Bats batter Evolution

21/08/2009

by Ken E Murray

Bats are a living flying miracle of creation.

There are over 2,000 species of bats. They have such highly specialised component organs, that would make it impossible for them to have evolved. They are the only flying mammals on earth.

In general, there a two main types of bats …megabats and microbats. Generally, Megabats eat fruit and microbats tend to eat insects. Some bats can eat, fish. Others can eat frogs, birds, spiders, lizards, and other mammals. The golden-tipped bat can even pluck spiders straight from their webs!

Microbats, like the Common Sheath-Tail Microbat (Taphoxous Georgianus), shown in this video, are simply extraordinary in their created design and capabilities.

Sheath-Tail Microbats, are insectivores. They live off insects and help to keep the natural harmony of creation in balance. There are over 70 different varieties of these specialist microbats in Australia, alone.

A Myotis microbat has been recorded capturing 1,200 tiny fruit flies in one hour! That’s one every 3 seconds, while navigating in the air at speeds of up to 50km per hour and foraging up to 15 kilometres from their cave roosts. (Micro bats: The Insect Terminators, p2. – Qld Dept Environment and Resource Management (EPA).

Microbats in Australia, mate in late August and early September, springtime, after semi-hibernating during the drier winter period. They give birth in November.

How could they evolve? Even their knees face outward and bend backwards, instead of forwards as in other mammals. They are called Chiroptera, which means “hand-wing”. God has designed their wing membranes of very soft pliable skin, which is even able to repair itself if punctured.

They also have a useful thumb-hook on the main bent portion of their wings for moving quickly on cave rock faces, grooming and clinging to roosts, while they rest.

Why do they hang upside down? Because, their design capabilities and wing to body ratio, make it more useful to hang upside down for take-off and landing. They have been created with very special tendons in their feet to assist them in clinging to objects without any effort.

Mind you, they do hang right side up, by their special wing-hooks when they give birth or go to the toilet.

There is an irreducible complexity about the design of bats.  If you were to take even one component part away from them, they could not live.

The remarkable peculiarity about bats, which sets their creation off from all other mammals is their unique, very complicated “sonar” system. They fly by ear and guide themselves by the echoes of their highly pitched squeaks. This remarkable sensitively designed system is called “echolation”.

Bats emit a pulse of sounds, normally at frequencies beyond our range of hearing. Their sound waves are created in the bat’s voice box, and are emitted from the mouth or the nostrils. They bounce sound waves off objects and analyse the echo. This is how they sense their environment and find their prey. So, they are not just God-designed stud fighter pilots but they are astronomical electronic engineers as well.

The complicated flaps of skin around the nostrils of some bats, and strangely designed structures in their ears, are for the protection and reception of sound waves of ultra high frequency, upon the principles we call “sonar”. When the bat is foraging for food it echo-locates to find a mosquito or moth. As it bears down on its prey it produces what is called a feeding buzz. With this series of pulses or clicks some bats can give off up to 200 pulses per second. Not only does the bat emit ultra sonic pulses but the ears are, in essence, opening and closing 200 times per second as well!

Bats can emit bursts of sound of frequencies up to 32,000 per second! Much higher than a human ear can detect. These airborne waves bounce back from obstacles, that are picked up by the super-sensitive ears of the bat in flight. So accurately attuned is this God-created system, that the bats can quickly dart and change course to avoid objects and to snap up hundreds of insects in a single feeding session.

Bats easily find insects in night’s pitch darkness, even when the insects emit no sound that can be heard by human ears. Impressively, in using their echo-location, they can detect their targets unerringly, in spite of loud noises or jamming. They have a truly remarkably God designed discriminator …as an acoustic or audio engineer would say.

With and auditory system that weighs only a fraction of a gram, and in the midst of a great volume of surrounding noises, a bat can distinguish its own signals, even though they are 2,000 times fainter than the background noises! Think about it …and the original sound emitted by the bat cannot even be heard by the human ear.

Ounce for ounce and watt for watt, bats amazing sonar system is billions of times more efficient and more sensitive than the radars and sonars contrived by mankind.

“I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Your works; and that my life knows right well. (Psalm 139:14)

Some bats live off nectar and pollen with amazingly designed elongated muzzles and very long tongues, sometimes with a brush at the tips of their tongues, ideally designed for their type of feeding.

Possibly the most surprising bat is the species that feed on fish. They have a God given well developed system of frequency modulated sonar. But, since sound loses much of its energy in passing from air into water and vice versa, the big puzzle is: how can these bats locate fish underwater by means of this system?

Then there are the infamous Vampire Bats of tropical America. They live from sucking blood from living animals. They sneak up on their victims and with their incredibly designed sharp, narrow teeth blades they cut the skin without waking or paining their host. The sucked-up blood via piston like movement of its tongue, is able to be digested in its perfectly designed folded tube, especially for that purpose.

Oldest Bat Fossil - Icaronycteris

Oldest Bat Fossil - Icaronycteris

The oldest known bat fossils are Icaronycteris, Archaeonycteris, Palaeochiropteryx and Hassianycteris, which are said to be fifty million years old, and of the Eocene age. Some might imagine a prehistoric bat to be a grotesque saber-toothed blood-sucking monster. In reality, what we see in the fossil record are bats fundamentally indistinguishable from today’s bats. These bats had all the remarkable features we see today.

“The fossil record gives us no clues about the evolution of bats. Bat fossils are rare because the small bones do not preserve well and the oldest fossil bats (51 million years old) were already fully-formed bats very little different to modern species.” (Australian Bats – 2nd, Edition, Page 12, Sue Churchill)

Some Evolutionist’s marvel and are baffled by the fact that in 50 million years bats have remained unchanged. Now if evolution occurs, or has occurred, then wouldn’t you think that in such a long time span we would see some notable changes in bats, or creatures becoming bats …and vice versa …but we don’t.

