The geological record does not testify of an old earth, nor does it show any gradual development of life forms. The whole idea of animals evolving slowly over time cannot be supported by the fossil record. There is simply no evidence for the gradual transition of one form into a completely different form.
Another problem for evolution is the absence of animal remains. They are not piling up around us in order to eventually form a fossil layer representing what happened during the "geologic age." Instead remains are ripped apart by scavengers and dispersed. Of the estimated 100 million buffalo which roamed the Great Plains over a century ago, not a single one is now in the process of fossilization.
The only reason we find such a rich fossil record of life in the past (records that show distinct forms of life, not life in the process of changing from one form to another) is because there was a worldwide Flood which rapidly buried this life!
Science ant the Bible, p. 19
..."Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." - Luke 19:39-40
Life shows every possible characteristic of design by an intelligent designer. If you ask any person to define what characteristics would indicate that an object has been made by an intelligent designer (such as form, complexity, independence of parts, integrated components, etc.) life exhibits these same characteristics. In addition to this, all basic types of animal life appear completely developed, not partially developed. There are no examples of half-developed feathers, eyes, skin, arteries, veins, intestines, or any other vital organ.
Actually, if a reptile leg were to evolve into the wing of a bird, it would become a bad leg long before it could become a good wing. How could such a reptile survive an attack from a predator or catch prey while its legs were in the process of evolving? Before it turned into something else, the animal would become extinct. Adherence to the teachings of evolution, masquerading as science, has blinded even highly intelligent people to the truth. The Bible says it best-claiming to be wise, mankind has become foolish.
In the Beginning, 7th ed., p.7
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made...but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.... -Romans 1:20,21,22
If life is the result of random-chance processes, then so are our very thoughts. Therefore our thoughts-including what you are thinking right now-would merely be the consequence of a long series of accidents. In other words, your thoughts would have no connection with reality-including the thought that life is a result of chance of natural processes-because they would be random occurrences resulting from random processes.
In a very real sense, evolution undercuts the very basis for all human understanding, because it destroys the basis for believing that truth could exist. The concept of evolution even undercuts the mechanisms proposed for evolution. It has been said that humans use only a small fraction of their mental abilities. If this is the case, how could our unused abilities have evolved in the first place?
Certainly not by natural selection. Natural selection will only select an existing characteristic or ability which has some use. If unused mental ability is not used, it can never be selected for an advantage. Evolution teaches that any capabilities which are used by a creature will waste away and become lost over time. The idea that natural selection is supposedly driving evolution upward is an illogical concept that contradicts the observation from the world around us.
In the Beginning, 7th ed., p. 18
For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. - Proverbs 2:6
There are hundreds of methods for dating the age of the earth.
However, none can scientifically prove how long ago the earth formed. We can look at objects and determine their mass, color, composition and rate of change, but none of these things will determine the object's age. To determine a date, we must know how much of something was present at the beginning and how it has changed since formation. In other words, all dating methods depend on assumptions and any date we get depends upon the assumptions that are made. It is impossible to "scientifically" prove the age of an ancient object.
However, if unbiased observers make the same assumptions that evolutionists routinely make (extending present measured rates of change into the distant past), the vast majority of dating methods indicate that the earth and solar system were formed quite recently.
For example, scientists have been able to calculate the rate at which certain elements (aluminum, antimony, calcium, chlorine, copper, gold, iron, lead, mercury, nickel, silicon, silver, sodium, tin, zinc, etc.) flow into the ocean. By dividing the amount of these elements in ocean water by the measured rate at which the same elements are flowing into the ocean, we can estimate an age for the ocean. It turns out these method date the oceans (and the earth) far too young for evolution to have happened.
In actuality, the most reliable method of determining the age of an object is to research written historical records concerning the object.
This is exactly what we have in the Bible.
The Illustrated Origins Answers Book, p. 18-20
...He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done form the beginning to end. -Ecclesiastes 3:11
Imagine that you are the child of the famous painter, Michelangelo. You grew up watching your father paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Each stroke of the brush revealed his love, creative genius, and masterful perfection.
