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Jun

Creation Devotional June 3 - Geology

Daily Devotional – June 3

Geology

 

Scientists believe they have discovered three times more water deep within the Earth’s mantle than in all the oceans of the world. But before you grab your bathing suit and surfboard and book a trip to where the Sun doesn’t shine, consider that this vast reservoir of water is located 420 miles below the earth’s surface (50 times lower than the deepest oil well). It is also locked up as hydrated molecules within the Earth’s magma and rock crystal structure.

 

What makes this discovery so significant is the fact that scientists cannot even explain where all the water that fills our current oceans came from, let alone more water locked deep within the Earth. This water is a total mystery to scientists studying the Earth from an evolutionary, old-age perspective. All naturalistic models for the Earth’s formation require enormous amounts of heat as materials slowly coalesced to form our planet - billions of years ago. These processes would have driven water out of the Earth’s core and left little on the surface. So, speculation has proposed that our oceans came from vast numbers of comets hitting the Earth and depositing their water. This also does not work because water contained in comets has been shown to have a very different composition of isotopes than water found on Earth.

 

The Bible states that the Earth was recently created “out of water” (2 Peter 3:5 NKJV) and made for mankind’s benefit (Psalm 115:16). Finding oceans filled with water (and even more water deep below the surface) is neither surprising nor a mystery.

 

Towards the end of the Flood of Noah’s day, the mountains rose up, and the waters rushed off the continents into the oceans. This is where the waters that flooded the Earth now reside. Much of this water may have originally come from sources deep within the Earth when “all the fountains of the great deep were broken up” (Genesis 7:11 NKJV) approximately 4,350 years ago.

 

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

~ 2 Peter 3:5-6

10
Jun

Creation Devotional May 25 - Geology

Daily Devotional – May 25

Geology

 

Worldwide, we find bent and folded sedimentary layers. This observation provides strong evidence for a worldwide flood. During the year-long Flood of Noah’s day, many sedimentary layers were laid down in rapid succession. As the mountains rose, these flat layers were bent and folded. For rock layers to fold, they must still be soft and pliable. During the Flood, sediments would be deposited by water into layers, and some water would be trapped. The pressure of the other sedimentary layers on top would have squeezed the particles closer together, forcing much of the water out. The removal of excess water caused the remaining chemicals in the water to turn into natural cement. This cement changed the once soft and wet sedimentary layers into hard, brittle, rock layers. This process is called diagenesis and can happen quickly--within hours, days, or months.

 

Bent and folded rock layers show that all the bending and folding had to happen when the layers were still soft and pliable, in order to be folded without fracturing. Conventional thinking assumes heat and pressure could have caused these bent and folded layers; however, we do not find metamorphic rocks that would have resulted had high pressure and heat been involved. Bent and folded sedimentary layers are very common in mountainous regions and show us that these layers were laid down in rapid succession during the Flood of Noah’s day, not over millions of years.

 

They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

~ Psalm 104:8

18
May

Creation Devotional May 19 - Geology

Daily Devotional – May 19

Geology

 

Sedimentary rock covers almost 75% of the earth’s surface. Have you ever wondered how sedimentary rock layers were made? Let’s find out. Fill a pint jar with ¼ cup pebbles, ¼ cup of white sand (easier to see with white sand but any sand will do) and ¼ cup of ground-up kitty litter with no additives (kitty litter is bentonite clay). Add water until almost full. Place lid on the jar and shake vigorously to mix. Let the jar stand until all the materials are settled and the water becomes somewhat clear. You should see some results of layering in 15 minutes. It will take several hours for the water to become clear (clay particles settle slowly). Moving water has the ability to separate sediments into layers.

 

During the Flood of Noah’s day, rocks were ground up in the cataclysmic flood, then transported and laid down. Evolutionists believe that sedimentary layers took millions of years to form, but with your “flood jar,” we observe layers being formed quickly. Sedimentary rock layers are not a monument to time; the rock layers are a monument to the Genesis Flood.

