God purposefully made the moon.

God purposefully made the moon.

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

Genesis1.16-PPT-ruleGod made the moon to rule the nighttime, just as is clearly reported in Genesis. (See Genesis 1:14-18; Psalm 104:19 & 136:9; Ezekiel 32:7.)  But how and why did God make the moon, such as how does it “rule” the nighttime?  By His own command By His own command, on Day #4, God made the moon to give light, especially light to help us (and to help animals) to see, during nighttime on Earth.  Moon-rules-Earth.PPT-gravitational-tides

Also, the moon “rules” many activities on Earth due to the moon’s gravitational pull (in combination with the sun’s similar gravitational pull) on the earth and on its inhabitants, such as animals and people, and even on the waters of the oceans — producing the repeating and rhythmic movements of the oceans that we call “tides”. Moon-ocean-tides.PPT-governor-rulesThis action of “ruling” can be compared to a speed-limiting “governor” installed on a truck’s engine; the truck engine’s “governor” is not a person but it forcefully and controls the behavior of the engine in a way that limits the speed of the truck, to accomplish the intentions of the clever inventor who designed the truck engine’s “governor”.  Governor-rules.PPT-CanadaDry-truck

In a similar (yet much superior) way, God cleverly invented the moon’s gravitational traits, with the intention that the moon’s gravity limits various activities on Earth, via the moon’s complicated movements and their related gravitational attractions on the earth (in relation to interrelated and complicated motions of the sun and earth), from different directions at different times — resulting in an ongoing choreography of gravitational attractions between those heavenly bodies. The moon’s periodic movements, as the moon moves around the earth, in a regular cycle (called lunar phases), also affect how all plants grow and how all animals behave. ChristmasIsland-RedCrabs.PPT-moon-tidesExamples of animal behavior being affected by moonlight (or its absence) include the timing of Pacific salmon going downstream to the ocean, the timing of Christmas Island red crabs going to the ocean to dump baby crabs into the water, and the tidewater movements that bring floating food particles unto filter-feeding oysters.  [For more about how the moon “rules”, see my article “The Moon Rules”, ACTS & FACTS,  44(9):21 (September 2015), posted at http://www.icr.org/article/moon-rules  .]oysters-filterfeeders.PPT-need-moon-tidesThanks, God, for making the moon!


 

God purposefully made the sun.

God purposefully made the sun, to rule the daytime.

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

God chose to make the sun to rule the daytime, just as is clearly reported in Genesis. (See Genesis 1:16; Psalm 19:4-6 & 136:8; Ezekiel 32:7.)  But how and why did God make the sun, such as how does it “rule” the daytime?  By His own command, on Day #4, God made the sun to give light, especially light to help us (and to help animals) to see, during daytime on Earth.

Also, God made the sun to move in ways that help us to know what time it is, and also to provide earth with seasons (like spring, summer, autumn, and winter). The sun is shining directly on us when it is “day”; when it is “night” the sun is not shining directly on us. Also, God made the sun to “rule” the daytime, such as by providing daytime light and heat that is needed to for plants to live and to grow – and also by providing gravitational attraction so that the earth’s ocean tides move in ways that help life in the oceans and seas.   (For more about this, listen to my podcast, “The Created Sun and Moon”, posted  at http://www.icr.org/article/created-sun-moon-podcast  .)If plants did not use sunlight to grow, and to be warm enough to live, plants could not grow in ways that are needed so that plants can be eaten as food (such as grains, roots, fruits, seeds). When plants use sunlight energy (especially in the chlorophyll parts of green leaves) to convert water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) into breathable oxygen (O2) and carbohydrates (CxHyOz), which they do all over most of the world, the result is plant food containing lots of usable energy. This process is called “photosynthesis”. Accordingly, without sunlight there is no photosynthesis and thus no plant food for animals or for us. Likewise, if there was no photosynthesis, plants could not produce the kind of air (oxygen) that we (and animals) need to breathe. So, without sunlight we would not have enough healthy air for us to breathe. (The same is true for animals, because they need the same kind of air, to breathe, that we need.) God made the sun to help us in many ways; without the sun we could not live on earth.     Thanks, God:   You are great!


 

GOD MADE THE HEAVENS AND EARTH, TO PROVIDE FOR MANKIND AND OTHER CREATURES

GOD  MADE  THE  HEAVENS  AND  EARTH,  TO  PROVIDE  FOR  MANKIND  AND  OTHER  CREATURES

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself Who formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.   (Isaiah 45:18)

How has God made Earth to serve as “home” to mankind and to animals, providing them with what they need to live?

