Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
Thirty-six years ago, billions of tons of soil “melted away” and slid as a fluid, upsetting lakes, filling-in valleys and carving out canyons in the largest recorded landslide in history. The earthquake that triggered the slide precluded the bursting forth of pent-up pressure and pulverized molten rock, from the great depths of the earth, knocking down huge forests of trees like matchsticks for many miles!
If this had occurred much earlier than 1980 and in another part of the world, we would not have the data and recordings that we do today of the explosion at Mount St. Helens in Washington State. As part of the modern creationist movement, the Mount St. Helens volcanic event has become a testimony in these “last days” of the power of a great cataclysm to greatly accelerate change in earth science and earth history. And to leave behind features of earth’s landscape that heretofore were interpreted as requiring the long ages of evolution but which are now known through experience to have occurred in a few years, a few months, a few weeks or a few days.
Truly it is as if God gave us a tremendous example, a natural outdoor laboratory, of what took place on a much, much larger scale in the Great Flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 7-9), and a reminder of His word about uniformitarian “scoffers” who are “willingly ignorant” of the Great Flood of history (2 Peter 3:3-6).
Evolution theory requires so-called “deep time” – billions of years, in order to hypothesize the development of great complexity through natural processes in a direction which goes against all the naturally occurring decay. Evolutionists argue by in effect saying, “I know we don’t see evolution happening now, but if you give it enough time it “could” happen!” Therefore, evolutionism requires that the history of the earth be viewed through natural processes we measure in the present (uniformitarianism).
A key point they ignore with their God-less “natural” philosophy is that the “natural” direction of change is away from complexity. Things naturally decay, as is proven over and over by all kinds of applications of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics – entropy (decay) always increases. Indeed, the Bible said it first, in Romans 8:20-21 – the creation is in “bondage to corruption/decay”.
In the 36 years since the Mount St. Helens event, we have also witnessed a tremendously rapid restoration and proliferation of all kinds of plant and animal life! This, in an area that was predicted to continue as a “moonscape” for a thousand years. Legumes and other plant species, which have a symbiotic relationship between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and their roots, have been able to fertilize the soil so that other plants and trees can grow in the sterile ground.
Tadpoles have been found to acquire a highly accelerated breeding cycle in the initially low population so that the tadpoles sexually matured before metamorphosis and bred as tadpoles, greatly accelerating the initial population increase. When the population stabilized, they returned to normal breeding cycles. Elk cows as well were giving birth to two-to-three calves per year in the initial re-population instead of the normal one calf every two years. Life is teeming on the old “moonscape”!
Thus, in the Mount St. Helens outdoor laboratory we are witnessing how the creatures when they were released from the Ark could indeed “…breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful and multiply in the earth” (Genesis 8:17). They re-filled it rather quickly indeed! And what the evolutionists are “willingly ignorant” of – to use the scriptural phrase again in reference to the Great Flood from 2 Peter 3 – is the greatly accelerated changes that make the biblical timeframe highly plausible.
Today, with science and educational institutions and their government and media outgrowths dominated by the evolutionary uniformitarian system, we are in much need of the message of biblical creation – including the all-essential piece of the puzzle – the Great Flood! God is using the mounting evidence in these times to expose the great deception which underlies the Marxist-Humanist worldviews of so many of the global elite.
Understanding the continuing significance of Mount St. Helens as a laboratory for the catastrophic events of the Great Flood, we are very pleased at Creation Moments to announce our bringing on board Mr. Paul Taylor, director of the Mount St. Helens Creation Center in Washington State. Paul will be our main speaker, main author for our programming, and tour guide on our behalf for the many wonders of Mount St. Helens!
Paul is an experienced creationist writer and speaker in the U.K. and the U.S, who has made a unique and prolific contribution to the modern creation movement! We believe his vision for biblical inerrancy and creation evangelism and apologetics fits perfectly with ours, and we are thankful and excited that the Lord will now be using Creation Moments to help continue the powerful witness of Mount St. Helens in our day!