How old is the earth – is the bible right?
By: William J Jackson – https://www.facebook.com/CenterforTanakhBasedStudies
The age of the earth has been in contention for some time. There are two camps;
a. Old Earth about 4.5 billion years
b. Young Earth about 6,000 years
HOW DO WE TELL?
Image coming into a room and finding a candle burning, it is about three inches long and has been burning for a while. Somebody asks you to find out when it was lit. So you evaluate the candle and determine that it burns at one inch every 3 hour. The problem is you don’t know the original size of the candle. The bias in this candle debate is based on who lit the candle. For Believers we say it is God, (Young Earth) for Non-Believers they say it was lit much earlier by an unknown source (Old Earth). Someone must look at evidence objectively, such as how much melted wax is present and has the environment within the room been consistent. Short of evidence, theories really become opinions, therefor; we must unbiasedly survey the raw data.
Carbon 14 testing is very accurate. So how does it work? Basically carbon 14 is expended from objects at a measured rate. The amount of carbon 14 level left in an item allows us to determine the items approximate age. When all the carbon 14 is omitted, it is “carbon 14 dead.” Anything older than 100,000 years would be carbon 14 dead. In 1992 Doctor John Baumgardner, and his colleagues secured 10 coal samples from the U.S. Government. The samples were throughout the United States. The team then had all ten batches of coal tested. Because the coal was under the ground since the beginning of time (4.5 billion years ago by the Old Earth standards) it should have come up carbon 14 dead (DeYoung, p. 49). Surprising there was still carbon 14 present. Thus all ten samples would be considered less than 100,000 years. This would imply the earth is less than 100,000 years. But this testing doesn’t stop at coal. Diamonds, which are considered 100,000,000 (+) years old, also were tested. Like the coal, they were not carbon 14 dead; thus they were younger than 100,000 years old. Because of these most recent tests, carbon 14 testing is being challenged by the science community; it challenges their “Old Earth” theory.
TO BE CONTINUED…
Joshua 24:27 And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord that he spoke to us. Therefore it shall be a witness against you, lest you deal falsely with your God.”