God intentionally designed and made the heavens and the earth to provide for the needs and benefits of humans, with earth to serve as the home of mankind and other creatures. (See, e.g., Isaiah 45:18; Psalm 115:16.  See also “Why We Want to Go Home”, ACTS & FACTS, 44(4):20 (April 2015), posted at  at http://www.icr.org/article/why-we-want-go-home/ .)

The universal habit of using a personal shelter, a home that belongs to us, is nothing new. Longing for home is not limited to humans. The Lord Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests” (Matthew 8:20). Eagles, swallows, sparrows, storks, doves, owls, and other birds use nests (Job 39:27; Psalm 84:3 & 104:17; Deuteronomy 22:6-7 & 32:11; Isaiah 34:15; Jeremiah 48:28 & 49:16; Obadiah 1:4). Spiders make web-silk homes (Isaiah 59:5). Worms and other creepy creatures live underground (Micah 7:17; Job 21:26 & 20). Lions have dens (Job 38:39-40; Song of Solomon 4:8; Nahum 2:12).  Salmon routinely return “home” to spawn.  Polar bear mothers sometimes live in dens, sheltered from colder weather outside.  The list could go on and on.

But what explains the origin of homing habits? Scripture does provide the key for understanding this universal habit—the Genesis mandate. God commanded humans and animals to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth. Because God designed His creatures to do more than just populate, He programmed diverse creatures to fill living spaces all over the globe—on land, in water, and to some even the air is a home of sorts.

God has providentially equipped creatures with physical bodies (with helpful anatomies and physiologies) and programmed bio-informational instructions (coding and equipping for habitat-interactive behaviors) that are fitted to the ever-changing challenges of physical environments (and animal-and-plant communities) all over the globe.

The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD‘s: but the earth hath He given to the children of men.   (Psalm 115:16)


 

God, Who loves variety, made the heavens with glorious variety.

God, Who loves variety, made the heavens with glorious variety.

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:  for one star differs from another star in glory(1st Corinthians 15:40-41)

God has demonstrated His love for variety in the many differences (including differences in “glories”) that He has artistically designed variety into the heavenly bodies, including the uniqueness of the stars and of the planets.  Consequently, stars, groups of stars, and other heavenly bodies show variety and artistic uniqueness.   (See 1st Corinthians 15:40-41; Psalm 147:4; Job 26:13.)

Yes, God loves variety—more variety than we can fully appreciate, even if we had multiple lifetimes to investigate His creation!  Here are three easy proofs:  (1)  Scripture shows that variety matches God’s own divine nature (i.e., God Himself is personally plural, yet one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit  —  see 1st John 5:7);  (2)  God made mankind plural-yet-one, when He made mankind in His own image (as Adam and Eve, male and female, yet one kind — see Genesis 1:27);  and  (3)  God’s physical non-human creation (including the stars, all of which differ from one another — see 1st Corinthians 15:41).

Because of how God created His creation, nature displays differences in details of diverse animals, plants, microörganisms, earth’s geophysical environment, and even the innumerable galaxies of outer space – including each and every star that is out there, regardless of whether any human ever sees it or not!  (See “Valuing God’s Variety”, posted at http://www.icr.org/article/valuing-gods-variety/.)

How do the heavens show the hugeness of God’s love for variety?  There are at least 100 billion stars in the heavens (that’s 100,000,000,000 different stars!) – that we are of (and maybe there are many more!), yet Psalm 147:4 says that God not only can count exactly how many there are, He has even given a specific name to each of those many stars!

Also, 1st Corinthians 15:40-41 says that God gives a different “glory” to each star – and that should remind us that God gives a unique dignity to each human. In other words, each of us is valuable to God in a way that no one else is – what a wonderful fact! Since God treats each of the stars as unique, with its own name, that proves that God loves variety.

In other words, God has demonstrated His love for variety in the many differences (including differences in “glories”) that He has designed into the heavenly bodies, including the uniqueness of the planets and of the many, many, many stars.  As mere humans, we cannot actually count all of the stars, one at a time, and know their individual names – to do so would take trillions of years – and during our earthly lives we cannot live that long.  How amazing: God has chosen to make and to love each of us (Psalm 8)!


