The Bible says that the earth is about 6,000 years old, yet scientists are convinced that they have dated rock samples and fossils up to 3.8 or so billion years old. How could this be? Clearly there is something wrong with the experimental method they are using, or the theoretical paradigm of which it is part.
In this case the culprit is easy to spot. The only way to derive radioisotope dates older than the earth is by assuming something called the Decay Constant. Ernest Rutherford insightfully realized that, if the then new Theory of Evolution was going to stand a chance of success, it would need a sound experimental foundation. Unfortunately the Theory of Evolution as it was conceived is just wishful thinking, and so a contrived foundation was the best that he could come up with.
The Decay Constant is the rate of decay of a radioactive element, and it is used to calculate the element’s half-life.
The assumption is that radioisotopes decay at a constant rate and they always have. Clearly this is wrong because the experimental data it generates is off by millions or billions of years.
It is much more consistent with Biblical testimony if radioisotopes have decayed exponentially since the moment that God cursed the earth. God did this when he drove Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden. At this time God withdrew his presence from the creation and that was enough to cause the instability in the larger atomic nuclei to cause them to begin to decay. Decay was very fast at first. The first fall occurred and no doubt Adam and Eve were terrified to see the leaves fall of the trees and all life around them appear to die.
The decay was like a cooling curve. Objects, like a nice cup of really hot tea, cool down faster the hotter they are. As they cool down the rate of cooling slows down. Eventually, when the cup of tea is very close to the temperature of the surrounding air, the rate of cooling is so small it is hard to measure. Here is an example of a typical cooling curve.
If we measure the temperature of the apple after day 4 the temperature seems pretty constant because the apple has reached the ambient temperature. That’s what has happened to radioactivity. Radiation was only discovered 120 years ago, and so we only have a short period of recent time from which to draw any data. It is impossible to prove that the decay rate has always been the same as it is now, but that is a necessary faith choice that has to be made in order to support the dominant paradigm of modern science.
Frequently when I tell scientists that the rate of decay was very rapid at first but has slowed down, they argue that this is impossible. If it were the case, they say, then the extremely high rate of radioactive decay would have melted the earth. This is ironic, because that is exactly what did happen. The earth did melt, but since the majority of the heavy metal elements were located at or near the core of the earth, it was the core that melted. This is stated in the Bible so we know that it is the truth:
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. (Deuteronomy 32:22)
Hell began the day that the Lord cursed the Earth and withdrew his presence. It was the perfect place to imprison the rebellious angels who had been cast down from heaven.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment. (2 Peter 2:4)
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (Jude 1:6)
Tragically, now that death had entered the world, and all of us have to die, hell also became the destination for all who reject the free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Indeed, it was for this purpose that God took on human form and walked among us, to give us the means of escape of this truly terrible place.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
The fact that unrepentant sinners go to hell is not because God is being mean. That’s another thing I hear a lot. The indignant cry: “I’m not going to believe in a god who would torture people who don’t love him!” and other such. Hell is the default outcome. The entire world is going to be destroyed. We are witnessing it. God has offered us a ticket off this doomed rock to be with him for eternity in a new heaven. All we have to do is believe in Jesus Christ. It’s so simple.
The Word of God is the foundation for any case against the dominant paradigm of godless existence, but it is worthwhile to consider something very practical:
If, as evolutionists believe, the earth is 4.6 billion years old, and we have radiometric data for just the last 120 years, this is not a statistically significant sample size to conclude that the decay constant is constant. For that matter, given that the earth is about 6,000 years old, 120 years of radiometric data is still statistically insignificant.