Wouldn’t you expect to see tree shrews or other “mice-like” creatures evolving in to bats? But we don’t.

Bat fossil - Hassianycteris

Bat fossil - Hassianycteris

If evolution has occurred we would also expect to find an ancestral or transitional fossil form. However, in the fossil record we find no such transitional forms linking, for instance, a shrew to a bat. In fact we find nothing that resembles or comes close to an ancestor of a bat.

Evolutionists are getting so desperate to try to find something about the purported evolution of bats that they are even suggesting that they evolved from the same stock as whales, horses and cattle. Can you imagine that? Bizarre!

In the fossil record there exist no transitional forms of any creatures. The fossil record simply confirms what the Bible teaches. In the fossil record we find fully formed animals as described in the Genesis account of creation. Then God saw everything that He had made and indeed it was very good. (Genesis 1:31).  God created each animal in its own right. Sure, we get different types of whales …but we certainly don’t get whales genetically becoming bats …or vice versa.

Also, many people don’t understand that there were two main earthly creations.

The first creation was the pre-Adamic creation we know as the age of the reptilian dinosaurs (millions of years ago), managed by Lucifer and his angels. They rebelled in a huge devastating galactic war, which suddenly destroyed the prehistoric dinosaur world. Lucifer became Satan and his angels became demons.

The second creation was the Adamic mammalian creation, which included the creation of man and woman (around 6,000 years ago), with the “spirit in man”, which gives us our intelligence abilities and makes us different from animals.

Evolutionists are baffled about the variety of bats and the wide differences in their feeding, body makeup, and capabilities.

Bat fossil - Archeonycteris-trigomodon

Bat fossil - Archeonycteris-trigomodon

They imagine that bats evolved from tree shrews (Scandentia), colugos (Dermoptera) and the mice-like primates of Archonta, but if so, where are the intermediary forms? There are none in existence nor are there any in the fossil records. There are no examples of “mice-like” creatures with quarter or one or two wings, trying to fly or developing sophisticated sonar, etc,.

You know, it is quite a jump from mice’s feet to bats’ wings, and from ordinary ears and nostrils to the intricate radar/sonar detection system that bats have.

Long ago evolutionists gave up on the false Lamarckian theory of “acquired characters”.

It has been proved abundantly that there is no such thing as “acquired characteristics”, that Lamarck supposed in his fanciful imagination.

He taught that “an animal which acquired a characteristic would transmit it to its progeny”, and so the offspring would get not only inherited characteristics but also “acquired” characteristics.

Nice try Lamarck, and it fooled a lot of people for awhile, even to this day, but was a larrikin Lamarck lie.

Mind you, had Lamarck read his Bible he would have seen Jeremiah’s common sense, practical wisdom in his inspired words: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? (Jeremiah 13:23). No, of course not. We cannot change the colour of our skin, just by thinking about it and nor can any animal such as a leopard change its spots by thinking it would like to acquire a non-spotted body.

Jesus Christ emphasised that we cannot even make one hair black or white simply by thinking about acquiring it: …”because you cannot make one hair white or black.” (Matthew 6:36)

Bat fossil - Palaeochiropteryx

Bat fossil - Palaeochiropteryx

So, to suggest that some ancient mouse one day, was tip-toeing through the tulips, imagining itself to be a flying bat with wings without feathers and a sonar/radar system so advanced that even humans can’t come anywhere near close in emulating, and actually did so …is actually a very funny joke …but is not sane credible science!

Darwin taught evolutionary development through the blind-pseudo-god of “natural selection” and contemporaneous philosopher Herbert Spencer, taught “survival of the fittest”, which seemed to fit nicely with Darwin’s theory. Unfortunately, this philosophy led to governmental “social engineering”, with its worst expressions promoted through Hitler and Stalin and other despots, to this day.

Darwin’s false theory purported, that in the struggle for existence, needed and useful variations remained and variations that proved weak or useless, perished. But this procedure produces only variations of already existing “characters”. It never produces new characters (organs, organisms).

Nor does the more recent theory of “sudden changes” by “random mutations” solve the problem for evolutionists. Mutations are comparatively minor and mostly inferior or debilitating to the creature. It can in no way produce “new characters” (organisms). For example, in laboratory experiments they tampered with the genes to make a 4 winged fruit fly, but the only problem was that those 4 winged flies died, because they couldn’t fly! (California Institute of Technology, Dr Edward B Lewis)

Bats, like the tiny Sheath-Tail microbat, are just one of zillions of living and non-living things that reveal God the Father and Jesus Christ as the great Designer, Engineer, Creator, Lifegiver, Lawgiver, Sustainer of all that exists, including you and me.

Yes God’s creation of the extraordinary variety of bats in all their complexity and brilliantly engineered capabilities, truly batter evolutionary theory.

Do you see any mice evolving into bats these days? Have you heard of any mice developing bat wings without feathers? No, of course you haven’t.

One of the sad things about the teaching of evolution is that it is thrust upon children, about the time they are being taught about “Santa Claus” and the “Tooth Fairy” and other false philosophies. They are then at their most gullible age. School curricula leave out teaching anything, such as how God created all things.

Creation science, about how the universe and earth was created zillions of years ago and how there was an initial creation of prehistoric animals, prior to the re-creation and production of mankind, is not taught.

No one is shown in the Bible about the destruction of the reptilian prehistoric world by the battle between Lucifer and his rebellious angels against God and His faithful angels. The mayhem of that huge battle buried the prehistoric world, which forms the coal, oil, and natural gas that we mine today.

