Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Q&A - February
I know it's March, but I have an inbox full of questions. So, let's get to it...
How can you prove the earth is millions of years old? Niagra Falls and the Grand Canyon prove it's only 5-7000 years which relates perfectly to the Bible. Only a fool would believe in a million year old earth. Get a life! Atheism is for people who are too lazy to live by God's Word. - Abe Javner
Where to start?
1. I agree. The earth isn't "millions of years old": it's BILLIONS of years old. Most scientists agree that the earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old.
2. There are several methods by which one could lend proof to an earth that's billions of years old. One of my favorites is radiometric dating (note to creationist: NOT carbon dating). All isotopes have half lifes. We can see that radioactive isotopes with relatively short half-lifes should be decayed. Those with longers half lifes should show less decay or no decay at all. This is precisely what we find when we study these isotopes. But, this isn't the only evidence of an old earth...if you don't like radiometric dating, there are other options. The reason we can be reasonably assured that the earth is old, and wasn't created by God, is through the independent measurements that point to the same conclusion. The fact that these independent measurements are open to evaluation and constantly being re-tested and observed point to their credibility. By contrast, the only thing that points to a young earth are some words in a book.
3. Niagra Falls is most certainly not proof of a young earth. Before your question, I had never come across this particular claim. So...I researched Niagra Falls and it became abundantly clear where you got thisi claim from. Those who study the falls have said the erosion most likely began 6500-7000 years ago. This would be reasonable since, prior to this time frame, that part of the continent was still covered in glacial flows. This, however, does NOT serve as proof of a young earth. The only thing this information speaks to is the age of Niagra Falls itself...not the earth. If a heavy snowfall or rainstorm results in a flood that changes the path of a river in 2008, does that mean that the entire earth was born in 2008? Of course not!
4. How can one flood result in the Grand Canyon's canyons, while at the same time laying a layer of sediment that deep in the same canyons?
I know many Christians, Abe. Most of them believe in an old earth. Are they foolish, too? Being a Christian doesn't mean you have to live in a state of sustained ignorance about science. You choose to do that of your own volition. Peace.
God is every thing. God is indescribable. He loves you even if you don't love HIM. - Faith Brooks
If God is unlimited in scope and description, then this must mean that this deity also embodies all of the unpleasant aspects and emotions in our vocabulary. If he is everything, then he is; angry, vengeful, petty, antagonistic, jealous, lustful, evil, selfish and all the other negative attributes that humans can be or imagine. If God is indescribable, then the Bible can't be held as the authority on this God's persona. If God can't be described, then it's a fair bet that you can't claim to know his emotions regarding me or anyone else.
What have Christians ever done to you to deserve your bullshit? - Chad
It depends on which Christians you're referring to and what you consider to be "bullshit".
If you end up before God what will u say? - DH
That's a pretty big "if".
Posted by Atheist in a mini van. at 12:40 AM