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Sep

Creation Devotional September 28 - Geology

Daily Devotional – September 28

Geology

 

One of the many evidences supporting a worldwide Flood is the frequent finding of oval-shaped petrified trees. Why is this significant?

 

Almost every museum display on the formation of fossils shows the slow accumulation of sediment around organisms to form the fossils. It seems likely that petrified trees formed in this way would have turned to solid rock long before they were buried under millions of pounds of sediment (dirt). So, if evolutionary processes produced petrified trees - they would almost all be circular in cross section.

 

On the other hand, if petrified trees exist because enormous mats of vegetation were deeply buried during the worldwide Flood of Noah, millions of pounds of sediment would have pushed down on the trees before they became fossilized. Thus, many would have been flattened by the weight of rapidly accumulating sediment before they became petrified. In other words, because fossilization is a process that has been shown to occur quite rapidly (within decades, not millions of years), the trees could have been flattened into an oval shape before they were fossilized. This is exactly what we find in many locations.

 

Observational evidence supports the reality of a recent worldwide Flood upon our planet.

 

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken….

~ Psalm 18:7

28
Sep

Creation Devotional September 26 - Geology

Daily Devotional – September 26

Geology

 

One of the great mysteries in geology is the inselberg, like Ayers Rock in central Australia. The German word inselberg means a hill jutting up from a plain, like an island in a placid sea or “island mountain.” From a distance, that is exactly how an inselberg looks, like an island rising from a flat sea. They are found on all continents. Some famous inselbergs are Sugarloaf towering 1,300 feet high out of the Rio de Janeiro harbor in Brazil or Stone Mountain in Georgia standing 825 feet above the land.

 

Inselbergs are said to be millions of years old, but if that were true they should have eroded down to nothing, yet they are still steepsided. From a biblical perspective, the retreating waters of the Flood of Noah’s day explain inselbergs. The retreating floodwaters would have scoured soft sediment away, planing the surrounding land off flat. As the waters decreased, they become channelized in places, cutting away the land but leaving isolated remnants with steep sides, that is, the tall inselberg structures. The Genesis Flood explains this and many other “mysterious” landforms that are found worldwide.

 

Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

~ Genesis 7:20

28
Sep

Creation Devotional September 21 - Geology

Daily Devotional – September 21

Geology

 

When traveling in the western states, you may come across crossbedding. Cross-bedding is found in sedimentary rock; it is a series of visible layers within the rock that suddenly change direction. Most layers are horizontal; however, cross-bedding has layers that are at a distinct angle to the horizon. Cross-bedding is found most often in sandstone. Cross-beds exist because of Noah’s Flood.

 

Desert sand dunes have steep faces with sand beds at an angle greater than 25 degrees. If the sand bed angle is less than 25 degrees, most likely it was water-deposited. By measuring the angle of the sand layers in these cross beds, we can determine if the sandstone came from an ancient desert or a flood. You can do an experiment to establish whether a cross-bedded sand dune was created by wind or water. First, establish the horizon, lay a protractor on that, and determine the angle of the crossbed. If the angle of the sand bed is greater than 25 degrees, it formed in a dry environment. If the angle of the sand bed is less than 25 degrees, the sand was most likely laid down in a flood environment. If you do not have a protractor with you, take a picture and do the measurements at home. It is the wide extent of cross-bedding throughout sandstone layers of the western United States that testify to the worldwide nature of the Flood that laid these rock layers down. So, the next time you visit national parks in the West, take along your protractor, and do the protractor test. Sedimentary rock layers with cross-bedding are a testimony to Noah’s Flood!

 

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

~ Psalm 139:17-18

22
Aug

Creation Devotional August 26 - Geology

Daily Devotional – August 26

Geology

 

A brand new island was “born” off the coast of Iceland in 1963. This new island, named Surtsey, was created by an erupting undersea volcano. Within a few months of its formation, this sterile, volcanic rock island was already being transformed into a “mature” island. Wide sandy beaches, gravel banks, impressive cliffs, gullies, channels, and boulders were all being worn by the relentlessly pounding surf. Had no-one been around to see the island form recently, one might say it looks millions of years old.

 

Iceland’s chief geologist Sigurdur Thorarinsson, was amazed at how old the island looked only months after its formation. Biologists, too, were surprised; the island was colonized by plants quickly. Birds started having chicks there in 1970 (7 years later) - bringing in seeds with their excrement. Growing plants supported insects, that attracted birds, that in turn brought in more plants, and the cycle continued. There is now a fully functioning ecosystem on Surtsey. What happened on Surtsey provides insight into what happened after the Flood of Noah’s day – the rapid redistribution of plants and animals around the world. Surtsey continues to teach us more, for it is also rapidly eroding - about 2.5 acres a year. Within a few centuries, Surtsey could be gone! Surtsey has been full of surprises - teaching us that mature landscapes can form rapidly, biological diversity can develop quickly, and erosion can transform landscapes swiftly.