 

Something Fishy in the Balance?

Something Fishy in the Balance: Is Global Warming the Real Cause?

Dr. James J.S. Johnson

Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? (Micah 6:11)

ALASKA POLLOCK   (Alibaba.com photo)

Are oceanic fish populations threatened by global warming? What if the southern edge of the Alaska Pollock range is shrinking? Does that prove they’re migrating northward, to beat the heat?(1)  This is no Pollack joke.(1)

Rush-to-judgment explanations abound, peddling manmade “global warming” crisis theories—before relevant facts are collected and considered. (And, if global warming is not the real cause of ecosystem disruption, it’s irrelevant whether global warming is anthropogenic.)

But simple cause-and-effect realities are embarrassingly overlooked—some causal realities are politically unpopular in secular academic circles.(2)

Follow the Money

Marine biologists and biogeography ecologists study regional changes in oceanic fish populations.(3) This is not just academic curiosity; billions of dollars are at risk—as Alaska Pollock illustrates.(1),(3) Thus, if a huge population of Alaska Pollock relocates north, or south, that migration’s cause is really a big deal.

Likewise, government-funded research projects often harness and depend upon “global warming” theories.(4) “Money talks.” It’s not just the food industry; “global warming” advocacy is itself a billion-dollar industry.(1),(4)

Accordingly, when billions of dollars hang “in the balance” (pardon the pun), both scientific research (i.e., observing/collecting data) and scientific analysis (i.e., sorting/interpreting data) are vulnerable to compromise and corruption.(1),(4),(5)

Official government databases are not immune. Scientific analyses cannot have stronger validity than their underlying data. Misinformation multiplies when used by multiple users. Furthermore, primary analysts are relied upon by secondary analysts, so error accrues and snowballs—infecting and proliferating into multi-generational “viral” outcomes, due to “veneer review” and statistics-distorting cherry-picking.(1),(4),(5)

But what explains the drastic migration trend for Alaska Pollock, the cod-like whitefish that some say is now the #1 money finfish in America’s food industry?

We expect fish stocks to naturally fluctuate with changes in climate [such as when Baltic herring relocated, about A.D.1300, as Medieval Warm Period transitioned into Little Ice Age]. Usually, during periods of warming or cooling, fish stocks residing at the polar ends of the population’s range increase or decrease … while the reverse happens at the other end.(1)

Could it be that the cause-and-effect reality is embarrassingly simple, so simple that the actual causality is overlooked,(2) as evolutionists rush to blame “global warming”, for yet another ecosystem alteration?

So what happened to huge Alaska Pollock populations that once filled certain areas of the Bering Sea and North Pacific?

But in the case of the pollock, several stocks at either end of their range in the North Pacific Ocean have tended to decrease recently, leading to suspicion of overfishing as a contributor to the demise of several stock.(1)

Data Disconnect

Government databases rely on at-sea reporting, including inspector “monitoring” of sustainability-managed commercial fishing quotas (of both finfish and shellfish) applied to the Northern Pacific and Bering Sea. However, dishonest commercial fishermen habitually underreport catches, deceptively circumventing inspector audits. Sometimes treaty-cheating commercial “motherships” would evade monitors and auditors, even reporting only half the catches (of finfish and/or shellfish) actually received!(1),(3)

Government databases misreport the real situation: OVERFISHING — overexploiting Alaska Pollock is why they aren’t as easily found within their historic ranges.  Underreported Alaska Pollock overfishing is literally off the scales!

So the culprit is not anthropogenic “global warming” CO2 production. Rather, the cause is much simpler—greed, lying, and cheating.(1),(5)

But, for the billion-dollar climate-crisis/environment-regulation industry, — which parasitizes power and money based on presuming anthropogenic “global warming” CO2 production, — that off-balance explanation is an “inconvenient truth”.

 

REFERENCES

(1) Kevin M. Bailey, Billion-Dollar Fish: The Untold Story of Alaska Pollock (University of Chicago Press, 2013), 2-44, 46-88, 199-215, with quotations from page 16.  Marine biologist/fishery monitor Kevin Bailey recalls (on page 4): “We discovered that our estimates were about double the catches reported to us. All signs pointed to tampering of the scales. … The catcher boats now delivered [at different places] and at all hours. Previously they had delivered to one main site on the [mothership] deck and only during daylight hours.”   [“Pollock” is also spelled “Pollack”.]

