My, What Old Teeth You Have
Have you ever heard of a Benedini Shark Tooth? I had not until I watched a short video of a gal excavating one out of a muddy embankment in South Carolina. How did a fossilized shark tooth end up in South Carolina?
In 2013 Peruvian researchers discovered ancient sea mammal fossils in the desert. Among the find is a whale, not previously known to have existed in this part of the world. (Source: bbc.com)
What about Oregon’s John Day Fossil Beds National Monument?
In the 1860s, northeastern Oregon's John Day Basin was prime "gold country," and many towns were founded to support the onslaught of fortune-seekers that ensued. Then self-taught geologist John Condon discovered that the treasure-hunters were figuratively sitting on a gold mine of another sort, this one historic. Frozen in the four geological layers of the John Day River Basin was found fossil record of long extinct fauna from a far earlier age that cumulatively offered a glimpse of…life on our planet; sandwiched between siltstone and sandstone, former savannah and volcanic ash were the fossilized remains of bear-dogs and rhinos, temnocyonines and the patriofelis - even the camels that once called this now starkly beautiful region home.” (Source: go-oregon.com)
Or California’s Shell Reef?
Pretend you are hiking 100 miles from the Pacific coastline. You are amongst huge mountains, winding canyons, cacti, and seashells. Seashells? Yes. Seashells. You will find them in dried out washes and in canyon walls. We could also search America’s Great Plains, more than 1,000 miles east of where we’re hiking. Any chance we might find seashells there, in the middle of the continent? You bet. The shells provide evidence of an ancient sea…(sourcedesertusa.com)
Referring to an exploration of the California desert in 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote: “I have come to surmise that in olden times the sea spread over all the land… Indeed one finds on the way many piles of oyster shells, mixed with earth and half buried, and other shells and maritime signs. It is not possible that people should have made such mountains of shells by carrying them from the sea so far a distance merely to bury them in piles.”
Not possible indeed.
You can search this topic yourself and find story after story. For instance, Morocco’s vast, rocky deserts were once covered with water and fossilized evidence is abundant. According to the cbsnews.com report, the oceans teamed with life about 485 millions years ago.
And according to volcanocafe.org, the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, is a sea floor. The top layers of Mount Everest are made from a marine sediment: a sea floor, which you guessed it, used to exist millions of years ago. But that is not what this number one, most-read book says.
The number one book, the most read book in the world is The Holy Bible. And according to the story you find in the beginning pages of that book we, and the earth, did not evolve over millions of years. This earth has only existed just over 6,000 years. All it takes is a “quick” study of geology and age and you can come close to the age of this earth. Start with Adam and go from there.
About 1,656 years after the creation of the world, God destroyed all humans, except for eight on the Ark that Noah built, and all air-breathing land animals (except those on the Ark) in a great global judgment. Many marine creatures were also destroyed—some 95% of all fossils found are the remains or impressions of creatures that once lived in the sea. We see evidence of this deluge all over the earth, including on the highest mountains.
What do marine fossils on the top of Mount Everest tell us about the Biblical Flood? Well, we find fossils of marine creatures in limestone near the summit, which means that this area must have been under the sea in the past. Everyone agrees that the top of Everest was once under the sea. However, many people do not associate these rocks and fossils with Noah's Flood because they think there is not enough water to cover the highest mountains. However, they are not considering how the Flood changed the earth's topography.
The mountain ranges formed at the end of the Flood.
With vertical earth movements towards the end of the flood, the mountains rose, and the water flowed off the continents into the newly formed oceans basins. Indeed, such mountains must have formed quickly and recently, otherwise they would have eroded as quickly as they formed. That's why we have marine fossils at the tops of high mountains. (Source: creation.com)
Of course, “science” wants to give earth an age of millions and millions of years old, but we know better. We know a Creator spoke this world into existence. We know that same Creator formed the birds, animals, and humans, from the dust of the ground. We know that same Creator risked EVERYTHING to come to earth as an infant, to grow and be raised as a human being and eventually to be tortured and murdered on a cross.
The world does not understand, but we do. He did that for us! He took your place. He took place. Sin cannot exist in the presence of Abba and the only way to forgive the consequence of sin was the bloodshed of our Jesus.
Peter described our being baptized into Christ’s death as an antitype of the saving of eight in the Ark.
“… when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” 1 Peter 3:20–21 NKJV
Friend, next time you pick up a seashell, or a fossilized shark tooth, be reminded of the flood. Be reminded of the Creator. Be reminded that Jesus is coming back for you. And He is coming soon.
by Jeanette Stark Monday, November 14, 2022