Bombardier Beetle – God’s Chemical Warriors

Bombardier BeetleOne of the most fascinating creatures in nature is the bombardier beetle. Only about an inch long, it has the ability to defend itself by spraying a super hot stinky chemical mixture into the face of a potential attacker. What is amazing about this ability is the sheer complexity of the biological machinery needed to make it happen.

The bombardier beetle has two chambers that hold the chemicals hydroquinones and hydrogen peroxide. When a beetle feels threatened the chemicals are pumped into a reservoir where catalases and peroxidases are mixed in. As these chemicals mix in the reservoir, oxygen is released and the mixture generates enough heat to bring it to the boiling point and vaporize some of it. This super hot mixture is then expelled explosively through openings in the beetle’s abdomen.

What happens inside the bombardier beetle is what is known as a binary chemical reaction. This simply means that separately the chemicals are harmless, but when mixed together they form a dangerous chemical compound. Human chemists only came up with this process as a weapon a few years ago; God created it a long time ago.

In an article Bombardier Beetles and the Argument of Design by evolutionist Mark Isaak, Isaak argues that the features of the beetle could have evolved slowly by random chance. He lists a 15-step scenario of changes he says could have happened to produce the complex biological machinery of the beetle. What is most interesting about his 15-page article is that he never explains how the increased information necessary for the changes to happen could have happened in a completely unplanned manner, but in such a way as to perfectly balance the chemicals and forces involved. The argument for design is simply this, the complex information necessary to bring about the design and order we see in Creation cannot simply arise by itself. Just as a book cannot write itself, it must come from a higher source, the author, so too the information that is in the many complex biological organisms in nature cannot create themselves, they must come from a higher source, God.

Evolutionists routinely claim that if they can invent a story that sounds plausible to them, and they have very low standards of plausibility, they have then solved the problem of how an organism or organ would have evolved. But storytelling is not science. Mutations are the only thing that evolutionists can point to as engines of real change. What evolutionists never explain is how mutations, which can only rearrange or degrade genetic information, can bring about an increase in information, the kind of increase in information that would be absolutely necessary for new organisms to evolve.

What we see in the bombardier beetle is clear evidence of God’s design in His Creation.

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