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

 

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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/

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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.

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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.

Please subscribe to see trailers, teasers, and video updates about the Creeping Things Ministry!

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!

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!

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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

Creeping Things Video Trailers

The video trailers to the first 3 episodes of Creeping Things are available on YouTube!

Creeping Things is an exciting new video series that focuses on reptiles, amphibians, insects, and arachnids all from a Biblical worldview!

Click on the links below to check them out!

 

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Creeping Things Episode 1: Underappreciated Creepers

 

Creeping Things SolfugidCreeping Things Episode 2: Desert Creepers

 

Creeping Things Southern Pacific RattlesnakeCreeping Things Episode 3: California Creepers

 

Click here to purchase one today!

 

Creeping Things is produced by Awesome Science Media, to see more of their videos and products click here.

All images subject to copyright and may not be used without written permission from the author.

Creeping Things Video Series Now Selling!

The first 3 episodes of Creeping Things are out and already selling in many different locations!
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Creeping Things Episodes 1-3

Our official website to buy the DVD’s is www.creepingthingsdvd.com

And all 3 episodes are now available at all these fine retailers:

Awesome Science Media
https://www.awesomesciencemedia.com/produc…/creeping-things/

Answers in Genesis
https://answersingenesis.org/search/…

Creation Ministries International
http://usstore.creation.com/cat…/advanced_search_result.php…

The Creation Superstore
https://creationsuperstore.com/?s=creeping&post_type=product

The Creation and Earth History Museum’s online store – Creationbookstore.com
http://www.creationbookstore.com/search.php…

And coming to new locations soon!

The Creeping Things DVD program focuses on insects, arachnids, reptiles, amphibians, and anything else that creeps upon the ground and where they fit into God’s Creation. Each episode is a showcase of the glory, power, and genius of the Master Designer. We can’t wait to see how the Lord is going to use this series!

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The Creeping Things cast

Episode 1: Underappreciated Creepers – This episode focuses on the creatures of this world that people tend to overlook or dismiss and how there is much to be learned from them.

Episode 2: Desert Creepers – This episode is all about the creeping things that inhabit the deserts of the southwest.

Episode 3: California Creepers – This episode showcases the iconic creeping creatures that call California their home.

Get your copies today!