Chapter Seven


At which university do beavers study civil engineering? Who teaches birds nest architecture? Which school of navigation teaches geese how to navigate by the stars? What chemist taught bees how to make wax? Who gave spiders the knowledge to construct webs? Where did the eels get their ability to navigate all the way from south of Bermuda to the streams and ponds of Europe and back? The unlearned knowledge and amazing abilities of creatures show the work of the intelligent, wise Creator.


The mother garden spider lays her eggs in the fall of the year. In the spring, the little spiders hatch out. What school does the little garden spider go to in order to learn how to weave a web? If he cannot weave a web he will starve to death. He never saw his mother and he does not go to school. Yet, he goes out and spins a web just like the others of his kind do. Where did he get this knowledge? Obviously it is programmed into him. This is commonly called instinct. The first spiders must have had this knowledge or they would have starved to death. Did they get this equipment, system, and unlearned knowledge from blind material chance? No, such a faith is ridiculous. Such a faith is not science, it is mythology. Such equipment, unlearned knowledge, wise behavior and inheritance demands an intelligent origin. Who is this intelligence? Is it nature? No. Nature is not a person. Nature is blind, deaf and dumb. You need to seek for an intelligent Creator. The Bible calls the intelligent Creator, God. Have you ever considered the wise behavior of ants? They live in colonies with a division of work. Where did this social wisdom come from?
Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
Prepares her food in the summer,
And gathers her provision in the harvest
Proverbs 6:6-8.

On the shores of the Mediterranean Sea there are ants which gather grain and store it during harvest time. Ants live in cities and each works with little leadership. This wise behavior demands a wise origin. There is a wise Creator, God.

In science we study behavior, systems, mechanisms and senses. We learn how these mechanisms work, how senses function and what the behavior is. However, this does not in any way explain their origin.

Fish Navigation

Consider the sense of smell for navigation of salmon and the programmed system within them that causes them to swim back up the rivers and streams to where they were hatched. Who programmed them with this system and ability?

Then there are the eels that you see for sale in the shops in Europe. They are hatched in the Sargasso Sea and drift in larval form on the Gulf Stream about 3,000 miles to Europe. After 10 to 12 years they return from the lakes, farm ponds and ditches of Europe and North America to the Sargasso Sea. How do you account for the origin of such a fine navigational system, programmed into the eels? The sense and knowledge system that this shows demands an intelligent origin.

Bird Navigation

Some birds, such as starlings and meadow larks, navigate by the sun. Other birds for example, geese and European warblers, navigate by the stars at night. Both systems require keeping track of time. Birds must have an inborn clock. It takes fine equipment for man to navigate. The birds have this designed into them. It would be more logical to believe that a compass, clock and sextant all came about by chance accident than it would be to believe that the navigational systems in birds came about by chance accident. Obviously, you need to admit that there is God, the Designer.

The Pacific golden plovers nest in Siberia and Alaska. They migrate thousands of miles over the water to islands in the Pacific. This requires precise navigation. What is even more amazing is that the adult birds leave first. The young must make the long journey without an experienced guide. Do the parents leave a map with the young? They have only that which is built within. This fantastic behavior and ability demands an intelligent Creator.

It took much intelligence and engineering work to build the guidance systems for missiles. There must be a great intelligence that designed the guidance systems of fish and birds. You need to believe in God, and praise Him. Job said, about 4,000 years ago:
"But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
"Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
"Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
Job 12:7-10.

God said:
"Even the stork in the sky
Knows her seasons;
And the turtledove and the swift and the thrush,
Observe the time of their migration;
But My people do not know the ordinance of the LORD.
Jeremiah 8:7.

Do you believe in God? You need to. Your life is in His hand.

Germaine Lockwood

Copyright ©1996 by Germaine Charles Lockwood. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Scripture quotations in this work, unless otherwise indicated, are from The New American Standard Bible, Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations from The New King James Bible (NKJB), Copyright ©1979,1980,1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., Nashville, TN. Used by permission.

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