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The amazing variety of instincts among God’s creatures

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Another article which proves God as the creator by those things He has created.

It seems odd that so many people who have decided to discount God in their lives can convince themselves of natural causes of instincts in insects and animals. Some so ingeniously complex in design, yet obscure, as to virtually eliminate any natural learning factors.

As the human newborn has a natural instinct to suckle without any training whatsoever, so the other mammal young have a ready knowledge of this also and even in most, where to find their feed source.

Spiders have so much knowledge it seems incredible. And they have it at birth. Some types produce a different web when young compared to the ones built when they become older. All spiders produce silk, but not all produce webs. Some webs are extremely complex and are built with precision, they form an amazingly effective trap for capturing prey.

It is reported that the ‘cabbage caterpillar’ can identify the Cruciferae ( a group of plants, such as the mustard family, flowers and others) plants with precision and even botanists sometimes cannot accurately identify them. The caterpillar will not lay eggs on any other. She apparently chooses them by their smell. We are told that by rubbing some mustard oil on any other plant leaf will fool her into laying eggs on them readily.

Migration of animals has always been a mystery to observers. Many animals, birds and fish, migrate without training, sometimes hundreds of miles, with uncanny precision. I encourage everyone to watch this moving stereo concerning geese in their migratory flight, ‘pulling together’.

Pigeons depend upon vision even though they may be taken to a distant spot caged and then released to return home. But they cannot do so if blindfolded. Consider that as compared to honey bees. Honey bees, regardless of where they may forage for nectar, they can return from there in a perfectly straight line to their hive. That is if the hive has not been moved, even a short distance. If a new hive is placed in the exact old spot and the old one is set only a couple of feet away, the bee will enter and accept the new hive without question.

“Salmon spawn in fresh-water streams, then mature in two to seven years at sea. Generation after generation, they return to the identical home rivulet to spawn in their turn. This seems to be due to a kind of "imprinting." If salmon eggs are switched to other waters, the adults return to the waters where they lived as fry. Hasler believes that fish remember the odors of their natal streams and so find their way back. They cannot do so if their organs of smell are destroyed. Two or three molecules of home water may orient the salmon. Indeed, they can detect a milliliter of beta-phenyl-alcohol in a body of water fifty-eight times as large as Lake Constance.” (Instinct: Evan Shute-A Symposium on Creation Vol. IV)

One factor that has baffled scientist is the fact that cattle have been known to stampede in terror upon the arrival of some tiny burrel flies. These flies look much like other flies, they do not bite, sting or draw blood. Yet, they lay their eggs on the cows and the eggs are licked off by them and penetrate through the cow’s body and cause boils or abscesses where they escape. This is torture for the cows and they have never seen the flies before. The unsolved question is, of course, how could they have possibly known of the trouble those tiny flies could bring upon them.

The list is endless as to the many peculiar inexplicable traits in the various creatures, enough to boggle one’s mind. Only an omniscient mind which can circumvent natural laws could be able to instill such abilities into the innumerable variety of creatures. Accidents won’t get the job done.

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