The ability to take new knowledge and apply it to our perspective–and be willing to change our perspective–is a sign of maturity.
10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10
3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 (known as God’s phone number!)
In our third installment of, 10 Best Evidences,” from Answers in Genesis, we look at:
#3 Soft Tissue in Fossils– Evolutionary scientists determine the age of a particular section of earth by the bones and fossils they find in it. They also determine the age of the bones and fossils by the age of the earth in which they find them (circular reasoning).
A recent discovery by Dr. Mary Schweitzer, however, has given reason for all but committed evolutionists to question this assumption [millions of years]. Bone slices from the fossilized thigh bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex found in the Hell Creek formation of Montana were studied under the microscope by Schweitzer. To her amazement, the bone showed what appeared to be blood vessels of the type seen in bone and marrow, and these contained what appeared to be red blood cells with nuclei, typical of reptiles and birds (but not mammals). The vessels even appeared to be lined with specialized endothelial cells found in all blood vessels.
They have since found flexible tissue, fragments of protein collagen, and intact protein fragments in fossils supposedly dating around 65 million years old.
An obvious question arises from Schweitzer’s work: Is it even remotely plausible that blood vessels, cells, and protein fragments can exist largely intact over 68 million years? While many consider such long-term preservation of tissue and cells to be very unlikely, the problem is that no human or animal remains are known with certainty to be 68 million years old. But if creationists are right, dinosaurs died off only 3,000-4,000 years ago. So would we expect the preservation of vessels, cells, and complex molecules of the type that Schweitzer reports for biological tissues historically known to be 3,000-4,000 years old?
The answer is yes. Many studies of Egyptian mummies and other humans of this old age (confirmed by historical evidence) show all the sorts of detail Schweitzer reported in her T. rex. In addition to Egyptian mummies, the Tyrolean iceman, found in the Alps in 1991 and believed to be about 5,000 years old, shows such incredible preservation of DNA ad other microscopic detail. We conclude that the preservation of vessels, cells, and complex molecules in dinosaurs is entirely consistent with a young-earth creationist perspective, but is highly implausible with the evolutionist’s perspective about dinosaurs that died off millions of years ago.
Why the hubbub? It all has to do with foundations. The foundation of our faith is what God has said about Himself, us, and His Son, Jesus Christ. God has said in His Word that He created the heavens and the earth in six days. If we don’t believe Him about that, then how do we believe Him about what He says about us and His Son? It’s important, folks, that we take Him at His Word.
Abba, I believe You. For those who believe in You but do not ascribe to a Young Earth, I pray that You will open their eyes to the truth of what You say. They do not realize that their faith is built upon the foundation of what You have said. May Your Spirit do a mighty work in their hearts even as You have in mine, O Lord. Amen.