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Creation Devotional November 30 - Geology

Daily Devotional – November 30

Geology

 

What is the tallest mountain in the world? This record actually belongs to Mauna Kea in Hawaii that rises 30,610 feet from the bottom of the sea…and a staggering 56,447 feet from its underground mountain roots.1 Mt. Everest is only 29,029 feet. Whereas Mt. Everest is made primarily of sedimentary rock, Mauna Kea is entirely composed of volcanic lava. Both mountains were formed during or shortly after Noah’s Flood.

 

Skeptics of a biblical timeline point to the enormous size of the Hawaiian Island volcanoes, measure how slowly volcanoes are growing today, and state as a fact that the Earth must be millions of years old for such large volcanic mountain chains to have formed. What they fail to realize is that during the Flood of Noah, “all the fountains of the deep broke up” (Genesis 7:11) causing copious amounts of lava to pour forth. The rate of volcanic activity today can be compared to a leaky faucet slowly dripping water while during the Flood of Noah, the lava would have been like a torrent of water coming from a fire hose. During the Flood, lava was pouring forth to form Mauna Kea and could easily have been flowing at 1000 times the rate we see today. Although no one knows when the peak first broke through the surface of the Pacific Ocean, there is no reason to believe it could not have been during or subsequent to the Flood of Noah’s day about 4400 years ago.

 

Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak.…

~ Isaiah 41:1

 

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

~ Proverbs 3:5-6

 

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

~ Dr. Seuss (1904 – 1991), beloved children’s book author

 

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Nov

Creation Devotional November 27 - Geology

Daily Devotional – November 27

Geology

 

The apostle Peter tells us that at a time, which he calls “The last days,” scoffers will laugh at the Genesis Flood account (2Peter 3:3,6). I think we are there! What evidence is there for a worldwide flood? One evidence comes from observing sedimentary rock layers. Sedimentary rock layers cover ¾ of the world’s continents. Try this simple experiment to see how rapidly sedimentary layers can form. (I am using food, but two different sizes of sand grains will work just as well.)

 

Blend together the following recipe for “Russian Tea”:

• 2 cups orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang)
• 1½ cup sugar • 1 cup instant tea powder
• 1 (3 oz.) pack lemonade mix (or 2 packs of lemon Kool-aid)
• 2 tsp. cinnamon
• ½ tsp. ground cloves
• Mix well.

 

Now, slowly pour the mixture through a funnel into a tall, clear glass. What you should observe is layering as the mixture separates. Multiple thin layers result as the falling materials sort themselves. Evolutionists would have us believe that layers form slowly over time, yet in this demonstration (which can also be done with different sized grains of sand), we see that layers actually form rapidly. The same thing can happen over huge regions as water sorts sediment into distinct horizontal layers.

 

So make yourself a cup of Russian Tea (2 Tbs. or more of the mixture to a cup of water, heated), sit back, look at your layers, and know that God’s Word is true. There was a world-wide Genesis Flood that produced the sedimentary rock layers that cover 75% of the world’s continents.

 

Fifteen cubits [22 feet] upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

~ Genesis 7:20

 

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Nov

Creation Devotional November 22 - Geology

Daily Devotional – November 22

Geology

 

You may have watched CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) shows on TV. These detectives use various clues left at the scene of a crime to reconstruct an event, which they were not present to witness. The same can be done at the scene of the greatest catastrophe in Earth history – the worldwide Flood. But the “crime scene” of this event is the entire Earth! How the evidence is interpreted depends on your starting philosophical viewpoint. If you are trained to believe in enormous periods of time in Earth history, evidence that supports the worldwide extent of Noah’s Flood is missed or denied. The Tapeats Sandstone deposit, as found in the Grand Canyon, is a perfect example.

 

This sedimentary rock layer was deposited right at the bottom rock record, on top of a scoured and often tilted layer of the Earth’s foundational rock layers. Tapeats Sandstone is a bed of sand that has been cemented together. It shows a distinct pattern of waves and cross bedding - which indicates the direction and speed with which the water deposited this sand. A clue used to identify the Tapeats Sandstone is its chemical composition. This rock layer contains a specific amount of the mineral feldspar and more potassium than any other common sandstone layers, such as the overlying Coconino Sandstone. The final clue that can be used to identify this very specific sandstone layer is its fossil content. The Tapeats Sandstone often contains an extinct creature called the trilobite, while sandstone layers further up (which would have formed later in the worldwide Flood) often contain amphibian or reptile fossils (because these creatures would have been more mobile and able to survive into the later stages of the Flood.)

 

The reason a scientist can reconstruct the “crime scene” of Noah’s Flood and know it was worldwide in extent is because of the characteristics of the Tapeats Sandstone- its chemical composition and fossil content. This extensive rock layer extends across entire continents (often given different names at different locations) from the Grand Canyon, AZ (Tapeats Sandstone); Chippewa Falls, WI (Mt. Simon Sandstone); Libya, North Africa (Sauk Sandstone); and Timna, Israel (Amudei Sandstone). All are identical - indicating that they are all the same deposit, laid down at the same time, by the same event. Only a world-covering Flood could explain such evidence.