No one is taught in school about the coming of the mammalian Adamic creation on a much smaller scale than the prehistoric world, with its plethora of amazing creatures, like the microbats as shown in this article and videos.

Let’s ask some basic scientific questions about bats that evolution cannot answer.

Knowing that bats can eat up to 1200 mosquitoes in one hour we have to ask some basic questions.

  1. Let’s say that a mouse is running out of food and decides to change its digestive tract, grow wings and catch mosquitoes at the prodigious rate of 1200 per hour. How does it do that? Lamarckian Theory has been proved false, so it can’t do it that way. Genetically, to transform into a flying mouse would take so much of a genome change as to make it nothing like a mouse. It would have to be so perfect in all aspects, otherwise, it would die. Is there any evidence of mice-like creatures sprouting quarter or half or whole bat wings? No. None in the fossil records and none doing it today. There is an irreducible complexity about a bat, that if you take even one vital component part away, it would die, because all component parts rely on each other for the bat to function;
  2. How did bats ever come up with the idea of a sophisticated sonar system, that is light years better than anything mankind has ever devised? Evolutionists have no evidence of how that happened. Before any ancient bat could catch any tiny insect in the dark of night it had to be able to echolate. Without its highly sensitive navigation, seek-and-destroy sonar, it would have starved to death;
  3. How did the purported evolutionary genome transition take place, when there is no evidence of it in past fossil records nor in current “mouse-like” populations? Imagine the first mouse-like creature that has had an incredible genome makeover, flying without its absolutely precise sonar system. It sends out its first furtive impulse sounds, but too late! Schkrunch!! It hits a nasty out-jutting rock and drops dead. We have to wait another quad-zillion years for the next genome freak to arrive on the scene …but, again with similar devastating consequences;
  4. It is one thing for a bat to be able to send out around 200 very high 30,000hz+ impulse sounds, but how did it evolve those ears, so quickly and alter its extraordinarily sensitive auditory nervous system and brain to be able to receive, filter, and interpret those faint return impulses, which are lower than the background noise decibels? Evolution has no factual answer. How did it avoid confusing its shouting from its echoes, and pass all of that on to its progeny, for countless generations?
  5. When did a bat decide to hang upside down rather than right side up, and then somehow transfer those weird thoughts to its genetical makeup? There are no fossil records of such transitional bats. How did they, at the same time, develop those amazing special tendons so that they never get tired of hanging upside down? And why doesn’t their blood rush to their heads upside down and give them splitting migraine headaches or disorientation?
  6. How did so many different divergent types of bats with such huge differences in food preferences, evolve? Bats specialise in such foods as fruit, mosquitoes, moths and other tiny insects, fish, spiders, blood, other bats, frogs, and even scorpions. How come? Again, no factual evidence from Evolutionists. Just wild, imaginative speculation.

Even the simple life forms have component parts that make them irreducibly complex, let alone the intricate, inexplicable, inter-dependent, detailed functioning processes, organs, and sophisticated systems in a bat.

Each minute or larger part of an animal’s bodily system depends on another part, and if one component is removed from that system it cannot function. Micro bats prove that point, dramatically.

For the invisible things about God can be understood, by studying the magnificent, inter-dependent creation that God has made. God has revealed Himself, and can be clearly seen and understood by the amazing things, both living and non-living that He has made. (Romans 1:20)

God is the awesome designer, engineer, creator, life-giver, lawgiver, sustainer, intelligence of the universe and Maker of all living and non-living things.

No wonder the Bible witnesses against evolutionary theory: “The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1, Psalm 53:1)

Why make a monkey of yourself, before God, by having blind faith in evolution, that cannot save you nor offer you eternal life, at either the coming First or Second Resurrection, into the Family of God?

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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So, Why are we keeping Pentecost?

30/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

So …why are we keeping Pentecost?

I asked this question on an internet Forum the other day and here’s what one astute woman replied:

“Because I believe it is meaningful to focus, on a day set aside in scripture for Holy Purpose, on how this ancient observance pointed forward to the work of Christ back then, and backward to it now … and forward again to when and how He will finally complete the work of bringing many sons and daughters to glory.”

So …i replied: “Now, that is a good comment.

Yes, Pentecost is a fascinatingly positioned Holy Day, in the middle of the 3 harvest seasons (barley-wheat-fruit) …and is pivotal in the Plan of God regarding the Father’s and Christ’s loving family relationship with us.

It points back to “The Wavesheaf” (Christ – Barley – First of the firstfruits) links up with Pentecost (the Firstfruits – Wheat) …via 7 stages of sabbaths and 49 days to the Jubilee 50th day …and then points to the final Festival harvests of abundant Fruit, yet to come.”

Pentecost has to be counted

The instruction for counting Pentecost is found in Leviticus 23:15-16. It tells us to count 50 days from the day after the Sabbath that falls during the festival of Unleavened Bread.

Unlike any other Holy days which are appointed specific days of the month on which to be observed, Pentecost is commanded to be counted by God and is nowhere set down, in scripture, as a specific date, such as 6 Sivan.

“And you shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath (mi mohorat ha-shabbat =from and including OR beginning with), from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:  Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.” (Leviticus 23:15-16)

Why called Pentecost?

It is commonly called Pentecost, from the Greek pentekoste which means pente = 50 and koste = Count …count 50.

So, even in the name Pentecost we see we are commanded to count 50 days, and not to take it into our own hands and give it a set date, such as 6 Sivan.

The Jews refer to it in various ways. One is as Shavuot, meaning “Weeks,” because the date of its observance is determined by counting a specific number from an earlier religious observance.

Another name given it is Hag Hakatzir, the Festival of the Harvest, for it marks the harvesting of the wheat, the last grain harvest of the spring harvest season. And, in that context, it is also called Yom HaBikkurim, the Day of the Firstfruits.

