1 – Moses, Jesus and the Apostle Paul specifically pointed out facts that make it impossible to force extensive evolutionary time (i.e. “millions of years”) into the Holy Scriptures. See Exodus 20:11, Mark 10:6 and Romans 5:12.
2 – There are over 80 “clocks” (called geochronometers) that we can examine to get an idea how long the earth has existed.
These clocks are actual processes that keep ticking away through the centuries. All of them are based on the obvious reality that natural processes, occurring steadily through time, produce cumulative and often measurable results. These studies reveal maximum upper limits for the time these processes could have continued.
Almost all of them point to a rather young earth. Only the least accurate and highly speculative few are misleadingly used to support billions of years. Those few are vigorously publicized to persuade the uninformed public that there is no reasonable alternative to evolutionary gradualism.
3 – From the dozen or so volcanic eruptions each year comes about one cubic mile of juvenile water. Using the standard evolutionary assumption that the present is the key to the past, this process would produce all the ocean water of the world (340,000,000 cubic miles) in just 340 million years. The implication is that volcanic emissions alone would insist there were no oceans at all on the earth 340 million years ago! According to traditional evolutionary charts of earth’s history, 340 million years ago was the height of the “age of fishes!” Do you see the problem?
4 – All short-period comets (with less than a 200 year orbit) would be gone in as little as 10,000 years! Since there are several hundred known comets in our solar system, and knowing comets are rare now compared to the many seen in the time of the Greeks or Romans, it seems that comets are “wearing out” pretty fast. Because many astronomers aren’t willing to admit this process might indicate that comets, as well as the solar system itself, originated only a few thousand years ago, they’re forced to dodge the issue by devising another theory. So they suppose there must be a huge “nest of comets” far out in the solar system. Every now and then some cosmic disturbance supposedly kicks some new comets out of the nest. Has anyone ever seen this nest? (they call it the Oort cloud). No one has ever seen a cosmic comet “nest.” This is pure speculative fantasy.
5 – If oil deposits had been encased in earth’s sedimentary rocks for more than 5,000 years, in some cases there would be no oil pressure left, even though there is huge pressure in reality! The only objective explanation is that these oil deposits were suddenly and catastrophically encased in these flood-deposited layers just a few thousand years ago.
6 – Millions of tons of cosmic dust falls to the surface of planet earth each year. This dust floating around in the space between the planets is high in nickel content and may have originated from the explosion of a planet between Mars and Jupiter that created the asteroid belt. We don’t find much of this dust on our continents because it keeps washing into the sea. But the amount of nickel dissolved in the sea is about what the rivers would erode off the continents in only 18,000 years at the present rate. There is no sign that a saturation of minerals like nickel in the seawater caused them to precipitate on the sea floor. So the evidence would make us suspect that the process must not have been going on for millions of years. What do evolutionists do? We’re told the ocean floors are slowly “sub-ducting” under the continents. So the dust that is supposed to have been precipitating out of the seawater for millions of years has been “swept under the carpet” so to speak. If that is true, then of course there is no way to ever find the missing cosmic dust.
7 – Since evolutionists believed that fine powdery cosmic dust has supposedly been gathering on the moon for nearly five billion years, the space agency was concerned and built the first lunar landing module with wide saucers at the base of each leg. Some NASA scientists estimated a one-hundred-foot thick layer of dry cosmic powder covered the Moon. Conservative calculations expected a layer 54 feet thick. Fearing the astronauts might disappear in a poof of deep powder, NASA did everything possible to make a very gentle landing. That’s why the huge saucer “pods.” They even built sensing rods extending about three feet straight down under those saucer-like landing pads to measure the subsurface temperature of the lunar dust. But what did astronauts actually find when they got there?
About one eighth to three inches of dust was all that was there! They were surprised. Putting up the flag on solid rock was a job of drilling. How long would it take to gather that much dust? About 8,000 years MAX!
8 – At the current rate of erosion there should be 30 times more sediment in the ocean than there actually is. Of course to believe that you have to assume that the ocean has been there for at least a billion years.
9 – At the present rate of erosion all the continents on earth would have worn down to sea level in just 14 million years. But there’s no evidence such drastic erosion even happened once. In the Rocky Mountains billions of fossilized animals in the rock layers are claimed to be 100 million years old. They are thousands of feet above sea level. How many times did these high mountains wear down to sea level in the last 100 million years? How did those fossils manage to stay undisturbed all that time while the mountains eroded down to sea level six or seven times?
10 – At the present rate the entire Mississippi River delta would accumulate in only 5,000 years! What was there before that? Well, the river couldn’t have been there, could it? How could this be? Unless of course the North American continent, and all the other continents for that matter, just haven’t been in their present positions any longer than that.
