CARBON DATING THE EARTH:
Job 38:4-7; Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 45:12; Psalm 74:17
7-25-20, * -- People often wonder how billions of years could be squeezed into the biblical account of history. Clearly, such huge time periods cannot be fitted into the Bible without compromising what the Bible says about God's creations, His goodness, the origin of sin, death and suffering—the reason the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world; to save sinners.
The earth is only a few thousand years old as plainly revealed in God’s Holy Word 'THE BIBLE.' We find plenty of evidence for its youth in the earth’s geology, biology, paleontology, astronomy and human history as recorded.
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The flood as recorded in the Bible’s first book of Genesis 5:1- 8:13 buried a huge amount of carbon, which became coal, oil, etc. Creationist researchers have suggested that dates should be re-calibrated to the biblical date of the flood. Such a re-calibration makes sense of anomalous data from carbon dating—for example, very discordant ‘dates’ for different parts of a frozen musk ox carcass from Alaska and an inordinately slow rate of accumulation of ground sloth dung pellets in the older layers of a cave where the layers were carbon dated.
Since the flood was accompanied by much volcanism, fossils formed in the early post-flood period would give radiocarbon ages older than they really are.
Are we suggesting that evolutionists are conspiring to massage the data to get what they want? No, not generally. It's simply that all observations must fit the prevailing paradigm. The paradigm, or belief system, of molecules-to-man evolution over eons of time, is so strongly entrenched it's not questioned and accepted as ‘fact.’ So every observation must fit this paradigm. Unconsciously, the researchers, who are supposedly ‘objective scientists’ in the eyes of the public, select the observations to fit the basic belief system.
We must remember that the past is not open to the normal processes of experimental science, that is, repeatable experiments in the present. Scientists do not measure the age of rocks, they measure isotope concentrations and these can be measured extremely accurately. However, the ‘age’ is calculated using assumptions about the past that cannot be proven. [..snip]
The Bible doesn't say the Earth is only 6,000 years old; apparently this number comes from 1658 AD by some calculations Anglican Bishop James Ussher made using the Bible and other ancient Near East manuscripts and sources concluding that October 23, 4004 BC as the day the Creation took place. Creationists cannot prove the age of the earth using a particular scientific method, any more than evolutionists can. This is true of both creationist and evolutionist scientific arguments — evolutionists have had to abandon many ‘proofs’ for evolution just as creationists have had to modify their arguments.
The atheistic evolutionist W.B. Provine admitted: ‘Most of what I learned of the field [evolutionary biology] in graduate (1964-68) school is either wrong or significantly changed.’
Creationists ultimately date the earth historically using the chronology and historical data of the Bible. This is because they believe that this is an accurate eyewitness account of world history, that bears the evidence within it that it is the Word of God, and therefore totally reliable and error-free.[..]
We don't have all the answers, but we do have the sure testimony of the Word of God to the true history of the world causing many to believe the earth is under 10,000 years old ... not billions.
*Excerpted and adapted full original report from By Ken Ham, Jonathan Sarfati, and Carl Wieland, Ed. Don Batten here
Genesis 1:9; Isaiah 4:22
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Proverbs 31:10, 28; Matthew 13:46
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