Some would call it irony. Others would say it’s an example showing the God has a sense of humor. The discovery of ancient fish fossils in Alberta, Canada, by a man known as the regions leading Creationist is worth noting regardless of what you want to call it.
The news itself is interesting. Edgar Nernberg, who sits on the board of directors of Big Valley’s Creationist Museum, was performing his day job as a backhoe operator excavating a basement when he came across five coveted fossils of fish. He recognized them and immediately brought people in to confirm one of the greatest fossil finds in the country in decades.
There are two things to note, here. The fact that it was found by someone who has a strong understanding of science gives the world a view into a concept that many would never explore. As he Nernberg puts it, “We all have the same evidence, and it’s just a matter of how you interpret it.”
The second thing to note is that the article acknowledges that the majority of the world, including Christians, believe in an old earth concept. They listen to what we’re told in school about the earth being billions of years old. The look at the fossil record in passing (few actually explore it deeply even though that’s their primary reason for believing in an old earth versus a young earth) and believe that secular scientists have the right theory. This is why they say in the article that the fossil is 60-million years old “…if you accept science.”
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Romans 1:20 (KJV)
Here’s the reality of our situation. Those of us who hold to a Biblical understanding of the world do not dismiss science. In fact, true science is revealing itself as an affirmation of Noah’s flood, young earth, and the Creation itself. We don’t need the science to believe it; between the Bible and the the understanding that our Father has put on our hearts about the nature of the universe and the truth of Creation, we have no excuse.
Creationism is not against science. The science itself, when viewed purely, is confirmation of everything we’re told in the Bible. What has been so widely accepted to the point that most people believe it and media outlets promote it is that the conclusions of most secular scientists based upon the data they have – the fossil record and geological hypotheses – is what actually happened. It isn’t, at least not the way that they present it.
No matter how widely accepted a concept is, the truth doesn’t change. The geocentric model of the universe made perfect sense to people for a very long time. We saw the sun rise in the east and set in the west and it made sense to the vast majority of the people observing it that the sun was going around the earth. That’s what most of the observable data showed. However, it turned out to be wrong.
When we look at stories like this, we can either see God’s hand in it or we can choose to see something else. The evidence is available to everyone and the conclusions are different. One thing that they’re avoiding when discussing these fossils is an obvious question to ask… if you’re a creationist:
Northwest Calgary was landlocked and elevated over half-a-mile above sea level in the time frame proposed by scientists. How did sea fish from 60-million years ago get there?