Photo from "Rock Layers Folded, Not Fractured" by Andrew Snelling

Fossils of seashells crown mountain peaks all across the earth (Brown 46), raising questions that shake the very foundation of modern man’s view of the world. Many more mysteries of geology concur with the seashells. Geology is the story of earth’s past, archived in vast rock layers hundreds of feet thick. If studied carefully, earth’s earliest moments can be discovered. Modern society interprets these early moments as a chronicle of evolutionary development over millions of years: the gradual formation of geological features and the evolution of life from single cells to human beings. But the story of geology is better explained from a radically different interpretation: a supernatural, sudden creation and a world-wide flood occurring only thousands of years ago, as described in the Biblical account of Genesis.

The fact that the Bible, a religious work penned in ancient days, is the origination of this young-earth geology brings skepticism to modern minds accustomed to looking to science for ultimate truth. The widespread scientific belief in evolution and an old earth is evident in three modern movements: secular humanism, theistic evolution, and the New Age. Though doctrinally divergent, these three worldviews consider evolution critical to their beliefs: Secular humanism holds evolution as the foundation of atheism (Noebel 125), theistic evolution states that God used evolution in creation, and the New Age embraces evolution as unleashing human potential (Noebel 145-7). But no matter what its purpose, evolution is considered self-evident. Classic proof is the fossil record, a progression of creatures from simple to complex recorded in the sedimentary layers. Famed “transitional” fossils, those representing a creature intermediate between one type and another, appear as confirmation of evolutionary theory. The slow formation of geological features and the million-year-old ages given by radiometric dating of rocks and fossils appear to solidify evolution as the best explanation of earth’s past.

But closer examination reveals that these evidences support not evolution, but Biblical creationism and catastrophe. Many earth processes thought to occur very slowly actually have much faster rates or have been misinterpreted. For example, stalactites and stalagmites, the mineral “icicles” in caves, are thought to take millions of years to form, but observations show much quicker growth rates: Five-feet long stalactites, with their adjacent stalagmites, are growing from the Lincoln Memorial’s foundation ceiling (Whitcomb 114), while Jerry Trout, an expert in caves, has visually recorded a stalactite growing “several inches in a matter of days” (Taylor qtd. in Brown 223). Similar observations hold for the multi-million-year ages of radiometric dating methods: Lava flows in New Zealand’s Mount Ngauruhoe were dated as occurring 0.27 to 3.5 million years ago, but history records them actually occurring from 1949 to 1975 (Snelling qtd. in Ham, Sarfati, & Wieland 83). Our modern dating methods are based on faulty assumptions about earth’s past, leading to these kinds of discrepancies.

Faulty interpretation also accompanies study of the fossil record. For example, claimed “transitional” fossils are not truly transitional. This is the case with horse evolution. The famed ascendence of North American horses from small three-toed varieties to the modern one-toed kind is in reverse in South America, where three-toed horse fossils are buried in “younger” rock than the rock containing the one-toed variety (Gish 191-2). Thus, South American horse fossils almost appear to show the more “primitive” horses evolving from the more “modern” one. Rather than showing evolution, these fossils are better interpreted as showing variations within animal kinds, similar to the variation present in today’s dog breeds. No one today would say that Chihuahuas are the ancestors of Great Danes, but if these two dogs were discovered as fossils, they would give the appearance of evolution from the small to the large. So such “transitional” fossils prove more problematic for evolution than helpful, suggesting that a better explanation of their origin should be considered.

Even the general appearance of progression from relatively simple creatures to higher forms in the fossil record is not consistent. Fossils often are not ordered in the rock layers according to the evolutionary sequence. Horse hoofprints are in dinosaur strata in Uzbekistan, dinosaur footprints mix with human-like ones in Turkmenistan and Arizona, and fossil insects with nectar tubes are dated 25 million years older than the alleged emergence of flowers (Brown 12). Nearly 200 more examples of “wrong-order formations” occur in America alone, as compiled by Walter Lammerts in the Creation Research Society Quarterly (Brown 67-8). The severe significance of these out-of-order fossils is aptly described by the eminent evolutionist Richard Dawkins: “Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order” (Dawkins 2).

Instead of evolution, geology reveals an early earth like that described in the Bible. When God created Adam and Eve, He placed them in a Paradise (Genesis 1-2). Remnants of this ideal earth are evident in the most inhabitable places: Tropical fronds have been unearthed in Antarctica, while oil companies in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay found a vast tropical forest 1,100 to 1,700 feet below the tundra (Williams). This warm climate of lush vegetation is evident across many geologic layers (Whitcomb & Morris 243). Long life was another characteristic of early earth, with humans living nearly a thousand years (Genesis 5) and dinosaurs probably surviving to similar ages, evident from the huge sizes of dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex and Apatosaurus, since reptiles never stop growing their whole lives (Dutko). The preflood earth also possessed a civilization that built cities, created music, and forged iron and bronze tools (Genesis 4:17-22). Evidences of this earliest of societies include a gold chain in Illinois coal dated 200-300 million years before man’s traditional evolution; a woman statuette in Idaho clay dated at 2 million years, during man’s “primitive age”; and a metallic vase, inlaid with silver, that was blasted out of Massachusetts Precambrian rock dating over 600 million years ago, before practically any form of life is alleged to have existed (Cremo & Thompson 798-9, 802-6). Though the dates are wrong, these evidences show an Edenic early earth and an advanced civilization from the beginning.

But then Paradise was destroyed in a great flood (Genesis 6-8). Underground water chambers burst forth on that infamous day, gouging a crack around the earth that formed into today’s globe-encircling Mid-Oceanic Ridge (Brown 105-8, 120-1). This watery deluge deposited vast layers of sediments hundreds of miles across (Walter 12, Ham, Sarfati, & Wieland 155-6). The catastrophic formation of mountains and other features bent some of these water-softened sediment layers into gentle folds and arches that later hardened into rock (Ham, Sarfati, & Wieland 156-7). As the flood waters engulfed the earth, the vast forests of Paradise were swept away, then compressed under the flood sediments into great coal beds (Morris 107-9). Millions of creatures were trapped in the sediments and fossilized in contorted positions or in the act of swallowing their last meals (Brown 10-11). Even human beings and their artifacts were fossilized, the last remnants of that lost civilization (Brown 14, 36). After 150 days the waters receded into the newly-formed ocean basins (Genesis 8:3), leaving behind the silent witness of the rocks to that earth-shattering event.

So the evidence of geology gives a compelling case for Biblical creation and the flood. Evolution is only a mirage that at first glance appears amazingly convincing, until one steps closer to the evidence. Worldviews based on evolution have a quicksand for a foundation. But now that the true story of the rocks can be seen for what it is, there is one last issue: the significance of creation and the flood. Sudden creation of an ideal world implies an almighty Creator, and sudden destruction of this entire world implies an almighty Judge. Genesis 6 gives God’s reason for this reversal: “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth . . . and He was grieved in His heart. . . . ‘I will blot out man whom I have created’” (5-7). The story of earth’s past reveals a lesson that modern man would be wise to heed.

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