Pentecost reminds us of 2 Great Events

Pentecost reminds us of 2 great events that occurred in history—the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai and the giving of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.

Regarding the giving of the Law …In his book To Be a Jew, Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin writes:

“Shavuot commemorates the awesome event experienced by the children of Israel seven weeks after the exodus from Egypt when they camped at the foot of Mt. Sinai somewhere in the Sinai Peninsula. This event was the Revelation, when God’s will was revealed to Israel. It marked the declaration of the Ten Commandments … While the exact manner of this communication between God and man is not known and was always subject to various opinions by the great thinkers and Sages of Israel, it was an event of awesome proportions and a unique spiritual experience that indelibly stamped the Israelites with their unique character, their faith, and their destiny.”

Pentecost is also a celebration and reminder that God works in us through His Spirit.

For us to change from the ways of our carnal, proud and stubborn human nature and to be led by God’s Spirit, is a miracle.

Christ foretold the giving of His and the Father’s Holy Spirit, to us: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8 New American Standard Bible).

Christ’s prophecy was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, when the gift of the Holy Spirit was made dramatically known to the disciples: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.   And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.   And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.   And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.   And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.”  (Acts 2:1-5)

Peter then explained on that Day of Pentecost how other people can receive God’s gift of the Holy Spirit: “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself” (Acts 2:38-39, NASB).

Throughout the book of Acts we read example after example of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit being given to people, who believed in God and repented of their sins and were baptised and received the laying on of hands of the ministry. Their lives were changed for the better as they were led by God’s Holy Spirit from that time forward.

The changes were so evident that they were even accused of having “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Such was the transformation of their lives through the indwelling power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Being led by the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of which the Father and Christ, His Son, are composed. 

Just as we are humans composed of flesh, so the Father and Jesus are composed of Holy Spirit. 

Without the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within us, God does not consider us as belonging to Him:   “But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” (Romans 8:9)

Paul explains that being “led by the Holy Spirit” of God is vital, if we are to be considered as a Christian and a son or daughter in God’s Family: “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14).

“Christ in us” (Colossians 1:27) is what happens when we have God’s Holy Spirit within us.

That can only happen with faith, repentance, baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands of Christ’s ministry.

Once we receive God’s Spirit we allow God, through His Spirit, to lead our lives His way of life, not ours.

It then produce the qualities of true Christlike character in us of “love, joy peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility and self control.” (Galatians 5:22-23

With God’s Spirit within us that we are regarded by God as His children. (Romans 8:14-17).

How does God’s Spirit work in us?

Here are some examples of how God’s Holy Spirit, within us, leads us.

  • God’s Spirit keeps us in contact with God’s mind: God’s Spirit works with our mind. The apostle John describes it this way: “Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit [which] He has given us” (1 John 3:24). Through the Holy Spirit, which is given to us, we can be influenced by God for the good. This is in contrast to the situation in the world around us and our own human nature.
  • God’s Spirit provides a deeper understanding of God’s Word and His will for us: As 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 tells us: “But as it is written, ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (emphasis added throughout).
  • God’s Spirit gives us Spiritual Discernment: Without that Spirit, a person cannot understand God’s divinely expressed Word and will, “for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
  • God’s Holy Spirit helps us in overcoming: There is nothing too difficult for us with the power of God working in our lives. Romans 8:26 tells us that God’s Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. Paul, the writer of the letter to the Romans, speaking for all of us said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).  “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27). The Christian life is to be one of overcoming. We must not believe that God wants us to remain just as we are whenever we are called. Instead, we must “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Christianity is a lifetime of overcoming and growing;
  • God’s Holy Spirit convicts our conscience and helps us see sin as it really is. Speaking of the Holy Spirit, which would be given to His followers after His death, Jesus Christ said it would “convict the world of sin . . .” (John 16:8). God’s Spirit within us, working with our conscience, helps us to recognize and avoid sin. The guilt that we feel is real, prompted by recognition of sins. Hebrews 9:14 tells us that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice “cleanse[s] your conscience from dead works to serve the living God,” meaning that we have forgiveness from God, and, through repentance, we no longer need feel guilt for our sins. Christ’s sacrifice washes away the sin in our lives, but we must still come to understand sin and how it affects us. Repentance must precede the forgiveness that God promises to each one of us, and repentance means change and effort to avoid sin, which is the breaking of God’s laws. (1John 3:4)
  • God’s Spirit produces godly fruit in our lives. Just as an apple tree produces apples, God’s Spirit produces a particular type of fruit in the life of a Christian. Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruit that should be evident in the lives of those who are led by God’s Spirit, which are: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.
  • God’s Holy Spirit comforts and encourages us. Jesus Christ promised to send His followers “another comforter” (John 14:16, KJV). True comfort and reassurance come from the Spirit of God dwelling in us. We need not be unduly worried about the future or what may happen to us. God’s Spirit gives us the reassurance that whatever happens will be for the good “to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). This provides an outlook on life that is quite rare in our world today. It is certainly possible for a Christian to become discouraged, but it is through the Holy Spirit that we can begin to look upon life differently. As noted above, peace is one aspect of the fruit of God’s Spirit in the life of a Christian.

Pentectost is an annual reminder of God’s gifts of His Law and His Spirit to us

Keeping Pentecost reminds us:

  • we have been given the awesome opportunity to be part of the Firstfruits to follow Christ as the First of the Firstfruits in the First Resurrection, yet ahead for us:   “Of his own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”  (James 1:18)
  • Pentecost is an annual reminder of God’s gift of His guidance system for our lives – His Laws, commandments, statutes, ordinances, principles, precepts and wisdom of how to live His way of life; and
  • Pentecost is also a reminder to be eternally thankful to Him for blessing us with the gift of the power of His Holy Spirit …through faith, repentance, baptism, and laying on of hands …so that we have His power to overcome temptation and sin …and to develop the mind and character of Christ within us.