Years later as you're walking beneath your father's great work, a guide enters leading a group of tourists. As they stand in awe under the grandeur of the artistic work, you hear the tour guide boldly state that the ceiling occurred by naturalistic processes over countless years as water leaked through the roof and stained the plaster. The people are told by their expert guide that what appears as an intentionally designed work of beauty is strictly a chance occurrence.
Would you not, as Michelangelo's child, rise up in righteous indignation at the telling of such a flagrant lie? If the guide said that your father had used the random procedure of dripping water through the plaster to create the masterpiece, would that lie have been any more palatable?
The modern "tour guides" of our world are evolutionists who would have us believe that all of the purpose, eloquent design, and astronomical complexity of life just happened as chance naturalistic processes (such as mutations) formed life over billions of years. Liberal theologians would have us believe that God used such a process to make things.
Should not Christians boldly proclaim the trut h so that more people may come to know the true Master Artist and come to trust His written revelation to mankind (the Bible)?
The Great works Catalog, Bryce Guardian, p.22
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place. - Proverbs 3:19
There is a war of values raging in America today. Most of us are aware of the surface skirmishes (such as abortion, increasing violence, or euthanasia), but few are aware that the basis of this war is the question of man's relationship to God. Either life's value is based on God's personal existence (meaning absolute values do exist), or man sets the standards. There are no other possibilities.
The consequence of 150 years of indoctrination with evolutionary principles is the acceptance that man is part of the natural forces which shaped us. The inevitable result of this line of reasoning is the removal of an objective basis for determining the value of anything. Thus, mankind either arbitrarily assigns value to things (including people), or all life becomes of equal value. In the case of the former, atrocities such as human sacrifice, genocide, or passive acceptance of abortion occur. In the case of the latter, absurdities occur such as animal rights groups equating the murder and mutilation of humans with the slaughter of chickens. Both of these responses are inevitable outcomes of following the evolutionary humanist philosophy to its logical conclusion.
Christianity is rooted in the fact that a personal God exists and that people were made in God's image. Thus, human life is inherently valuable. There is something special about all humans. No one has the right to remove their value by murder, abortion, or euthanasia.
Search for the Truth, p. 110
All of the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands and right to those who find knowledge. - Proverbs 8: 8, 9 NKJV
Bird fossils found on the Hawaiian Islands show that many species became extinct before Western civilization arrived in 1778. One-third of all known species on the islands have become extinct within the last 1,500 years. Yet no new species of Hawaiian birds have developed over the same time period. There is no question that creatures are becoming extinct, whereas there is no evidence that completely different types of creatures are forming. These extinctions are from natural causes and have little to do with man's influence.
This evidence implies that the millions of different life forms on Earth could not have come from evolution, because creatures become extinct far faster than they could possibly evolve into new types.
Letting God Change Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 84
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die... - Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 2
According to evolutionists, we exist because random mutations turned simple creatures into more complex creatures. If so, where are the leftovers and mistakes? Let's think about the process required to develop anything new.
When Thomas Edison worked to develop the electric light bulb, he tested over a thousand combinations of filaments and bulbs before discovering a combination that worked well. His laboratory was literally filled with failed attempts. The modern automobile is the result of 100 years of intelligent developments and improvements. Earlier versions were inefficient, less durable, and slower. These automobile ancestors did not improve by random changes, but by the intelligent design of engineers. Yet the earlier models are still around to see the developmental history. So where are mankind's evolutionary leftovers?
Evolutionists recognized this problem over 100 years ago. In the 1800's they listed almost 200 features of the human body believed to be rudimentary or vestigial (left over). Today the list has shrunk to practically zero. Virtually every feature of our body has been found to be designed for a useful purpose.
