Published March 21, 2013
Question: Is the biblical message of redemption and resurrection supported by the biblical message of creation and Noah’s flood?
Answer: Consider the crucifixion and the resurrection from a historical and biological perspective. Have you ever stopped to think about how much evidence of death surrounded Jesus when He hung on the Cross and was later buried in a tomb?
Today’s Jerusalem, including the remains of the Old City of Jesus’s day, is built on hard limestone layers known as the Judea Group. On top of these layers are the chalk beds of the Mount Scopus Group, visible to the east on the Mount of Olives. Both these limestone and chalk layers, deposited late in the Flood of Noah’s time, are full of marine fossils.
In fact, these limestone and chalk layers are enormous fossil graveyards that stretch the length and breadth of the land of Israel. This massive destruction and burial of ocean life is testimony to God’s judgment against sin during the global Flood, about 4,300 years ago.
On top of these same fossil-filled layers, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was our Creator (Col. 1), gave His life on Calvary’s Cross to pay the death penalty for our sin. His broken and blood-stained body was then laid in a grave that was hewn from the same fossil burial ground on which His Cross stood, at Golgotha.
Now, secularists and even many Christian leaders say that the fossil record, which contains the remains of dead things, took millions of years to form. The record also shows evidence of diseases like cancer and brain tumors, thorns, and animals eating each other.
Bible-believers should note, however, that at the end of the sixth day of creation, God described everything as “very good.” It was after Adam’s sin that death, disease, and thorns came into the world. Therefore, to believe in millions of years of earth history is to blame God for death and diseases like brain tumors, and that He calls them “very good”! This viewpoint is really an attack on the holy character of God, and also on the atonement message of the Cross – a spot where our Creator suffered death but then conquered it, thus paying for our sin and offering a free gift of salvation.
Jesus’s body was surrounded by the remains of dead creatures that had earlier suffered from God’s judgment of death during the catastrophic, global Flood. However, He arose bodily from among these fossils, proving that He had satisfied God’s wrath and was victorious over death.
Even fossils can be a reminder of Easter. Sadly, one of the problems we see in the church today is that, by and large, the Bible has been disconnected from the real world. Many Christians have been taught to believe that the Bible’s geology and biology are not credible, because scientists have supposedly shown there never was a global Flood and that animals and humans evolved over millions of years. Because the church has largely been teaching the Bible as a collection of stories/fables, God’s Word has increasingly become irrelevant to a world that has been indoctrinated in evolutionary ideas.
If you can’t trust the Bible where it touches on geology and biology in Genesis, how can you also trust its message of morality and salvation? After all, the morality and salvation message in the Bible is based on real history that includes biology (the Creation) and geology (Noah’s Flood).
Our Creation Museum in northern Kentucky has much more information about these topics. They are found in fascinating exhibits about the true accounts of Creation, the Flood, and Ark of Noah, and why Christ came to earth to die on a Cross but to rise again. See www.CreationMuseum.org.
Ken Ham is the president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum near Cincinnati. Snelling is a contributor to Answers in Genesis.
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