Summary: Evolution Series includes compiled info. from Dr. Henry Morris, Dr. Kent Hovind, Dr. Ken Ham, Dr. Rick Ferguson and other Creation Science experts. Powerpoint at website.
DEVILUTION, PT. 5
“DATES, DELUGE, & DINOSAURS
Next in our series, I want to address the three questions that are most often asked of creationists:
(1) The question of THE AGE OF THE EARTH.
(2) The question of A GLOBAL FLOOD
(3) The question of DINOSAURS
I want to introduce you to what the Bible says about all three of these important issues. For you see:
• The Bible does speak to the age of the earth...and I believe the Bible testifies to a very young earth. (I intend to show you scientific support which verifies a young earth)
• The Bible does speak of a global flood and I want you to see how this impacts our thinking on geological ages.
• The Bible does speak about dinosaurs, and I want you understand the truth about all these dinosaur bones that we are constantly digging up, and some dino’s possibly still living!
I think some of you are going to be surprised by what you discover in the Bible tonite. And you are going to be amazed at the weight of scientific evidence that is continually affirming what the Bible says.
Isn’t that a grand, majestic account of the creative activity of God? And even more than that, I believe it is a perfectly accurate account. And if you will evaluate the evidence we have today, I believe you will have to interpret the evidence as being an overwhelming verification of the scriptural account of creation.
Now let me try to give you a biblical answer for the 1st of the 3 BIG QUESTIONS most often asked of creationist.
I. DATES...(THE AGE OF THE EARTH)
• Maybe the single most controversial issue standing between evolutionists and creationists has to do with the apparent age of the earth. Simply put:
A. Evolutionists believe in a very OLD Earth. (3 to 4 billion years old)
NOTE: Long ages of time is needed to support the processes of evolution.
NOTE: The fact is, the more scientists discover about biology and the complexity and diversity among living organisms, the more time they are needing to make evolution happen. The earth really needs to be much older than even they first propose to allow for the development for the complexity and diversity that exists today.
B. Most creationists believe in a very YOUNG Earth. (6,000 to 10,000 years old)
NOTE: Now to many of you, this young age of the earth sounds unbelievable. We have been so thoroughly indoctrinated in the idea that the earth is billions and billions of years old. After all, all of us probably have images of Carl Sagan saying the earth is “billions and billions of years old.” (By the way, Carl Sagan died in 1996. And there is one thing you can know for sure about Carl Sagan today.... Now he is definitely a creationist!!!
INFORMATION: CHARLES LYLE
The concept of a very old earth was first made popular by a lawyer named Charles Lyell in his book Principles of Geology, published in the early 19th century. He was not a geologist, but he was the first to introduce the doctrine of “UNIFORMTARIANISM.” Today Lyell is referred to as the father of historical geology. He believed it took ages and ages of time for the current geological formations of earth to develop. By the way, Charles Darwin had Lyell’s book Principles of Geology on the Beagle with him when he made his famous voyage to the Galapagos Islands. He admits that this book is what first placed the idea of evolution in his mind. Darwin simply applied the same unproved philosophical assumption of “UNIFORMTARIANISM” to biology that Lyell had applied to geology.
You need to know that your world view has been shaped by these men, and most of us did not even realize there may be empirical evidence to suggest that the whole idea of the earth’s age being billion and billions of years old is totally erroneous.
NOTE: Please understand there is, indeed, a huge gap of time between the 4 to 5 billion years the evolutionists believe the age of the earth to be and the 6 to 10,000 years creationists believe the age of the earth to be.
To illustrate the difference, try to allow each year equate to the thinness of a single page of paper. If you were to stack up several Bibles to a height about equal with your knee, you’d have about 6,000 pages before you.
Now how many Bibles would you have to stack up to make 4 and one half billion pages?
The stack would reach at least A HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN MILES high into the stratosphere. (The Evolution Of A Creationist, Jobe Martin, D.M.D., Th.M.p167)
NOTE: Please remember that it is a very dangerous thing to base your views on the latest consensus of scientific thought. The fact is, scientists do not yet have all the facts and information. There are new facts and information being discovered about our planet every day. And remember there was a day when the general consensus of scientific thought believed that the world was flat, and the earth was the center of the universe. And today I want to give you some very recent facts and information that will level a serious challenge to the general consensus of current scientific thought.