Wednesday, October 28, 2009         No. 0910



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Do Rock Layers Show Evidence of the Flood?

What evidence do we have that the Genesis Flood, as described in Genesis 7 and 8, really occurred?  Genesis 7 explains that water covered all the high hills and the mountains, and that all air-breathing life on the land was swept away and perished.  As part of the evidence of the Flood, we would expect to find rock layers all over the earth filled with billions of dead animals and plants that were rapidly buried and fossilized in sand, mud, and lime.  And guess what?  That is exactly what we find.

On every continent are found layers of sedimentary rocks over vast areas.  Many of these sediment layers can be traced all the way across continents, and even between continents.  In addition, when geologists look closely at these rocks, they find evidence that the sediments were deposited rapidly.

Consider the sedimentary rock layers exposed in the walls of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona.  This sequence of layers is not unique to that region of the USA.  For more than 50 years geologists have recognized that these strata belong to six very thick, distinctive sequences of sedimentary rock layers, called mega-sequences, that can be traced right across North America.

The lowermost sedimentary layers in Grand Canyon are the Tapeats Sandstone, belonging to the Sauk Mega-sequence.  It and those layers comprised of the same materials cover much of the USA.  We can hardly imagine what forces were necessary to deposit such a vast, continent-wide series of deposits.  Yet at the base of this sequence are huge boulders and sand beds deposited by storms.  Both are evidence that massive forces deposited these sediment layers rapidly and violently right across the entire USA.  Slow-and-gradual processes cannot account for this evidence, but the global catastrophic Genesis Flood surely can.



Is There Any Evidence For The Creation Model?

When God first created animals, He created them according to their kinds, with the ability to reproduce, and with instructions to increase in number and fill the earth and seas; Genesis 1:20-22, 24-28.  After the Flood, land animals and birds that had been preserved on the Ark again reproduced to fill the earth; Genesis 8:15-19.

Baraminologists, creation scientists who work to identify created kinds, have determined that many animals represented by a single breeding pair on the Ark have diversified so that today they are typically represented by a whole family.  For example, the family Canidae is believed to be made up of animals from one baramin, a single created kind.  This family includes dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and jackals.  It consists of 34 species from 14 genera that are widely distributed on every continent except Antarctica, confirming that they have indeed increased in number and multiplied on the earth; cf. Genesis 8:17.  The Bible mentions dogs, foxes, wolves, and possibly jackals.  Both dogs and wolves are first mentioned less than a millennium after the Flood, indicating that diversification occurred very rapidly.

Historically, evolutionists have told us that changes in living things occur at a slow, deliberate pace.  Yet the creation model clearly requires that significant changes be able to occur quite rapidly, if necessary, as animals multiply and fill the earth.  Today we see animals that have adapted to a variety of different environments and niches.  Is there any scientific evidence that animals can adapt so quickly?  Indeed there is! One example in lizards appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2008.



Could People Have Lived for Over 900 Years?

Many people find it difficult to believe that Methuselah lived to be 969 years old.  Nevertheless, the Bible plainly teaches that the early patriarchs often lived to be nearly 1,000 years old and even had children when they were several hundred years old!  Similar claims of long life spans are found in the secular literature of several ancient cultures; including the Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Indians, and Chinese.  But even a life span of nearly 1,000 years is sadly abbreviated when we consider that God initially created us to live forever.

According to the Bible, God created the first humans, Adam and Eve, without sin and with the ability to live forever.  God gave the first human couple everything they needed for their eternal health and happiness in the Garden of Eden; but He warned them not to eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or they would die, as indeed would all their descendants after them; Genesis 2:16-17.  When Satan’s deception prompted Eve to disobey this command and then Adam willfully disobeyed, their minds and bodies profoundly changed; Genesis 3.  Not only did they become subject to death, but their firstborn child, Cain, became the world’s first murderer, taking a human life.  Truly, the wages of sin is death, physically and spiritually.  It is sobering to think that the Bible would have been only a few pages long, from creation to the fall into sin, were it not for the undeserved love of God who both promised and sent the Messiah to save us from sin and death; Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 25:8; Psalm 49:14-15; John 5:13.

For 1,500 years after creation, men lived such long lives that most were either contemporaries of the first man, Adam, or personally knew someone who was!  The ten patriarchs (excluding Enoch) who preceded the Great Flood lived an average of 912 years.  Lamech died the youngest at the age of 777, and Methuselah lived to be the oldest at 969.



Evolutionist Quote of the Month

“It cannot be accidental, one is tempted to conclude, that the percentage of salt in our bloodstreams is roughly the same as the percentage of salt in the oceans of the world. The long and intricate process by which evolution helped to shape the complex interrelationship of all living and nonliving things may be explicable in purely scientific terms, but the simple fact of the living world and our place on it evokes awe, wonder, a sense of mystery—a spiritual response when one reflects on its deeper meaning.”

 – Al Gore, Earth in the Balance, p. 264.


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