Let me tell you about Old Fourlegs, the fish. I know that sounds weird from the git-go. But I think you’ll get a kick out of it. Because it’s one of the rarest of fish tales. It’s true.
Just about all other fish tales pale in comparison.
OK, once upon a time (hey, I said it’s a tale) there was a big fish that lived in the ocean. Let’s call the fish, Sheila. Sheila was a coelacanth…pronounced SEE-la-kanth. And that just sounds cool, right? Sheila, the coelacanth.
Sheila had lungs, a large brain, and, best of all, she had four bottom fins that did an amazing thing. Those fins evolved into legs. Because Sheila, and her family, had been planning, for millions of years, to crawl out of the ocean and go see what was up there on dry land.
So, sure enough, she crawled out of the ocean, and up on to the beach. And poof! She became the first four-legged land animal. Sheila was only the first. Because lots of other fish had been curious what it was like on dry land, too. But they were too scared to go find out. But after seeing Sheila do it, lots more of them did it too.
And those fish started turning into amphibians, birds, dinosaurs, reptiles, and mammals. And a lot of those creatures eventually turned into people. Wow! All because Sheila the coelacanth had a dream.
Is that a cool story or what? And it’s all true. Or I couldn’t share it on the internet.
“But, what about Old Fourlegs?” you ask.
Yeah, eventually Sheila and her whole family became extinct. In fact, many scientists thought they had been extinct for 70,000,000 years. But one day, in 1938, a coelacanth was caught, by fishermen, in the Indian Ocean. Then lots more were caught and even sold. And that started some (thinking) people to thinking.
Hmm…how could those coelacanths die out without any fossils for 70,000,000 years?
You’re probably way ahead of me now, right? Yeah, believe it or not, there’s a lot of fiction in this fish tale. And back in 1956, a well-known fish expert from South Africa, J.L.B. Smith, studied coelacanths. He’s the one who came up with the nickname, Old Fourlegs, and wrote his book with that as the title.
The fish were dissected to study their design…oops…their evolutionary processes. And would you believe it? They didn’t have lungs and a large brain. And when some German scientists studied some living coelacanths, underwater, in 1987, the fish didn’t crawl around on their legs/fins.
So, all that leads me to dating.
No, not Friday night dinner and a movie dating. Radiometric dating. And how it’s misleading at best and completely false at worst. And radiometric dating starts out with assumptions. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you where that can lead. But what do you expect from people who assume there is no God.
When you believe our world has existed for millions…and even billions…of years, it’s no wonder you might make other flawed assumptions. Like how radioactive decay has been constant for all those years. And there’s a simple, little kindergarten word for that. Let’s see. Where did I put it? Oh here it is. Uniformitarianism.
And that’s flawed thinking. Because a lot of so-called radioactivity is really connected to a worldwide flood that happened only about 5000 years ago.
But who wants to quibble and argue and debate?
Far be it from me. Because I’d rather tell the tale of Sheila the coelacanth. Old Fourlegs.
Time is all you need to create
Evolution. There’s no debate.
And when fish turn into people, you’ll never need a steeple.
It’ll turn out fine. You just wait.
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