The Grand Canyon is one of the most magnificent natural formations on earth, and one look will leave every viewer in awe. The canyon is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, more than a mile deep and can be seen from space. But how did it get that way?
According to secular sources, the Colorado River was the major contributing factor, along with other forces, including erosion, starting 5-6 million years ago. But is this explanation accurate and complete?
The Grand Canyon Movie makes the case that the canyon is testimony to a cataclysmic past and the world-wide flood described in the Bible, and it provides scientific evidence for support. Eric Hovind, founder of the apologetics ministry Creation Today, is the host of the movie, and he interviews tourists from all over the world, asking them whether the secular or biblical model makes the most sense, and they wrestle with those answers. But ultimately the movie allows us as the viewer to answer that question ourselves, and what the implications mean if the Bible is correct.
Hovind presents three lines of evidence, which I’ll summarize. To begin with, the Colorado River enters the Grand Canyon at Lee’s Ferry, 3,000 feet above sea level. However, the top of the Kaibab Plateau is 7,000 feet above sea level. Secular geologists admit this is a problem because there’s no way for a river located 3,000 feet above sea level to go uphill and carve out a canyon 7,000 feet above sea level.
Second, there’s a whole layer of dirt missing. An entire mile of sedimentary layers has been removed from the Grand Canyon, all the way to the sea, and the existence of the Colorado River can’t explain it away.
Finally, if the Colorado River carved out the Grand Canyon, then it should have formed a delta near the end, depositing the sediment there. However, something powerful washed the delta away, and the Colorado River can’t adequately explain this.
On the other hand, a world-wide flood does provide a better explanation. Floodwaters running off the continent would have been powerful enough to cause all the geological features we observe in the Grand Canyon today and can explain the missing sedimentary layers and delta.
Check out the movie for yourself and enjoy the amazing beauty of the Grand Canyon!