Where Does Oil Come From?
“The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.”
Evolutionists have little argument over the question of where oil comes from. In most cases, they would suppose that it came from organic matter – probably from dead plants and animals – several million years ago. Hydrocarbons are, after all, products of organic matter breaking down – and oil is made up of a complex mixture of hydrocarbons, which are compounds of carbon and hydrogen only.
However, organic materials are not the only source of hydrocarbons, especially the simple ones. Indeed, evidence for traces of hydrocarbons has been found in some meteorites. If this is true, then it could point to a possible non-organic mechanism for the formation of oil.
Other clues are available. For example, crude oil contains porphyrin – a class of compounds found in blood. Yet some crude oils (such as that from the North Sea) contain amounts of poisonous heavy metals, such as mercury, which would once again point towards a non-living model.n
Clearly, a creationist model does not have millions of years at its disposal. Perhaps, some have suggested, the pressure of sedimentary rock forming during the Flood could have "squeezed" the hydrocarbons out. It is oil's existence as a liquid that causes us to look for its origin. We are so evolutionized in our thinking that it is difficult to conceive of a non-fossil origin for oil. Yet, when we consider rocks like granite, we do not spend time considering how it was made – we suppose that God made it in the Creation Week. It is reasonable to suppose that petroleum could be a creation material, made during the first six days.
Prayer: Father, You have given us useful materials with which we can live our lives. Thank You for these. Amen.
Ref: Mattthews, J. (2008), The Origin of Oil, < https://answersingenesis.org/geology/the-origin-of-oila-creationist-answer/ >, accessed 5/2/2018. Image: FLCelloGuy, GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.
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