 

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

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Nov

Creation Devotional November 12 - Geology

Daily Devotional – November 12

Geology

 

A 2013 study estimated that 345 billion barrels of oil are recoverable from oil-containing-shale rock layers. This is typically done by a common oil-drilling process known as fracking. Shale is a clay-rich sedimentary rock that seals in the oil and gas – preventing movement of the fluids.

 

Where did all this oil come from? It is possible that some oil was created along with all the other resources of the earth, but most seem to be derived from organic matter. Oil has its own “fingerprint,” and most oils match up with marine algae deposits (type 1 oil) and marine planktonic deposits (type 2 oil). To create oil, these deposits of organic debris needed to be heated; this is done by the Earth’s thermal gradient. In other words, these deposits were buried at a certain depth, 8,000 to 15,000 feet, in order to “cook” at a temperature of 180 degrees – 250 degrees Fahrenheit. This is called the “oil window.” Of course, there are variations; if there is a nearby active volcano, the area does not need to be buried as deeply to produce oil. If, the organic debris passes through the “oil window” and cooks at higher temperatures, the result will be a natural gas deposit.

 

Do we see oil forming naturally today? NO. Nearly all organic debris is eaten by microorganisms and scavengers prior to becoming trapped in sediment. So, what event in history led to the creation of oil and gas? Noah’s Flood buried huge amounts of marine algae and plankton, trapping them faster than they could naturally decay and covering it with lots of sediment. The Earth’s oil reserves are young, not millions of years old. If the oils were old, they would have been destroyed by bacterial action by now. Even the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico saw surface oil quickly eaten by bacterial action. We also know that bacteria live virtually everywhere, even deep within the Earth. So, we can assume that old oil would not exist after millions of years. The Flood of Noah’s day has provided us with this much needed blessing for our modern world.

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

~ James 1:17

24
Nov

Creation Devotional November 11 - Geology

Daily Devotional – November 11

Geology

 

One of the ways to determine whether a canyon or cliff has been recently formed--or is very old--is to look at the pile of rubble at the base of the cliff or canyon. This rubble is the result of wind, rain, and temperature changes wearing away at the cliff face – resulting in material falling away from the vertical face and accumulating as a pile at the bottom of the cliff. This rubble at the base of a steep slope is called “talus.” The older the canyon or cliff, the more talus there should be at the bottom. Eventually, the vertical wall should completely disappear and be replaced by a sloped pile of accumulated talus.

 

The fact is many, if not most, cliffs and canyons in the Western United States, and many other places around the world, still have vertically-walled valleys and have relatively small piles of talus at the base of cliffs. This is strong evidence for young geological features. If these vertical canyons and cliff walls were millions of years old, they would have eroded away long ago. Vertical canyons and cliff walls with little talus testify to a young Earth. So the next time you see a canyon or cliff, examine how much talus exists at its base.

 

And surely the mountains falling cometh to nought…

~ Job 14:18

24
Nov

Creation Devotional November 4 - Geology

Daily Devotional – November 4

Geology

 

Have you considered the origin of caves? Most caves are found in nearly pure limestone layers hundreds of feet thick. To explain the origin of caves, one must first explain where the limestone layers came from, then how the caves came into existence with its magnificent cave wonders.

 

Here are the three stages:

• First, the deposition of limestone in thick layers
• Second, the carving out of the cavity within the limestone layer
• Third, the “decorating” of the caves (stalactites, stalagmites, etc…)

 

First, the Flood of Noah’s day laid down these nearly pure layers of precipitated limestone as the “fountains of the deep” (Genesis 7:11) spewed forth enormous quantities of hot, mineral-laden water. Second, at the end of the Flood, enormous tectonic activity took place as, “the mountains rose; the valleys sank down” (Psalm 104:8 NAS). These tectonic activities caused many cracks in the limestone which allowed waters to drain through. In unique, localized areas, these waters were rich in acids from volcanic activity, decaying dead animals, and vegetation from the Flood, and this quickly ate away limestone – rapidly forming the enormous cave tunnels.

 

Cave decorating occurred during stage three. Cave mineral formations, such as stalagmites, developed from calcium-loaded water draining through the cavities. Just after the Flood, the ground was much wetter, due to the Flood waters and the post- Flood Ice Age. Mineral-rich waters dripped from the cave ceilings and evaporated, leaving behind a variety of cave decorations. Since that time, the water supplies have decreased, and the growth of cave decorations has slowed. When we put on our Biblical glasses, we can see where cave formation and decorations fit; limestone cave formations began with the Flood of Noah’s day some 4400 years ago.

