At a souvenir store in Australia, I saw a T-shirt that had a picture of a crocodile with its mouth open and the words “trust me” on it. Well, in this fallen world, I wouldn’t trust a crocodile—they have been known to kill many people, including American tourists!
I thought of this when an item was brought to my attention titled “7 things that are older than Ken Ham’s universe.”
The blogger listed seven items that are supposedly dated at much older than the 6,000 years biblical creationists put on the age of the universe—based on the Bible’s recorded history. The blogger smugly presents this list as proven fact that shows biblical creationists, like me, are wrong.
The blogger, however, doesn’t even attempt to present the various (fallible) dating methods used to support each item—though there is a link to a news item about each. But even then, I noticed that (1) sometimes there is a vague reference to the dating method used such as “radioactive dating,” (2) the actual dating methods are not even mentioned at all, or (3) a passing reference to radiocarbon dating method is mentioned.
Really, this blogger is illustrating the fact that high school and college students today have not been taught critical-thinking skills and have not been taught the difference between historical (origins) science and observational (operational) science. Thus they are prone to be very gullible, and ignorance abounds—they seem to have no clue that all dating methods are based on assumptions about the past. None of the items on the list came with labels attached to them giving their dates! One would have to do a lot of research to find out what specific dating method or methods were used for each item and then research the assumptions behind each method to even begin to understand how the dates were obtained.
At AiG, our scientists have conducted many thousands of hours of research, enabling them to teach other people how to think correctly about dating methods. Our scientists’ research helps others not to be so gullible in trusting the secularists (who expect them just to take the word of fallible humans who are attempting to reconstruct the past, when they were not there).
Of course biblical creationists were not there either, but consider the following points:
- We have a written record from the One who has always been there and has given us a record of history, enabling us to work out a date for the age of the universe (God’s Word).
- Observational science confirms over and over that God’s Word is what it claims to be—the Word of the One who knows everything and who has always been there.
- Our scientists admit the assumptions behind all dating methods, and they teach people to think critically about fallible dating methods.
- Our scientists admit their starting point is the Word of God—secular scientists often refuse to admit their starting point that God’s Word cannot be trusted or that there is no God.
- The majority of dating methods actually contradict the billions of years for the supposed age of the universe.
AiG has many articles on its website that discuss various dating methods in detail. I suggest you do a search on the AiG website. See this page, which is the start of many pages.
The secularist blog post referred to above can be found at this link.
Where do you put your faith and trust? Is it in the words of fallible humans who weren’t always there and don’t know everything (who, in fact, know hardly anything compared to what there is to know), or is it in the Word of the One who knows everything, who has always been there and has given us a record of the history of the universe?
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” (Job 38:4)
We all need to get to the same place Job did:
Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, “Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, “I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’ “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:1–6)
“Trust me,” says the secularist?
It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man. (Psalms 118:8)
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