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Evolutionary Model of Early Earth's Atmosphere Fails Test

Genesis 1:31: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."

According to evolutionists, the Earth had no oxygen when life first formed. It would have destroyed the first life.

Oxygen, they say, only began to be found in the Earth's atmosphere as living things metabolized carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen as a waste product. However, this was supposedly a slow process. From the Mesozoic period to 65 million evolutionary years ago, the Earth's atmosphere still only had 10 to 12 percent oxygen. Today the atmosphere is 21 percent oxygen. However, there is a lot of fossilized evidence of wildfires in Mesozoic layers. Researchers got to wondering whether the small amount of oxygen that was supposedly in the atmosphere then could support such fires under realistic conditions. Tests have now been done under realistic conditions using paper, matches, wooden sticks, and a candle. They have shown that none of these items will burn readily until the atmosphere contains a minimum of 17 percent oxygen. Evolutionary modeling of the early Earth's atmosphere has proven totally wrong.

When God finished creating, He declared that everything He had made was "very good." That includes the design of the atmosphere with enough oxygen to support life, but not so much that fire burns explosively.

Prayer: Father, thank You for so wisely designing the Earth's atmosphere so that it supports life and fire serves us. Amen.

Notes: Science, 29 August 2008, pp. 1197-1200, C.M. Belcher, J.C. McElwain, "Limits for Combustion in Low Co2 Redefine Paleoatmospheric Predictions for the Mesozoic."

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