Age of the Earth

The Failure of Radio Isotope Dating

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Radio Dating Fails Calibration Tests

How old is the earth? Billions of years or just thousands of years?

Tools for measuring things must be calibrated against a known standard. When rocks from Mt. St. Helens were radio dated, the results where 350,000 to 2.8 million years for ten year old rocks. Rocks from the Kilauea volcanoe in Hawaii dated to be from 21 million to 43 million years old. It's obvious there is a problem. These types of tests are calibration tests, but they show radiometric dating cannot be calibrated and is not reliable.

Calibration involves comparing a measurement with a known standard. The way to do this for dating methods is to compare rocks of known ages with their radiometric dating results. This has been done and the radiometric dating systems failed the tests. In addition to doing tests with volcanic rocks of known ages, rocks from a lava flow at the Grand Canyon were dated using different radiometric dating methods. The results were measured ages ranging from one million years, to 916 million years, to 2.6 billion years old. This was a lava flow that runs over the north rim of the canyon, so it is known to have formed after the canyon formed. The National Park Services states that the canyon was carved in the last six million years. So how can a lava flow going over the top edge of the canyon, and flowing down into the canyon, be hundreds of millions of years older?

Here's how it works: the researchers get to decide how old it is and pick the radiometric dating method that gives the result they want. That's the way radiometric dating works. THAT'S NOT SCIENCE!!



More Information

Radio-Dating in Rubble (AIG Article)

Radioactive Dating of Rocks: Questions Answered (AIG Book Chapter)

Excess Argon": The 'Achilles' Heel" of Potassium-Argon and Argon-Argon "Dating" of Volcanic Rocks (ICR article)

THE GOOD NEWS

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What makes this good news is the bad news about you:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23

Sin means breaking the law. In this case God's law. This is bad news because perfection is required by God. Lawbreakers must pay the just penalty for breaking the law. That penalty is the lake of fire (the second death).

All liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. - Revelation 21:8

Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever taken something that does not belong to you, no matter how small? Have you ever looked at another person with lust? In Matthew 5 Jesus said:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.'

You have broken God's laws. You have sinned. There must be justice, and that means eternity in hell, the lake of fire, the second death. Unless...

Unless there was someone willing to pay that penalty on your behalf. Someone who will take on themselves the consequences you deserve. And there is. There is one person who can and will do that. That person is Jesus Christ. If you trust this is true, and repent (turn away from disobeying God), Jesus' death is applied to your account and you are freed from the penalty of sin to be with God forever.