Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Evidences for Genesis 1-11 Keep Mounting

Indian Kangaroo Pictographs Challenge Evolution

by Brian Thomas, Ph.D., and Timothy Clarey, Ph.D.
Evolutionary narratives insist that kangaroos, and the marsupials they represent, evolved millions of years ago in Australia. Supposedly, that’s why today they only live there. In contrast, Genesis teaches that all animals—including kangaroos—migrated to their present locations from the Ark’s landing place “on the mountains of Ararat”1 in or near modern-day Turkey. New evidence fits this biblical option.

University of Madras archaeologist Jinu Koshy stumbled upon a jackpot. He found thousands of unique pieces of rock art in remote India while surveying the western Andhra Pradesh region. The red ochre pictographs include stick-figured humans, crude cows, deer, boar, and creatures that Koshy says look more like some kind of kangaroo than any other animal.

Marsupials in India? According to an article in an Indian online magazine named Scroll, the pictograph shapes show kangaroo similarities, including front limbs held aloft, kangaroo-like snouts, and possible pouches.2

In 2017, I briefly explained Genesis-based marsupial expectations: “Neither a creation-based nor an evolution-believing scientist was there to observe and record when marsupials actually got to Australia, so both must suggest and test scenarios.”3 Evidence of kangaroos in India add new data to help test the two scenarios.

Evolution’s obstacle has kangaroos living strictly in Australia long before ancient inhabitants painted these pictographs in India. This assumption forced Koshy to make a strange suggestion: Possibly the ancient rock artists worked from long-distant memories of ancestors who had back-migrated from Australia to India.

Koshy’s colleague and pictograph expert Chandramouli Navuluri from Pondicherry University “finds all this ridiculous,” according to Scroll. Similarly, an Australian rock art expert who wished to remain anonymous “dismissed Koshy’s interpretation.”2 But neither expert offered a better option.

One optional explanation involves swapping evolutionary assumptions for the well-attested history from the book of Genesis.

Just because kangaroos live only in Australia today doesn’t mean they only lived in Australia in the past, especially in the first centuries after the Flood. After all, India lies right on the route between Turkey and Australia—it’s a relatively short hop.

Possibly predators wiped out the post-Flood kangaroos from Asia and elsewhere but not from Australia. A narrower expanse of ocean separated Australia from Papua New Guinea during the peak of the Ice Age. Marsupials may have crossed those narrow waters before sea levels rose to expand the sea between the continents to today’s shorelines, barring the water passage for late-arriving predators.
Earth’s rising sea level would have provided Australian marsupials with a watery shield of protection.4 Evidence of marsupials in India’s recent past exactly fits biblical expectations.

1. Genesis 8:4.
2. Chandrasekaran, A. Did kangaroos ever live in India? A new discovery has some archaeologists hopping with excitement. Posted on May 13, 2019, accessed May 15, 2019.
3. Thomas, B. 2017. Why Do Kangaroos Live Only in Australia? Acts & Facts. 46 (2): 20.
4. Clarey, T. 2016. The Ice Age and the Scattering of Nations. Acts & Facts. 45 (8): 9.

*Dr. Thomas and Dr. Clarey are Research Associates at the Institute for Creation Research

Friday, August 9, 2019

We are so thankful for ministries like ICR!
Dinosaurs, the Smithsonian, and Evolutionist Desperation

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D. C. just finished a five-year renovation of its dinosaur hall at a cost of around $110 million.1 The renovated exhibit opened to the public on June 8, 2019. Naturally, the television news segment made the usual references to “millions of years” and the supposed evolutionary history of life on Earth.

The most interesting aspect of the news story was a large museum placard. During the television segment, the viewer catches, at the 55-second mark, a fleeting glimpse of this placard, which quotes the very last sentence of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. Here is that sentence in its entirety:
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.2

On the placard, the last six words are in large, bold print! It seems that someone at the Smithsonian wanted to make sure that visitors got the message regarding the “fact” of evolution. This heavy-handed attempt at indoctrination isn’t exactly subtle. One can’t help but wonder: Is this placard a literal “sign” that evolutionists are becoming increasingly frantic and desperate about the growing skepticism of the evolutionary story?

They have good reason to be concerned. Creation ministries like the Institute for Creation Research are having a real impact and are showing there is a much better way to make sense of the rocks and fossils. Simply put, Earth’s fossils, including dinosaurs, are found in water-deposited sediments that later hardened into rock. These creatures must have been buried rapidly, otherwise their remains would have decayed or been eaten by scavengers. There is overwhelming evidence that these creatures perished in a worldwide watery catastrophe.3,4

The Bible’s history readily makes sense of these data. In the days of Noah, God judged a sinful, wicked world with the global Flood described in Genesis 6-9. This catastrophe killed all land-dwelling, air-breathing animals that were not on Noah’s Ark, including the dinosaurs. Rather than being evidence for evolution over millions of years, these dinosaur fossils are reminders of God’s watery judgment about 4,500 years ago.5

Furthermore, there is overwhelming historical evidence these amazing creatures lived alongside man. Ancient peoples would have referred to these animals by different names, however, since the word ‘dinosaur’ wasn’t coined until the 1840s. Even secular scientists have noted the remarkable similarities between dragons and dinosaurs, and creation scientists would argue that the dragons were dinosaurs and other great swimming and flying reptiles. The Old Testament mentions dragons in more than twenty different places.6 It also gives detailed descriptions of two huge dragon-like creatures called the behemoth and the leviathan.7 Other ancient historians from many different cultures wrote matter-of-fact descriptions of encounters with these creatures, and ancient artists from around the world produced a wealth of depictions of these animals.8-11

There is also overwhelming scientific evidence that these creatures lived recently. Original biomolecules (blood vessels, collagen, pigments, etc.) have repeatedly been found in dinosaur fossils.12 Lab experiments have shown that, even under optimal conditions, these fragile biomolecules could not survive for even one million years, let alone the 66 million years since the dinosaurs were supposedly wiped out by a meteorite impact. Evolutionists have no credible explanation for how these soft tissues could remain intact for such vast ages.13
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