Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dinosaurs: An Evolutionary Giant?

First of all, what is science? The modern definition of science is:
"systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation." Science deals with physical, observable things which can be recorded and used for the benefit of mankind. Science is what allows us to build computers, explore outer space, and learn more about the world around us. Creation and evolution however, cannot be considered true science because it deals with things that was not observed, such as the Creation of the world or the Big Bang. Therefore, instead of using observation, we must collect data and evidence and attempt to explain it through worldviews.
A worldview is like a set of of glasses that are used to observe and explain the world around us. If you were to wear glasses that had red lenses, everything you would look at would appear to be red. Although the world is not actually red, it appears to be red through the glasses. In the same way, our beliefs and assumptions about the world will influence the way you view the world. Most evolutionists believe that there is no God, so they assume that everything had to have come about by random chance natural proccesses.
Biblical creationists believe that God created everything with order and purpose, so with that worldview we would assume that the world shows order and design. Now that I have explained this principle, we will now apply it to the topic of dinosaurs. When we dig up dinosaur fossils, they do not come with a label that says how old they are, what they ate, or how they died; we just have the fossil. Based on our worldview and other evidence, we interpret what we see, and attempt to explain it.

The evolutionary geologic time chart places dinosaurs in the Mesozoic Era, which starts around 250 million years ago and ends around 65 million years ago when dinosaurs mysteriously went extinct. This era is divided into 3 periods; the Triassic, the Jurassic and the Cretaceous periods. It was during the Triassic period that dinosaurs supposedly arose from other, lower reptiles. With this assumption of dinosaur evolution, there should be some evidence of dinosaurs evolving in the fossil record. However, we have found no  transitional fossils showing such an occurence. In fact, Darwin himself recognized this problem.

"The number of intermediate varieties which have formerly existed on earth must be truly enormous. Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory." - Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, 1902 edition. Even nowadays, the hunt for transitional forms  has come back empty, again and again. There are a few alleged transitional forms, but they have all been shown to be false (I will write more information on these in future posts).

The Bible however, tells a different story. According to Genesis 1:24-25, God created all land dwelling animals on the Sixth Day of Creation. It also says that God created each animal to produce "according to its kind". Dinosaurs are land creatures (flying reptiles and marine reptiles such as pterosaur and plesiosaur are not considered to be true dinosaurs), so they must have been created on Day Six, around 6,000 years ago, according to Biblical Chronologies. As you can see, these two worldviews have radically different beliefs and assumptions, which means we must look at the evidence and see which worldview best explains it. As I said previously, we have found no evidence in the fossil record of dinosaur evolution, but rather, the fossil record seems to indicate that dinosaurs have always been dinosaurs, which is what we would expect to find if dinosaurs were created the way they were. 

So why do we find dinosaur fossils buried in the rock layers, all over the earth? When did these fossils form? What caused the dinosaurs to go extinct? 

When we find dinosaur fossils, we usually don't find them by themselves. They are often accompanied by fossils of other animals or dinosaurs. Almost always, these creatures are very well preserved, however, many of them are disarticulated (torn away from the rest of the skeleton). Most dinosaur fossils are buried in mud layers or limestone; the latter of which is made up of an accumulation of sea shells. We know already that dinosaurs are land creatures, so why are they buried in rocks formed by water? Secular geologists think that the carcasses of the creatures were carried into a shallow body of water (e.g; a stream), and were slowly buried and fossilized over millions of years. There are, however,  several problems with this belief. First of all, if we use the evolutionary geologic principle of uniformatarianism (the present is the key to the past) then these "soon to be" fossils would have rotted away in a week or less! Then what about the fossils we see throughout the fossil record that are so beautifully preserved? They must have been buried quickly so that no outsiders could contaminate or destroy the specimen. What kind of event could of create all these factors? A violent watery catastrophy would quickly bury the specimens in thick mud layers and the chemicals in the rock would replace the cells of the bones (in some rare cases, the flesh as well), turning them into stone. Because we so many large-scale fossil deposits all around the world, featuring both land and marine creatures, it is safe to assume that this was a large-scale catastrophy. Secular geologists are beginning to consider the idea of large-scale catastropies to explain many of the earth's geologic features, along with there uniformitarian ideas. However, if it was mutiple large-scale catastrophies, then previously deposited rock layers and fossils formed by earlier catastrophies would be destroyed by the later catastophies. When in history was there a singe, large-scale catastrophy that could have produced massive amounts of fossils (dead things)? In Genesis 6-8, we are told that the human race became so wicked, that God sent a worldwide flood to destroy His now ruined creation. A righteous man named Noah, however, pleased God, so God told Noah to build an Ark (A big boat) to save him and his family from the Flood. God sent Noah two of every kind of animal to go on the Ark (seven of some), so that those few animals could repopulate the Earth after the Flood (dinosaurs would have been included). Mass amounts of plants and animals would be rapidly buried in mud and sand sediments, and because the Flood was worldwide, we would expect to find marine animals and land animals together. That is exactly what we find in the fossil record. 

