Sunday, April 17, 2011
Jurupa Adventure Part II: A flood of fossils
2:29 p.m. Today's project was to brush up on the scientific evidence for creationism in the Fossil Record, of which there were many examples at the Jurupa Mountain Nature Center we visited yesterday with our grandsons.
And what better place to begin my review than Acts & Facts, the magazine of the Institute for Creation Research? In the current issue, I found an article by Dr. John D. Morris entitled "The Biggest Problems for Evolution." He states in the second paragraph, "Every living thing gives such strong evidence for design that only willfully ignoring the data (2 Peter 3:5) could lead one to assign such intricacy to chance and natural selection." And ignoring the fossil evidence--hundreds of distinct creatures with no "transitional forms"-- is just what evolutionists do!
2 Peter 3:5 makes it clear that God not only created the earth, and destroyed it by a flood, but also knew that godless scoffers would deny His handiwork:
For this they willingly forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished being flooded by water.
In the two museums of the cultural center were scores of fossils from the tiniest sea creatures found locally to the skeletons of large animals from Wyoming and Utah. It was a very impressive collection for a relatively small educational center. The usual evolutionary stages were presented on a large wall at the entrace to the museum gift shop. Since staff conversant with the center and its teachings were out conducting nature walks, I drew our teenage grandsons' attention to the sign pictured above:
MARINE FOSSILS ARE FOUND IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BECAUSE THE EARTH'S SURFACE HAS BEEN SUBMERGED DURING PERIODS OF THE GEOLOGIC PAST.
"Sounds like Noah's Flood to me!" I said. How I thank the Lord that my children and grandchildren have made commitments to Christ, and have stood firm against the teaching of evolution in their high school biology classes! College presented harder challenges, but my children never had a problem standing up alone in a crowd, "speaking the truth in love," and finding that their courage attracted followers rather than opponents. Anyone can "go with the flow," but Christian young people are leaders in their generation. I Corinthians 2:12-13a says,
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit that is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches...
How can Christians express the truth boldly and with confidence? Because "we have the mind of Christ" (I Corinthians 2:16). He will always show us when, where, and what to speak!
Dr. Morris concludes the article with this sad truth: "The evidence for creation is so strong, it is illogical to believe anything else. Only a religious commitment to atheism, or a desire for the approval of those atheists who call themselves scholars, could lead one down this path."
The Apostle Peter continues with serious words of warning in verse 7 of Chapter 3:
But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word [of God], are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
There is hope for all people, no matter how they might oppose the Lord Jesus Christ and try to deny the truth of His Word; but we who believe must offer an invitation to those we know who need to hear the Gospel! Once our family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor is born again, the Bible becomes their touchstone, just as we measure all information against it!
Hear the hope in 2 Peter 3:8, that God is "longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
Whom can you invite to hear the Gospel on Easter Sunday, April 24th?