Pentecost is the pivotal Holy Day in the centre of the sacred year, which encouragingly reminds us of our salvation and eternal life in God’s Family.

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Lovely Lydia’s country Show

28/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

Heyyy! Come join lovely Lydia, our grand daughter, as she guides us around the beautiful and fun things at the Clermont country Show. There’s even pig racing and fireworks, too!

Lydia, at 18 months, already knows that “where my heart is …that’s my home” and her heart is with her Mum and Dad and her family, in God’s loving care.

Children like Lydia, remind us to “take time to smell the roses” and treasure the joys of living this life of adventure that God has given us.

After all …to a child like Lydia …love is spelt quality T-I-M-E.

So, let’s take time to relax and enjoy these magnificent prize winning roses.

Our talented niece, Wick is a second cousin to Lydia, and here is her 1st and 2nd prize artworks. Notice how she has a sparkling eye for detail.

Lydia knows “should you encounter a problem along your way …change your direction, but not your destination”.

As you can guess, Lydia is a ball of energy with plenty of get up and go! So, here’s her Dad, Rob, showing her how “what you lose on the swings you can always pick up on the roundabout of life.”

Ahhh yes …Lydia is a natural …and naturally …she loves all natural things. So, for her doing some cross-country riding on a real natural Shetland pony is so much fun, too!

After a cross-country ride on a Shetland Pony, Lydia can hardly wait to watch her next fun favourite .act at the Show..the piglets race!

Of course life is not all fun, beer and skittles. Lydia knows that there are some first time challenges …that even though we might be a little bit frightened or awestruck …we face the fear  …and the fear just disappears!

…and isn’t that just so true of the ups and downs of the ferris wheel of the cycle of life?

For every low there is the sublime thrill of rising to achieve the natural highs in life.

When we apply the 7 Laws of Success we can enjoy the real joy of the excitement of fireworks in our life!

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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‘Adventure 60’ …at Lord’s Table mountain

12/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

Welcome to ‘Adventure 60’ at Lord’s Table Mountain, between Clermont and Dysart, central Queensland.

Life is an Adventure, with 60 minutes every hour and 60 seconds every minute to enjoy to the max!

So come with us now and let’s join the talented Wick Brendan Jess and Abby on this exciting Adventure 60.

Yes, Adventure 60 highlights the values of making every 60 seconds of every 60 minutes part of the joy of living this thrilling Adventure of life, that we have all been given.

One of the best ways to instil Adventure 60 into our lives is to trek into the wilderness with some great friends and to develop adventurous talents in our lives, such as:

·        the burning desire to achieve;

·        family teamwork; and

·        loads of happy fun.

What is the answer to the great mystery, of why many people do not succeed in life, even though they might have knowledge of the 7 laws of success??

Simply …to be successful we need to apply a burning desire to succeed.

Nothing of lasting value happens automatically in life. However, with a burning desire to achieve, we can accomplish great things, through desiring:

·        close loving relationship with God and His Way of living;

·        worthwhile goals in life;

·        best education;

·        good health;

·        Godly drive and determination;

·        resourcefulness and creativity; and

·        persistence and stick-to-itiveness.

Taking on a challenging hike is like a “mini lifetime” within our lifetime, which reminds us that every obstacle, just like in life itself, is a positive opportunity to grow and develop closer caring loving relationships with each other and with our Creator God.

That’s why Family Teamwork is so important and is better than ordinary teamwork.

Family teamwork takes into account everyone’s strengths and weaknesses …utilising and make allowances for them.

In a loving family, there are all elements of talents and flaws, but when we caringly unite the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Adventure 60 family teamwork people know, that the glory does not go to the one who is first across the river, nor to the first one on top of the mountain. With Family Teamwork the reward goes to the one who helps the most other people reach the other side of the river or the top of the mountain …in the most enjoyable, pleasant, and fun way possible.

Ordinary, competitive, pecking-order Teamwork, of this world is?? …well remember at school when 2 captains were picked and each captain could alternately pick the best players down to the weakest? How did the poor weakest feel in themselves after such a debilitating experience? Lousy! Right?

Now, you’ve gotta say co operative loving Family Teamwork, is a whole lot better than ordinary competitive, pecking-order, teamwork.

Is there anything more memorable and beautiful than to experience together …in a loving Family Teamwork atmosphere …the Adventure in a magnificent sunrise …each artwork unrepeatable …each sunrise a unique expression of the awesome creativity and loving mind of God, for us all.

Just sit back with this You Tube video …and soak up this heady sunrise atmosphere saturated with the joyous adventurous calls of scores of Currawong birds …singing to the joy of life with the dawning of each new adventurous day.

Just beautiful isn’t it!? It really heightens our God given 6 senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch and spiritual.

Adventure 60 shows us how to do what a lot of people don’t do. It stimulates us to:

·        look and to really see;

·        to hear and to actually listen;

·        to taste and to enjoy the savour;

·        to smell and to sensitively scent;

·        to touch and tenderly feel; and

·        to sense with spiritual discernment. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Adventure 60 shows that the best leader in any group is not the first one to the top of the mountain, but the one who helps the most other people reach the top of the mountain …in the best and most enjoyable fun way possible. 

Yes …as the old Chinese proverb goes… “When the best leader’s work is done …everyone says: “We did it!”” (Lao-tsu)

In Proverbs 13:19 is an adventure spirited verse: “The desire achieved is sweet to the soul” and when we take on the adventurous challenges of life together, helping each other, we can say with satisfaction: “None of us could have done this without each other!”