 

And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

~ Luke 19:40

18
May

Creation Devotional May 3 - Geology

Daily Devotional – May 3

Geology

 

One of the most famous places to view petrified wood is at Specimen Ridge’s “Petrified Forest” in Yellowstone National Park. There, 63 rock layers contain vertical, petrified trees. It has been historically taught that a forest grew at each layer and were petrified in growth position—with each forest growing up and being buried by a volcanic eruption; then a new forest grew and was buried, and so on. For almost 100 years these layers were interpreted as having been laid down over hundreds of thousands of years. Yet, the facts point to a different explanation:

 

  1. Petrified tree rings from different layers were examined and found to match each other, indicating the petrified trees lived at the same time.
  2. Petrified trees did not have any root balls; they looked as if they were broken off abruptly.
  3. There were no true soils between any of the 63 layers, only debris that was undecayed. True soils would show gradations of decay.
  4. Mixed throughout the layers were tropical vegetation (brought in by the Flood waters.)
  5. Mineral content from the volcanic eruptions were the same. If each layer was buried under a different volcanic episode, the mineral content would be different. Yet throughout the layers, the mineral content was the same, indicating one super volcanic episode within a short period of time.

 

A better explanation would be a world-wide Flood. Trees were ripped by their roots and transported to this area. During the Flood they became waterlogged and sank vertically to the bottom of the water; eventually becoming covered with sediment. Yellowstone’s Petrified Forest testifies to the Flood during Noah’s time, not to huge periods of time upon the earth.

 

the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

~ Genesis 7:11-12

20
Apr

Creation Devotional April 29 - Geology

Daily Devotional – April 29

Geology

 

Water and wind gaps are common geological features found worldwide, yet their formation is a mystery to many scientists. These gaps form a shallow notch in the upper part of a mountain ridge. The notch is an erosional notch and is not caused from faulting (rock layer movements). Water gaps channels still have rivers running between the mountain peaks while wind gaps only have wind.

 

In central Wyoming, the Sweetwater River flows through such a granite ridge. How did the river cut this 330 feet deep channel? And what about the Arun River in the Himalayan Mountains flows through a water gap that is 4 miles deep and 13 miles wide. Why wouldn’t the water have flowed around rather than through these mountains? How does a river cut right through the top of a mountain ridge? It can’t! But if you put on your biblical glasses and view these gaps with the Genesis Flood in mind, the explanation becomes obvious. At the end of the Flood, as the continents and mountains of the world were rising up out of the water, enormous sheets of water would have been channelized, initially cutting a notch through the layers. As it continued to pour through the rising land surfaces, huge gaps were formed. Later, a river might run through the gap; scientists call that a water gap. If no river flows through but only wind, scientists call it a wind gap. We find these water and wind gaps all over the world… but of course we would. The Flood was a powerful, globe-covering event.

 

And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.

~ Genesis 8:3

20
Apr

Creation Devotional April 21 - Geology

Daily Devotional – April 21

Geology

 

How long does it take to form large mineral formations? In 1903, in the town of Thermopolis, Wyoming, USA, someone drove an iron pipe into the ground, allowing the underground mineral-rich waters to escape. As the warm mineral waters flowed out the top of the pipe, the water evaporated leaving behind a mineral called travertine. The travertine rock mound is now 24 feet tall.

 

Why does this rock formation, called Teepee Fountain, surprise visitors? Because it did not take millions of years to form. When tourists view cave stalagmites and stalactites, tour guides tell them these rock formations took hundreds of thousands or even millions of years to form. The Teepee Fountain shows us this is not true - it just took the right chemical environment to make this monstrous mound. Rocks can form very rapidly.

 

Consider the following: At the beginning of the Genesis Flood, the Bible says all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, suggesting huge hot-water geysers erupting mineral-rich waters just like at Thermopolis. These mineral-rich waters would have been mixed with sand, mud, and other sediments during this violent Flood. As the sediments settled out and the waters dried up, the remaining minerals helped bind the sediments together to form the sedimentary rock layers that we see today. It does not take millions of years to form solid rock, just the right conditions.

 

Towards the end of the Flood ~“ The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained”

~ Genesis 8:2

11
Apr

Creation Devotional April 3 - Geology

Daily Devotional – April 3

Geology

 

Rock layers (strata) show much more evidence for rapid formation than evidence for formation over eons of time. Here are some evidences for rapid formation of rock strata:

  • Polystrate fossils, like fossilized tree trunks running through multiple rock layers (supposedly millions of years old) had to have formed rapidly. If it did not happen quickly the trunks would have rotted away as they waited for the next layer to be laid down.
  • Ripple marks and footprints in rocks are delicate surface features preserved on underlying rock units. If there were millions of years between layers, these delicate features should be gone. Think of an animal footprint in mud being undisturbed for years - even that is impossible.
  • Lack of soil layers in rock strata.
  • Lack of erosion features in rock layers. If there were millions of years between the layers, there should be gullies and other erosion features everywhere we look.

