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  • Radioactivity - The emission of various rays producing atomic breakdown from a radioactive to nonradioactive substance

  • Strata - Layers

  • Glacier - A vast accumulation of ice

  • Formation - The making, producing, or developing of

  • Erosion - The act of wearing away; the earth's surfaces being eaten away by water, wind, ice, etc.
  • Evolutionists use the following factors as evidence of an old universe and earth that are billions of years old:

      1. Radioactivity matters (Uranium-lead, Potassium-argon, Carbon-14)

      2. Pushed-up rock strata

      3. Glacier formation or ice-ages

      4. Coal and oil deposits

      5. Large areas of erosion

    These five evidences, when interpreted differently, however, can also be used to support a recent creation. Each of the five factors is heavily based on the previously-mentioned assumptions that the earth was formed without the appearance of age and that all rates of change have continued in the past as we observe them today. For instance, an evolutionary scientist, assuming that measurements of radioactivity indicate time, views a rock with a certain percentage of radioactive uranium and nonradioactive lead and dates the age of the rock to be 2 1/2 billion years old, for it would take that long, he concludes, for a certain amount of radioactive uranium to change into a nonradioactive substance. The creation scientist would claim that this entire dating method is unreliable since God probably created rocks with both elements in them. That the rocks began with all uranium and no lead is a false assumption.

    An evolutionary scientist's explanation of several fish fossils found near a mountain peak and pushed-up strata of rock in the mountains would be as follows: Knowing that rock layers are always laid down in water, that they always settle flat, and that fish only live in water, he assumes that the mountain was once under an ocean or lake and slowly pushed upward. Such an event, unnoticeable today, must have taken millions or billions of years. A creation scientist, believing in a worldwide flood, realizes that such a catastrophe could produce thousands of pounds (or kilograms) of pressure per square yard (or meter) upon the earth's surface, which in turn could cause large unsettlings and bucklings in the earth's hilly or mountainous surfaces. This would explain the pushed-up rock strata and fish fossils on the tops of mountains. The creationist understands that these factors could have been produced in days rather than in long periods of time.

    Can you explain how a worldwide flood, with water covering the highest mountain peak could also produce glaciers, icecaps, coal and oil deposits (coal and oil are produced from buried plant and animal life) and large areas of erosion, (such as the Grand Canyon), in a very short period of time?

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