If you have a watch that runs too fast or too slow, how do you know? One of the best ways is to compare it to some standard time like your phone’s time…a time that has been calibrated correctly.
But if you happen to be on a Caribbean cruise or a camping trip or in the Amazon jungle where you do not have access to a correctly calibrated time piece, how can you determine if your watch is displaying the correct time?
I would contend that this second situation is what happens with measuring time from the deep past. Now the Bible as a historical document contends that the Earth is about 6000 years old, but we have been told that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, but the time measuring tools used to calculate this 4.5 billion years has never been calibrated with actual time passage on the scales about which they are claimed to provide accurate accounts. These tools are assumptions and extrapolations mixed with measurable calculations that sound like science.
One of the tools used is radiometric dating, and while there are numerous types of radiometric dating, they all have the same faulty assumptions:
- The original amount of radioactive element is not known
- The rate of decay is assumed never to have changed.
- The original amount of stable/daughter element is assumed to have started at zero
Another tool that has been used to “prove” that the earth is older than the Bible claims is Ice Cores from Greenland and the Antarctic. The cores have distinct layers in them, and it is assumed that each of these layers are annual layers. But these layers are clearly not annual layers since airplanes buried in 1942 were retried in 1990 after being buried under hundreds of layers over 250 feet of ice. The calibration for millions of years of ice cores is wrong.
To get the billions of years that scientists need to discredit the Bible as a historical document, they have to assume that the years took place in the calculations. But the calibration is faulty. It’s a conundrum for them.