A question that has plagued many of those who believe in Noah's Flood is "how could the dinosaurs get on the Ark?" Evolutionists often use this question when trying to prove the Bible false. Dinosaurs, or at least the ones we are used to seeing, are huge creatures! How could Noah possibly fit two of every kind of dinosaur on the Ark along with all the other animals? Interestingly, not all dinosaurs were giants, in fact, the average size of a dinosaur is the size of a sheep, and many are much smaller! Even the largest dinosaurs fit in eggs the size of footballs, so why couldn't God have taken younger dinosaurs on the Ark? Besides, you wouldn't want bring senior-aged dinosaurs to repopulate the Earth after the Flood, would you? Since the biblical word "kind" does not refer to the species, but rather it refers to animals that have the same basic body plan, for instance, the dog kind. Though there are many different breeds and species in the dog kind, they are all still dogs! Same goes for the dinosaur kinds. Creation scientists have broken down all the different dinosaur species into only about 50 biblical "kinds". In the same way our Master Planner and Designer can fit even the largest creatures on His Ark of Salvation, He can fit even the biggest sinners on His Ark of Salvation, Jesus Christ, by forgiving our sins and bringing us into His family.

Such a massive catastrophy as Noah's Flood would have certainly decreased the population of the dinosaurs, but the dinosaurs on the Ark would have lived on in the years after the Flood. So then what happened to the dinosaurs after the Flood? Is there evidence of dinosaurs living alongside man in the post-Flood world? Could dinosaurs still be alive?

I will cover all this, and more in future posts. Until then, have a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year! 

Thanks you for reading! If you want information on when new posts have been made avalible or about future FCC meetings, send us an email at foundationscreationclub@gmail.com 

Merry Christmas and God bless you!

Caleb LePore

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Welcome to Foundations Creation Club!

This club was created in January of 2011, and now, we're online!

Let's face it, we have noticed a major difference in this generation. As the church's ministry is becoming less and less effective, the evils of our culture are becoming more and more prevelant. Within the last century:

Bible Reading and Prayer have been banned from public schools.
The Ten Commandments banned from many US courtrooms.
Atheism promoted through public school cirriculum, television, and many other forms of media.
Social evils such as abortion and gay marrige becoming more prevelant in culture than ever before.
Darwinian evolution taught in public schools as fact.

What has happened?!! Shouldn't God's people take a stand for the Truth?!!
What has plagued the church in this generation?
One word: doubt. Doubt in God's Word, the Bible. Though most born-again Christians claim to hold the Bible as ultimate authority and inspired by God, when you look deeper, you may see that they have compromised on many of the Bible's clear teachings. When did this begin?
In Genesis 3, the Bible tells us that God told Adam and Eve that they could eat of any tree in the Garden of Eden, except from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Genesis 3:1-4 says;

 "Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”"

Satan's trick of getting people to doubt what God has said started at the very beginning!
"Did God really mean what he said?" The Devil has whispered these words in the ears of men all through history, planting the seeds of doubt, which will eventually produce their evil fruits in future generations.

Anyone who has worked with building knows that a strong structure requires a firm foundation.
1 Corinthians 3:11 says;
"For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
The entire Christian faith is based on Jesus Christ, but lets look deeper. Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah who would come and save all mankind from their sins, but when was this promise of God made?   God says to the Serpent in Genesis 3:15, after the Fall;
  "And I will put enmity
  Between you
 and the woman,
  And between your seed and her Seed
(Jesus Christ)
  He shall bruise your head,
  And you shall bruise His heel.”"

