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creation of the continents


The Creation of the Continents

Most geologists believe that all the continents presently situated around the world were once linked forming one super-continent called Pangaea. From the evolutionary perspective those who study Plate Tectonics theorize that this super-continent broke up at the end of the Mesozoic era that evolutionary theory say began 250 million years ago.

When you look at the maps that are used in re-creating the alleged break up of Pangaea, you can easily see the continents could be placed into a jig saw puzzle-type configuration with all the continents fitting neatly together into one hypothetical landmass.

As it is with all the data that we observe about our world, Bible believing people and secular people examine the exact same evidence. We come to different conclusions because both have presuppositions about what we are examining. What must be understood when comparing these two models is that the evidence more closely resembles the biblical model than it does the evolutionary model.

The explanation that evolutionary science gives for the movement of the continents and the eventual placement of them that we observe today is the result of millions of years of continental drift and cataclysmic collisions. The Bible, which aside from being 100 % accurate on every subject to which it speaks, tells us that the worldwide cataclysmic flood in the days of Noah caused the continents to move into the places we find them today.

We propose that what we see today is the result of the worldwide cataclysmic Flood as recorded in the Bible in Genesis chapters 6-9 and although the continents are still drifting, the rate of drift averages approximately 5 cm per year worldwide.

Because most geologists and evolutionary scientists ascribe to the concept of Uniformitarianism, in the philosophy of science, is the assumption that the natural processes operating in the past are the same as those that can be observed operating in the present. Its methodological significance is frequently summarized in the statement: "The present is the key to the past."

While uniformitarianism clearly dominates the evolutionary view of geologic history, science also accepts the evidence that is the idea that Earth has been affected by sudden, short-lived, violent events that were sometimes worldwide in scope. This is called Catastrophism and it states that the Earth has been affected by sudden, short-lived, violent events that were sometimes worldwide. Creationists always opt for the catastrophic explanation and more often than not, this is the dynamic that best explains what we see in nature.

The evolutionary explanation uses uniformitarianism to explain the creation of the Grand Canyon. When this concept is applied to the processes that are on-going today formations such as the Grand Canyon are attributed to the process of erosion, e.g. the ancestral Colorado River cutting its way across a vast plain 35 million years ago is coupled with uplifting of the Kaibab Plateau the river was diverted to the southeast because it could not cross newly created barrier. The new course for the river now flowed out to the Gulf of Mexico instead of to the Pacific Ocean. The old course on west side of the Kaibab Plateau, the Hualapai Drainage System, continued to be a major drainage for the plateau itself and the regions west of it.

It is then postulated that approximately 12 million years ago the river’s course to the Gulf of Mexico became blocked forming a massive lake called Lake Bidahochi. These changes caused huge headwater erosion that over several million years caused the Hualapai Drainage System to break through the barrier caused by the uplifted plateau and the river system created by the Hualapai Drainage System was allowed to break through and rejoin the ancestral Colorado River. As Lake Bidahochi continued to drain through the new course and the result is the gorge through which the Little Colorado River now flows. The combined flow of the Colorado River and the Little Colorado River continued
to widen and deepen the course and created the Grand Canyon. Once Lake Bidahochi was completely drained, evolutionary geologists tell us that the result was what we see today as the Grand Canyon.

These two views can be summed up with the following question. What caused the Grand Canyon to form? Was it a little water and enormous eons of time or was it the catastrophic movement of a massive amount of water (the Flood) and a relative small amount of time. Creationist’s say it was the latter.

An important fact of recent history seems to support the Creationist’s view of an enormous amount of water and a relative small amount of time. After the eruption of Mt. Saint Helen’s in southwest Washington state in 1980, a 1/40 scale model of the Grand Canyon formed in one day! The following link is a very good overview of the evidence supporting the biblical view of creation and the mounting evidence that supports what the Bible reveals about the age of the earth and how much of the evidence for a young earth is suppressed or ignored completely.

http://www.creationeducation.org/presentation/itsayoungearthafterall2.pdf
http://www.creationeducation.org/presentation/itsayoungearthafterall2.pdf


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