Duluth's Great Lakes Aquarium spoiled by evolution exhibits
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July 8, 2002 Herald and Journal
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Duluth's Great Lakes Aquarium spoiled by evolution exhibits


On a recent family vacation to Duluth, we visited the near-new Great Lakes Aquarium.

The facility is a technological wonder. There are numerous attractive, interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. At first appearance, the aquarium is a masterpiece of a modern-day museum.

But beyond the first impression, the aquarium fails miserably when it comes to credibility.

We found several prominent references in the displays to evolution and instances of the earth being millions of years old.

These are either outright lies or humiliating errors. Either way, they put such a bad taste in my mouth that I didn't enjoy the rest of the exhibits.

Do any of you sit around the coffee table, paging through the family photo album with your kids, and comment: "You know, son, many generations earlier, your ancestors were actually reptiles."

Or when you visit the zoo and reach the orangutan exhibit, do you say: "Look, kids, your great-great-. . . great-great-grandfather must have looked like that."

Those examples sound ridiculous, but if people accept the theories of evolution, that's what they should say.

Likewise, if we agree that it's wrong, then we should equally reject the more subtle references to evolution ­ like historical markers at state parks that say rocks are millions of years old.

We find these exaggerations throughout our culture ­ in our school textbooks, on TV documentaries, and even in places like the Great Lakes Aquarium.

Evolutionists need time, and a lot of it, to make their dreams come true.

The Creation Science Evangelism Ministry puts it this way:

"In children's fairy tales, we are told: frog + magic spell (kiss) = prince.

"In modern science textbooks, we are told: frog + time = prince."

It takes millions of years for a living organism to change into something else.

That's why people have to claim the earth is millions or billions years old, because otherwise there wouldn't be enough time for evolution to happen.

Biblical scholars calculate the age of the earth to be between 6,000 and 10,000 years old.

While we must admit there isn't yet enough known evidence to prove creation, there are numerous scientific measurements that indicate the earth couldn't possibly be much older than a few thousand years.

A couple of them are:

· The moon is receding a few inches each year. Billions of years ago, the moon would have been so close that the tides would have been much higher, eroding away the continents.

· Niagara Falls is eroding four to five feet per year, indicating an age of less than 10,000 years.

Besides the age of the earth issue, there is very strong geologic evidence to support a catastrophic event such as the Genesis Flood, a factor that is conveniently ignored in evolutionary thinking.

For example, the top 3,000 feet of Mount Everest is made up of sedimentary rock (which is formed in water) packed with seashells and other ocean-dwelling animals.

When you consider the powerful forces at work in a worldwide flood, it makes much more sense that places like the Grand Canyon were carved out in a matter of weeks, not millions of years.

To present evolution's fantasies as historical facts in displays and museums is a betrayal of truth.

So even if you have the time to visit the Great Lakes Aquarium, I'd recommend passing it by, at least until its management removes the errors and lies.

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