Adventure 60 stimulates us to think creatively in solving challenges that would otherwise be problems and headaches to lots of people.

Understanding that life is an Adventure 60, reminds us to be solution bound not problem bound.

Seeing life as an adventure, better equips us mentally, to visualise future prospects and goals and to bring them to fruition, with God’s inspiration and guidance.

We learn that the intrinsic true values of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, humility, kindness, faith, confidence in God and self control are our best weapons in the adventure of life in taking on life’s challenges. (Galatians 5:22-23)

For every effect there is spiritual cause.

Good effects have good spiritual foundational causes. Evil effects have evil causes.

Adventure 60 shows us that the way of give is better than the way of get …co operation is better than competition …love is better than the way of hatred …peace is better than war.

Working together in family minded co operative teamwork is better than competitive minded teamwork.

Just like every tree is unique and different, so each of us is unique and worthy of love and respect.

When we look at a beautiful tree it can symbolise a human being or God’s right way of life. The roots symbolise anchoring ourselves with knowledge, understanding and wisdom. The trunk symbolises Godly true character or it can be a twisted distorted nature. The branches and leaves symbolise aspects of Godly personality which gives shade to all.

Each day is the new dawning of an exciting ‘Adventure 60’ for you and me, in this miraculous body, that God has blessed you and me with.

Let’s make the most of the miracle …enjoy our Adventure, with well rooted foundation in the Word of God, trunk of the character and mind of Christ, and branches that spread out lovingly to God and loving goodwill to all humanity.Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Matty shows the Way…

05/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

As parents, because we love our children, we desire the best for them, don’t we?

We want them to grow in knowledge, understanding and wisdom and to really enjoy fun and true happiness and fulfillment in their lives.

So …Come with us now into the wonderful fun world of teaching our children.

Let’s join our grandson Matty as he takes us through the first 5 Commandments and whole lot more about loving God and having fun while enjoying God’s fascinating creation.

You know, as children begin their challenging walk of life in this confused world …we should consider the lesson of Timothy.

We know that from a young child, Timothy was taught the Holy Scriptures and knew the Word of God well. Paul said of Timothy, “from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15).

Timothy’s knowledge of Scripture came about as a result of being taught, by his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. (2 Timothy 1:5).

We too, can teach our children using the everyday experiences of life to reinforce the laws of God and related principles expounded in the Word of God.

Using situations in everyday life to point out how the Word of God works practically, is so valuable for our children.

Teaching our children directly from the book of Proverbs in the Bible is an excellent way to give your child a head start in wisdom.

To do this in a practical way, simply read to them the Chapter in Proverbs coinciding with whatever is today’s date. For example, if the day is the 7th day of the month read to them and discuss Proverbs chapter 7. The next day being the 8th day of the month, read and have fun discussing with them Proverbs Chapter 7 …and so on  …each day.

You will be amazed at the knowledge, understanding and wisdom your children will pick up. Better still …heh heh!  …you’ll be even more amazed at what you pick up in wisdom, too!

Why not teach our children inspiring stories such as Gideon and his brave 300 men, who saved the nation.

“So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.

And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.” (Judges 7:5-7 …see this applied in the attached You Tube video “Matty shows the Way…”)

In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, God plainly told us Parents …and Grandparents that we are responsible for lovingly teaching our children about God, His principles, ethics and His law.

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul (life), and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Parents …lets teach our children God’s Way of life using everyday experiences, so that we enjoy . raising well-adjusted happy children …who will be able to cope with this world, with certainty and confidence.

 Beginning with teaching the 10 Commandments and Proverbs, daily, is a great place to start.

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Dinosaurs before Adam and Eve?

02/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

Pre-Adamic creation of dinosaurs was on a much bigger scale

Pre-Adamic creation of dinosaurs was on a much bigger scale

Lots of people see dinosaur bones, in local museums, like the Queensland Museum, in Brisbane and national museums like the National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra, Australia.

But how many understand why the dinosaurs existed, were suddenly wiped out, and pressed into fossils and ‘fossil fuels’, like oil, coal, and natural gas?

Were dinosaurs part of the evolutionary process or did they live on the earth prior to Adam and Eve being created?

Dinosaurs existed in the creation, prior to the different Adamic creation.

What does the Bible say about dinosaurs and God’s pre-creation before the Adamic creation? Where do dinosaurs fit in biblical history? Is the Earth older than 6000yrs?

Yes, it sure is! …and the pre-Adamic reptilian dinosaur creation was on a vastly bigger scale, with the trees and vegetation as well as the dinosaurs …than the mammalian Adamic creation that followed, which was on a smaller proportionate scale more suited to mankind.

Does the fossil record really support evolution or reinforce creation by God?

The fossil record does not show any intermediate species, but rather shows intricately designed completely functioning creatures.

Why is there such a sudden shift in the fossil records from Reptiles to Mammals?

As the famous palaeontologist G.G. Simpson once remarked: “The most puzzling event in the history of life on the earth is the change from the Mesozoic Age of Reptiles, to the … Age of Mammals. It is as if the curtain were rung down suddenly on a stage where all the leading roles were taken by reptiles, especially dinosaurs, in great numbers and bewildering variety, and rose again immediately to reveal the same setting but an entirely new cast, a cast in which the dinosaurs do not appear at all, other reptiles are supernumeraries and the leading parts are all played by mammals of sorts barely hinted at in the previous acts” (Life Before Man, 1972, p. 42)

Genesis 1:1 describes God’s originally perfect creation of the heavens (universe) and the earth.