Why aren't our bodies filled with useless leftover parts? Where are all the fossils showing evolution? Every fossil reveals a creature that is clearly identifiable and suited for survival in its environment. Only design by someone of infinite intelligence can adequately explain the human body, which has been perfectly designed from the start with every feature serving a needed and useful function.
But God made the earth by his power; He founded the world by his wisdom.... - Jeremiah 10: 12
Evolutionists say that human beings "evolved" from simple cells entirely by random-chance processes. Man's understanding and use of technology (tool-making, electronics, aeronautics, and the principles of science) are also said to be "evolving." When the word "evolving" is used with technology, it means improvements that are planned, carefully worked out, and implemented using intelligent guidance. When the word "evolution" is used in biology, however, it shifts meaning in order to deny any planning or intelligent design. Common sense shows that life simply does not form or advance in this way. In reality, it is deceiving to use the same word to mean something which is perfectly logical and then, with no warning or disclaimer, shift the meaning to support something based on faith that actually contradicts the observations.
Myths and Miracles, p. 40
Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips. The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. - Proverbs 14: 7-8
It takes a mind to build a house. A home electrical system requires the skilled labor of an electrician who has spent many years learning his trade. The plumbing requires the work of a plumber who has worked for years as an apprentice. The structure of the house requires the skilled labor of a team of carpenters. The heating system, insulation, drywall, roofing, siding, finishing, carpeting, and landscaping all require planning, skill, and intelligence before a finished home results.
Each part of the human body has corresponding components. Our nervous system is far more complex than the electrical system of a house. Our blood vessels, heart, and lungs are infinitely more complex than any home heating and ventilation system. Our digestive track is more intricately designed than any plumbing system. Our body fat insulates far more efficiently than any home insulation. Our skin is far more durable and complex than drywall, siding, paint, or carpeting.
It takes a mind to conceive, design, and build a house. How can we believe that it did not take a far superior creative intelligence to conceive and create the human body?
-Rich and Tina Kleiss
For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. - Hebrews 3: 4
Even in the simplest of things, such as snow, the character of God is revealed. Snow forms from water within clouds as the water vapor condenses on small particles of dust, pollen, salts or even bacteria. Thus each snowfall serves to clear our atmosphere of contaminants. Every individual snowflake is unique and different, forming a star-like six pointed crystal at perfect 30 degree angles. See how many different star-like patterns you can develop. You are likely to exhaust your creativity after 100. Yet it is estimated that an ordinary snowstorm contains 1,000 billion uniquely individual snowflakes.
Snow works as an important insulator by trapping air between the individual insulating flakes. Eskimos must frequently rebuild their igloos when the snow compacts, loses its air space, and turns to ice. The insulating characteristic of snow protects plants and roots from freezing in the winter. Snow also adds nitrogen to the soil and waters farmland in the spring, producing a promise of improved crops.
Is it reasonable to look at the combined beauty and usefulness of snow and believe it "just happened that way"? In snow, God reveals His infinite wisdom and His profound sense of beauty-to those who acknowledge Him as Creator.
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As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish... so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. -Isaiah 55:10-11
If human similarity to apes is evidence that an apelike creature evolved into a man, why aren't the vast differences between man and ape accepted as evidence that man did not descend from apes? The human nose is totally different from that of primates: man's lips are formed differently; apes have thumbs on their feet, while men do not; man's head is located at a different position on the spinal column; and human babies are far for dependent upon their mothers at birth than apes.
Even more physical perplexing is the fact that apes have a bone in the male's reproductive organ, while the human male makes use of an incredibly complicated hydraulic system.
How could anyone reasonable conclude that the bone in an ape's reproductive organ slowly evolved into mankind's complex hormonal/hydraulic mechanism by some step-at-a-time mutational process? If the bone disappeared before the human system was completely in place, the apelike creature would not be able to reproduce and survive. Since apes have no difficulty reproducing, why would the human hydraulic reproduction system have ever evolved?
Dr. John C. Whitcomb observed that "While the physical differences between man and primates are quite great, the spiritual/mental/linguistic/cultural differences are little short of infinite." It is extremely poor and superficial science to conclude that some apelike creature evolved into mankind.
