Does oil really take millions of years to form from buried dead matter? Many people believe that because that’s what they have been taught. On the other hand, creationists believe that oil was either created by God at the formation of the Earth, or that it was formed after the burial of living things during the Genesis Flood only a few thousand years ago.
But is the idea that oil can be formed so quickly really believable? A commercial process for doing just this has been in use for over 25 years in Halifax on the east coast of Canada. The commercial processing plant was built at a cost of $196 million, and it converts half a million tons of sewage into 700,000 barrels of oil per year. The process is essentially the same as that which formed current oil reserves but takes only 30 minutes! This helps demonstrate that living things buried beneath the rapidly deposited sediments of the Flood 4,500 years ago, and subjected to heat, could easily have produced today’s oil deposits.
The Apostle Peter wrote about the End Times when he pointed out that people would deny that there was ever a worldwide Flood. The truth is that they do not want to believe that God judges sin, but we know that through His Son, Jesus, we can be saved from the consequences of our sin.