Separating Fact From Fiction

How Old Is Planet Earth?

How old is Planet Earth? This is an important question. In 1862, Thompson said the earth was 20 million years old. In 1897, he doubled it to 40 million. Two years later, J. Joly said it was 90 million.  A Holmes in 1947, decided it was 3.35 billion; and, in 1956, raised it to 4.5 billion. Just now, it stands at 5 billion.

     For the evolutionist this is an important issue. To him 10,000 years is but a drop in a bucket. Nothing of evolutionary significance could happen in so short a time. So if the earth is thousands of years old rather than billions then the evolutionary process could not have taken place.

     But what do scientific facts tell us? They declare that our planet is only a few thousand years old. Here are scientific facts to prove it.

 1. Comets: Comets circle the sun and are assumed to be as old as our solar system. Since they are continually disintegrating, and a number are known to have broken up, evidently all of them self-destruct within a relatively short time period. It is estimated they cannot be over 10,000 years old

 2. Salt: Each year, the world’s rivers and underground streams add millions of tonnes of salt to the sea, and only a fraction of this goes back onto the land. Using the most favourable possible assumptions for long-agers, the absolute maximum age of the oceans is only a tiny fraction of their assumed billions-of-years age.

 3. Helium: All naturally-occurring families of radioactive elements generate helium as they decay. If such decay took place for billions of years, as alleged by evolutionists, much helium should have found its way into the Earth’s atmosphere. The rate of loss of helium from the atmosphere into space is calculable and small. Taking that loss into account, the atmosphere today has only 0.05% of the amount of helium it would have accumulated in 5 billion years. This means the atmosphere is much younger than the alleged evolutionary age.

 

4. Dating: ALL dating methods (including ones that point to thousands, not billions of years) are based on assumptions—beliefs, no matter how reasonable-sounding, that you can’t prove, but must accept by faith. For example:

*   Assuming how much of a particular chemical was originally present;

* Assuming that there has been no leaching by water of the chemicals in or out of the rock;

* Assuming that radioactive decay rates have stayed the same for billions of years, and more.

                The old excuse, "science has disproved the Bible", is not valid. Rather pointing to a young earth it makes evolution a scientific impossibility. Man is not the result of an evolutionary process but he is the creation of a loving God. 

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