(2) James J. S. Johnson, “Pine Needles, Limes, and Other Simple Solutions,” Creation Research Society Quarterly, 50(3):193-194 (winter 2014), analyzing illustrations of 1st Timothy 6:20.

(3) Edward Miles, et al., The Management of Marine Regions: The Northern Pacific (University of California Press, 1982), pages 160-165, 172, 184-193, 220-223. Hiroshi Kasahara, “Japanese Distant-Water Fisheries: A Review”, Fishery Bulletin, 70(2):227-282 (April-June, 1972). See also Frank Sherwin, The Ocean Book (Master Books, 2004), pages 38-41; R. A. Fredin, History of Regulations of Alaskan Groundfish Fisheries (NWAFC Processed Report 87-07, Northwest & Alaska Fisheries Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1987).

(4) See Randy J. Guliuzza, “Consensus Science: The Rise of a Scientific Elite”, Acts & Facts, 38(5):4 (May 2009). See also, regarding “veneer review” and data transmogrification, James J. S. Johnson, “Forensic Science Frustrated by ‘Peer Review’”, Acts & Facts, 44(2):18 (February 2015); James J. S. Johnson, “Cherry Picking Data Is the Pits”, Acts & Facts, 44(7):19 (July 2015).  Fraudfeasor ranks include many commercial fishermen, scientists (especially those promoting the notion of anthropogenic “global warming”), and politicians of many stripes.

(5) See Proverbs 20:10 & 20:23, as well as Micah 6:11.  Cheating scales have always been condemned in Scripture.

Debut as a Christian Public Speaker: Poem Reader, A.D.1967

Debut as a Christian Public Speaker:  Poem Reader, A.D.1967    

James J. S. Johnson

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  (Matthew 12:1-2)

Everyone must start somewhere.  As a Christian public speaker my debut opportunity was being told to read a Christmas poem, for Damascus Elementary School (which I then attended as a 6th-grader), for our school’s Christmas program.  (Since America was founded as a Christian nation, historically, it made sense that an American public school would have a Christmas program.)

To this day I own a little brown notebook that contains hand-copied and mimeographed songs from that program — including a mimeographed poem that I read to the audience that night in December  —   it was my first public speaking as a Christian (having trusted Christ as my personal Savior near the end of the previous month).

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

I will tell you a beautiful story,
One that is ever new –
Of our Savior’s birth in Bethlehem,
We all love the story, too.

The town with pilgrims was crowded
When Joseph and Mary appear,
The innkeeper cruelly told them,
“There is no room for you here.”

Nearby was a shelter for cattle –
A cave so dismal and old –
And there in a manger so humble,
The Christ-Child lay, we’re told.

Then arose that night in heaven,
A star so bright and clear,
It guided the steps of the wise men,
With their gifts both precious and dear.

There they knelt at the feet of Mary,
Humble and true and still,
To offer their tribute to Jesus,
Who bringeth us peace and good-will.

May this star send ever a tiding,
To all in this school-room here,
Of the message our Saviour has given –
Peace to all, love, and good cheer.

[Quoting Susie L. Fitz, “CHRISTMAS EXERCISE”, PRIMARY EDUCATION, 14(10):500 (December 1906).]

The above-quoted Christmas poem – a mimeographed copy of which, including some typos, I still have – I read, as carefully as I could, at Damascus Elementary School, from the stage of its multi-purpose auditorium (that also served as the lunchroom and indoor gymnasium), as part of the elementary school’s Christmas A.D.1967 program.

In God’s providence, this was my first experience as a Christian public speaker.   Thankfully, since then, God has given me many more opportunities to speak publicly for Him.

Now begins a new year — by God’s powerful providence, I trust, this new year will include more opportunities to speak for Him.  It has now been slightly more than 50 years that I have belonged to the Lord Jesus Christ, my Savior.


 

Day-After-Christmas Shopping

She perceives that her merchandise is good . . . .  (Proverbs 31:18a)

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

Day-After-Christmas Shopping, Starting at 6 a.m.

Go, Go, go!   —  after-Christmas sales!

Shop, shop, shop!   —   go many females;

Start early as you can,

Drag along your tired man   —

Go, go, go!   —  after-Christmas sales!

No commentary is needed for all husbands who accompanied their wives on day-after-Christmas shopping bonanzas, which (needless to say) start before sunrise.