Cockroaches: Creation’s Cleanup Crew

I just finished reading another well written article from Lita Cosner of Creation Ministries International, and this one was all about one of the least appreciated creeping things on the planet, the cockroach.

In our Creeping Things Live Animal Presentations, we often bring along some Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. Although many children are drawn to these creatures and actually want to hold them, we find that adults usually head for the hills as soon as we bring them out. So we spend a good deal of time explaining how these fascinating animals fit into God’s creation. We explain that they were brilliantly designed, they serve specific vital purposes in creation (they are decomposers and importnat prey items) and that they can be beneficial to mankind.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach at the Creation & Earth History Museum in Santee, CA
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach at the Creation & Earth History Museum in Santee, CA

Additionally it is important to note that these creatures are perfect examples of the false idea of evolutionary stasis over millions of year. That is to say, cockroaches did not evolve! This is a very important point that CMI drives home in this Creation.com article.

Cockroaches first appear in ‘Carboniferous’ layers, supposedly 350 million years ago. But the only difference between cockroaches then and now is that they had external ovipositors. “In other words, they are practically identical.” But even today there are small differences between species of cockroaches; some carry their ootheca (egg capsule) internally until the baby cockroaches hatch, while others deposit the ootheca in a safe location. Evolutionists would explain this by saying that the cockroach was so spectacularly adapted to a range of environments that it didn’t need to change. But how did the cockroach get so adapted in the first place? We don’t see developing cockroaches; we see cockroaches that look virtually identical to living cockroaches today all throughout the fossil record. It’s inconceivable that a creature that is supposed to have predated the dinosaurs in the evolutionary timeframe would stay exactly the same while everything else changed around it.

But cockroaches are also cited as evidence of extremely rapid evolution. Pesticides for cockroaches used to be sweet, but cockroach populations developed an aversion to sweet-tasting foods, thus avoiding the poisons. This is said to be fast-paced evolution, but is it really? In fact, probably some cockroaches in all populations had this distaste for sugar, so those were the ones that survived the sweet poisons. It only takes a few cockroaches to rebuild a colony of thousands, and all the descendants would then be the sweet-avoiding kind. It’s fast-paced natural selection, but it’s not evolution. It’s not clear that these roaches would even have a survival advantage in places without poison, because their distaste for sweets eliminates some possible food sources.”

Well said CMI!

See the full article herehttp://creation.com/cockroach

 

Creeping Things for Creation Day!

Creeping Things for Creation Day 2016!

We had so much fun doing 2 Creeping Things Animal Shows for Creation Day at the Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee, CA!  The Creation Day event was November 5th and included guest speakers, Ray Comfort, Eric Hovind, Jay Seegert, Mark Finkbeiner, and Tom Cantor! Special thanks to Wild Wonders Inc. and the San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society.

Creeping Things Creation Day 2016
Creeping Things at Creation Day 2016 Event

Wild Wonders brought out six incredible creatures for our shows!

Wild Wonders animals for our Creeping Things show at Creation Day
Wild Wonders animals for our Creeping Things show, Creation Day 2016

There were thousands of people in attendance for the Creation Day event, and we were blessed to be able to perform two shows! We hope and pray that our message was well received and understood. Our purpose is to steer your gaze at the creature so that you marvel at the handiwork of the Creator and praise Him! It is so easy to be amazed by the wondrous animal life that our Creator has designed and made, but the amazement should not be focused there. Animals are amazing because their Creator is amazing! Let us give Him the glory and praise that His creation demands!

Creeping Things in Creation Illustrated

Recently I had the honor of writing about my favorite group of animals (of course I mean creeping things) for Creation Illustrated Magazine! The article “The Creation of Creeping Things” was featured in the Fall 2016 Edition, Vol.23, No.3 which has just become available for purchase. You can subscribe or find out more about Creation Illustrated here:  http://www.creationillustrated.com/

Creation Illustrated Fall 2016 Creeping Things
Creation Illustrated Fall 2016
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Creation Illustrated Website – Creeping Things Article

The article is about day 6 of the creation week (as told in the book of Genesis) and how the creeping things fit into the rest of God’s Creation. In the article, and in Creeping Things Ministries, we focus on how the design of these animals glorifies their infinitely wise Designer. If you are a reader of this blog, you will find the article to be very similar to what you see here and what we do in the Creeping Things Video Series.

