I decided to post a comment by an anonymous reader, along with my response. Here goes:
I am surprised that a stone mason, one who works with ancient materials, would have such a backward attitude. I remember when the well driller, who drilled our well told me to look at the rock chips coming up out of the hole he was drilling. I asked what I was lookng at and he said there is the proof that the earth is more than 4000 years old. I couldn't agree more. I understand, however, that you must cling to your beliefs or else your life would fall apart. That would be unlike the rock you work with, which only depends on itself and has no foolish expectations.
Here's my response: (I could go on for days, but I don't have the time.)
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"It is interesting that you choose to post anonymously. In answer to your comment, first of all, the Bible doesn't say the earth is 4000 years old. Adam was made of the dust of the Earth more than 6000 years ago, and the material God used to fashion the "creation" described in Genesis was already in existence... created "in the beginning", before Lucifer's fall. If you were to study the geologic phenomena of the Mount St. Helens eruption, you would realize that most of what you were taught in school about geology is fiction. Huge valleys and canyons are carved in a matter of hours, not millenia, by mud flows in the aftermath of large-scale volcanic eruptions and floods... like Noah's flood. Coal beds form not in peat bogs, but in lake and sea beds from the bark that sinks from floating logs... which had been forests before the catastrophe. The ancient Romans used volcanic ash and sand to make "stone"... which is exactly what happened about 4500 years ago on a global scale, in the aftermath of the Flood. That, my friend, is real science, not the fairy tales they teach in the government schools.
Furthermore, there was a university study done on the segregation of aggregates by moving water and air. The results showed that the assumptions used by geologists in "determining" the ages of rock strata are completely erroneous. The layers were laid down concurrently in a progression away from the source of the flow... not over a period of millenia. This explains many geologic phenomena, such as for instance the trees found buried upright in rock layers whose genesis supposedly spanned millions of years. There are a lot of them in Spirit Lake right now, in the aftermath of Mount St. Helens. When floating logs sink, they often "float" below the surface with their root-end downward, and are then buried in volcanic ash and mud. These are the same sedimentary rock layers that geologists claim took millions of years to be laid down.
Quoting:"The story of flash-frozen mammoths with food still in their teeth is well documented by Hancock and (if I'm remembering right) White. When I get home this evening I will look this up in their books and give their references to documents written by the Russian explorers who found these and more."
For more information, try this:
"I remember those stories from when I was a kid.
Buttercups, the mammoths had mouthfulls of buttercups.
And the meat had been frozen SO fast, that some of the discoverers were brave enough, to cook, and eat a few portions.."
I'm still looking for my original (unimpeachable) sources, but here's some material you might find interesting in the interim. I prefer to use primary, not secondary information.
The material on polar shift theory, in my opinion, only describes what happened in the wake of the root cause of the Flood, best described in the book by the astrophysicist. (An asteroid-like visitor from space brought (cold!) water that (1.) produced six inches of rainfall per minute for 40 days and (2.) knocked the earth off its axis by it's gravitational pull in a near-collision.)
The wooly mammoths lived in regions which are very cold now, but were not so cold before the Flood, as the earth was more temperate due to its water canopy. The plant species growing there were in what we now know as an arctic region, but it was not at that time an arctic climate. Don't miss the importance of the point on how rapidly and unexpectedly they were frozen... in a matter of minutes, without warning. The temperature has been estimated to have been -150 degrees Fahrenheit. This information predates the movie "The Day After Tomorrow by about 100 years. Evolutionists have a vested interest in ridiculing and stonewalling this information. What I'm saying is, there's plenty of information out there to prove the Bible is true and the evolutionists are liars. They try awfully hard to skew the data, and if you look into their eyes, you'll know you're dealing with crooked used-car salesmen. I doubt you'll ever hear an evolutionist give an honest, fair and balanced presentation of the case for evolution. If you believe evolution is "fact", you've been "educated" beyond your intelligence.
Saying that the wooly mammoths were partly decomposed is nothing but obfuscation and dissimulation. Try putting any animal in the freezer and see what its guts smell like in about 4500 years. Cold enough to kill is not necessarily cold enough to flash freeze a large animal to its core and preserve it for 4500 years. For most of that time, it probably wasn't as cold as your household freezer. The facts are that they were grazing on buttercups when a storm hit that was so ferocious they froze to death in less than 10 minutes standing upright with their legs frozen in ice and the buttercups still in their mouths. A violent force beyond human comprehension tore their bodies apart and tossed them in heaps. Some were frozen in a standing position and their legs were then sheared off by the force of the storm. That synchronizes perfectly with the information about the "asteroid" and polar shifts.
I've received some flak to the effect that I must be stupid or something. I don't consider myself to be the sharpest tack in the box, but God has blessed me with a reasonable level of intelligence. I've had a fractured skull, three serious concussions, brain damage from a fever of 106.5 degrees, brain damage from over-consumption of MSG, and mild heat stroke. I'm 55 years old, and not as sharp as I used to be, but I took an IQ test a few weeks ago and scored 132. I wonder how well some of my critics would do.
The "ice age", such as it was, lasted a very short time and occurred as a result of the Great Deluge (Noah's Flood). There's a book on the subject written by an astrophysicist.
Neither my beliefs nor my life are in any danger of "falling apart". Both are founded upon a Rock, and that Rock is Christ, who made the worlds and all that is in them. Chips of old rock coming up from a drilling operation can't prove anything, as this earth is made of "recycled materials".
Whatever happens to this old world, I know where I'll spend eternity. What about you? Will you, like the rock of which you speak, "depend only on yourself"? And if my "foolish expectations" are wrong, what have I lost? If yours are wrong, you will have lost everything. That was "Pascal's Wager". Are you willing to wager your eternal soul? Salvation is not in any particular church, but in Christ alone. I'm saved not because I'm a Baptist, or even a particularly good person, but because I've put my faith and trust in Christ. The circumstances of this life may blow up in my face, but my eternal destiny is secure.
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