VIDEO Will you come and follow Me, The Summons

May 5, 2009

Song and lyrics of ‘The Summons’, or ‘Will you come and follow Me’.

Words, John L. Bell & Graham Maule, copyright (c) 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland

Human lincRNA Genes Contradict Evolution

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Researchers from MIT and the University of Massachusetts Medical School recently characterized a group of genes in humans and other mammals that not only defies evolutionary models but vindicates the Bible’s prediction of the uniqueness of created kinds with distinct genetic features.1

Even though less than five percent of the human genome codes for protein, scientists have discovered that our genome is pervasively transcribed (expressed) in an amazing array of RNA molecules.2,3 And the transcribed regions of the genome located outside the protein-coding areas encode many unique types of genes that produce RNAs used directly by the cell. An important category of these RNAs is the “long intergenic non-coding RNAs” or lincRNAs that have the same type of control structures and features as protein-coding genes.

It is now known that lincRNA genes are critical to cell function, with some even being completely lethal when experimentally disabled in mice.4,5 Because scientists have known for several years that lincRNA genes are more specific to different kinds of creatures than protein-coding genes, they have begun to use them to test evolutionary predictions.6

Publishing in the journal Genome Research, the team examined the expression of 1,898 different lincRNA genes in different types of tissues in humans, chimps, macaques, cows, mice, and rats.1 Amazingly, only 80 percent of the human lincRNA genes had counterparts expressed in chimp tissue and only 63 percent were expressed in macaque tissue. These differences are completely outside the evolutionary paradigm and popular rhetoric that claim the human and chimpanzee genomes are nearly identical.

Interestingly, this newly reported research parallels a study recently completed by this author using three different lincRNA data sets. These represent over 50,000 different regions of the human genome, and their sequence was compared to the chimp genome (data not yet published).6 Depending on the data set, all known human lincRNA regions of the genome were found to be only 67 percent to 79 percent similar in their DNA sequence compared to the chimp genome. These findings correlate closely with the lincRNA gene expression results in Genome Research.1

Over 20 percent of human lincRNAs are dissimilar between humans and chimps and therefore have no evolutionary history—they appear suddenly and fully functional in the human genome. While the evolutionary model once again fails to predict this incredible genetic discontinuity, the creation model accurately forecasts that all creatures are uniquely created after their kind, a prediction evident in the structure and function of the human genome.

by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. *

References:

1.Washietl, S., M. Kellis, and M. Garber. Evolutionary dynamics and tissue specificity of human long noncoding RNAs in six mammals. Genome Research. Posted on genome.cshlp.org January 15, 2014, accessed February 15, 2014.
2.Clark, M. B. et al. 2013. The dark matter rises: the expanding world of regulatory RNAs. Essays in Biochemistry. 54 (1): 1-16.
3.Hangauer, M. J., I. W. Vaughn, and M. T. McManus. 2013. Pervasive Transcription of the Human Genome Produces Thousands of Previously Unidentified Long Intergenic Noncoding RNAs. PLoS Genetics. 9 (6): e1003569.
4.Sauvageau, M. et al. 2013. Multiple knockout mouse models reveal lincRNAs are required for life and brain development. eLife. 2: e01749.
5.Tomkins, J. 2014. Mouse Study Shows “Junk DNA” Is Actually Required. Creation Science Update. Posted on icr.org January 15, 2014, accessed February 15, 2014.
6.Tomkins, J. 2014. Using ENCODE Data for Human-Chimp DNA Comparisons. Acts & Facts. 43 (1): 9.

* Dr. Tomkins is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and received his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University.

Understanding God’s Holiness

Leviticus 22:29-33

If you’ve ever read through Leviticus, you may have wondered why God gave the Israelites so many rules and details about sacrifices and worship procedures. When I was a boy, I remember thinking all those cows could have fed a lot of people. To me, the sacrifices seemed like a big waste, but that’s because I didn’t understand what the Lord was teaching His people.

