#11 In the Beginning (continued)

12 November 1999

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 About 5,000 years ago, the greatest catastrophic event this world has ever experienced occurred. This one event affected the climate, the vegetation, the habitat and the strata of the whole surface of the earth. This event was, of course, the great flood. Denied by many scientists, the great flood has left indelible imprints upon every section of the world. It is the only logical explanation to the marine fossils found at the tops of the mountains. It is also the only logical explanation to the vast number of fossils found beneath the earths surface. The truths that God has preserved for us in the Bible concerning the events surrounding the great flood will give believers substantial evidence to expose numerous theories of false science or "oppositions of science falsely so called"-I Timothy 6:20. The great flood was much more than a casual rainfall. According to scripture, it was a cataclysmic event of dynamic proportions. A thousand atomic bombs would not equal the force generated in God's judgement against that sinful world. According to scripture, the vapor canopy that once surrounded the earth fell(windows opened) and the waters beneath the crust of the earth burst forth(fountains broken up)(Genesis 7:11). The result was catastrophic. Volcanic activity, explosions, tidal waves, soot and ash in the atmosphere, and an earth wide flood that covered the highest mountains(Genesis 7:17-18) resulted. Today, the ocean floor is lined with extinct volcanoes that played a part in this world-wide destruction. But how does that information help us today? First of all, it tells us that the strata, or the layers forming the earths crust, is not the result of millions of years of evolving plant and animal life as scientists would have us to believe, but rather the result of water laid sediment. When the waters abated(Genesis 8:2-5) and flowed back into the sunken seas, river channels were cut into surface of the earth. Silt and mud rapidly trapped the carcasses of dead animals and the uprooted vegetation cutting out light and oxygen. Today, three-fourths of the earth's surface is covered with sediments or sedimentary rocks which were originally deposited under moving water. And rapid sedimentation is the ideal atmosphere for fossilization. That is why we do not observe fossilization of modern dogs, cats, fish and armadillos. For fossilization to occur, there must be an absence of light and oxygen, otherwise, carcasses will rot and decay. It would be virtually impossible for dinosaurs to fall over dead on the earth and become fossils, especially in the proportions in which they have been found. They would rot and decay. They must be suddenly trapped in an atmosphere void of oxygen and light which is the exact circumstances surrounding the great flood. Today, many scientists try to age the earth by the strata of the earth and by the species of animals trapped in the various layers of strata. Then they age the animals they find by the layer of strata in which they are found. This is, in reality, a circular process of reasoning. They are trying to prove what they want to prove by establishing constants from evidence that really does not exist. In other words, the primary evidence for evolution is the assumption of evolution. But there many things they are not publishing. One thing is that the fossils of trees have been found in a vertical position penetrating a strata of earth that scientists would say represent millions of years of layering. Another is that the fossils of trilobites, which are found in strata scientists say represent an era 230 million years before man, were found in 1968 in the sandaled footprint of a man! From all of this we can draw several conclusions: the earth is only as old as the Bible says that it is, about 6,500 years old; dinosaurs roamed the earth not millions or billions of years ago, but rather only 5,000 years ago; the Bible is accurate; God's hand of judgement is upon the face of the world; and He will eventually judge a sinful world, especially those that deny Him as the sovereign creator of all things! Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115. Sincerely, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.