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How Does A Fossil Become A Fossil?
To become a fossil an animal, or its tracks, must be buried quickly, completely, and deeply. Animals today are dying in the wild in huge numbers. Yet we don't see them becoming fossils. Why? When an animal dies it is quickly eaten by other animals, as well as insects and bacteria. But... doesn't that still leave the bones? No. If you've ever had a pet dog you known they love to crunch up bones. It only takes a few days until the dead animal is gone, bones and all.
The global flood (Noah's flood) explains where the fossils came from. The flood was catastrophic, massive and violent. It tore up the land resulting in raging waters heavily laden with sediment. AS it roared onto toward land that sediment laden tsunami quickly buried all forms of life. First the life in the water, such as clams and fish, and then life on land, including huge sauropd dinosaurs. But exactly how did this happen? Michael Oard has developed a hypothesis that answers this question. It is called "Briefly Exposed Deluvial Sediments," also known as BEDS.
Briefly Exposed Deluvial Sediments (BEDS)
People often imagine the Biblical flood as water slowly rising, like it does when filling a bathtub. That's not the way it was. Most of the water came from the fountains of the deep (Genesis 7:11). Covering the earth required much more water than could come from rain. As water vapor condenses to raindrops it releases heat. If a significant part of the water for the flood came from rain, the resulting heat would have boiled our planet. Most of the water came from underground. As the fountains of the deep opened up, the earth split (to release the water) and there were earthquakes, volcanoes, and subduction (causing the continents to separate) on a scale we can't imagine today. The result would be a massive sloshing of tsunami building on top of tsunami. The chart shown here is from Michael Oard's book, "Dinosaur Challenges and Mysteries." It shows the likely variation in water levels caused by tsunamis, as well as the normal tides... all acting together.
The chart shows a seven day period during the middle part of the rising waters. The water level continually rose, but superimposed on the rising waters were major tsunamis. A close-up view of the peak of one of those tsunamis is shown in the white box. There you see smaller fluctuations superimposed on the larger tsunami.
The result would be massive tsuanis pouring onto the land, depositing huge layers of sediment (and entombing organisms, footprints and eggs that would be fossilized), then retreating and exposing the fresh sediment which would be in a flat layer. Animals (inluding dinosaurs) would then walk around on the wet sediment until the next tsunami came and deposited more sediment... and then the next tsunami... and the next... and the next.
As shown in this illustration, as the overall level of the water globally continually rose, locally the water level would rise and fall, inundating the land, and then falling to expose fresh sediment and "dry" land. It took about 150 days before the water level started to go down. That's roughly six months of rising water. In other words, the water did not completely cover the earth immediately. Animals, such as dinosaurs, continued to live, eat each other, lay eggs (and there was enough time for eggs to hatch), and walk around leaving billions of their tracks for us to find before they died in the flood.
While scripture does not give us a detailed description of the events during the global flood, the "Briefly Exposed Deluviual Sediments" hypothesis provides a reasonable explanation of what happened as the waters of the flood rose providing the necessary, and unique conditions for fossils to form.
Argentina Egg Site Supports BEDS Model (CIM)
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How Long Did the Flood Last? (AIG)
Dinosaur Challenges and Mysteries by Michael J. Oard
Images from "Dinosaur Challenges and Mysteries" used with permission.
THE GOOD NEWS
What makes this good news is the bad news about you:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23
Sin means breaking the law. In this case God's law. This is bad news because perfection is required by God. Lawbreakers must pay the just penalty for breaking the law. That penalty is the lake of fire (the second death).
All liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. - Revelation 21:8
Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever taken something that does not belong to you, no matter how small? Have you ever looked at another person with lust? In Matthew 5 Jesus said:
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.'
You have broken God's laws. You have sinned. There must be justice, and that means eternity in hell, the lake of fire, the second death. Unless...
Unless there was someone willing to pay that penalty on your behalf. Someone who will take on themselves the consequences you deserve. And there is. There is one person who can and will do that. That person is Jesus Christ. If you trust this is true, and repent (turn away from disobeying God), Jesus' death is applied to your account and you are freed from the penalty of sin to be with God forever.