Earthquakes Are Caused by Sin

This is about a long article at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. The title is Why Do Some US Earthquakes Occur in Unexpected Places?

It was written by Andrew Snelling, described as “Geologist, Speaker, Author, Researcher, Editor-in-chief of Answers Research Journal.” They say he’s AIG’s director of research. Very impressive! AIG’s biography page on him on him says his PhD is in Geology from the University of Sydney, in Australia. We’ll give you some excerpts from his article, with bold font added by us for emphasis.

Snelling begins by describing some earthquakes that occurred in unexpected places, like Virginia, Arkansas, and Missouri, after which he asks:

Why would the Southeastern USA experience such a devastating earthquake, a region that sits snugly in the middle of a tectonic plate? The ground shaking usually happens in areas that rest on the edges of tectonic plates, such as in California.

Then he devotes several paragraphs to the explanations given by researchers, and says:

The research team created computer models indicating that former plate boundaries may stay hidden deep beneath the earth’s surface. They claim that these supposedly multi-million-year-old structures, situated at sites away from existing plate boundaries, may trigger changes in the structure and properties at the earth’s surface in the interior regions of continents.

But that’s all nonsense to Snelling. He gives us the answer from creation science:

If this super-computer modeling by the University of Toronto’s research team is technically robust and represents reality, then what they are actually advocating are the lingering after-effects of the biblical global Flood cataclysm that occurred only about 4,300 years ago. Of course, they do not recognize that. Nonetheless, the past geological events that have left their scars, which now affect continuing plate motions and thus generate earthquakes, occurred during the biblical global Flood cataclysm.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It gets even better:

[I]n the biblical framework of earth history it is likely that a supercontinent was formed by God on Day Three of the Creation Week about 6,000 years ago. We are told in Genesis 1:9–10 that God commanded the waters that globally covered the earth on Days One and Two to be gathered into one place in order to let the dry land appear. And it was so. Thus if the waters were in one place which God called seas, then the dry land was also likely in one place, that is, a supercontinent.

Are you following this? The Earth had only one continent until the Flood. Snelling continues:

Then that supercontinent and the pre-Flood ocean floor are believed to have broken apart into tectonic crustal plates at the start of the global Flood cataclysm about 4,300 years ago, when the “fountains of the great deep” were all broken up [scripture reference]. This set those plates into rapid motion (brisk walking pace) across the earth’s surface. … As the Flood ended, the plate motions decelerated rapidly.

Fascinating! Let’s read on:

So the slow motions (rate of fingernail growth) between the plates we still detect today are the residual effects of the global Flood cataclysm. Any strain that builds up within the plates will result in fault movements within these deep scars which generate devastating earthquakes [like the ones described above].

Snelling’s final paragraph is titled The Lesson? This is the lesson you’re supposed to learn:

We are still suffering from the after-effects of God’s global cataclysmic Flood judgment on a wicked mankind and an earth filled with violence. Thus when devastating earthquakes occur today, they are meant to remind us of the consequences of man’s sinful rebellion against our Holy Creator God. This should drive us to cry out to Him in repentance, seeking His grace to save us, just as God saved Noah and his Ark animal cargo when the earth was engulfed in the catastrophic upheaval of the Flood.

Now you know what causes earthquakes. It’s Adam & Eve’s fault — and yours too, wicked Darwinist that you are. Repent!

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26 responses to “Earthquakes Are Caused by Sin

  1. You just gotta love that old time religion with their silly, capricious vengeful god. On second thought you just better off ignoring these Bronze Age clowns.

  2. Does he anywhere acknowledge that the “brisk walking pace” of trillions of tons of rock would nevertheless produce enough heat to revaporize the water?

  3. Derek Freyberg

    Has the man never heard of the New Madrid Earthquake?
    From that oh-so-exotic terribly-hard-to-locate source of information Wikipedia:
    “The 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes were an intense intraplate earthquake series beginning with an initial earthquake of moment magnitude 7.5‑7.9 on December 16, 1811 followed by a moment magnitude 7.4 aftershock on the same day. They remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the contiguous United States east of the Rocky Mountains in recorded history.[1][2][3] They, as well as the seismic zone of their occurrence, were named for the Mississippi River town of New Madrid, then part of the Louisiana Territory, now within Missouri.
    There are estimates that these stable continental region earthquakes were felt strongly over roughly 130,000 square kilometers (50,000 sq mi), and moderately across nearly 3 million square kilometers (1 million square miles). The 1906 San Francisco earthquake, by comparison, was felt moderately over roughly 16,000 km2 (6,200 sq mi).”
    It’s hardly surprising (or Biblical, for that matter) that there have been more recent quakes on that fault, in the past couple of years.
    The only reason it’s an unexpected place to AiG is that they don’t read.

  4. Truly pathetic. If he did get a PhD, then he’s emptied his brain, thrown away everything related to geology and denied any rational thinking.

  5. I hope he has given his PhD back.

    Earthquakes in the interior of plates are well understood. GB has hundreds of these deep quakes every year. Go to the BGS (British Geological Survey) site for details of how and why they occur.

