For hundreds of years the origin of life has been debated. Scientists have made assumptions of the age of the earth and how it began. Creationists believe the earth is young — around 6,000 years –while evolutionists believe the earth is billions of years old. What if the proof we have been looking for is right under our nose? The primary detailed historical account from the Bible is the Flood, found in Genesis chapter seven. The Flood presents relevant evidence to recent historical discoveries, fossils, and unexplainable land formations.
In the Bible, the story of the Flood involves a man named Noah who built an Ark to survive the Flood. After the Flood, the Bible states the Ark landed on a mountaintop. In the last 50 years, several people have claimed to see an object resembling the Ark’s description in the Bible near the summit of Mount Ararat in Turkey. The CIA is in the process of putting together an investigation of the site. As soon as they receive the okay from the Turkish government, the process of digging into the ice surrounding the presumed Ark will begin. If this object does turn out to be Noah’s Ark, it will, I believe, cause people to realize the Bible is the truth and evolution was just an improvable idea.
Paleontology, or the study of fossils, has erupted in the last century, bringing about millions of fossils of all types of creatures from all over the world. How do scientists explain fossils of animals giving birth or fossils of animals eating other animals? An example of this can be found on page nine of Dr. Walt Brown’s book, In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood, in Figure 7 entitled “Fish Swallowing Fish.” The Flood presents a simple and logical explanation. It stirred up the dirt, rock, and ash, and then they resettled on top of these creatures. Thick layers of dirt and miles of water pressurized and preserved these fossils in minutes. This process is known as rapid burial and preservation.
Animals were not the only things buried and preserved quickly. Fossils of whole tree trunks have been found all over the world. One example is the Fossilized Forest in Yellowstone National Park. These trees are called polystrate trees, and it happens when a tree is suddenly buried entirely with dirt and water. Before the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, scientists believed it took millions of years for this fossilization to happen. When Mount St. Helens erupted, the same fossilized trees were found under all the ash in the lake-bottom of Spirit Lake.
What about the fossils of dinosaurs? Didn’t they fossilize over millions of years? The word “dinosaur” actually originated from a man named Sir Richard Owen in 1842 and means “terrible lizard.” The Biblical viewpoint of dinosaurs is that they lived with humans around 6,000 years ago. Job 40:15-18 says, “Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feed on grass like an ox. What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly! His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close knit. His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron.”
Most scientists believe behemoth means hippo or elephant, but the Hebrew language has words to describe these animals just as they do for crocodile or whale, which the animal leviathan is presumed to be. Isaiah 27:1 describes leviathan as “…the gliding serpent…the coiling serpent…the monster of the sea.”
Explanations for the extinction of these giant reptiles include the Flood. Noah probably took dinosaurs on the Ark, but they were babies for safety’s sake. However, after they got off the Ark, the bulk of the food chain had been destroyed. Creationists assume the complete extinction of land dinosaurs was a combination of a lack of food and a change in life expectancy.