Genesis 1:2 begins the description of God’s formation of man’s world. However, between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 is a time lapse. A critical time lapse of unknown duration of aeons of time.

In Genesis 1:2 the Earth appears chaotic, having suffered destruction and confusion. The Hebrew words for “without form and void” are tohu and bohu. The Earth and other portions of the Universe had become damaged and in ruin. Water covered the entire Earth, so it was already here, when God began His new creation …not with reptiles primarily, but with the predominance of mammals.

No sunlight pierced through the thick, poisonous atmosphere. The Earth lay in darkness and ruin. It was the product of a great catastrophe – resulting from the rebellion of Lucifer and one third of the angels who had turned renegade against God.

For more information, check out the articles on this subject starting with: Where do the dinosaurs fit? Good News, May-June 2008.

Also read the sidebar “Earth’s Age: Does the Bible Indicate a Time Interval Between the First and Second Verses of Genesis?” in the FREE booklet Is the Bible True?

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Platypus confounds Evolution

26/04/2009

by Ken E Murray

Platypus are unique in all of God’s creation and leave evolutionists stunned and flat-footed.

 

Platypus smile at evolution with a knowing smile

Platypus smile at evolution with a knowing smile

“Old Flatfoot”, which is what Platypus means, (Greek: Platys = broad and pous=foot) is perfectly designed for its environment on which it depends for its survival.

When we look at the pointers of proof of God’s existence, as Designer, Creator, Lifegiver, Lawgiver, and Sustainer, we see all of these elements in a Platypus.

We also see how impossible it would be for a Platypus to evolve.

Native only to Australia, the platypus appears to be a “patchwork” animal to evolutionists in their frustrated efforts to try to imaginatively connect its evolution from about 5 widely differing creatures, nowhere near each other in the fanciful “evolutionary tree”. 

Platypus have a bill like a duck (but much more sophisticated), webbed feet like an otter …but which retract and have claws for digging, the males have poisonous spurs in their hind legs like a snake, its tail is like a beaver but covered with fur and not scales. It lays eggs but suckles its young through secretion of milk on its under hairs. 

No wonder Evolutionists are baffled by its existence. Platypus are an amazing complex designed, brilliantly created monotreme mammal, given life, and laws that govern its sustenance. It even bamboozles the pseudo-god of “natural selection”.

 

Male platypus poison spur

Male platypus poison spur

At birth all platypus, male and female, are born with poisonous spurs, but, get this fact…after one year the females poisonous spurs fall off! Now, if survival of the fittest is the determining regime …evolutionists go figure?

The male uses his poisonous spurs in the August-September mating season to ward off other male platypus and can inject a potent poison into any predator, which causes a nasty pain. However, during courtship the male uses his spurs gently to hold the female, without injecting the poison. It is the only venomous furred animal.

The crural gland produces a cocktail of venom, composed of over 250 different chemicals but with four major toxins.

 

Close up of male platypus poison spur

Close up of male platypus poison spur

Of the four, three are defensin-like proteins (DLPs) unique to the Platypus. The different chemicals in the poison have a range of effects from lowering blood pressure to causing pain and increasing blood flow around the wound.
Now, please explain to me, how the platypus invented and evolved this unique poison out of 250 different chemicals??
What an amazing design, created into life and sustained by an all-wise Creator.
The waterproof hair of a platypus is nothing short of extraordinary. Their outer hair is dark brown with yellowish hair on its underside. There are about 800 hairs per square millimetre! This is denser than the fur of the river otter or polar bear. It has 2 layers of hair. The top or longer layer is a shiny guard fur with a woolly short fur undercoat. The thermal qualities of the fur allow the platypus to withstand cold temperatures and extended periods in water and underground.

Christ said: “…you cannot make one hair white or black.” (Matthew 5:36)  Plainly, not even humans, with all our intelligence, can choose the colour of our hair, let alone 2 layers of waterproof different coloured hair at 800 per square millimetre!

The platypus pliable bill is an amazing engineering feat! The bill contains an electro-receptor system which has about 850,000 electrical and tactile receptors. Even though the platypus has brilliant eyes and ears above water, special membranes seal off its eyes and ears underwater and it fishes for its food, blind! Again …evolutionists go figure?

Its electo-receptor system detects the electric currents created by the muscle activity of small prey such as worms, shrimp, and frogs, and may even help the platypus detect the electric field created when water flows over prey hidden under rocks, mud and small debris.

 

Grinding bill of Platypus jaw. Notice the engineered ribbing for crushing and elimination of debris

Grinding bill of Platypus jaw. Notice the engineered ribbing for crushing and elimination of debris

As the platypus gathers food in its mouth during its up to 10 minute stay underwater, it moves the food to its cheek pouches. At the water surface, it pushes the food from its cheek pouches up to its mouth. It has magnificently engineered ribbed grinding pads for crushing the food and dispensing the unwanted mud and debris through its horny serrations.

Platypus ears or grooves are very sensitive to sounds. Its beady eyes are also very sensitive to movement. That is why it is difficult and rare to see them in the wild.

Its 4 legs are a marvel of engineered design and creation as well. The platypus uses its two front feet to propel itself forward in a unique, alternate rowing motion. Its hind feet, also webbed, are held against the body and along with the tail are used for steering. The marine engineering involved with how the platypus can move so quickly and dextrously in the water, is nothing short of awesome!

On land its webs fold back, revealing sharp claws for walking and digging burrows. Its claws are also useful for cleaning its fur and to help keep its fur brushed and waterproof.

 

Rubbery coated platypus egg

Rubbery coated platypus egg

They dig a camping burrow about 1-3 meters long in stream banks. However, the female digs her nesting burrow up to 20 metres long! She lays 2-3 rubbery eggs and when they hatch she suckles them on specially designed milk glands. Her milk has about 60 times more iron than cows milk and 40% more solids. The young lap the milk from the hair of the underbelly, where the milk drips, in utter darkness.

