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Dem Bones Dem Bones...Where Are All the People?

Do creationists and evolutionists agree on anything?  For the most part these two camps are firmly affixed to opposite ends of any query related to origins of the universe.  There is, however, one fact on which both these groups most vigorously agree: evolution is utterly impossible if the universe and the earth are young.  Young being measured in thousands of years not billions of years. 

There is a marked difference between those who believe the biblical account of creation and others who believe the world we see today is the result of an ongoing evolutionary process.  For instance, Carl Sagan's comments in "The Cosmic Connection" are opposed to the account in Genesis 1.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1

"We are the product of 4.5 billion years of fortuitous, slow biological evolution. There is no reason to think that the evolutionary process has stopped. Man is a transitional animal. He is not the climax of creation." - Carl Sagan The Cosmic Connection

It is interesting, however, to examine how something on which both sides agree has caused so much disagreement. Aside from the central question of whether creation or evolution is correct, the most serious area of conflict between the biblical account and the evolutionary scenario is the chronological framework of history; in other words, is the earth young or old?   While a young universe and earth present absolutely no problem for a creationist, a young universe is a killer to every variety of the evolutionary model.

A simple, straightforward reading of the biblical record indicates that the entire cosmos was created in six days only a few thousand years ago. Opposed to that view, of course, is the idea of evolutionary theorists that the universe is 8-20 billion years old, and that the earth is almost 5 billion years old. Further complicating matters is the fact that the biblical record indicates living things were placed on the newly created earth even before the end of the six-day creative process (for example, the animal kingdom was created on day five). According to evolutionary theory, however, primitive life forms evolved from nonliving chemicals roughly 3.5-4.0 billion years ago, with all other life forms developing gradually during the so-called geologic ages. Man, in one form or another, then arrived on the scene approximately 2-3 million years ago.

Even to a casual observer, it is apparent that this difference of time scale is no small problem. Much of the controversy today between creationists and evolutionists revolves around the age of the earth. A large part of that controversy centers on the fact that there is no compromise that will permit the old-earth/young-earth scenarios to coexist; the gulf separating the biblical and evolutionary views on the topic of the age of the Earth is just too large.

There is ample scientific evidence to indicate that such a long time scale is not available, and that the earth is relatively young, not extremely old. That evidence needs to be examined and considered, although in certain scientific circles the idea of a young earth may be considered unthinkable. Without great, incomprehensible, immeasurable stretches of time to fall back on, evolutionists would be sitting ducks for the barbed queries of even the most naïve among us. Time is the evolutionists' sanctuary from the slings and arrows of logic, scientific evidence, common sense, and the simple math involved.  Usually long time periods of the past are explained and "proven" using scientific dating methods.  However, the confirmed uncertainties about scientific dating are a well-kept secret. The average person reading his newspaper or magazine gets the clear impression that dating is a science that is exact and very accurate. It isn't. Since no one can envision ten thousand years-much less a half-million or a million years-"scientists" can hide behind the two thousand millions of years that they say evolution took, and they can hide there fairly easily.

Evolutionists believe that life was sparked from chemical compositions by chance.  Scriptures proclaim a different source for all life on earth.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4

Jesus created everything and nothing was created without Him. Life came from Him and that life is the light of each one of us.

In the United States evolutionary theories have been taught to the masses for over forty years.  It is difficult to overthrow a belief that has been taught as "scientific truth" for so long. And it is especially difficult to overthrow such a concept when an entire world-view is based upon it. Yet when all the evidence is considered, it does not bode well for the evolutionists' claims of an ancient universe.

There are many views that espouse a young earth.  One of the strongest arguments for a young earth comes from the field of population kinetics. Without going into detail, the argument from population statistics may be stated as follows. Using the following equation:

It is possible to compute the world population (P n = world population after n generations; n = number of generations; x = life span in terms of generations; 2C = number of children per family). If evolutionary figures were entered into this formula, with man having lived on the Earth only one million years (some evolutionists suggest that man, in one form or another, has been on the Earth 2-3 million years), there would be an Earth population of 1 x 10 5000 !  That number is a 1 followed by 5,000 zeroes!  Now that is a big number!  But the entire Universe (at an estimated size of 20 billion light years in diameter) would physically hold only 1 x 10 100 people.  Evolutionary figures thus would imply an Earth population 10 4900 times greater than would fit into the entire Universe! Using creationist figures, however, the current world population would be approximately 4.34 billion people. The question is: which of the two figures above targets current population, and which could not possibly be correct?  You decide!

What did God say about multiplication of the population of the world?

And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Genesis 9:7

Did God plan for the human population of the earth to literally overrun the face of the earth?  What kind of GOD would that be?

If man's tenure on the earth has been two or three million years, thus far, where are all the bones.  Even if the equation above is many orders of magnitude in error, the earth should still be deep in bones of our human ancestors.  To those human bones the addition of all the bones of all the animals that have ever lived and died would be added.  There would be nothing but bones!  If man's and animals residence on earth is measured in thousands of years we will have a world much like that in which we live today, which is not inundated with the remains of past generations. 

The actual age of the earth is a hidden fact.  None of us were there on the day the universe was created.  How can we know when it was made?  Does the earth give evidence?  What does God say? 

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:20

God says that the invisible things God are clearly seen in the creation.  It is clearly seen that bones are not littering the entire face of the earth.  Some logical algorithm exists to describe population models.  The current population of the earth is around six or seven billion souls.  Therefore from what we see around us, in the creation, and recorded history for that matter, the most logical conclusion is reached that man has been on earth for some thousands of years, not millions of years.

It seems that GOD has always spoken to us.  We are not left here alone.  Jesus was and is the path to our knowing whatever there is to know.  He speaks for GOD. He created the universe. He gave the universe life. He holds the universe together.  He made it possible for us to live with GOD forever.  He sits on the right hand of GOD ALMIGHTY.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Hebrews 1:1-3

There are those who do not believe GOD had anything to do with the formation of the universe.  In fact there are those who do not believe GOD exists.  Scripture addresses those who choose to believe that there is no GOD.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.  Psalm 53:1a

GOD allows that choice.  It is your choice.  God can live with your choice.  You will also ultimately live forever, somewhere, with your choice.

Is the earth young or old?  Where are all the bones?  Were we created or did we evolve?  What do you think?  What does GOD say?  Does GOD exist?  Does GOD speak to us?  Does GOD know if you even exist?  Does HE care what you think?  Think about it!!!

Please, be blessed and meditate or meditate and be blessed!!!!.. That choice is yours also!!
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