I was also blessed to see that Creation Illustrated chose to use four of my photos in the article.  I literally have thousands of photos of reptiles and amphibians that are not currently being put to good use, and I would much prefer them to be utilized in a God-honoring way.

Nathan Hutcherson Photos Creation Illustrated
Two of Nathan Hutcherson’s photos in Creation Illustrated Magazine

They appropriately chose the Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), Blainville’s Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii) the Copperhead Snake (Agkistrodon contortrix),  and the Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis obsoletus).

Creation Illustrated Magazine is also available for purchase at the Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee, CA.  Pick up a copy of Creation Illustrated today and check out the article on page 28.

The Creation of Creeping Things by Nathan Hutcherson - Creation Illustrated Fall 2016
The Creation of Creeping Things by Nathan Hutcherson – Creation Illustrated Fall 2016
Thanks for reading! To God be the glory forever Amen!

Creeping Things on YouTube

We are finally getting around to uploading a few things on YouTube. Please help us to make this YouTube channel a success. Please be sure to subscribe and like the videos! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-O7p7_ziqU7Ta8B0EjfZ-w

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The Creeping Things YouTube Channel is in it’s infancy.

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Creeping Things is a wildlife exploration video series giving glory to the Creator and Designer of  human and all animal life, Jesus Christ.

To God be the glory forever AMEN!

Hostility Toward Creationists in Scientific Fields

Hostility toward creationists is par for the course these days. Let me begin by clarifying what a “creationist” really is. This is nothing more than a label slapped on anyone who admits that they believe the Bible as written. How dare anyone believe that the Bible is the Word of God, inerrant in the original language, with a single intended meaning that is determined by the context and the writing style? One becomes a creationist when they admit that the Bible means what it says and they believe it. Of course poetry is poetry, and hyperbole is hyperbole, but that which is written as historical narrative is meant as actual history.

I had been contemplating writing a post about this issue when I read an article from Answers in Genesis today that struck a particular chord with me. The article titled Secularist Intolerance Against Scientific Paper That Briefly Mentions Creator is well worth a read for anyone who might be unaware or confused about the lack of freedom to draw conclusions in any scientific field that do not adhere to the religion of humanistic naturalism. In the case of this scientific paper there was an uproar because the word Creator was used twice (likely accidentally) by foreign scientists who may not have a solid grip on the English language. Even a brief mention of God in the humanist domain receives instant hostility…

To that end, I would like to share a series of emails that I recently received when attempting to contact an individual at another museum about a possible range extension for a species of centipede. This person is a well known expert in their field and has published many scientific papers about the natural history of invertebrates. For the record, I emailed them at their work email, not a private email address. Their response was extremely unprofessional, emotionally charged, and quite obviously meant to be insulting and goading. The hostility that saturates and permeates nearly every sentence really exemplifies what it is like for a creationist such as myself to attempt to work with or even contact these typically dogmatic evolutionists. It can be a challenge to stay professional when dealing with individuals bent on driving all non-humanistic, naturalistic, opinions on origins, and freedom of discussion of such, far from the realm of academia and relegated to a place where it can only be met with ridicule or hatred.

Below is my initial email in blue, followed by their email responses in red and mine in blue….

Hello, I found your information while doing an online search for Scolopendra aztecorum. I was wondering if you had any experience with this species or any contacts for any one working with Chilopoda in MEX. I have a suspected S. aztecorum field collected from rock flipping in [edit], CA and I am having a lot of trouble finding data on the species. I have a paper “Cupul-Magana 2013 Chilopoda de Mexico”, and it lists aztecorum on page 35, but does not give any identification info. I cannot locate the original description from Verhoeff K.W. 1934. I know the paper is Beitrage zur Systematik und Geographie: Zoologische Jahrbücher, Abteilung für Systematik. 66: 1-112., but have not been able to lay hold if it.
My question is, is aztecorum a valid species, and if so has it been reported in the U.S.? The 2013 paper would seem to indicate that the taxa has not been sunk.
The specimen in question is alive and in my care. It differs from the local S. polymorpha by lacking the dark transverse crossbands, having a black head rather than red, and by its overall size being much larger. This specimen is almost exactly 7” in body length.
Also this is not an isolated find, I have found photos of the same species that I have reported on a field herping forum found on a road at night in Imperial County near the Mexican border.
Attached are a few photos of the beast in question in captivity.
One is of it laying a clutch of bright yellow eggs that it then promptly ate.
Thank you for your time,
Nathan Hutcherson

Assistant Curator/ Museum Administrator [museum phone, address, etc.]

