How Long Does it Take to Make a Fossil?
How long does it take to make a fossil? Walk through just about any museum and you will find fossils with explanations saying that they are "millions of years old." Many people find this claim plausible since the fossils are often from creatures very different from those we see today. And for many people, this is convincing evidence that the story of the evolution of life over millions of years is true. These fossils convince many that young earth creationism is wrong.
This line of evolutionary thinking would be shown to be completely invalid if it could be demonstrated that fossils don't need millions of years to form. While most fossils don't come with labels that allow you to work out their age, a recent "fossil" find off the coast of Victoria, Australia, does. It is a ship's bell, firmly encased in solid rock. In former times, ships' bells carried the name of the ship on which they served. Found in about three feet of water, this "fossil" identifies itself as being from the sailing ship Isabella Watson, which sank off that coast in 1852. That means that this "fossil", and the rock in which it is encased, is less than 150 years old!
This is but one of several examples of young "fossils". Each of these young "fossils" demonstrate that it does not take millions of years for fossils to form. Every fossil ever found fits easily within the time line provided by young earth creationism. This also means that the Rock we should be studying is Jesus Christ, the Rock of our salvation.