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Creation 42(2):56, April 2020

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Candles turned to stone



Petrification is a natural process whereby organic material is gradually changed into stone. In the minds of most people today, the process speaks of eons of ‘prehistoric’ time—yet there are many examples where petrification has been proven to occur much more quickly.

Miner’s candles

Man-made objects can petrify too, and in the Minnesota Museum of Mining1 there is a small bundle of miner’s candles on display that are completely turned into stone. They were found in an underground mine when the old mine drifts and shafts were later enlarged into an open pit mine. The miners of years ago used candlelight to see in the dark, and the candles were left behind when the mine shut down around the time of the Second World War. Mineralized water infused the wax candles in the flooded mine, resulting in rock gradually replacing the wax. All it took was the right chemical conditions and a few decades at most to transform the candles into hard rock.

Petrification is a quick process

The same sort of process occurred with many of the ancient animal and plant fossils we find preserved in rocks. During Noah’s Flood countless animals and plants were deeply buried, and were then infused with mineralized underground water.

It’s important to bear in mind whenever looking at petrified fossils that none of them resulted from a process that needed eons of time. Indeed, eons of time would result in destruction or scavenging of the dead things, so they must have been fossilized quickly. With the right chemical conditions (and the Flood would have provided vast amounts of mineral solutions from all that ground-up rock and water) a few decades at most is all that is needed to achieve a complete transformation from soft organic tissue to hard rock.

The sediments in which the fossils are found also didn’t need eons of time to become hard rock. For example, concrete is a simple example of how the right mix of pulverized rock hardens quickly, and experiments show that certain bacteria can cement sand into hard rock.2 All of this makes sense in the light of the true, biblical age of the earth of around 6,000 years.

References and notes

  1. Minnesota Museum of Mining, Chisholm, Minnesota, USA. See mnmuseumofmining.org.Return to text.
  2. Catchpoole, D., Speedy stone, Creation 32(3):33, 2010; creation.com/speedy-stone. Return to text.

Readers’ comments

Thomas D.
What a terrible scourge is unbelief, that it preempts every interest in the truth--so that even the simplest lessons and intuited precepts (by which God gently guides straight thinking and our ability to attest actual evidence) are prevented by an hostile attitude of denial...

Praise God for the Mind of Christ, His compliant Spirit and the gift of faith that settles for us His authority and goodness! "If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is there to condemn us? For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God—and He is interceding for us."
Claudius P.
Fantastic! first time I heard of this. This is the type of factual info that should become viral on social media. Just as the evolutionists make a huge issue about any "discovery" supporting evolution. Using social media is cheap and effective.
Tas Walker
Great point, Claudius. Let's all take your lead!
Michael B.
Great article!! Except you did not indicate in which "layer" the artifacts were found. As we know, all "dating" starts with identifying the appropriate geological strati graphic layer, and from there we establish the proper tools to measure the MOY age. And my goodness, I never knew that dinosaurs were actually coal miners!!

Keep up the good work!
Colin A.
In some of the Jenolan Caves there are other man-made objects petrified by the limestone dripping onto them. One of them is a hat put there by one of the guides some time in the 1800's.
Tas Walker
This article The earth how old does it look has examples of interest, including a petrified hat.
Dan L.
Keep up the good work! These truths must be brought out to counter the mountains of lies!
Gina T.
Wow! Very interesting indeed. It never ceases to amaze me how at school (a few decades ago now!) I was taught the idea that long ages applied to anything petrified or fossilized. I think this education has become a real strong hold for many people. Praise God who is mighty for pulling down strongholds, and who, through observable science today, casts down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against God. 2 Cor 10:4-5

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