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

 

Wake up sleepy head, you’re living in a dreamworld.   [followed by their initials]

???

Creationism.

Ah, my beliefs aside, I was expecting a little more interest in the specimen.

I can only presume you would distort the information, as creationists do.

Sir, I mean you know [already rattled and misusing a homophone here] disrespect and have no ulterior motives. Although I disagree with many evolutionary interpretations, I agree with many others. I am somewhat used to your reaction to my beliefs when I am dealing with novices in scientific disciplines, but I must say it is out of the ordinary for someone of your stature. I have contacted Jim Berrian of the San Diego Natural History Museum and he is aware of my beliefs, but was very professional and helpful. If it would help you in your research I could possibly provide you with the specimen or field collect another. A range extension is an exciting proposal.

And I mean you no disrespect, as I do not know you.  However, I “know creationism” and it is the Big Lie, meant to deceive by distorting the truth.  I have been to your museum, and it is shocking in its falsehoods.  It is designed to keep the public in ignorance.  It is meant to deny the core of what being human means, the ability (and responsibility) to seek the truth.  I cannot abide by such treacherous and devious human behavior.

While I deeply disagree with you on every statement that you just made, and truth and honesty are of my core values and the values of Christianity, arguing in this case would likely be counterproductive.  Sir, again I do not wish to make enemies or hinder scientific research, my offer still stands for the provision of this species. This may be difficult for you to understand, but I am very much involved in field herpetology and as you can imagine most of my friends and companions in this field are not Christians. Some are devout atheists or agnostics and we still have a good time finding reptiles and amphibians together. I would even be willing to take you to the location that I found this specimen and look for others, but it seems you are probably not interested.

Sorry to waste your time.

Dear Nathan,

I resent your sideways implication that truth and honesty come only out of Christianity, and that creationism has anything to do with Christianity.  I am a Christian.  Most Christian religions accept evolution.  Even the conservative Catholic church embraces evolution — of course, they are blessed to have the Jesuits, who are true intellectuals (some of them are actually great scientists).  And no, I am neither Catholic nor do I support the Catholic church — they have their own sickness they are cursed with (though it is probably no more harmful to humanity than is creationism).  The point is, belief in evolution is an intellectual matter, not a religious one, and certainly not a Christian one.  And what of Buddhism, Hinduism, and all the other myriad religions of the world that accept evolution??  Belief in creationism is a simple choice that an individual makes, and no more; it has nothing to do with the Christianity or religion.  It is an intellectual choice, or perhaps I should say a “non-intellectual choice.”   It is an expression of willful ignorance.  You have made your choice as an individual not to follow the ways of science, scientific investigation, and scientific testing.  Instead, you have chosen to follow a leader.  And I, a good Christian, have made the choice to believe that the scientific method is the best way to get as close to the truth as possible.  I follow a method, not a leader.

By the way, how can you say you believe in “honesty” when your museum’s exhibits are full of ridiculous lies, meant only to deceive the uninformed?  One of the most shocking memories I have of your museum is the “fossil car keys” – keys caked with mud alleging to “prove” that fossils are not ancient (after all, cars are not ancient!).  Really – do you call that kind of nonsense “honesty.”  Frankly, you should be ashamed of yourself “teaching” people with such deceit. [initials]

Dear [edit],

You are not challenging my honestly, my integrity or my intellect, your objections are not exactly new to me.

Would you like to consider the topic that I originally emailed you about?

If not, have a good life.

You too Nathan.  Adios.

…………………………………………….

