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Zircons and Deceivableness of Unrighteousness

Scientists have long been flummoxed by their discovery of a mass extinction of nearly all life on earth, and even more flummoxed by the apparent reality that life on earth began instantly.
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Zircons and Deceivableness of Unrighteousness

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God is a faith God who has chosen what the world deems as the “foolishness of preaching” to save the lost (I Corinthians 1).  God is a faith God who cannot be reached with “enticing words of man’s wisdom,” nor by carnal power or strength, nor wealth or beauty.  The faith God and the blessings of His invisible Kingdom can only be accessed by childlike faith.  The believer must regress to a simple, childlike confidence in the Word of God.  God has chosen faith as the common denominator for all men and building faith requires the “foolishness of preaching.”  Romans 10:17:

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The preaching of the Cross is the business of the blood-bought.  John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Have you yet to believe on Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?  Have you been born again?  To the world, what you are hearing today is foolishness, but to the redeemed, it is the power of God.  I Corinthians 1:18:

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Surrender your life to Christ today, and today will be your Holy Ghost birthday.  Click onto “Further With Jesus” for childlike instructions and immediate entry into the Kingdom of God. NOW FOR TODAY’S SUBJECT.

GOD SAID, Genesis 1:1:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

GOD SAID, Exodus 20:11:

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

GOD SAID, Genesis 5:3-8:

3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:

7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:

8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.

MAN SAID: According to William Provine as quoted in Answers magazine, “Modern science directly implies that there…is no ultimate meaning for humans.” 

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In II Thessalonians 2:10, it’s called the “deceivableness of unrighteousness.”  Unrighteousness is the spirit and fruits of unbelief.  The Bible says in Romans 4:3:

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Righteousness is the spirit and fruit of believing in the God of faith.  Etymology, the study of words, employs a foundational principle known as the law or rule of first occurrence.  This principle says that the definition of a word is established by its first occurrence in the language.  The first time the word righteousness is used in God’s Word is in Genesis 15:6 when it refers to Abraham, the father of faith:

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

The deceivableness of unrighteousness—the spirit and actions of unbelief—drives men to the absurd.  The evolutionists should recognize the absurdity of their position if, in fact, the earth is just over 6,000 years old.  Therefore, central to their unbelief is the premise that, given enough time and chance, anything is possible.  Unfortunately for this camp, both time and chance are missing. 

In the GodSaidManSaid feature “Their Imaginations Became Vain,” you’ll find these paragraphs concerning the deceivableness of unrighteousness:

Pseudo-science says there is no God. One of their widely believed claims is that in the beginning there was nothing. This nothing then exploded and from this explosion all life had its beginning. These absurdities are spoken as truth and all the students to whom this is taught say, "No kidding, is that how it is?"

Remember the meteorite from Mars with so-called, tiny fossils? This was promoted by the media as proof of evolution and everybody said, "No kidding?" Within months of the huge media fanfare, science disproved this notion, but did you see or read the retraction? Of course not.

Evolutionists were forced to come up with a plausible theory on how sea-going mammals such as whales, dolphins and porpoises evolved. Remember, mammals supposedly evolved from the sea, so how did these mammals end up back in the water? Some evolutionists suggest that an even-toed land mammal like the water buffalo is the likely candidate to have evolved into the present day whale. They speculate that the water buffalo liked to hang around the water a lot and over eons of time his hind legs simply fell off and his front legs changed into flippers—and the science students said, "No kidding?" The water buffalo''s hairy hide simply changed into smooth thick blubber and his nostrils slid up to the top of his head to form a blow hole. Then his tail evolved into flukes and because he was floating around in the water all the time, his body became enormous—and the students said, "Isn''t that interesting?"

Sound absurd? Do you think I''m exaggerating? The following excerpt is from volume 50 of National Geographic, written by V. B. Scheffer:

The whale's ascendancy to sovereign size apparently began sixty million years ago when hairy, four-legged mammals in search of food or sanctuary, ventured into water. As eons passed, change slowly occurred. Hind legs disappeared, front legs changed into flippers, hair gave way to a thick smooth blanket of blubber, nostrils moved to the top of the head, the tail broadened into flukes, and in the buoyant water world, the body became enormous. [End of quote]

Scientists have long been flummoxed by their discovery of a mass extinction of nearly all life on earth, and even more flummoxed by the apparent reality that life on earth began instantly.  In the quotes of various publications that follow, pay attention to the word zircon and the discussion of volcanic lava. 

