Do you know what a Stromatolite is? I didn’t until I read chapter 19 in Bill Bryson’s book “A Short History of Nearly Everything” – which I highly recommend by the way.
Well a Stromatolite is one of the first comlex living organism’s that arrived on the scene called earth about 3.5 billion years ago; which is quite young considering the earth is only 4.5 billion years old. The fascinating thing is that in Shark Bay Australia, they still exist! I’ve never been there, but Bill Bryson says, “…it is a curiously giddying moment to find yourself staring at living remnants of earth as it is was 3.5 billion years ago (p299).”
Knowing what it is, I’m in fact a bit awed by the picture, as unimpressive as it is.
Now if you believe in evolution, you’re looking at mom and dad times a large number of generations.
If you believe in old earth creation, you’re looking at a living species that God put his handiwork to a long time ago; although you may not believe you are related to them.
If you are a young earth creationists, well, no offense, but it kind of takes the awe and wonder away a bit.
I’m still looking for a young earth evolutionist. That’d be a hoot. If you are one please speak up!