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Creation 34(2):55, April 2012

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Signs point people the wrong way

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Glass house mountain

Almost everywhere you travel today, you will find tourist signs to tell you about what you are looking at. I saw a sign recently at a panoramic lookout over the Glass House Mountains, north of Brisbane. Those who made the sign as well as those who read it probably would not realise that the sign presents a biased view that profoundly affects people’s understanding of the world.

Consider this extract:

“The Glass House Mountains were once lava plugs within volcanic cones. The volcanic cones and surrounding Landsborough sandstone were eroded by wind and water over 25 million years to reveal the lava plugs which you can see today.”

Let’s separate fact from speculation. The mountains that tourists admire from the lookout are fact. Their shape and the rocks they are made of make it plain they were once volcanoes. That they were eroded by wind and water over 25 million years was never observed. It is a philosophy or a belief that what we see happening now is what happened in the past. But it ignores recorded history. The true history of the Bible describes a global Flood in Noah’s day, so the sign should read:

“The Glass House Mountains were once lava plugs within volcanic cones. These erupted about half-way through Noah’s Flood about 4,500 years ago. The volcanic cones and surrounding Landsborough sandstone were eroded by the floodwaters as they receded into the ocean, revealing the lava plugs which you can see today. Relatively little erosion has happened since then.”

Here we have made a few small changes to the wording on the sign, but what a big change it would make to the way people look at the landscape.1

References and notes

  1. See also Walker, T., Looking into the Glass House Mountains, Australia, Creation 31(4):54–55, September 2009; creation.com/glasshouse. Return to text.