Facts prove Universe is about 6,000, not billions of years old.
Let's imagine we are exploring an old gold mine, and we find a Casio Databank watch half buried in the mud on the floor of the mine. Suppose also that the correct time and date are displayed on the watch, and it is still running smoothly. Then imagine that I tell you the watch has been there for over 1,000 years.
"That's impossible!" you say. "That watch could not have been there for 1,000 years, and I can prove it!"
"How can you prove I'm wrong?" I say.
"Well, for one thing, this mine was just dug 150 years ago," you say.
"Okay," I admit, "you're right about the thousand years being too much, but the watch has been here for 150 years at least!"
"No!" you say. "Casio didn't make the Databank watch until 12 years ago."
"All right," I say. "The watch was dropped here 12 years ago then."
"Impossible!" you say. "The batteries only last five years on that watch, and it's still running. That proves it has been here less than five years."
While we still can't prove exactly when the watch was left there, you have logically limited the date to five years at the most. You have effectively proven that my initial statement about the watch being 1,000 years old is wrong. The larger numbers prove nothing in this debate. Even if I were to radiometric-date the mud or the plastic in the watch to try to prove that it is thousands of years old, my data would be meaningless.
The same logic can be applied to finding the age of the earth. If several factors limit the earth's age to a few thousand years, the earth cannot be older than a few thousand years! Even if a few indicators seem to show a greater age for the earth, it takes only ONE fact to prove the earth is young.
The Bible teaches that God created the universe approximately 6,000 years ago, ex nihilo (out of nothing) in six literal 24-hour days. Then, approximately 4,400 years ago, a worldwide flood destroyed the earth. This devastating, year-long flood was responsible for the sediment layers being deposited (the water was going and returning, Genesis 8:3-5). As the mountains rose and the ocean basins sank after the Flood (Psalm 104:5-8, Genesis 8:1), the waters rushed off the rising mountains into the new ocean basins. This rapid erosion through still soft, unprotected sediments formed the topography we still see today in places like the Grand Canyon.
The uniformitarian assumption - that today's slow erosion rates that take place through solid rock are the same as has always been - is faulty logic and ignores catastrophes like the Flood (2 Peter 3:3-8 says that scoffers are "willingly ignorant" of the Flood).
Listed below are facts from various branches of science that limit the age of the universe (including earth) to a few thousand years. Though it cannot be scientifically proven exactly when the universe was created, the evidence more than suggests that it is not billions of years old.
Evidence from Space
The 0.5-inch layer of cosmic dust on the moon indicates the moon has not been accumulating dust for billions of years.
Fossil meteorites are very rare in layers other than the top layers of the earth. This indicates that the layers were not exposed for millions of years as is currently being taught in school textbooks.
The moon is receding a few inches each year. Billions of years ago the moon would have been so close that the tides would have been much higher, eroding away the continents.
Among other factors to consider is that all the ancient astronomers from 2,000 years ago recorded that Sirius was a red star - today it is a white dwarf star. Since today's textbooks in astronomy state that 100,000 years are required for a star to "evolve" from a red giant to a white dwarf, obviously this view needs to be restudied.
Evidence from Earth
Topsoil formation rates indicate only a few thousand years of formation.
Niagara Falls' erosion rate (four to five feet per year) indicates an age of less than 10,000 years. Don't forget Noah's Flood could have eroded half of the seven-mile-long Niagara River gorge in a few hours as the flood waters raced through the soft sediments.) [See Footnote]
The size of the Mississippi River Delta, divided by the rate mud is being deposited gives an age of less than 30,000 years. (The Flood in Noah's day could have washed out 80 percent of the mud there in a few hours or days, so 4,400 years is a reasonable age for the delta.)
A relatively small amount of sediment is now on the ocean floor, indicating only a few thousand years of accumulation.
The oceans are getting saltier. If they were billions of years old, they would be much saltier than they are now.
Ice cores at the South Pole and Greenland have a maximum depth of 10-14,000 feet. The aircraft that crash-landed in Greenland in 1942 and was excavated in 1990 was under 263 feet of ice after only 48 years. This indicates all of the ice could have accumulated in 4,400 years.
Evidence from Biology
The current population of earth (5.5 billion souls) could easily be generated from eight people (survivors of the Flood) in less than 4,000 years.
The oldest living coral reef is less than 4,200 years old.
The oldest living tree in the world is about 4,300 years old.
Evidence from History
The oldest known historical records are less than 6,000 years old.
Many ancient cultures have stories of an original creation in the recent past and a worldwide flood. Nearly 300 of these flood legends are now known.
Biblical dates do not exceed 6,000 years.
The following Bible verses speak of the beginning:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1).
And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth (Hebrews 1:10).
For in six days the Lord made heaven and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them (Exodus 20:11).
Since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation (2 Peter 3:4).
The works were finished from the foundation of the world. For God did rest the seventh day from all His works (Hebrews 4:3, 4).
Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord am He (Isaiah 41:4).
Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female? (Matthew 19:4)
For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made (Romans 1:20).
Those who believe the earth is billions of years old will typically try to discredit one or two of these evidences and then mistakenly think that they have successfully proven the entire list wrong. This is not logical, of course. Each piece of evidence stands independently, and it takes only ONE to prove the earth is young. The burden of proof is on the evolutionists. Many who support evolution are great at straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel. (Matthew 23:24)
It is interesting to read the ramblings of Creation naysayers like Scott, Matson, Babinski, etc. as they try to disprove the evidence for a young universe. See how many times they use words like "we believe," "perhaps," "could have," and so on. Evolutionists may need billions of years to make people believe a rock can turn into a rocket scientist, but that still wouldn't be enough time!
For Further Reading:
Morris, Henry M. Scientific Creationism. El Cajon, Calif.: Master Books, April 1985.
Huse, Scott M. The Collapse of Evolution. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1983.
Ackerman, Paul D. It's a Young World After All. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1986.
Hovind, Kent E. Creation Seminar, Parts 1-7 (available from Creation Science Evangelism, 29 Cummings Road, Pensacola, Fla. 32503).
Wysong, R. L. The Creation-Evolution Controversy. Midland, Mich.: Inquiry Press, 1976.
Baker, Sylvia. Bone of Contention. Creation Science Foundation Ltd., Sunnybank, Queensland 4109 Australia: 1990.
Erosion Rate of Niagra FallsFrom 1842 to 1905, the average rate of erosion of the Horseshoe Falls was 1.16 meters (3.8 feet) per year.
From 1906 to 1927, this rate of erosion was reduced to .70 meters (2.3 feet) per year. This reduction coincided with the large quantity of water being diverted for hydro-electric generation.
Today, through increased water diversion and anti-erosion remedial steps, the rate of recession at the Horseshoe Falls has been reduced to a fraction of what it used to be. Today it is estimated that erosion of the Horseshoe Falls is less than one foot per year. [http://www.niagarafrontier.com/faq.html] [PLACE IN TEXT]