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10/05/2009 "Fibrinolysis is the function of the body which helps regulate blood clotting. When a clot begins to be formed a series of steps takes place which prevents the completion of the forming of the clot. This protective function prevents heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular incidents. Excessive blood clotting - thrombosis - is caused by a decrease in the fibrinolytic activity of elements of the blood and this is called `fibrinolytic dysfunction.' As we are learning, the cardiometabolic risk syndrome is associated with many abnormalities and one of the most common is an increased tendency for the blood to form clots. The flow of blood to the organs in the body is critical to the survival of the individual and to the proper function of the body. If the blood is sluggish or tends to clot too fast, the body will suffer; if the blood is too `thin' or does not clot, the body will suffer. The balance between blood clotting and blood not clotting is one of the most critical balancing acts in the human body. The mechanisms which control those functions are complex. The following diagram shows the complex relationships which control the balance between blood clotting - which is called `thrombus' - and blood not clotting - which is called `fibrinolysis.' The reality is that too much blood clotting is bad but not enough clotting is also bad. On the other hand, too much dissolving of blood clots (fibrinolysis) is bad and too little dissolving of blood clots is bad. It isecessary for you to learn or even to understand all of these steps. What is necessary is for you to have a mental picture of the complex processes which continually take place in your body to make certain that your blood can flow to provide oxygen and nutrients to your cells and to make certain that your blood flow can be stopped if you are injured." (Holly, J.L., "Cardiometabolic Risk Syndrome Part V: Fibrinolytic Dysfunction," Your Life Your Heath - The Examiner, January 11, 2007). 5/12/2009 "Cumulative selection is the key but it had to get started, and we cannot escape the need to postulate a single-step chance event in the origin of cumulative selection itself. And that vital first step was a difficult one because, at its heart, there lies what seems to be a paradox. The replication processes that we know seem to need complicated machinery to work ... The theory of the blind watchmaker is extremely powerful given that we are allowed to assume replication and hence cumulative selection. But if replication needs complex machinery, since the only way we know for complex machinery ultimately to come into existence is cumulative selection, we have a problem. Certainly the modern cellular machinery, the apparatus of DNA replication and protein synthesis, h has all the hallmarks of a highly evolved, specially fashioned machine. .... At its own level of ultra-miniaturization, it is of the same order of elaborateness and complexity of design as the human eye .... an apparatus as complex as the human eye could not possibly come into existence through single-step selection. Unfortunately, the same seems to be true of at least parts of the apparatus of cellular machinery whereby DNA replicates itself .... So, cumulative selection can manufacture complexity while single-step selection cannot. But cumulative selection cannot work unless there is some minimal machinery of replication and replicator power, and the only machinery of replication that we know seems too complicated to have come into existence by means of anything less than many generations of cumulative selection! Some people see this as a fundamental flaw in the whole theory of the blind watchmaker. They see it as the ultimate proof that there must originally have been a designer, not a blind watchmaker but a far- sighted supernatural watchmaker." (Dawkins, R., "The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design," W.W. Norton & Co: New York NY, 1986, pp.140-141. Emphasis original) 6/12/2009 "THE MOSAIC ACCOUNT OF CREATION This is found in Gen. 1 and 2. These Scriptures record the immediate and the mediate creation of the universe and of man. 1. The immediate creation of the universe. The opening statement of the Bible declares that 'in the beginning God created the heavens and earth' (Gen. 1:1). According to these words, the universe is neither eternal, nor formed out of pre-existing things, nor sprung from necessity, but due to the immediate creative act of God. It was created ex nihilo, that is, out of nothing. The doctrine of creation ex nihilo does not rest on the usage of the Hebrew word bara and the Greek word ktizein; for they are at times used interchangeably with the words asah and poiein Thus, God is said both to have `created' and `made' the world (Gen 1:1; Neh 9:6; Col. 1:16f.). But it is clear that in Gen. 1:1 and 2:3f., the word does mean to create out of nothing. Davis explains: `The verb bara' ('to create') expresses better than any other verb the idea of an absolute creation, or creation ex nihilo The qal stem of this verb is employed exclusively in the Old Testament for God's activity :; the subject of the verb is never man. God is said to create `the wind'; (Amos 4:13), `a clean heart' (Ps. 51 :10), and `new heavens and a new t; earth' (Isa. 65 :17). Genesis 1 emphasizes three great beginnings, each initiated by God (cf. 1:1, 21, 27).... The creative act of God reflected in verse 1, therefore, involved no preexisting material; a sovereign, all-powerful God created the heavens and the earth from nothing.' [Davis, Paradise to Prison, pp. 40, 41]" (Thiessen, H.C.* & Doerksen, V.D.*, "Lectures in Systematic Theology," , Eerdmans: Grand Rapids MI, Revised, 1977, p.112. Emphasis original) 6/12/2009 "2. The mediate creation of the present universe Whether due to deliberate incompleteness in the original act of creation, or to some catastrophe that befell the original creation, we find in Gen. 1:2 that the earth was `formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep.' Then there follows the formation of the present order. Certain problems, therefore, are raised. a. was the creation immediate, mediate, or a combination of both? Some limit immediate creation to the act described in v. 1 and regard the rest of the chapter as mediate creation. Others see a combination of immediate and mediate creation throughout the entire chapter. The sun may have been included in the original creation, and the light (vss. 3-5) may have come from the sun. God, however, probably created light apart from the sun. The germs of vegetable life may have survived from a primitive condition, so that God needed merely to command the earth to `sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them' (v. 11) . It seems more probable, though, that vegetation was directly created by God. In Gen. 2:19, we read, `And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky.' This would seem to teach the mediate creation of all animals, fish, fowl, reptiles, etc. (1:20-25), though surely animal life itself was directly created by God. And we are definitely informed that `the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life' (Gen. 2:7). This would show that he, too, was created mediately, as far as his body is concerned. Though man and animals were made of dust and return to dust, the soul of man was surely immediately created by God. " (Thiessen, H.C.* & Doerksen, V.D.*, "Lectures in Systematic Theology," , Eerdmans: Grand Rapids MI, Revised, 1977, pp.112-113. Emphasis original)
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Created: 10 May, 2009. Updated: 15 March, 2010.