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The fossil record : The big picture

Fossil record is only thousands of years old.
Fossil record is only thousands of years old.Amazon.com

The fossil record which I believe declares that "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1) and that it was produced mainly by the cataclysmic worldwide flood of Noah's day (Genesis 6-9). I believe that there is powerful scientific evidence from the fossil record that living organisms appeared abruptly on the earth in a fully formed state and remained in stasis until the present day. These fossils that are discovered show amazing complexity from the start, not simple to complex evolution.

The fossil record is devastating to evolutionists because there has been no transitional fossils found of animals and plants. This leaves the evolutionist in a position of no defense. This fossil record which the evolutionists call the Geologic Column, because they believe that the layers of rock strata were produced over millions upon millions of years (Uniformitarianism), show no transitional fossils.

The Genesis account of creation (Genesis 1:1-31) in six literal days about 6,000 years ago, tells us plainly that God created every living plant and animal fully formed and ready to reproduce "after its kind". Within these "kinds" there is variation, not one kind changing into another kind. Fossils document minor transitions within a "kind" are abundant, while fossil links between kinds are systematically missing. I Corinthians 15:39 gives a powerful Scripture against evolution and that each kind of flesh is different from each other, "All flesh is not the same flesh : but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds."

Living fossils which I believe refutes evolution and the theory of transitional fossils. Coelacanth that was believe to be extinct was discovered in 1938 in the waters off Madagascar dashed evolutionary expectations because there was no feature on it that showed it was adapted to life on land, but was well-designed for life in the deep ocean. Fossils of the coelacanth have been found in so-called rock layers as old as 400 million years, yet the fish that was caught was essentially the same, thus no evolutionary change.

Other living fossils that are found in the fossil record such as crocodiles, alligators, boa constrictors, chambered nautilus, tuatara, flamingos, lobsters, frogs, bats, opossums, termites, cockroaches, cicadas, beetles, and bees are practically identical to their fossil representatives. Even fossils of trees and plants are the same as they are today such as ginkgo, dawn redwood, wollemi pine, sassafras, and flowering poppies.

Amber fossils are great evidences of animals trapped in fossilized tree resin. Scorpions, crickets, flies, ants and even a frog has been found in amber. They look like their modern day counterparts, even though they have been dated as millions upon millions of years old.

I believe the fossil record speaks eloquently of the Creator's precise design and of the truth of the Bible's message to us. God never used evolution as a means of His power. He created fully and separately each basic plant and animal type with His ultimate creation being man (Adam and Eve). These complex creations all played a vital role in earth's early environment. Everything in His creation was perfect or "very good" at the start until Adam sinned by rejecting God's authority. Soon a great cataclysmic flood cleansed the earth of its rebellious human inhabitants (except for Noah, his family, and the animals that were on the ark) along with animals and plants. I believe the fossil record gives us a clear picture that supports the creation and worldwide flood view.