Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Pennsylvania State University Dr John Cimbala stands firm on his case for the Biblical account of a global Flood
Dr John Cimbala disregarded the Bible for its Creation account until scientific research in his major area of study into fluid mechanics presented a strong case against all he had learnt about evolution.
"I could not believe the first page of the Bible, and so I could not believe the rest of it either. I saw a clear choice between creation and evolution," John told Creation.com about his initial response to the contradicting worldviews.
"Back then and to this day I believed that the Bible is a package deal - it is either God's true Word or it is hogwash."
John had grown up in a Christian family but says school science classes and his college studies began to influence his personal beliefs.
"I eventually rejected the entire Bible and believed that we descended from lower creatures; there was no afterlife and no purpose in life but to enjoy the short time we have on this earth. My college years at Penn State were spent as an atheist, or at best as an agnostic," he shares.
John studied a B.S in Aerospace engineering from Penn State and an M.S and Ph.D. in Aeronautics from the California Institute for Technology (Caltech) where he became particularly interested in fluid mechanics.
Then during the 1970s and 1980s he became interested in the work of the Institute for Creation Research and says for the first time in his life he was exposed to credible scientific evidence for creation and against evolution.
"I was particularly interested in the hydrology associated with the worldwide Flood and how it could explain the geological strata, fossils, and so on," he shares.
"Over a period of a couple of years, it became apparent to me that the theory of evolution has no legitimate factual evidence, and that scientific data from the fossil record, geology, etc. could be better explained by a recent creation, followed by a global Flood.
"After much reading and studying, and listening to talks on these issues, I finally came to the point of believing in the Creator God."
As John came to the realisation that the first page of the Bible was in fact true he says it was not long before he could believe the rest of it.
"Once I accepted the fact that there is a Creator God, it was an easy step for me to accept His plan of salvation through Jesus Christ as well. I became a follower of Christ during my first year of graduate school at Cal Tech," he says.
Since then he has devoted much of his time to studying the evidence for creation and a global Flood.
"The more I study, the more convinced I become that there is a loving God, who created this universe and all living things. God revealed some details about His creation in the Book of Genesis, which I now believe literally—six days, a young earth and a global Flood."
While John has researched and documented many aspects of science that support intelligent design over the theory of evolution, he believes the key to understanding the creation vs. evolution controversy is the great global Flood of Noah's time.
"If the Bible is true and there really was a global flood, the fluid mechanics associated with the tremendous volume and flow of water over the whole earth offers a much more believable explanation for the fossil record and most of the geological features found on earth," he explains.
He points to the Grand Canyon as an example saying: "The colourful strata are perfectly horizontal for hundreds of miles. A one-time catastrophic worldwide flood provides a much more plausible explanation for this than do millions of years of being laid down slowly by local flooding. For instance, how could the strata remain so flat for millions of years without any significant erosion?
"Now that I understand the physics of how water flows and how sediment is transported and deposited, the rocks cry out that there was a worldwide flood!"
John has taught as a university professor for over three decades and is a well-known author and co-author of several textbooks used in universities all over the world.?
Read more from Dr John Cimbala at Creation.com or contact him via the Penn State University website for more information.