Science News, September 19, 2015, headline reads: “Volcanism Convicted in Permian Die-Off.”  Excerpts follow:

At the close of the Permian period some 252 million years ago, more than 90 percent of all marine species and roughly 75 percent of all land species vanished.  New high-precision analysis of ancient lavas places this extinction just after the start of massive volcanic eruptions in what is now Siberia, researchers report online August 28 in Science Advances.  The finding clinches what paleontologists have long suspected: Volcanic gases prompted environmental changes that made the planet uninhabitable for most life. 

The ash holds zircon crystals, which naturally form with small amounts of uranium that gradually decays into lead.  Comparing the relative number of uranium and lead atoms in the zircons provided precise dates for the Permian extinction, the researchers reported last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

The less-explosive Siberian Traps eruptions contained few zircons (SN: 1/10/15, pg. 12).  But after scouring the remnants of the lava flows, the pair found and precisely dated 192 crystals and then compared them with the extinction timeline.

The dates peg the volcanism to around 300,000 years before the extinction and suggest that the eruptions continued for at least 500,000 years afterward.  The volcanism probably released huge amounts of carbon dioxide and other volatiles, causing extreme climate change and ocean acidification (SN Online: 6/14/12). 

“We can now say that this largest preserved magmatic event in Earth’s history preceded the onset of mass extinction,” Burgess says.  [End of quotes]

In the magazine The Week, November 6, 2015, under the heading “Life on Early Earth,” you find the following paragraph:

But by studying tiny crystals that form in magma, called zircons, geochemists at the University of California at Los Angeles found microscopic flecks of pure carbon with a signature indicating it had been left behind by living organisms 4.1 billion years ago.  “Life on Earth may have started almost instantaneously,” says study co-author Mark Harrison.  “With the right ingredients, life seems to form very quickly.”  [End of quote]

In the features just quoted, carnal science speaks of mass extinctions some 252 million years ago and uses zircons that form in volcanic magma to claim dates to 4.1 billion years ago. 

The difference between the camp of the unrighteousness—unbelief—and the righteous—believers—couldn’t be more obvious than when you compare what you have just read with what follows from highly-accredited Christian scientists. 

From the GodSaidManSaid feature “In the Beginning (Part One):”

A research initiative called RATE, which stands for “Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth,” was launched in 1997 jointly by the Institute for Creation Research, the Creation Research Society, and Answers in Genesis. RATE’s team of highly-accredited scientists has published another major blow to the camp of the evolutionists. These following excerpts are from an article published in the December 2003 issue of Impact, which carries vital articles on science and creation. The title of the article is “New RATE Data Support a Young World.” The first excerpt reads:

New experiments done this year for the RATE project strongly support a young earth. This article updates results announced in an ICR Impact article last year and documented at a technical conference last summer. Our experiments measured how rapidly nuclear-decay-generated Helium escapes from tiny radioactive crystals in granite-like rock. The new data extend into a critical range of temperatures, and they resoundingly confirm a numerical prediction we published several years before the experiments. The Helium loss rate is so high that almost all of it would have escaped during the alleged 1.5 billion year uniformitarian age of the rock, and there would be very little Helium in the crystals today. But the crystals in granitic rock presently contain a very large amount of Helium, and the new experiments support an age of only 6000 years. Thus these data are powerful evidence against the long age of uniformitarianism and for a recent creation consistent with Scripture.

After laborious research measuring Helium loss in radioactive crystals called Zircons, which are common in granitic rock, and after reviewing all existing data on the Helium subject, the RATE team made this final conclusion:

The Zircons are young!

The new data allow us to calculate more exactly how long the diffusion has been taking place. The result is 6000 (± 2000) years—about 250,000 times smaller than the alleged 1.5-billion-year Uranium-Lead age. This and other exciting new developments in RATE projects are confirming our basic hypothesis: that God drastically speeded up decay rates of long half-life nuclei during the Genesis Flood and other brief periods in the earth’s short history. Such accelerated nuclear decay collapses the uniformitarian “ages” down to the Scriptural timescale of thousands of years. [End of quote]

From the GodSaidManSaid feature “Young Keeps Pouring In:”

In an article in the June 2005 issue of Impact, under the title "Evidence for a Young World," physicist D. Russell Humphreys had this to say about zircons, under the paragraph heading, “Too much helium in minerals:”

Uranium and thorium generate helium atoms as they decay to lead. A study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research showed that such helium produced in zircon crystals in deep, hot Precambrian granitic rock has not had time to escape. Though the rocks contain 1.5 billion years’ worth of nuclear decay products, newly measured rates of helium loss from zircon show that the helium has been leaking for only 6,000 (+/- 2000) years. This is not only evidence for the youth of the earth, but also for episodes of greatly accelerated decay rates of long half-life nuclei within thousands of years ago, compressing radioisotope timescales enormously. [End of quote]

 From the GodSaidManSaid feature “Noah Today:”

The information that follows concerns the Grand Canyon and is from the October-December 2008 quarterly publication Answers.  The article was written by eminent geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling.

