Claim: If all the animals were created, then why have 99% of the created creatures gone extinct in the fossil record. This goes against the idea of a creator – wouldn’t a creator God have wanted to preserve his creations?
Recently, I heard these critiques about the Young Earth Creation model. And I think it again points to a misunderstanding of the Young Earth Creation perspective. God created all of the animals. God’s created animals have had the ability (genetics) to vary – so many species have gone extinct, but species is a tricky term (even for the evolutionist) and many of God’s created “kinds” still exist.
Also because of Adam and Eve’s sin, the Earth is cursed now and there is no promise that all animals would survive. We do even see that God did try to preserve his creations during the global flood – but unfortunately, as we see from examples like the dodo among other things, some creatures have gone extinct. This is often due to the foolishness and sinfulness of man, but also the curse on the Earth. Ultimately, the world we live in and its history is marred by sin and is not the perfection that God created and desires.