 

The rock layers (strata) that we see today were laid down during the year-long Flood of Noah’s time. The rock layers testify that God’s word is true about the world-wide Flood.

 

And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.…And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.…And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month….

~ Genesis 7:12, 24; 8:5

11
Apr

Creation Devotional March 30 - Geology

Daily Devotional – March 30

Geology

 

Earthquakes are movements of the earth; huge plates of rock can move sideways or slide vertically. Modern earthquake movements have seen land masses move the land as much as 30 feet, resulting in enormous damage. Compare this with the earthquakes during the Flood; many moved large chunks of the land 2 miles or more at a time! What havoc this would have caused!

 

When an earthquake happens underwater, a tsunami is formed. In an open ocean, a boat on the surface would experience a gentle movement upward. But once this tsunami reaches a shallow shoreline, the water builds up creating a wall of water. The tsunami that hit Japan, in March 2011, displaced the water below the ocean bottom about 30 feet - creating a 124 foot wave, which crashed onto the shore and killed some 15,000 people. Now imagine the tsunamis during the Flood with earth movements of 10,000 feet! The resulting tsunamis would pulverize EVERYTHING in its path and cover entire continents. Imagine a wall of water dwarfing the tallest building on earth! Earthquakes during the Flood would have been unstoppably destructive. The safest place to be during the Flood would have been on the Ark in the middle of the ocean. The Flood of the ancient world was truly a horrific event!

 

And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;...The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations….

~ 2 Peter 2:5, 9

11
Apr

Creation Devotional March 29 - Geology

Daily Devotional – March 29

Geology

 

The Roberts family bought the famous Belle Tout lighthouse at Beachy Head, UK, in 1996 as a bed and breakfast. At that time, it was 300 feet from the high chalk cliffs. Four years later, the couple fled in the middle of the night as the cliff started to fall away leaving the lighthouse precariously perched just 10 feet from the edge. On average, six inches of the cliff erode away every year, keeping the white cliffs white by preventing shrubs, grasses, and trees from growing. Most people don’t realize that significant erosion is happening along coastlines. In recent history entire, English coastline villages have been lost into the ocean.

 

On the Outer Banks of North Carolina, USA, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was built in 1872 and sat about 1,800 feet from the shore. In just 130 years, the coastline had eroded 1,680 feet such that the light house sat only 120 feet from the sea. The lighthouse has since been moved. The amount of coastal erosion we observe does not match the evolutionary timeline, but it is consistent with the Bible’s timeline. About 4400 years ago, there was a global flood, and the continents’ coastlines have been eroding ever since. Coastal erosion is a worldwide problem, causing beaches to vanish and houses to toppling. Fast coastal erosion points to the world being young.

 

And the earth shall wax old like a garment,….

~ Isaiah 51:6b

11
Apr

Creation Devotional March 24 - Geology

Daily Devotional – March 24

Geology

 

In a remote part of Utah lies Kodachrome Basin State Park. The National Geographic Society named this park because of its beauty. Some 60 towering stone spires jut up from the valley floor and are displayed against the backdrop of multi-colored sandstone layers. Evolutionists are at a loss to explain how these spires formed. When we put on our biblical glasses, we can view their formation from the Flood perspective.

 

During the Flood, many sedimentary layers were laid down. One of the layers would have been a squishy sand layer. Earthquakes could have caused this squishy sand mixture to be injected upward through the other sedimentary layers, like toothpaste being squished upward in its tube. This “plume” of sand then cemented together. At the end of the Flood, waters eroded the less cemented layers away, leaving the cemented plumes or sand pipes. Clusters of sand pipes can be found in other remote parts of the Colorado plateau. This same formation can be seen with mounds, like Ayers Rock in Australia. The sand plumes can be traced down to the source layer of sand. Secular geologists believe that the source bed was millions of years old prior to its injection. Would the source bed remain uncemented for millions of years? Hardly. These sedimentary sand pipes give evidence that there was little time between the layers being laid down, injected and eroded. The fact that sand pipes exist at all is evidence that little time passed from deposition to squeezing.

 

And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

~ 2 Peter 2:5

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