Monday, October 19, 2009

Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution: Bombardier Beetle

Nathan JonesPDFBy Nathan Jones

Did you know that there are creatures so incredibly complex that their very nature defies the concept of Evolution? To study these animals is to know with absolute surety that they must have been created by a designer.

Dr. Jobe MartinTo help identify some of those incredible creatures that defy Evolution, I went to Dr. Jobe Martin, former dentist, professor and Evolutionist. Having clearly seen God's eternal power and divine nature from what has been made (Rom. 1:20), Dr. Martin came to faith in Jesus Christ and a trust in the biblical account of the six days of Creation. He and his wife Jenna Dee have since formed Biblical Discipleship Ministries based in Rockwall, Texas to teach on campuses, classrooms and churches that we can trust the Bible's account of the Creation and Jesus as Savior.


Dr. Martin, you have produced a video series called "Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution" and another called "Creation Proclaims." Incredible creatures that defy Evolution — could you show us one of those?

When I became a believer in the Lord Jesus, I went from being an Agnostic/Zen Buddhist/Evolutionist to being a Theistic Evolutionist. I still had the Big Bang and the billions of years. I then gave a lecture at Baylor Dental College on the evolution of the tooth from fish scales, and some of my students challenged me. And so, we started this study and they wanted me to study Creation Science. I was reading my Bible while we were studying the assumptions that the Evolutionist makes, which I discovered aren't valid when talking about origins. We were also studying animals.

I was a Biology major and so could appreciate the first animal these students called to my attention (this was 1971) called the bombardier beetle. It is just a little 1/2 inch bug. What we have here in Texas is a black variety. They actually shoot their enemies. If a frog or a spider or hop-toad gets close to them, they are going to shoot them with fiery hot acid. They do this by mixing some chemicals.

Bombardier Beetle

As a matter of fact, when the bombardier beetle first mixes these chemicals the chemicals won't do anything, like they are in neutral. That would mean the beetle doesn't have a defense mechanism, and if evolution is true and the beetle was trying to evolve alongside all of the spiders that would eat it, it wouldn't have survived long enough to be here. But, the bombardier beetle has another little chemical factory down inside itself that makes exactly and precisely the right chemical catalyst so that when it squirts that into this solution you get this violent reaction.

Now, if the bombardier beetle didn't have even more equipment, well he'd just splattered himself, and of course splattered bug pieces cannot evolve. That would be the end of the bombardier beetle. But, we have him because he has an asbestos-like lined firing chamber. Even if he had that — boom! — he is gone if he doesn't have somewhere for the explosion to go. The bombardier beetle does has twin tail tubes which he can aim those tubes out the back, out the side, and out the front.

When you hear the bombardier beetle shoot it makes like a pop sound. But, that isn't exactly what it is. The pop was put in slow motion and it really is sequential booms. Why the sequence was also figured out. The beetle has these tiny little feet, and if he shoots let's say out the side and he goes bang and it isn't small bangs like that, his feet couldn't hold on and he would blow himself right out of the picture. So, our Lord the Creator made him so that he could shoot in any direction.

These mechanisms in the bombardier beetle defy evolution because there is no way he could evolve little bits and pieces at a time. He would be dead every time. He is irreducibly complex. He needs all of his parts. They all have to work together and they all have to be fully functional. And, he couldn't develop this complex mechanism over millions of years, because he would have been eaten into extinction long before then, or he would have blow himself up. So, either way, there is no way he could evolve. In that sense, I think it most certainly defies evolution.


Resources

The Evolution of a CreationistThe Evolution of a Creationist Book by Dr. Jobe Martin:
This fascinating book describes Dr. Jobe Martin's personal journey from an evolution-trained scientist to a Bible-believing creationist. Dr. Martin examines many of the claims and theories of prominent evolutionists, comparing their often incredible, inconsistent, pseudo-scientific explanations of origins to the clear and simple description of the Creation as depicted in the Bible.

Creation ProclaimsCreation Proclaims Video by Dr. Jobe Martin:
Come face-to-face with some of the world's most fascinating creatures! You'll discover how Creation proclaims the character, majesty, power and, glory of our Creator God. In each creature feature, you'll learn how God is reaching out to mankind by making Himself known in unmistakable ways.

God of WondersGod of Wonders Video by Eternal Productions:
A feature-length Discovery-quality documentary without the evolutionary bias. Stunning nature footage, scientific insights and Scriptures combine to reveal the wonders of our Creator as observed throughout His creation.

4 comments:

VeniSheckChicolte said...

I love this bug! I've watched a video on it before, and every time I read it, I still laugh! I think it's a great example that defies evolution!

quiffboy said...

Shame for the creationists that there are other species of beetles which have a simpler defence mechanism using the same combination of chemicals. For example Metrius Contractus which produces a repellant foam, this is evidence that shows that Irreducible Complexity is bogus.

Nathan Jones said...

Quiffboy you're saying that since there are even more amazingly complex creatures out there (bugs that shoot foam wow!) that proves that they couldn't have been created? Well you just sold me on a creator!

Zeus said...

One thing for sure is that Man created God in his image, which explains why there are so many Gods, Religions and their many interpretations. I for sure am a Creationist !