The rich green Blue Ridge Mountains in early summer make magnificent forests. The canopies are thick with mature trees. Where it is dark, the ferns grow on the forest floor. Paths run through these mountains — from little off-shoot trails to the 2200 mile Appalachian Trail. So, we could not resist a visit.
Our Tuesday evening date was on Black Rock Mountain. The summit, like the face of several parts of the upper mountains near by, have large rock areas that are barren of any foliage. The huge boulders and sharp surfaces standout against the green carpet of trees. I call it “table rock” because it was obviously uplifted and split or cracked. Everything is fine until you read the fine print in naturalistic-world view material, where the “ancient” mountains are explained to be millions of years old. If true, the rock slides at the top of these mountains would not be present. They would have been long since been overtaken by accumulating soils and forests.
A few weeks later we saw a large section of rock face along a familiar stretch of highway in the mountains near the little village of Monterey. It shows plates of sedimentary rock. Layers can be seen, and the surface of several sections shows rivulets of sand that are frozen in time when they were formed then preserved. Have you seen patterns of sand like this on ocean or lake shores? It is very common, except this material is frozen in time at 4000 feet and 300 miles from the ocean. Some say all of this is millions of years old. Why such a record of violence so far from the sea? It is evidence of the Genesis Flood. As turbid waters rose that carried sediments heavy with the ingredients of concrete. Layers were laid down as the violence continued to develop and the waters deepened — eventually covering all the earth. They hardened quickly. As the flood waters receded, as ordered by God, He raised some lands and sunk the valleys deeper (Psalm 109). The result was hardened surfaces of sedimentary rock on new continents that are in many locations like this one. As the climate settled, the sedimentary rock cracked along layer lines or where the rock simply could not support itself. The excavation to make the highway “unearthed” the rock face with the sand imprints that are in this picture. It is not an uncommon scene.
God had a reason to provide the history in the first chapters of Genesis. And, He is not a liar. The event and results are all around us. They are meant to remind us. He does not want us to forget the cause or the effects of the Genesis Flood. The Bible often refers to it, and events still to come that are referenced in 2 Peter 3 that make mention of the Great Flood.
This biblical creation world view puts a whole different picture on our young earth and what happened near the beginning. Table rock and frozen sea sands are little reminders.
If this seems too serious, the beautiful lady in the scene is my wife. She was with me when both pictures were taken. Like me, she teaches biblical creation as objective truth — not some fable — and enjoys discovering with me. We both realize that what happened a few thousand years ago has a message for today: God means what He says. Read the first eleven chapters of Genesis with that in mind.