Absolute vs relative dating fossils
Absolute vs relative dating fossils - season 2 of dating rules from my future self
Instead, we have something like an Instagram snapshot.
(It’s a wee bit more complicated than that, but let’s just keep it simple.) You could take a look at that stack of fossils and assume that those layers mean billions of years of creatures evolving from sea to land.No matter what our starting point (God’s Word or human reasoning apart from God), the stuff we examine doesn’t change.Fossils are fossils, carbon atoms are carbon atoms, and stars are stars.The Flood brought dramatic change as the fountains of the great deep split wide open.The animals in the oceans were likely buried first.Our belief about the age of the earth doesn’t change the raw facts.
That doesn’t mean we agree on how to properly understand those facts, but we’ll get to that a bit later.
Those brains wouldn’t get them into Yale, but they do a bang-up job computing how to dig up termites. Do you remember how I said we don’t have all the answers? We have some ideas, but we don’t really know for certain all His purposes for the similarities. The fossil record consists of billions of remains from animals and plants that have turned to stone.
And that DNA gives them the characteristics they need to thrive in their special environments, but it doesn’t come close to what God has enabled humans to do, the only creatures made in His image. (All creatures are similar to us at some level, which makes it easier for us to live with them and oversee them as God’s stewards.) Perhaps they remind us that physical qualities aren’t what make us truly unique and most like the Creator. It’s exactly the same thing with the order in the fossil record. They’re piled up all over the world in layer upon layer of mud, sand, and other sediments hardened to rock.
What did the types of animals that God created during the first week look like? How can distant starlight reach us in a universe that is only six thousand years old?
And just like evolutionists, we also want to understand Higgs boson particles, to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, and to discover what secrets a bombardier beetle could teach us about delivering needle-less shots. In fact, it really gets them going and leaves us with thousands of questions to explore. They point to them as our “closest living ancestor” because of all their similarities with us.
They have hands with five fingers, including an opposable thumb.