 

The waters wear the stones:

~ Job 14:19a

22
Aug

Creation Devotional August 21 - Geology

Daily Devotional – August 21

Geology

 

If there was a worldwide flood, would not sediments have been transported vast distances? As the Flood waters swept over the continents, they would have deposited sedimentary layers. Let’s look at just one example.

 

The Grand Canyon has a bright white layer of sandstone near the top lip commonly called “the bathtub ring.” This Coconino sandstone layer consists of pure quartz sand averaging 315 feet thick and covering some 200,000 square miles, containing at least 10,000 cubic miles of sand. Where did all this sand come from? Within the Coconino sandstone are sloping sand “waves” pointing southward, indicating that the water flowed from the north. It has been postulated that the source of this sand was northern Utah or Wyoming.

 

Higher in the strata sequence above the rim of the Grand Canyon is the Navaho Sandstone. It can be seen in Zion National Park, just north of the Grand Canyon. This sandstone also consists of very pure quartz sand, giving it its brilliant white color, and it also has sand “waves” indicating that the sand came from the northeast. Within this sandstone is the mineral zircon, which is easily traced to its source material. It has been postulated that these sand grains in the Navajo Sandstone could have come from the Appalachians of Pennsylvania and New York and farther north into Canada. These sand grains were transported about 1,250 miles across North America. If there was a world-wide flood, sediments would have been transported vast distances, and that is what we are now discovering. This speaks of a global Flood some 4400 years ago.

 

Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.

~ 2 Peter 3:6b

12
Aug

Creation Devotional August 1 - Geology

Daily Devotional – August 1

Geology

 

Chalk is a sedimentary rock made up of a collection of the skeletons of phytoplankton. The White Cliffs of Dover, in southern England, is a picture of this massive graveyard. The cliffs are 350 feet high at the English Channel, while across much of England the beds are 1300 feet thick.

 

Evolutionists believe that such thick chalk deposits require millions of years to accumulate. Under catastrophic conditions caused by the biblical Flood, about 4400 years ago, explosive blooms of tiny organisms produced chalk beds, however, in a short period of time. The oceans during the Flood were warmer with massive nutrient loading from the dead plant and animal life. This caused plankton to multiply enormously. The warm, turbulent seawaters caused these tiny skeletons to amass, die, and settle rapidly to the bottom as pure chalk. This cycle continued until the floodwaters were drained from the continents. The unimaginable scale of these blooms was driven by the availability of nutrients and carbon dioxide from dead creatures, and volcanic activity associated with Noah’s Flood.

 

The purity of chalk deposits is one point of evidence supporting their catastrophic origin. If they formed over millions of years, we should find a wide variety of other marine creatures and sedimentary debris within the deposits. Yet, we do not. A second point of supporting evidence is the occasional discovery of large animal fossils found within these deposits. Both dinosaurs and 6-foot long clams have been found fossilized within the chalk. If large animals were not buried very quickly, they would have rotted away. Chalk beds cover 25% of the Earth’s surface, and it is the purity of these beds, along with the large fossils found within them, that shout “catastrophe deposits”! This is exactly what would be expected from Noah’s Flood.

 

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

~ Psalm 25:4,5

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 29 - Geology

Daily Devotional – July 29

Geology

 

The Heart Mountain slide is a famous rock layer known to every geology student. Yet, how this happened is a total mystery to secular geologists!

 

Near the end of Noah’s Flood, an enormous area of sediment broke away from the east side of a volcano near Yellowstone National Park. This one-third mile thick layer of sediment, over 1300 square miles in area, slid across an almost flat surface at an estimated speed of 100 miles per hour! It broke into dozens of huge chunks and settled on top of overlying rock layers (which are assumed to be much “younger”). Thus an extremely “old” layer of rock ended up on top of “younger” rocks. In reality, these layers are all essentially the same age - just laid down and pushed around in  different ways and at different times during the flood of Noah’s day.

 

This massive rock slide is not a mystery when we put on our biblical glasses. During the Flood of Noah, rapidly deposited sedimentary layers were filled with water, and the weight of these sediments squeezed water out between the layers. Water resistant minerals, such as gypsum, prevented this liquid from rapidly escaping, thus forming a lubricated surface between layers of rock – similar to water trapped between two sheets of Plexiglas. Eventually, the pressure became so great that a slight jiggle from an earthquake caused the entire side of the mountain to slide across the landscape, relocating itself over 30 miles away without disturbing the sequence of layers laid down by the Flood. In addition, the friction caused by the slide generated a super-critical layer of carbon dioxide, a condition where gas gets so hot it acts like a fluid to literally “float” massive blocks of stone, resulting in the rock  layers sliding even further.

