According to evolution, everything in the universe—including you and me—are merely the product of random processes.
But according to the Bible, God creatively designed every plant, animal, and other facet of creation with great wisdom. The more you study His creation, the more you can recognize His incredible handiwork.
So today, we’re sharing with you five fascinating animals that point to God’s brilliant design!
When Europeans first found the platypus in the late 18th century, they weren’t sure how to classify it. After all, this strange creature had mammal, reptile, and bird features!
With its duck-like bill, beaver-like tail, and reptile-like stance, early researchers viewed the platypus as a primitive hodge-podge of an animal.
But those researchers didn’t do the platypus justice. This animal is much more complex than it may appear at first.
Consider how the platypus hunts. Did you know that flaps cover the platypus’ eyes, ears, and nose? It’s true! So how does this creature find food? Well, God designed it with complex electroreception so it can sense the electrical currents of its prey’s muscle contractions.
The platypus digs through mud and pebbles in the water to find shrimp and crayfish. Using electroreception, it captures its prey, stores it in its cheek pouches, and then swims to the surface to grind its food with its toothless jaws.
Honeybees are hard workers. And as their name implies, they produce delicious honey! If you’ve ever visited a bee farm, you know it takes a lot of bees to create that honey.
So how do bees tell each other where to go to find the food they need? They dance!
When a worker bee finds a plentiful food source, she returns to the hive to show fellow foragers where to find it. To do so, she does a “waggle dance” in a figure-8 pattern. During the dance, she wags her tail rhythmically. The number of wags indicates the distance to the food source, and the excitement of the waggle tells the other bees how important this food source is.
During her dance, the bee will do many straight runs across the hive cells. The angle of this straight run tells the other bees the precise angle they need to fly relative to the sun.
For example, if the bee runs straight up the hive, the bees fly straight toward the sun. If she runs 60 degrees left, they fly 60 degrees left of the sun. And as the sun moves, bees automatically adjust for that when recalling the original directions.
This complicated dance is just one small example of how God brilliantly designed honeybees!
3. Blue Whales
What’s bigger than most dinosaurs and longer than two school buses?
The blue whale!
These giant creatures are about 70 feet in length and weigh around 200,000 pounds (100 tons). To put that into perspective, the largest land mammal is the African bull elephant, which weighs 8 tons. If the blue whale lived on land, its own weight would crush its skeleton!
Why do mammals like the blue whale live in the sea? Evolutionists say some land animals returned to the ocean as air-breathing marine mammals, perhaps because they were searching for better food sources.
But there are no transitional forms between land mammals and marine mammals—no convincing ones, that is. Instead, whales appear suddenly in the fossil record.
Plus, there’s no evidence for how a blue whale could’ve evolved its complex bodily systems, such as its ear, which God designed to hear underwater and withstand great pressure.
The blue whale also has a tail that moves vertically, blubber and countercurrent heat exchangers to keep warm, and a respiratory system that can withstand high pressure and long periods underwater.
And how can you explain the blue whale’s amazing ability to give birth and nurse underwater? Clearly, this creature and its complex systems were designed by God!
Giraffes are fun to watch with their long, graceful necks and spotted coats. But they’re also great examples of God’s brilliant design.
Evolutionists suggest that giraffes developed their beautifully long necks through mutation and natural selection, which favored giraffes that could reach higher branches for food.
But if that’s true, then why do adult giraffes today often eat at shoulder height or lower? Even more so, where are the transitional forms showing short-necked giraffes progressing to long-necked giraffes?
No, this creatures’ long neck was designed by our Creator.
Have you ever heard the term “blind as a bat”? As it turns out, that saying isn’t completely fair to bats. These flying mammals have small eyes and sensitive vision, helping them navigate at night. And to make up for their somewhat-poor eyesight, bats will use echolocation to find their food.
As nocturnal creatures, bats do their foraging or hunting at night. Big brown bats search for flittering insects to chomp on while some bats—like fruit bats—prefer the sweet taste of bananas, mangos, dates, and avocados.
Evolution-based textbooks will teach you that bats evolved over millions of years from non-flying mammals. Their theory is that, somehow, natural selection and random mutations led to the bat’s complex flying system—wings with just the right amount of bone and nerves in just the right locations.
But mindless processes couldn’t produce such complex changes. Only God can do that!
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