In the Minds of Man, p. 254
Tornado in the Junkyard, p. 107
And if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. -Proverbs 2:3-5
"Old" earth age estimates are based on "clocks" that today are moving at extremely slow rates. For example, for many years, coral growth rates were thought to be very slow, implying that coral reefs are hundreds of thousands of years old. More accurate measurements under ideal growth conditions reveal that even the largest coral formation could be as young as 3,400 years old. In fact, most straightforward dating methods also indicate a very young earth. Here are a few examples:
1. The development of the total population of our planet could be reached in less than 4,000 years based on all known historical population growth rates.
In addition to these, there are many more examples which clearly indicate that the earth has not been here as long as we have been led to believe.
In the Beginning, 7th ed., p. 28
The Young Earth, p. 45-118
The Bible implies that the age of the earth is about 6,000 years. God included precise genealogies in both the Old and New Testaments to give us the approximate age of the earth all the way back to ADAM.
It is not uncommon for students to complete 12 years of schooling without being exposed to any of the evidence for creation. Thus, many adults are either totally opposed to creation or consider the subject completely irrelevant. Yet there are thousands of well documented books, videos, and periodicals available on the evidence for creation. Why are more people not being exposed to this evidence? Primarily because there is a strong form of censorship on this issue.
Libraries seldom carry technical books dealing with the scientific evidence for creation, because these books are not on the approved library resource lists. A recent survey of the Midland, MI, public library revealed offer 200 books on cosmic, chemical, and biological evolution but only two books on intelligent design. Not a single technical volume was available showing the evidence for a worldwide flood or young earth.
Most public schools do not deal with the evidence, because they do not want the controversy. It is a common practice in school systems to discourage discussion on controversial subjects such as abortion, homosexuality, and evolution. Even in debate class, when the students can choose the topics, the creation/evolution discussion if often taboo.
Given this suppression of the evidence for creation, is it any surprise that the subject is considered irrelevant to so many people? It is not a lack of evidence supporting creation which prevents its being accepted, but a subtle form of censorship which keeps most people from seeing the evidence.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.
If evolution is true, then the earth must be billions of years old, the solar system must be billions of years old, and the universe must be billions of years old. Furthermore, the more we understand just how complex life is, the more time evolution needs to make the impossible seem possible. Since Darwin first proposed his controversial theory more than 160 years ago, the accepted age of the earth and universe has steadily risen. As each new dating method has come along with an older date, the new date has been rapidly accepted and the previous methods simply discarded. By hiding the "origins questions" behind billions of years, the unsolvable problems of evolution are made to look more feasible.
Our media and textbooks have implied for well over a century that this almost unimaginable age is correct. Rarely do they examine the shaky assumptions or examine the mounting evidence for a young earth, solar system, and universe. Most people naively accept the idea that the earth and universe are extremely old and base all of their perceptions on this assumption.
The majority of dating techniques indicate that the earth and solar system are quite young, probably less than 10,000 years. The primary reason a young age is rejected is not lack of evidence.
In the Beginning 7th ed., p. 31
...Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? -1 Corinthians 1:20
Spontaneous generation (the emergence of life from nonliving matter) has never been observed. All observations have shown that life comes only from life. This has been observed so consistently that it is called the law of biogenesis. The theory of evolution conflicts with this law by claiming that life came from nonliving matter through natural processes. Yet all of our knowledge of chemistry, thermodynamics, and probability says that this could not possibly happen.
Even though this law of science states that life does not come from nonlife, evolutionists choose their belief in evolution over observable science. Evolution is clearly faith masquerading as science. The Bible says God created all life and that He created it instantaneously during creation week. What we observe in nature confirms what we read in God's Holy Word.
In the Beginning, 7th ed., p. 5
Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind...and every living creature...and every winged bird...cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind"; and it was so. -Genesis 1:11, 21,24 NAS