Today we have the finished Scriptures to help us understand who God is and what He desires of us. But in the days of the Old Testament, He taught His people by example. He wanted them to grasp three things: His holiness; their sinfulness and the consequences of disobedience; and His care for them—that He was the source of every good thing. The rules and regulations He instituted were visible object lessons.

In every detail, He revealed His holiness—and in every sacrifice, the cost of sin. The rules of the tabernacle taught the people not to take worship lightly. It was a serious and awesome privilege to approach a holy, righteous God.

Today, it’s rather easy to lose sight of the Lord’s holiness. To prevent that, try re-examining the Old Testament sacrificial system for a fresh perspective on the seriousness of worship.

God is our heavenly Father, and we have instant access to His throne room. Yet we should think about whether we’re treating Him with the reverence He deserves. At church, instead of being preoccupied and distracted, we should understand what a privilege it is to come into His presence.

A More Sure Word

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)

In this important passage, Peter explains the ultimate source of his writings. He did not merely repeat cunningly devised fables when he taught majestic things about the Lord Jesus Christ, but was himself an “eyewitness” of His glory and personally heard the very voice of God on the Mount of Transfiguration (vv. 16-18). The three chosen disciples witnessed His prophesied glory and heard God speak of Christ’s pleasing Sonship. There could be no doubt of God’s special plan for His Son. As eyewitnesses, they bore the onus of bearing witness to the facts.

But Peter downplayed the importance of his own personal testimony, even though it was a firsthand account and quite important, and he knew it was absolutely correct. The “more sure word of prophecy” he recommended, however, which outshines any human testimony, was the written Word of God, for the Transfiguration confirmed numerous Old Testament prophecies concerning Christ. Prophecies already fulfilled multiply our confidence in the rest of Scripture.

Oral or written testimony of human observers, no matter how trustworthy they may be, is still subject to human error and not “inerrant” in the same way as Scripture. Christians must always remember that the written Word of God is more certain than personal memories or impressions. The experiences we have must never be viewed as validating God’s Word. Rather, God’s Word validates our experiences. The early church only had a few portions of the New Testament in those days of beginning, but thankfully, we have it all and have ready access to it. Peter recognized it as superior to any personal testimony. How much more should we deem it trustworthy and authoritative? JDM

And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone

And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone.—1 Kings 20:40.
Blessed is he that considereth the weak; Jehovah will deliver him in the day of evil.—Psalm 41:1 (R. V.).
Encourage the faint-hearted, support the weak, be lungsuffering toward all.—1 Thessalonians 5:14 (R. V.).

IT is decreed in the providence of God that, although the opportunities for doing good, which are in the power of every man, are beyond count or knowledge; yet, the opportunity once neglected, no man by any self-sacrifice can atone for those who have fallen or suffered by his negligence. JULIANA H. EWING.

Do not make life hard to any. R.W. EMERSON.

Forgive us if this day we have done or said anything to increase the pain of the world. Pardon the unkind word, the impatient gesture, the hard and selfish deed, the failure to show sympathy and kindly help where we had the opportunity, but missed it; and enable us so to live that we may daily do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow, and add to the sum of human happiness. F.B. MEYER.

All we like sheep have gone astray from God

All we like sheep have gone astray. Isaiah 53:6

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. — There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable.

Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. — I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteous for his name’s sake.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, either shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

1 John 1:8. Romans 3:10-12. 1 Peter 2:25. Psalm 119:176. Psalm 23:3. John 10:27,28. Luke 15:4.

The Lord was my stay

The Lord was my stay. Psalm 18:8

Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel. — The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. — Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion; for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. — The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. — So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. — For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

By the grace of God I am what I am.

Jeremiah 3:23. Psalm 18:2. Isaiah 12:6. Psalm 34:7,17. Deuteronomy 33:27. Hebrews 13:6. Psalm 18:31,32. 1 Corinthians 15:10.