Well there you have it. Judge for yourself which one of us was more interested in the advancement of science. And which one was trying to cram their belief system down the other’s throat. Consider my original email which mentions nothing about creation other than my email signature. Consider the topic, the species in question represents a possibly significant (up to 800 mile!) range extension! Normally a proposal of this type would be fascinating to someone who works in this specific field of biology. In my final response and attempt to guide the conversation back to the task at hand, I was so rattled that I couldn’t even spell the word “honesty”. I definitely tried to keep my emotions out of the exchange, but the “expert” made no such attempt. This individual who claims to be a Christian, did not bring Christ or the Bible into their reasoning, and obviously does not hold to Matthew 22:39. I wonder if the museum that employs them condones such repugnant behavior. I did not pursue that question, since it is likely that their supervisors will share their viewpoint. If you hold to a biblical worldview, the humanists who currently have a monopoly on public education and the common products of it, will not tolerate your stance. Science has never been the enemy of Christianity, but those that have a stranglehold on it today are another story.

‘Science … is not so much concerned with truth as it is with consensus. What counts as ‘truth’ is what scientists can agree to count as truth at any particular moment in time … [Scientists] are not really receptive or not really open-minded to any sorts of criticisms or any sorts of claims that actually are attacking some of the established parts of the research (traditional) paradigm — in this case neo-Darwinism — so it is very difficult for people who are pushing claims that contradict the paradigm to get a hearing. They’ll find it difficult to [get] research grants; they’ll find it hard to get their research published; they’ll, in fact, find it very hard.’

Professor Evelleen Richards, Science Historian, University of NSW, Australia, Lateline, 9 October 1998, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

For more information:

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America

Evidence for Creation: Intelligent answers for open minds

The Nature of peer review

‘It’s not science

We Will Not Tolerate Intolerance

Creeping Things on Creation in the 21st Century

Recently I had the pleasure of being a guest on the show Creation in the 21st Century with host David Rives on TBN. I had the honor of being the first guest ever to bring live animals on the show!

Nathan Hutcherson (left) showing a Northern Blue-tongued Skink to host David Rives on the set of Creation in the 21st Century
Nathan Hutcherson (left) showing a Northern Blue-tongued Skink to host David Rives on the set of Creation in the 21st Century

I was invited to record 5 different presentations on topics of my own choosing.

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Clowning around with a cornsnake while recording an episode of Creation in the 21st Century

The topics (and titles for the episodes) are:

Creeping Things of Creation (aired 1/22/16)

Snakes! The Slithering Serpent (aired 2/26/16)

Explore Creation! (aired 4/1/16)

Under-appreciated Creatures (aired 6/24/16)

Remarkable Reptiles (aired 10/14/16)

Creeping Things Treefrog on the set of Creation in the 21st Century
Top of the world! A Treefrog on the set of Creation in the 21st Century

I was pleased to be able to promote the new Creeping Things DVD Series and the Creation and Earth History Museum of which I am the Assistant Curator.

Nathan Hutcherson handling a Woma Python at the Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee, CA
Nathan Hutcherson handling a Woma Python at the Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee, CA

 

I am excited to see how God is using the Creeping Things Ministry and it was a tremendous blessing to be on the Creation in the 21st Century Show!  Our purpose, whether it is in the Creeping Things DVD Series or in our live animal shows, is to steer your gaze at the creature so that you marvel at the handiwork of the Creator and praise Him!

Nathan Hutcherson - Boa Constrictor
Nathan Hutcherson (left) and David Rives handling a large Boa Constrictor

During these interviews I was able to explain how these creeping creatures fit into God’s creation and to share that message with a national audience! Special thanks to producer/director Kyle Justice of Awesome Science Media for setting up these interviews.

Nathan Hutcherson holding an albino Pacific Gophersnake with the cast and crew of Creation in the 21st Century
Nathan Hutcherson holding an albino Pacific Gophersnake with the cast and crew of Creation in the 21st Century

What People Are Saying About Creeping Things Videos

The best video series I have seen on reptiles ever… If you have kids or teenagers interested in creeping things you will want to pick up this series…fun, funny and educational. We LOVED it!  – Gina Black