 

Events such as this are a logical consequence of water-filled sediment that was laid down rapidly during the Flood of Noah’s time. The Heart Mountain landslide is a mystery to secular geologists who believe in evolution, but not to those who believe the truth of the Bible. The Heart Mountain slide is clearly a result of the Flood.

 

[God] removeth the mountains, and they know not:  which overturneth them in his anger.

~ Job 9:5

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 23 - Geology

Daily Devotional – July 23

Geology

 

Imagine the world-covering flood event with fast-moving churning waters….

  1. As the fountains of the great deep were broken up, many plate tectonic movements generated numerous earthquakes, resulting in an immense number of tsunamis.
  2. As the ocean floor plates pushed apart, molten rock emerged, creating a new ocean floor. The new ocean floor was less dense and rose, pushing up the sea level and caused a surge of ocean water onto the continents.
  3. Super-storms were generated in the atmosphere as a result of the supersonic steam jets at the crustal fracture zones, catapulting ocean waters aloft before they fell back to Earth as torrential rainfall (Genesis 7:11). It has been estimated that such super-storms and their winds drove water currents at speeds of 100 mph or more.
  4. Twice-daily tides. The earth being covered with water, these tidal surges would have experienced no shorelines; thus the tidal surges would have moved across the submerged continents, causing much churning of water and redistribution of pulverized sediments.

 

Powerful, fast-moving currents and surges ripped up rocks and laid them down, producing the sedimentary layers that we see today on all the continents of the world. The Flood of Noah’s day was truly catastrophic!

 

that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:

~ Amos 9:6b

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 10 - Geology

Daily Devotional – July 10

Geology

 

One of the most significant confirmations of the Earth’s recent creation has been the measurement of carbon-14 (14C) within diamonds.1 Why is this so significant? There should not be a single atom of 14C left within diamonds!

 

Almost all sources of carbon contain a small amount of an unstable 14C. 14C has a half-life of 5730 years. This means one-half of any remaining 14C disappears every 5730 years. Modern measurement equipment is so accurate that you’d have to divide the starting amount of 14C in half 18 times before it could no longer detect the presence of any remaining 14C.

 

Diamonds are made of carbon and also contain minute amounts of 14C that had to have been present at their very formation. Since diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to mankind, it is impossible that any modern carbon contamination could have worked its way inside of a diamond. There is also no known way that 14C could magically be generated deep inside an already formed diamond. Thus, any 14C within diamonds essentially proves that diamonds are far younger than 100,000 years. Evidence indicates that diamonds formed deep within the Earth. Therefore, because the Earth is believed to be billions of years old, it is routinely taught that diamonds are also billions of years old. Yet, if this were true, there would not be a single atom of 14C left within their structure. It is a fact of science that diamonds contain levels of 14C more than a hundred times greater than the equipment detection limit.2 Thus, both diamonds, and the rock layers deep within the Earth are thousands, not billions, of years old.

 

The next time you see someone wearing a glittering bit of carbon (a diamond), remember, this is one of the strongest evidences that God recently created this Earth for our amazement and enjoyment.

 

...upholding all things by the word of his power...

~ Hebrews 1:3b

8
Jul

Creation Devotional July 3 - Geology

Daily Devotional – July 3

Geology

 

Coal deposits are found on every continent - even Antarctica. The deposits range from several inches thick to hundreds of feet thick. They can cover small areas or stretch for thousands of square miles. Evolutionists believe that coal formed in swamps over millions of years. As plants and trees died, they fell and accumulated at the bottom of the swamp. Over millions of years, the pressure and heat from slowly accumulating, overlying sediment transformed the swamp peat into coal. But students are seldom exposed to the problems with this story.

 

Today, we do NOT find swamps turning into coal deposits. Also, scientists have been able to identify many of the plants that were transformed into coal; most grow on the sides of mountains, not in swamps. In addition, small marine animals, not land creatures, are often found in the coal. All of this evidence leads to the conclusion that the material making up coal was transported from other locations. A modern example of this happened during the 1980’s Mt. St. Helens volcanic eruption. At the base of the volcano was Spirit Lake. The eruption caused an 800-foot wave to wash up the slope and drag a million logs back into the lake. These trees ended up floating in the lake. As wind blew the logs back and forth across the lake, the bark was rubbed off making a foot thick layer of bark at the bottom of the lake; this is the beginning of a peat deposit.

 

The Genesis Flood with its violent floodwaters and earthquakes would have ripped up all the plants and trees on the entire planet – resulting in huge floating log mats. As the log mats moved back and forth, the bark and waterlogged vegetation would have rubbed off and settled to the bottom. The violence of this Flood caused plant debris to be buried quickly and deeply - forming coal within a short time. The enormous coal beds that we find all over the world are a reminder of theF lood of Noah’s day.

 

They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

~ Luke 17:27

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