A new report is claiming to have discovered the oldest evidence of an oral infection. Robert Reisz and colleagues from the University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada have reported finding an abscessed tooth in a 275 million year old reptile fossil. Using X-rays to examine the fossil jawbone and teeth of Labidosaurus hamatus, Reisz found evidence of a bacterial infection that caused an abscess and tooth loss in the jawbone.
In the past, I’ve seen reports of cancers, gout and arthritis in dinosaur fossils. Several years ago I had the privilege of getting a close up viewing of the famous T. rex fossil known as Sue. I observed a couple of her ribs that had been broken and healed before her death. There are numerous reports of other fossils that showed signs of diseases, fractures and even tooth marks from other animals.
Now try to put yourself in Adam and Eve’s place in the Garden of Eden right after God made them in His own image. And imagine that the world around them was full of death (animals killing and eating other animals), diseases and suffering. At this point in time they were aware that God pronounced all of Creation as being VERY good. Knowing that everything you see around you, including death and disease, is very good, how would you react when God tells you the day you eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you will surely die? If death was very good, wouldn’t you be inclined to run right over to the tree and sink your teeth into the tempting fruit?
While this scenario may sound foolish to some, realize that this would be the case for old earth creationists (OEC) who believe in hundreds of millions of years before the creation of Adam and Eve. They accept the evolutionary history of eons of death, disease and suffering before God created man.
Since OEC’s accept evolutionary dates for fossils, they are also forced to accept and acknowledge that all of these diseases and sufferings along with death would have been included in God’s pronouncement that all of Creation was very good. When they do accept and acknowledge that death, disease and suffering existed prior to man and sin, OEC are faced with a series of questions that are difficult to answer:
- Why did God demand a blood sacrifice for the remission of sin?
- Why was an innocent life shed for the sake of the guilty?
- Why did God use a warning of death as the punishment for disobedience?
- If death was good, why did Jesus have to die on the Cross for our sins?
- What does the Apostle Paul mean when he writes: For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Cor. 15:25-26)?
As you can see, an old earth view of any kind is contrary to biblical teachings. They are forced to accept death as part of a perfect world and yet Paul refers to it as the last enemy. To claim belief in the Bible and an old earth creates huge theological problems and leaves one with a significantly compromised view of Scripture and salvation. They are placing their eternal trust in a paradox they cannot reconcile.
As for me, I accept God at His Word and believe that He told us in plain language what He did, when He did it and how He did it. There is no need to try to compromise His Word to make it fit into some manmade idea of how we think it may have happened. I stand firmly on the rock solid foundation of the Bible instead of the constantly shifting sands of man’s every changing philosophies.
Fossil From 275 Million Years Ago Shows Oldest Abscess, BBC News, April 19, 2011.
This presentation was given live to some 2000 people, many of them students, at South Africas renowned university town of Stellenbosch. Afterwards, 30 university students came forward to publically profess faith in Christ. Its clear that in this age of science and technology, we need to deal with the evolution issue head-on, from an unashamedly biblical standpoint. (Illustrated presentation, including English subtitles)
Featuring: Dr Carl Wieland
Length: 57 min