by Greg Gwin

The Bible clearly teaches that we live in a relatively "young" earth. Based upon what is taught in the Bible, the earth can not possibly be more than 6,000 to 8,000 years old.  It is absolutely impossible to harmonize what the Bible teaches concerning the age of the earth with the claims of some evolutionists.  They would have us to believe that the earth is billions of years old.

In defense of the "old earth" model, some would offer the "proof' of various "scientific" dating methods.  Some of the better known dating methods are Uranium/Lead; Potassium/Argon; and Carbon 14.  Each of these methods attempts to establish the age of things by measuring the levels of radioactive isotopes present in the substance and comparing this to assumed original levels.  These tests often yield apparent ages in the range of millions of years.  Can these "clocks" be trusted?

In order to have a reliable "clock" some things are necessary, such as:

As an example, compare these necessary things to the Uranium/Lead "clock."  Uranium (U-238) is constantly converted to Lead (Pb-206).  By measuring the relative amounts of Uranium and Lead in a sample, scientists claim the ability to "date" a given sample.  But:

Knowledgeable scientists admit that possibility that such rates may have varied over time making it impossible to know that the "clock" rate was always constant.

The various methods of radioactive dating simply cannot be trusted to be reliable over the time periods they presume to test.

Greg Gwin, Columbia, TN  ggwin@edge.net

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