  6. So God is still punishing people 4,300 years later for the unspecified sins of their very distant ancestors. Not much of a role model, is this god.

    The AiG’s god makes Hitler and Stalin look like amateurs.

  7. michaelfugate

    Last time I looked all the oceans were connected just as they were 250Mybp when Pangaea started to break apart.

  8. michaelfugate

    Thus when devastating earthquakes occur today, they are meant to remind us of the consequences of man’s sinful rebellion against our Holy Creator God.

    but what about rainbows?

  9. Verily. The Fukushima Nippon Sin Club deserved that earthquake and tsunami…. HEY? ! Theres a new theory about the flood! It was a gigantic tsunami created when the sin laden Central Arabian Plate buckled under the wrenching of the Africa plate. Aha!

  10. michaelfugate

    So if we come up with a means of quantifying sin, we can predict earthquakes?

  11. “We are told in Genesis 1:9–10 that God commanded the waters that globally covered the earth on Days One and Two to be gathered into one place in order to let the dry land appear. And it was so.”

    This makes absolutely no sense at all. The waters were everywhere, they still are, yet according to this they were gathered in one place? Where? God commanded the waters? Were the waters a living, sentient thing? And why didn’t God just make the land when created the waters?

    Come on Snelling, admit it. Either you’re an idiot, or your god is.

  12. Charles Deetz ;)

    These guys make up more shinola than the incoming president. Nuttier than these guys.

  13. Just like all of Hamster’s minions, Snelling is lying. He knows full well that the reality of old buried plate boundaries is not based on computer modeling – it’s based on surface & subsurface geologic determinations by real scientists over many years.

  14. Richard Bond

    Here is an revealing article, by a professional palaeontologist, that suggests that Snelling might be somewhat schizophrenic:
    http://www.noanswersingenesis.org.au/realsnelling.htm

  15. I just read the link provided by Richard Bond and all I can say is WOW! Bond says he “might be somewhat schizophrenic”. That’s a major understatement! To write in the two styles that Snelling uses I can only conclude that he is either insane or a major fraud – I don’t know which option to choose.

  16. But wait, aren’t Virginia, Arkansas and Missouri among the states with the highest proportion of folks who presumably pray to the xian sky fairy daily, if not more often? So is the official AIG opinion that he/she/it doesn’t pay much attention to who’s praying? I’m glad I haven’t wasted my time praying for the past 70 years!

  17. A great way to respond to this latest idiocy from dunderhead Hambo.
    The “John Muir Documentary”; produced by Neil Oliver,BBC Broadcasts. 58 minutes long, it launches counterpoint after counterpoint echoing many of our Curmudgeon’s themes. Better still its narrated by a very intelligent Scot and its about a Scot who followed in the footsteps of The Enlightenment.
    It’s well worth the hour of your time. Even better,Oliver reveals how Muir put away the grim fundamentalism of his youth and replaced it with logic and science and beauty and a perspective on how we fit into our world.
    Thanks for allowing me to share SC.

  18. Andrew Snelling, Editor-in-chief of Answers Research Journal:
    “Why would the Southeastern USA experience such a devastating earthquake, a region that sits snugly in the middle of a tectonic plate?

    … when devastating earthquakes occur today, they are meant to remind us of the consequences of man’s sinful rebellion … “

    Well, that’s it, then! Southeastern USA earthquakes are caused by the Civil War! Who knew??

  19. The South will quake again!

    Yee-haw!!!

  20. @michaelfugate: “but what about rainbows?”
    Rainbows aren’t to remind us of anything, they are to remind God not to flood us again, but to come up with a new cruelty next time he wants to destroy nearly everybody.

  21. jimroberts:
    “Rainbows aren’t to remind us of anything, they are to remind God not to flood us again, but to come up with a new cruelty next time he wants to destroy nearly everybody.

    Like, maybe the one he used 65 million years ago to rid the earth of those sinful dinosaurs?

  22. When I was a young man, here in the South, my date and I spent a lot of time at the Drive-In Theater in the back seat (you know what I mean…). I truly believe we cause several earthquake ourselves.

  23. Snelling apparently sees God as the Supreme Micromanager, driven to tamper with the workings of His creation all the time at every level in order that every event carry a moral message. That’s no way to run a universe!

  24. Micromanagement might be the way that the universe is run, but it is not evidence of intelligent design. I want to emphase that “evidence”. A creationist might say that we poor finite humans aren’t qualified to say that micromanagement is not the intelligent way to run the universe – but then we are. not qualified to say that micromanagement is evidence of intelligent design.

  25. Rikki_Tikki_Taalik

    och will mentioned the documentary that BBC Scotland did on John Muir so I looked around for an online source. Unfortunately it’s not on Vimeo or DailyMotion which is where one can usually find a decent resolution. All I could find is a 360p copy on YouTube.

  26. Thank you, Richard Bond, for revealing the true nature of Dr. Andrew A. Snelling/Rev. Andrew A. Snelling. It’s impossible for us to know which Andrew A. Snelling believes the other is lying. Such a mental dichotomy must be truly wrenching. The man is worthy of our pity — as well as our condemnation.