EL PASO, TX photo credit: Pinterest

Kangaroo rats thrive in America’s hot, dry deserts —  so why don’t they suffer from being dehydrated?  How do they get enough water to survive, since they don’t need to drink water like almost all other mammals?

In short, God has designed and constructed kangaroo rats so that they get their water from their food, especially drought-resistant seeds that abound in the desert.  As they digest such xeric foods, the rats produce (within themselves) all the water that they need, metabolically (i.e., from the normal digestion process), and they retain most of that water by releasing very little of it in their urine (as noted below).

In sum, kangaroo rats are made to get their water form their food and to conserve it better than other animals do.   (In this respect the kangaroo rat is much like a camel.)

The kangaroo rat is a rodent, but it is unlike any other rodent on Earth: it is able to survive in the desert with virtually no drinking water. The camel is the only other mammal that can match this feat…. This humble creature lives in the desert regions of North America … [with] a large head and eyes, short forelimbs and long hind limbs, and a body that ranges in length from 10 to 16 cm (4 to 6.5 in). They can jump up to 1.8 m (6 ft) in a single leap. Like [kangaroos], the kangaroo rat balances on its hind legs and hops. But that’s where the similarity ends. Kangaroo rats live in burrows by day, foraging by night for seeds, leaves and other vegetation, and carrying food in their cheek pouches to store in their underground homes. They also occasionally eat insects. But how is it possible to live with virtually no drinking water? What makes the kangaroo rat different from other mammals, which would die within days in the desert without water? The answer lies mainly in the rat’s kidneys [maximally concentrating urine, minimizing water loss]. Research has shown that the kangaroo rat produces the most concentrated urine of all mammals, and only passes a few drops per day. Humans drink a lot of water, and also gain moisture through food. As such, our urine is quite dilute. Kangaroo rats, on the other hand, take in very little water and so produce urine that is even more concentrated than that of the camel (which also concentrates its urine to survive without water). This means that the kangaroo rat loses little water in its urine. Scientists have marvelled at how the kangaroo rat’s kidney works. The study of this organ—in particular the Loop of Henle, which enables the concentration process to take place—has led to a better understanding of how human kidneys work. The kangaroo rat’s Loop of Henle is much longer than that of other rodents.  [Quoting Paula Weston, Creation Ex Nihilo, 26(3):18-20 (June 2004).

KANGAROO RAT, Sonoran Desert (Pinterest photo credit)

God cleverly designed this water-conserving rat’s kidney system to fit and to “fill” desert habitats!

The kangaroo rat … probably never takes a drink in its entire life time. In captivity, it lives nicely on just barley seeds. Carbon dioxide, water, and energy-release are the results of the [oxidative] combustion of fuel [such as gasoline]. As oxygen combines with carbohydrates, carbon dioxide is formed from the burning of the carbon atom[-based hydrocarbon or carbohydrate molecules], and water is formed from leftover hydrogen atoms. In like manner, the metabolism which powers living animals produces carbon dioxide, water, and energy-release. This metabolic water, if conserved, is sufficient to meet the needs of many small rodents. These rodents retreat to burrows during high temperature, thus keeping evaporation [of water] to a minimum. They have very efficient kidneys, which produce a urine relatively low in water concentration, and they produce very dry feces. Their ability to exist on metabolic water (probably along with licking up some dew [when available]) means that they have no need for drinking water. Some foods—seeds, in particular—are especially good at allowing the formation of metabolic water and … they are abundant in the desert. Parts of the North American desert have been found to contain from 5,000,000 upwards to 100,000,000 seeds per acre. One kangaroo rat was found to have over 900 seeds tucked away in his cheek pouches. Caching [i.e., storing] seeds appears to be a compulsive habit of many arid-country rodents. In deserts characterized by continually shifting sand and dunes, some insect species live their entire lives under the sand, existing solely on organic matter, including seeds which have blown in and been covered. [Quoting John Meyer & Kenneth Cumming, “Biology of Grand Canyon”, in GRAND CANYON: MONUMENT TO CATASTROPHE (Santee, CA: ICR, 1994), page 163.]

KANGAROO RAT photo credit: Mammalogy.org

But, the kangaroo rat can’t retain water until he gets it — so it’s vital that the little rat gets enough nutritious seeds for metabolically producing water, via digestion.  Notice how critical desert-surviving seeds are, to the kangaroo rat’s diet.

