In today’s news is a story about a scientist at Cal State-Northridge who just won a lawsuit for discrimination. (“Scientist Wins Hard Cash Over Soft Tissue From Dinosaurs: Montana dig results raised further questions about ancient Earth”)
Mark Armitage found a triceratops horn, still containing soft tissue, while on a dig at the Hell Creek formation in Montana in 2012. As the manager of the university’s Electron and Confocal Microscopy Suite in the Biology Department, he analyzed his samples, and published the controversial results—which favored a young earth paradigm, and catastrophist geology. He was promptly terminated. (Of course, we all know that the prevailing paradigm of Darwinian Evolution requires millions of years, and is deeply entrenched in the scientific community.)
You may be aware of a similar controversy stirred up by Mary Schweitzer in 2004 concerning her analysis of a discovery from that same Hell Creek formation. Professor Schweitzer received the thighbone of a Tyrannosaurus rex—still with soft tissue, and in her laboratory at North Carolina State University she confirmed blood vessels and red blood cells in the sample! She said, “I just got goose bumps, because everyone knows these things don’t last for 65 million years."
As you probably know, the idea of an old earth is based on uniformitarian geology, which understands the fossil record to have been laid down over millions of years. But either the fossil record is the evidence of millions of years, or it is largely the evidence of Noah’s Flood.
We see that Peter has warned,
Speaking of Evolution, we should take time here to distinguish between Macroevolution and Microevolution. Evolution means “change.” No one argues against microevolution, that is, against gradual mutations leading to new varieties within a species, or even to new species; this can be observed in nature.
Of course, the Bible does not speak of species, but of “kinds.” Kinds that were specially created, in adult form, suddenly, and supernaturally. But Darwinian Macroevolution—the theory of the spontaneous generation of life that occurred in some primordial organic soup when it met a Frankenstein-esque lighting bolt; which then somehow progressed “naturally” onward to a single cell organism (arguably a complex universe in its own right), to fish, to amphibians, to primates, to man—is only an unobservable supposition: a belief also requiring faith.
If He is nonviolent, God could not have used the mechanism of Darwinian Macroevolution to create man. Death is God’s stated enemy (1 Co 15:26). Millions of years of death, bloodshed, suffering, disease, and extinction*…eventually leading to “the ascent of man” as a moral agent?* This proposed mechanism puts death BEFORE the fall of man. However, the Scriptures plainly state death appeared only AFTER the fall of man in the Garden, coming in through his sin. Death doesn’t precede man, it follows him:
-“Therefore, just as THROUGH ONE MAN SIN entered the world, AND DEATH THROUGH SIN….” * Romans 5:12a.
-“For since BY MAN CAME DEATH, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”* 1 Corinthians 15:21-22.
Furthermore, Hebrews 2:14 shows us it is actually Satan who has the power of death, not God:
“Since the children have flesh and blood, he [Jesus] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.”
For myself, I believe in the worldwide Flood of Noah as a historical event. Yet I am convinced our God is nonviolent. So, in contrast to the beliefs of the editor of Genesis, Moses (and others), I don’t believe God sent it. Warned about it? Yes. Just got fed up and wiped everybody out? No.
Richard Murray has an essay concerning the Genesis Flood, as it relates to the TRUE nature of God, entitled “Did God Drown All The Children In The World With A Killer Flood? Or Did Satan?”, which is very enlightening. As Murray points out in that essay:
Finally, as to the possible mechanical dynamics of the Flood, you may find of interest the work of Professor Walt Brown. He received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Please watch this five minute overview of Brown’s Hydroplate Theory, from 1986. (Regarding Satan’s possible role as a master geologist and murderer, especially note what Brown says at the 2 minute point: "Failure in the crust began with a microscopic crack.”)