Within this sandstone, we find grains of the mineral zircon, which is relatively easy to trace to its source because zircon usually contains radioactive uranium.  By “dating” these zircon grains, using the uranium-lead (U-Pb) radioactive method, it has been postulated that the sand grains in the Navajo Sandstone came from the Appalachians of Pennsylvania and New York, and from former mountains further north in Canada.  If this is true, the sand grains were transported about 1,250 miles (2012 km) right across North America.

This “discovery” poses somewhat of a dilemma for conventional uniformitarian (slow-and-gradual) geologists, because no known sediment transport system is capable of carrying sand across the entire North American continent during the required millions of years.  It must have been water over an area even bigger than the continent.  All they can do is postulate that some unknown transcontinental river system must have done the job.  But even in the scientific belief system of earth history, it is impossible for such a river to have persisted for millions of years.

Yet the evidence is overwhelming that the water was flowing in one direction.  More than half a million measurements have been collected from 15,615 North American localities, recording water current direction indicators throughout the geologic record.  The evidence indicates that water moved sediments across the entire continent, from the east and northeast to the west and southwest throughout the so-called Paleozoic.  This general pattern continued on up into the Mesozoic, when the Navajo Sandstone was deposited.  How could water be flowing across the North American continent consistently for hundreds of millions of years?  Absolutely impossible! 

The only logical and viable explanation is the global, cataclysmic Genesis Flood.  Only the water currents of a global ocean, lasting a few months, could have transported such huge volumes of sediments right across the North American continent to deposit the thick strata sequences which blanket the continent.  [End of quote]

The world’s scientists who approach the facts in unbelief—the deceivableness of unrighteousness—propose in this research and bodily assert 4.1 billion years.  Those Christian scientists who approach the facts in faith—righteousness—bodily assert a Biblically-correct age of 6,000+ years.  This is, of course, an excellent example of the 180 principle.  But in whom should I place my faith, one asks? 

The zircon discussion above is associated with volcanic lava.  Genesis 7:11, concerning Noah’s flood tells us that “all the fountains of the great deep” were broken up and then the windows of heaven were opened—and down came the rain.  Genesis 7:11:

In the six hundredth year of Noah''s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

During this event, catastrophic, global volcanic eruptions were in play—which, of course, the deceivableness of unrighteousness denies.  Keep that in mind as you read the following paragraphs about Mount Saint Helens, whose volcanic devastation began May 18, 1980 at 8:32 a.m.  Dr. Andrew Snelling writes in the April-June 2015 issue of Answers magazine:

In June 1992, a large sample was collected from the surface of one of the last lava flows, probably from the year 1986.  Samples were sent to a laboratory in 1996 to be radiometrically dated using the potassium-argon method.  This method measures the amount of argon atoms that presumably formed from the radioactive decay of potassium atoms in the lava after it cooled. The rock was a mere 10 years old, but the potassium-argon “clock” dated the rock at 350,000 years old, and minerals within it dated at up to 2.4 million years old. 

These results are consistent with many reports in the literature of numerous other lava samples from around the world that have similarly yielded highly erroneous potassium-argon ages.  This unquestionably demonstrates that the radioactive dating methods are fraught with difficulties that render them unreliable.  [End of quote]

Two different starting points.  Two different conclusions.  Two different eternities.  God places before us life and death.  Chose life and live. 

GOD SAID, Genesis 1:1:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

GOD SAID, Exodus 20:11:

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

GOD SAID, Genesis 5:3-8:

3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:

7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:

8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.

MAN SAID: According to William Provine as quoted in Answers magazine, “Modern science directly implies that there…is no ultimate meaning for humans.” 

Now you have THE RECORD.

References:

Authorized King James Version

“Life on Early Earth,” The Week, November 6, 2015

GodSaidManSaid, “A Crisis in Physics—But Not at God’s House

GodSaidManSaid, “In the Beginning (Part One)

GodSaidManSaid, “Noah Today

GodSaidManSaid, “Young Keeps Pouring In

Snelling, A., “New Lava Dome with Old Radiometric Dates,” Answers, April-June 2015

Sumner, T., “Volcanism Convicted in Permian Die-Off,” Science News, September 19, 2015

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