There are a number of mechanisms used by plants to help them adapt to [i.e., ecologically fill niches in] the dry conditions of the desert. Some flowers succeed by sheer opportunism, only germinating , flowering, and seeding every ten years or so when the conditions [for progressing through their life cycles] are right. Went [i.e., botanist Frits Warmolt W. Went] writes: ‘Probably their most remarkable feature is that they are perfectly normal plants, with no special adaptations [sic] to withstand drought. Yet they are not found outside the desert areas. The reason lies in the peculiar cautiousness of their seeds. In dry years the seeds lie dormant. This itself is not at all amazing; what is remarkable is that they refuse to germinate even after a rain unless the rainfall [such as rains during rare desert flashfloods] is at least half an inch, and preferably an inch or two.’ In fact, [because] living organisms are designed by a Perfect Engineer, they should reflect not only the best possible solution to various problems presented by the environment, but also utilize the most efficient solutions—those expending the least amount of energy and materials while producing the exact degree of performance required by the organism, and, at the same time, with little or [in a pre-Fall world] no waste.  [John Meyer & K. Cumming, “Biology of Grand Canyon”, in GRAND CANYON: MONUMENT TO CATASTROPHE (Santee: ICR, 1994; Steve Austin, general editor), page 159.]

Next time you see a kangaroo rat in the desert — or think of one — be amazed at God’s providential design and construction of the little rodent!  God has made sure that the little hopper gets (and keeps) enough water to survive, even in the hot and dry deserts, such as the Chihuahuan Desert lands of far West Texas, or even in southern California’s Death Valley wilderness.

O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.  (Psalm 63:1)

God made the heavens for good, yet sinful humans idolatrously misuse the heavens.

I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests, and them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham, and them that are turned back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired for him.  (Zephaniah 1:4-6)

Sinful mankind, on repeated occasions, has idolatrously worshiped the sun and/or moon and/or stars, rather than thanked God for making those heavenly objects for God’s glory and for mankind’s benefit. (See Genesis 11:4; Deuteronomy 4:19 & 17:3; Psalm 19:1 & 148:3; 2nd Kings 21:3; 2nd Chronicles 33:3; Jeremiah 19:13; Zephaniah 1:5.)  “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1a), yet those liars who refuse to give God credit for creating the cosmos, also dishonestly refuse to give God credit for the glory that they see displayed within the heavens.  Consequently, such impious observers (of the heavens) steal credit that is due God, and misapply that credit to the material components of the universe  —  thereby worshiping the creation instead of its Creator (Romans 1:25).  This idolatrous worship of the heavens began early in human history (see, e.g., Genesis 11:4; Job 31:26-27; Deuteronomy 4:19, etc.).

This idolatrous cosmogony continues to this day, especially in the form of the so-called “big bang” theory of cosmogony (a pseudo-science myth illustrating 1st Timothy 6:20, largely hatched as the “cosmic egg” theory by Roman Catholic priest Georges Lemaitre, professor at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium), a Bible-rejecting myth that pretends that the universe is accidently self-made.  The ultimate result of this modern mythology is that “big bang” proponents (as they reject the perspicuous truth of Genesis) irrationally admire and adore the material universe itself, for (supposedly) “creating” itself, instead of rationally admiring and adoring the great and glorious God Who actually created (and sustains) the vast heavens in all of its component glories (1st Corinthians 15:40-41).  Yet the heavens themselves declare God’s glory!

God made the cosmos about 6000 years ago.

For in 6 days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the 7th day;  therefore, the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  (Exodus 20:11)

God created and made the heavens and the earth, during Creation Week (1000s of years ago, not billions), just as is reported in Genesis  —  so the cosmos is relatively “young”.  (See Genesis chapters 1-11, especially chapter 1;  see also Exodus 20:11; 1st Chronicles 16:26; John 5:44-47; Psalm 33:6.)  For an analysis of how many have misunderstood — and underestimated  —  the Genesis chronology, and its relevance to calculating an absolute timeframe range for the age of the earth (and also for the cosmos in general), see my analysis in “How Young Is the Earth:  Applying Simple Math to Data Provided in Genesis”, ACTS & FACTS, 37(10):4-5 (October 2008), posted at http://www.icr.org/article/4124 .

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

See https://leesbird.com/2017/04/16/happy-easter-he-is-alive/ .

This confirms that the Lord Jesus is the Scripture-prophesied Messiah (1st Corinthians 15, especially 15:3-4), Who was promised since the prophecy of “the Seed of Woman” (Genesis 3:15).  Hallelujah!