 

The waters stood above the mountains. At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

~ Psalm 104:6-8

24
Nov

Creation Devotional November 3 - Geology

Daily Devotional – November 3

Geology

 

How do Bible-affirming geologists and evolutionary geologists differ as they interpret the rock layers of the Earth?

 

  Biblical Geologist (global flood) Geologist (NO global flood)
Time to form geological column Sedimentary rocks formed mostly during and subsequent to the year-long Flood Over 500 million years
Oldest fossils Made by the Flood (~2400 BC) Millions of years old
What are “first” and “last” fossils First = Buried earliest or before Flood Last = buried late in /or after the Flood First=early in evolution history Last = final survivor
Dinosaurs Alive at same time as people Died 65 million years ago before people evolved from monkey-people

 

Flood geology and evolution have two VERY different ways of looking at the geological column and the fossils. Originally, the geological column explained the Flood of Noah’s time; later, evolutionists changed the meaning.

 

Scientists routinely find fossilized pollen, spores, and wood from land plants in the Cambrian rock layer (which is at the base of the geological column). Evolutionary geologists are surprised because land plants were not supposed to have evolved until much later in time. Flood geologists are not surprised at finding pollen and spores in the Cambrian layer because the geological column represents the order in which creatures and plants were buried by Noah’s Flood. Spores and pollen can blow from one place to another, but not from one time to another! The Bible’s description of a worldwide flood fits the fossil evidence much better than the evolutionary explanation.

 

Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

~ Psalm 124:4-5

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Oct

Creation Devotional October 30 - Geology

Daily Devotional – October 30

Geology

 

This headline caught my attention: “Gorge Rapidly Carved in Hard Granite Bedrock.” Using archived images and survey data of a Spanish dam built in the 1930s, Plymouth University researchers found that five small floods gouged a deep gorge through solid granite in less than six years.

 

Five times over a period of six years, water needed to be diverted into an overspill channel, and this spillway water carved out a gorge 880 feet long, 520 feet wide and 330 feet deep. One of the researchers studying the formation of this gorge noted that if someone saw this gorge today, he would say that erosion had taken place over a long period of time due to the effect of flowing water. Yet, the gorge was formed in only six years as a result of relatively small floods. Exceptional amounts of erosion can be caused by unexceptional flooding! Now, imagine the erosion that took place during the final stages of the Flood of Noah’s day; as the continents were being lifted, waters rushed across millions of square miles of recently deposited land sediments - eroding massive areas and carving out canyons and river valleys. It doesn’t take millions of years to form canyons and river valleys; it can happen quickly.

 

In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

~ Psalm 95:4

20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 23 - Geology

Daily Devotional – October 23

Geology

 

“Don’t stand that close to the cliff edge!” “Why? I’ll be careful!” “That cliff could give way at any moment.” Perhaps Mom had more wisdom than we realized!

 

We are programmed with the concept that rocks are “rock solid” - millions of years old and never changing. But around the world, there are recent examples of “unexpected collapses” of famous geological features. In Australia, for example, the famous London Bridge formation collapsed on January 15, 1990, and one of the Twelve Apostles (sea stacks) collapsed dramatically as a tourist watched in 2005. The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland and the North Cliffs in Cornwall were recently caught dramatically falling away as tourists recorded the events on their handheld video devices.

 

At the Arches National Park in Utah, the famous Wall Arch – (spanning 71 feet wide and 33 feet high) collapsed in a single night on August 4, 2008. Just since 1970, forty-three arches have collapsed at Arches National Park while not a single new arch has formed. What we are seeing is massive rapid-scale erosion, not slow erosion expected by an evolutionary timescale. What we observe are cliffs collapsing at any moment. The evolutionary idea that cliffs erode slowly over time could cause you great harm on your next vacation if you are standing on a cliff that catastrophically collapses. Your understanding of history really does affect where you stand!

 

…Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice .

~ 1 Kings 19:11-12

20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 2 - Geology

Daily Devotional – October 2

Geology

 

Have you considered how little sediment exists on the seafloor? Every year, wind and water erode dirt off the continents, and it runs off into the oceans. Most of this dirt (sediment) stays near the continents. Scientists know how much dirt comes off the continents each year – about 20 billion tons. What is the average thickness of sediment all over the sea floor? Not even 1,300 feet. When we do the math, the amount of dirt (sediment) that has piled up at the bottom of the world’s oceans can be accounted for in less than 12 million years. Evolutionists say the Earth’s oceans are billions of years old. There should be 250 times more sediment at the bottom of the oceans if this were true. So, then, where’s the dirt? The lack of seafloor sediment shows us that the Earth is not old, but young.

 

One final thought - “12 million years-worth” of sediment in the oceans does not prove the oceans are 12 million years old. That calculation is based on today’s accumulation rate. During Noah’s Flood, only about 4400 years ago, sediment would have been flowing into the oceans millions of times faster than anything we see happening today.

 

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

~ Psalm 107:23-24

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