Did it take millions of years for the geologic wonders in our National Parks to form?

When we visit our National Parks the Park Ranger commonly tells us that what we are seeing is the result of millions of years.  As a Bible-believing Christian what should we think?  Does it really matter?  Could so many scientists be wrong?  Does the Bible allow for millions of years?  Perhaps these questions cross our mind but it's more likely that most people do not think it really matters.  It is easy to be so impressed by the scientists that we do not even dare question their conclusions.  Unconsciously then, by accepting millions of years unconditionally, a Christian oftentimes will reason that the Bible must somehow allow for these vast periods of time.  However, this kind of reasoning is not only unnecessary but it is illogical and, more importantly, it is harmful to the gospel message.  It is a sad thing when a Christian will not question science but will quickly abandon the clear teachings of the Bible.  Scientists will admit that they are involved in an ever-changing endeavor.  Science always changes but the word of God never changes.  "The grass withers, the flowers fade: but the word of our God shall stand forever."  Isaiah 40:8

It is especially distressing to see so many people accept the long ages of the earth when the scientific evidence screams of a young earth.  People have simply been deceived.  When it comes to the question of whether the earth is millions of years old, the science clearly supports the Biblical timeframe of an earth that is only about six to ten thousand years old.  To illustrate this, in my last column I gave evidences for a young earth in the research done by creation scientist Jerry Akridge at Little River Canyon and Desoto Falls in northeast Alabama.  The geomorphology of these areas illustrates the fact that the creation model embraces science while the evolution model of long ages is an assault on science. 

Many make claims of ages of millions of years but these claims are not supported by facts.  The Park visitor is just supposed to accept these dates but is rarely given a scientific reason why they conclude these old dates.  Therefore, to support my claim on the young age of the canyon area I gave several reasons for this claim in the last column.

For example, the high sheer sides of the canyon, the close location of the canyon to the edge of the mountain, the lack of a delta at the mouth of the canyon, the "underfit" nature of the stream, the U-shaped valley containing the Little River, the "cirque-shaped" basin at Desoto Falls and the layering of the sandstone walls all point to recency of formation due to a hydraulic cataclysm of great magnitude like that of Noah's Flood.

This isn't all; consider also some additional evidence Akridge uncovered which demonstrates recent formation.

Many thousands of cubic feet of sand are deposited in northern Alabama as very hard sandstone (sand that has been “glued together” by cementing agents).  A global flood as described in Genesis would have provided the energy needed to transport the sand as well as help us to understand why much of this sand is seen as water-deposited strata in the Little River Canyon area.  Also, embedded in the sandstone are polished pebbles of quartz.  The abrasive action of the sand with its cataclysmic movement provides a good explanation why the once angular rock now appears tumbled and smoothed. 

Akridge writes about waterfalls: “The numerous waterfalls in the side canyons and the one at the head of the main canyon speak of a recent origin of the canyon complex.  Because of their erosive power, waterfalls are short-lived features in the life of streams.  If much time had been given to these waterfalls, erosion would have reduced the stream profile to a slope that has no sudden drop which now forms the waterfalls in the sandstone strata.”

In addition, and almost as if God was calling attention to it, next to the falls embedded in the sandstone are two petrified logs forming the shape of a cross.  The logs are smooth with no limbs or bark fossilized on them.  This is explained best by catastrophic waters tumbling the logs and tearing off their exterior and then finally having them settle in the sand, harden and then fossilize.

Despite the abundance of evidence like this in northeast Alabama, most scientists and Park Rangers are forced to ignore the data because of their deep-rooted belief in millions of years.  "Deep-rooted belief" is the definition of religion, not science.  Akridge points out that adding millions of years to the geologic timescale is "the only way the natural man can make sense of the past.  It is almost a perfect escape from the truth.  But it is a counterfeit."  With the wisdom that comes through the many years as a creationist in science Akridge explains that this is not surprising.  He said, "Nothing that is not worthwhile is ever counterfeited."

To be continued.

11/10/01
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Originally published in the Rockdale/Newton Citizen