Bats: The Fingerprints of Creation, continued

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."Psalm 139:14

Is it reasonable to believe that bats evolved or that God may have used an evolutionary process to create them? The Bible does tell us how everything was created. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6

Knowing that bats can eat up to 1200 mosquitoes in one hour we have to ask some basic questions. First, without fully formed wings how could these proficient flyers feed themselves? How could they reach this abundant food source? At one time was there another source of insects at ground level that didn't require the swift action of collecting large numbers of insects to satisfy such an appetite? And at what point of wing development would they able to reach the flying insects? One would have to agree that bats need fully formed wings in order to function in any capacity.

Before a bat could catch anything in the dark it had to be able to echolocate. Without its sonar system wouldn't a bat go hungry during a slow step-by-step development of such a system? And wouldn't a bat fly into objects thus knocking itself senseless without a fully formed sonar system in place? And without a fully formed hearing filtration system wouldn't a bat confuse its original shout from its echo? Wouldn't the original shout of a bat deafen and damage its hearing without this fully developed hearing filtration system? And at what point would a creature decide that it would be better to hang upside down and have its biological "right side up" system to be able to accommodate such a change?

Scientists recognize that even the simplest biological systems are irreducibly complex. This means that each component of a system depends on another and if one component is removed from that system it can't function. This truth is abundantly evident in the insectivorous bats. Bats are known as the most highly specialized mammal, man being the most complex. If you remove one of the specialized features of a bat then you have a being that can't function or survive. This leaves no room for the idea that evolving intermediate forms have ever existed - as confirmed by the fossil record itself.

"For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them." Exodus 20:11

The language of Genesis is very clear that the creation days were twenty-four hour days. The Ten Commandments further confirm this fact. Although Hebrew scholars may not believe in the literal interpretation of the creation account of Genesis, they all agree that it was written to be understood literally. And though most men and women and many Christians do not believe in the literal interpretation of the Genesis creation account, the bats confirm it.

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The Bible teaches that on day three of creation week vegetation appeared. This would include plant life in the seas as well as on land. The food source was prepared before any sea creatures, birds and other flying things were created. We know that over three hundred species of plants depend on bats and on many other creatures. Therefore a creation day involving long geological ages is out of the question. What would pollinate fruit trees and what would be responsible for seed dispersion without flying creatures such as bats and birds? Without these flying creatures being created on day five plant growth couldn't survive extended lengths of time.

On day five of creation week the Bible teaches that sea creatures and flying creatures were created. Knowing that many fruit bearing plants depend on bats, it is safe to assume that fruit bats were one of the original created kinds. It is reasonable to speculate that vampire bats may not have been present in the original creation, because the Bible teaches (Romans 5:12) that there was no death or bloodshed in the beginning. Or perhaps they didn't develop the taste for blood at the time of creation before the fall. The absence of death and bloodshed may also put into question the existence of insectivorous bats and mosquitoes in the original creation. The insectivorous bats may have not been part of the original creation but we know that, in the beginning, the genetic information for all the bats that we see today existed in the original created kinds. And as for mosquitoes a possible food source for them might have been plants. Traces of hemoglobin are found in some plants and in the original creation the vegetation would have been more abundant.

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