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Believe: Living Fossils – Mon – 21-11-01

Do you remember playing hide and seek as a child? Someone hid their eyes and everyone else scattered and hid. You always wanted to have a good hiding spot. Hiding the longest was how you won the game! Now, imagine hiding for 273 million years!

Ok, so I’m not talking about a game. I am talking about a recent news article. Two living fossils have been discovered. No, not dinosaurs! It is a non-skeletal coral living on a crinoid. They were discovered in the Pacific Ocean 330 feet deep off the coast of Japan. Supposedly, both creatures became extinct 273 million years ago. That’s the estimated age of the rock containing the fossils of these two creatures.*

But they obviously did not go extinct. Generations of the creatures must have lived for the modern pair to exist. I guess the deep ocean is a good hiding place! Also, this is not the first time a living creature has been discovered that scientists believed to be extinct by millions of years. I also predict it won’t be the last!

Perhaps there is something wrong with the assumptions evolutionists use about the dating of rocks or of the fossil forming process. Perhaps fossils were formed in a catastrophe such as a global flood. Maybe the fossils were formed only thousands of years ago. At any rate, discovery of so called “living fossils” should make us reconsider accepted scientific theories.

*Hannah Sparks, “‘Living fossil’ rediscovered in Pacific Ocean after 273 million years,” New York Post, May 10, 2021, https://nypost.com/2021/05/10/living-fossil-rediscovered-after-273-million-years/.

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Believe: The Odds – Mon – 21-03-01

In the United States, thousands of people buy lottery tickets each week, spending billions of dollars each year. Yet they keep losing. That’s because the odds are against them. The odds of winning  a major lottery are approximately 1 in 300 million.1

When the odds are against one thing, they are actually in favor of the opposite. The odds of losing the lottery are something like 299,999,999 in 300 million.

Let me repeat that, the greater the odds are against one thing, the greater the odds are in favor of its opposite.

Now, let’s take a look at some really big numbers. If you think that the odds of winning the lottery are bad, think about the odds of winning it two days in a row! This multiplies the odds. The chance of winning a major lottery two days in a row is 1 in 90 quadrillion — that’s 16 zeros after the 9. Not very likely to happen.

So what about evolution? What are the odds of the first single-celled organism evolving from non-living chemicals? Dr. Randy Wysong, in his book The Creation-Evolution Controversy, describes the “total probability of forming the proteins and DNA for the smallest self-replicating entity given astronomically large quantities of reagents and time.” The odds he reports are ridiculously bad! 1 chance in 1 followed by 167,626 zeros.2

Why should you believe God created the world? The odds make it a sure thing!

1Kymberly Amadeo, “What Are the Odds of Winning the Lottery?” The Balance, November 4, 2020, https://www.thebalance.com/what-are-the-odds-of-winning-the-lottery-3306232

2Randy L. Wysong, The Creation-Evolution Controversy (Midland, MI: Inquiry Press, 1976), 118

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