I absolutely love the Creeping Things Video Series! Love it! Every episode is loaded with information and so entertaining. Kids love this stuff. But, this fabulous series is not just for kids. It’s for all ages. I’m a 53 year old mom and I love it! I never knew how to tell the difference between a virtually harmless scorpion and a dangerously venomous one. I do now. I grew up around lizards and never knew that the awesome Horned Toad (my fave) drank from the water gathered on its back… And the list goes on! Just amazing facts! Nathan, God has clearly gifted you with the ability to teach. And I praise God for you all, Nathan, Alma, Aiyana and Ian, and the work you are doing; teaching these amazing facts about these incredible creatures so that we look to and praise the Creator! I highly recommend this series! And, I pray God’s continued blessing on your work. Can’t wait for the next episodes! Keep ’em coming!  – Toni Owens

The [Christmas] gift with the largest reaction from the kids. Hope the series will continue for next Christmas. – Phillip Dauben

Informative, engaging, and entertaining video series! Our family thoroughly enjoyed watching, especially since Nathan (with the assistance of his two children!) clearly articulates the amazing characteristics of the many under appreciated creeping creatures. We are really looking forward to future episodes! Highly recommended!  – Keith Scott

My grandson was so excited. He’s been wanting these ever since he watched them at the [Creation and Earth History] museum. My grandboys LOVE Creeping Things!  –  June McGreevy

Creeping Things is an excellent and educational series for the whole family. My kids love seeing the real animals (me too) and learning their purpose as designed by God. I appreciate not having to worry about evolution being pushed on my children and am thrilled more videos are in the making!  – Rhanda Smith

What a fantastic, creative, educational and more importantly, Biblical series. Creeping Things is like the Discovery Channel meets Biblical reality. This series is not only refreshing for our society, it’s great for kids ages 0-105 (and up). It’s a blessing for the purpose of Soli Deo Gloria (for the glory of God).  – Cody Hug

Awesome videos! What a refreshing look at God’s amazing creation! My boys love these videos tons!! Us too! Very informative and educational as well!  – Kaitlyn Owens

Our kids loved the videos! They even chose the creeping things video over the Bernstein Bears! That is saying a lot!  – Amber de la Motte

Personally, being from Florida… most of our creeping things are poisonous thus I am not the biggest fan; however after watching The Creeping Things Video Series, it gave me a new perspective on God’s creatures that creep along the ground! This series was educational and entertaining, I would suggest it to anyone… both those who enjoy creeping things and those who don’t, because either way… your appreciation for that which God has created will grow after watching this video series! I know mine did! Glory to God!  – Steven Policastro Jr.

Inexpensive, an awesome series, kids will love it, and even adults will learn in a fun an intriguing way! Why allow your kids to watch what the networks think they should watch, when they can learn while having fun?!?  – Jd Johnson

The Creeping Things film series was a hit for our family movie night! It was a blessing to see our son connect God’s Word with His workmanship through these exciting, educational and fun-filled animal adventures! Thank you Creeping Things for your partnership in ministry and for using your God given talents to encourage future generations of Biblical truths. We are excited about future Creeping Things programs at the Creation & Earth History Museum and look forward to educating more people through God’s created creatures. – Jayson Payne

My family loves Creeping Things! We have purchased all three DVDs. The DVDs really bring to my grandchildren’s attention that there is even a purpose for the creation of creepy things and the expression on my grandchildren’s face when they hear that truth is priceless. Thank you Creeping Things for your faithfulness to the Lord and spreading truth too many!  – Stacey and Joe Gaona

The “Creeping Things” video series is fun and exciting, taking you into the field for an up-close look. I love the fact that throughout the DVDs his family plays an integral part in the exploration and discovery. I recently invited Nathan onto my television program, Creation in the 21st Century, where he spoke about reptiles and other creatures, even bringing live animals onto the set! Nathan is a knowledgeable guy with a sincere heart for sharing God’s awesome creations. – David Rives

Thank you, Nathan, Alma, Aiyana, Ian for an incredible 4 weeks of Creeping Things! I thank the Lord He’s equipped you, Nathan, with the ability to clearly, articulately shed some light on these amazing critters. Your sessions were not only filled with info, they were quite entertaining as well. Really enjoyed this series.  The Designer of these critters is clearly the focus of your work. I praise God for you all. Praying his continued blessing on this work.  – Prospect Avenue Baptist Church

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