11 – The oldest living things on earth are not the giant redwood trees in California. The gnarly Bristlecone pine trees survive in one of the most hostile climates on earth, in the high desert Mountains between California and Nevada. These rare trees have been growing for almost 5,000 years!
The Bristlecone trees are so hardy it is fair to say that they will likely go on living for thousands of years, unless some catastrophe destroys them.
The fact that we don’t find a grove of trees somewhere in the world dating back to 8,000 years, or ten or fifteen thousand years implies that these trees may have begun growing on a virgin earth less than 5,000 years ago!
12 – The present human population would develop from a single family in just 4,000 years if the growth rate were reduced to only ½ % per year – an average of only 2½ children per family per generation. That is a fourth the present rate of growth. It would easily allow for long periods of no growth due to famines, wars, epidemics and natural disasters.
13 – If evolutionists insist that humans have been populating the earth for a million years, do you have any idea how many people would be on earth in one million years? Even if the population growth rate were reduced to a fourth the present average, or a scanty ½ per cent a year… You’d have a number 10 with 2,100 zeros after it! They’d never fit… even in the entire universe!!!
14 – Every 1400 years the Earth’s magnetic field strength decreases by half. Careful measurements worldwide reveal the strength of the field must have been much greater in the past. That would be fine back to 6,000 years ago, but if you project back 10,000 years ago we run into serious difficulties. The earth’s magnetic field would then have been equal to that of a magnetic star. According to Dr. Thomas Barnes, we can only conclude that life on earth would not have been possible more than 10,000 years ago. The weakening magnet of our planet will eventually cause the disappearance of the magnetosphere and the accompanying Van Allen Radiation Belts. These are invisible but vitally necessary to support life. There are no such structures around the planet Venus because Venus has no magnetic field.
15 – The Moon is receding. Tidal friction and other things are making the earth’s rotation speed slow down a very tiny amount each year. That also causes the moon’s distance from the earth to constantly increase! Accurate recent lunar measurements show the moon is drifting two inches farther from the earth each year. The rate would have been higher in the past. Though that may not sound like much, if you believe the evolutionary view, in five billion years the moon would have receded 380,000 miles, a distance that would have prevented normal tide fluctuations that are necessary for the cycles of living things on earth.
16 – The sun’s diameter appears to have been decreasing. Every hour the sun is shrinking about two feet. If the sun is shrinking 0.04 percent per century, then it totals 0.4 percent per millennium.
If you believe the sun’s age is only 6,000 years there’s no real problem. In that time the sun will have shrunk only about 2.4 percent. Life on earth would go on quite fine. But if you believe the earth and the sun have been around for nearly five billion years, you’ve got a problem! If the sun existed only 250,000 years ago it would have been double its present diameter. At that size with the earth at its present distance from the sun, it would be too hot on earth for life to exist.
Thirty million years ago the surface of the sun would be touching the earth! There is no reason not to think this rate of shrinkage, or something close to it, has been consistent since the origin of the sun. But astronomers also admit that stars much larger than the present size of our sun, burn hotter and shrink faster than the sun. From the pure simple evidence it is clear that life would have been totally impossible on earth even a million years ago.
17 – Supernovas have been observed about every 30 years when stars violently explode, leaving remnants behind called a “nebula.” The total of observable nebulae should have tallied in the thousands by now, if the universe is old. Only 205 have been detected. This number is 65 less than expected by astronomers, even assuming the universe is only 7,000 years old.
18 – There are currently estimated to be 70 sextillion stars in the universe that formed in less than 20 billion years. That’s 3.5 trillion stars per year or 6.5 million every minute of every year. Yet, nobody has ever observed even one star forming from material that was not a star.
19 – The amount of Helium 4 in the upper atmosphere would accumulate in only 175,000 years at its present rate of release from Earth’s crustal rock formations. There is no evidence it is flying off into outer space. It is feasible to think that the Creator would have included some helium in the atmosphere from the start, but there is no explanation for why there is no evidence for billions of years worth of helium.
20 – A candid evolutionist admitted: “It is obvious that radiometric techniques (like potassium-argon and uranium-lead) may not be the absolute dating methods that they are claimed to be. Age estimates on a given geological stratum by different radiometric methods are often quite different (sometimes by hundreds of millions of years). There is no absolutely reliable long-term radiological ‘clock.’ The uncertainties inherent in radiometric dating are disturbing to geologists and evolutionists.”
One geologist was honest enough to admit the shortcomings of the whole system by writing, “No coherent picture of the history of the earth could be built on the basis of radioactive datings”