Jesus, one of Eve's "seed" (offspring) will "bruise his (Satan's) head", and Satan will bruise His heel. What this verse is saying is that the coming Messiah would conquer Satan and death ("bruise his head"), but in the process he would die ("bruise His heal" Note: Being crucifed, Jesus must have had one of His heals nailed to the cross, which literally means His heal was bruised!). This means that the first recorded promise of the coming Savior is found in Genesis! Not only is this most important promise found in Genesis, but the basis of other important biblical doctrines and beliefs are found in Genesis 1-11!

Creation - Genesis 1-2
Man's Spiritual Nature - Genesis 1:27
Death - Genesis 3
Clothing 3:21
Marriage - Genesis 2:24
Languages & Cultures - Genesis 10

No wonder why the Devil has made such an effort to destroy faith in the book! He knows that if you destroy faith in Genesis, just as destroying the foundation of a building, faith in the Bible will all come crashing down later.  Psalm 11:3 writes; "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
I think it is worthy to call Genesis the foundation for the rest of the Bible! If you look at the New Testament, there are over 100 references to Genesis, many of which Jesus said!
For instance in Mark 10 when speaking on marriage and divorce, Jesus says;
"And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.  But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”" Beyond the fact that Jesus is quoting Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, notice how Jesus said;
 "But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’"
This means that God created man at the beginning of creation, not millions of years afterwards!
Also, in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, He says in Luke 16:13;
"But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”" By "Moses" He is refering to the Pentateuch, the first Five Books of the Bible, and the first of these is Genesis!

Within the last two centuries we have seen many attacks on the Bible, and Christianity as a whole, but most of the attacks are aimed at Genesis and the Creation account. When Jesus Christ Himself is attacked, the Church is up in-arms ready to defend the Cross, but why are only a few people working to defend the Bible's foundation, Genesis? Most Christians view the Creation/Young-Earth vs. Evolution/Old-Earth debate as a side issue, but as we are seeing more and more, children and adults alike are being endoctricated in a firm belief in evolution, as evolutionists are pushing harder than ever for evolution to be taught in all forms of secular media. Though most Christians do not believe in evolution itself, many have accepted millions of years as fact and have compromised God's Word. At the same time, non-Christians are becoming more hostile to the Gospel, being taught that Christianity and religion itself, is unscientific and therefore, untrue.
Because the Bible clearly teaches of a young universe, accepting millions of years and adding them to the Bible will not only damage your faith in Genesis, but ultimately, your ability to trust the rest of the Bible.

The best example of this is none other than Darwin himself. Before his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle, Darwin was given a copy of the first volume of "Principles of Geology," a book written by the Scottish lawyer and geologist, Charles Lyell. This book was written in an attempt to explain the earths geologic features by now existing processes. This is called "uniformitarianism" which literally means that the present is the key to the past; and because most geologic processes happen very slowly, it is assumed that it took very long periods of time to form now seen geologic features.  

Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology
Darwin was a Christian and enjoyed studying the evidences for biblical, young-earth creation, but this new idea caused great doubt in his mind. In his autobiography, Darwin writes about his faith during this time,
“I had gradually come by this time, [i.e. 1836 to 1839] to see that the Old Testament was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos or the beliefs of any barbarian.”
We know the rest of the story. Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands and with his newfound ideas of deep time, and he began to apply the principles gradualism to biology; that over long periods of time, observable processes can cause big changes. Later, this eventually became the theory of evolution. Starting with doubt in Genesis, Darwin's faith in God  and the Bible continued to deteriorate until he eventually renounced Christ and the Gospel. In 1880, in a reply to a correspondent he writes;
“I am sorry to have to inform you that I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation, & therefore not in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.”
Starting with doubt in Genesis, Charles Darwin created a theory that made being an atheist logically possible. 
As seen from the example of Darwin's life, this doubt is causing us to lose the next generation, and the faith in the foundation of the Bible, Genesis, has been damaged, and it is in great need of repair!
That is why Foundations Creation Club was created; to repair faith in Genesis, and ultimately Jesus Christ Himself. In this generation, science is given a big name, claiming to be the only way to prove anything, so why not use it for the advancement of God's Kingdom? After all, if God created the heavens and the earth as He said He did, then science and history should have God's fingerprints all over!

Thank you for reading!
Make sure to check back regularly for new posts!

Caleb LePore