The platypus tail is a wonderment. It is used as a sensitive rudder when swimming; to push soil within the burrow like a shovel; and to store fat for when food supplies are low or for when the platypus needs more energy in store while incubating eggs. Thereby hangs a tail, for evolutionists to ponder.

Platypus red blood cells carry larger amounts of haemoglobin than any other mammal. This allows it to go without air for long periods and for its heart beat to be able to change from 140-230 beats to almost 0 beats per minute.

Unlike reptiles, Platypus are warm-blooded and not cold-blooded. They have one opening for elimination, mating and birth.

There is nothing “transitional” about the platypus. It is highly intelligent and remarkably built to fit its environment. In fact, it is an integral part of its environment functioning in balance. Without its surrounding natural environmental system, platypus could not exist.

 

Mother platypus suckling babies

Mother platypus suckling babies

Evolutionists claim that the gradual evolution of animals such as the Platypus was determined by the blind per-chance pseudo-god of “natural selection” …and highly complex intricate creatures like the platypus, simply came into being by “adaption” or some sort of required “change” due to changing environment.

Do you know what happens to platypus when their delicate environment changes? Sadly, they die. They are so sensitive that many have perished in the hands of well meaning humans, collecting them for zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.

There is no fossil record of changes or transformations or “natural selection” of the development of platypus. They had to be created perfectly, as well as their unique inter-connected, inter-dependent environment and food sources or else they would die.

The preposterous idea that somehow platypus thought their way to change to become what they are today, is baloney. It is a hoax of the 1st Order.

“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? …” (Jeremiah 13:23)

No, we cannot change the colour of our skin, just as the leopard cannot change its spots  …and nor can the amazingly designed and engineered platypus change, by thinking about it.

It is magnificently designed, engineered, created, and given life and sustenance by its omnipotent Creator.

Let’s be logical. Let’s go back to the future for the moment millions and millions of years ago …even quintillions for the sake of evolutionists.

 

Multifaceted platypus perfectly designed and created for its environment

Multifaceted platypus perfectly designed and created for its environment

Let’s say he lives beside a stream but he can’t swim yet, and like any other normal burrowing animal, he has claws only for digging, but hasn’t developed retractable webbed feet, nor developed a tail for a keel, nor developed the means to seal off his nostrils and hold his breath nor developed waterproof hair at 800 per square millimetre.

The hungry “platywhatever”, launches off into the stream, for whatever insane reason. It can’t see, can’t swim, can’t go underwater, and can’t find any food. If there was no worm food on the land, then why didn’t all creatures on earth, with a similar diet, throw themselves into the water?

If the first “platywhatever” had to evolve water-feeding apparatus and sensitive electro-sonar bills, then he only evolved it because he needed it. And if he needed it then he wasn’t getting enough food where he was, to survive.

But, if he couldn’t have survived where he was …and obviously couldn’t succeed in obtaining food from stream bottoms until he had gradually over millions of years developed them within his 15 year maximum lifespan …then he obviously starved to death, and doesn’t exist today.

 

No "intermediate" fossils of Platypus exist

No "intermediate" fossils of Platypus exist

But, then, if a male or female evolved …where then was a female or male close by to mate with?

No worries …hey presto! A genie provides a female. Yes …and pigs fly, too!

Babies are born to the “platywhatever”, but the special technique of secreting milk on a given signal that involves a complexity of hormones, nerve endings and sensory techniques in pitched black darkness have not evolved. So, all the young die, too.

All fossil remains of platypuses found look exactly like “modern” platypus. It is called a “living fossil” because, in the geological record, it has never changed.

“Unhappily, no fossils have yet been found in any continent which reveal the lineage of the monotremes (single vent, or the platypus) prior to the last few million years in Australia itself” (The Land and Wildlife of Australia, Life Nature Library, David Bergamini, page 62, 65)

So, how to evolutionists say they know the platypus evolved? Easy. They just say it.

Every untruth is based on a false premise, that is carelessly assumed.

For the invisible things of him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,…

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (right);…”  (Romans 1:20-28)

 

Platypus camping burrow

Platypus camping burrow

The fact that a platypus was thought out in detail, with genius design, carefully planned, then created magnificently in all of its engineering and complicated detail, even to electronic mind-blowing sensitivity, then given life and ongoing sustained power …never occurs to an evolutionist, for the reasons shown in the verses above.
No fossil record exists of “primitivus beaverus otterus, duckus, beakus, snakeus, eggus, suckleus incredibilus”.Here’s the first “platywhatever” but without his beaver’s tail, duck’s sonar sensitive bill, snake fangs, otter’s body, mammal’s glands, warm blood, or turtles eggs, etc,.

The brain of a platypus is known to be surprisingly large in proportion to its body weight and than that of any reptile. It is mysteriously well endowed with cerebral cortex and intelligence and highly sensitive electro-recognition, far removed from that of reptiles. This also, is a problem for evolutionists who desperately try to link mammalian warm-blooded platypus, with small brained, cold-blooded reptiles.  Nice try, but it just doesn’t compute.

Every intricate part of a platypus takes its place in a co-ordinated, functional, complicated system that makes the platypus one of the awe-inspiring creatures we see, today.

The platypus is one of zillions of amazing creatures that God has made, that testify to why God inspired these following wise words to be repeated twice, so hopefully, we might get the point:

“Only a fool says in his heart that there is no God.” (Psalm 14:1; Psalm 53:1-2)

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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PPPS: Check out these incredible videos of Platypus:

Video of Platypus feeding in Mossman Gorge

Underwater video of Platypus