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We will present a number of evidences
that the entire geological column, from Cambrian on upwards, was laid down in
a few thousand years. This does not establish
the age of the earth or the universe directly.
It appears that decay was faster during
the Flood. This accelerated decay would
have increased temperatures in the earth’s crust and may have caused the
The question is why isotopic dates give
such old ages. In the past Creationists
often said it was because the system was disturbed.
There may have been
daughter substance present initially or parent substance may have been
removed, for example. However
geologists have been careful to account for such possibilities. Now creationists tend to believe the explanation
Decay takes place by two processes. The first is alpha decay. Note that an alpha particle is created. This is the nucleus of a helium atom, so
helium is produced by alpha decay.
Beta decay produces neutrinos, which we
will discuss later. It also produces electrons
Zircons are used for isotopic dating
because their crystal structure incorporates uranium but not lead, making them
suitable for uranium-lead dating.
Zircons have zirconium in them.
They are often used for jewelry.
The zircon at the right was dated to about 4 billion years.
This paper discusses the helium produced
by alpha decay.
The helium should have diffused out of
the zircons over such a long time period.
This shows that alleged isotopic dates
of 1.5 billion years correspond to true dates of between 4,000 and 14,000
However these results do not yet show that even older dates are in
this time range. It would be
interesting to test zircons having even older isotopic dates to see how much
helium they contain.
Another evidence for a recent creation
is produced by carbon 14 dates.
Here we have additional evidence that
samples alleged to be hundreds of millions of years old are in fact 60,000
years or less old.
If decay was accelerated the true age would be even less than 60,000
This carbon 14 is usually claimed to be
contamination. But this cannot be true.
It is thought that the biomass before
the flood was 100 times or more what it is today. This would further dilute carbon 14 by a
factor of 100, which is equivalent to 6 or 7 half lives. This would increase carbon 14 ages by about 40,000
years. Also, there may have been less
carbon 14 in the atmosphere before the Flood.
This paper also gives evidence for a
past acceleration in radioactive decay.
When a whole rock isochron and a mineral
isochron agree, one has very strong evidence that the system has not been
disturbed and that the isotopic date is genuine. But there are still disagreements between
The only way two such well established
dates could disagree is if the decay rates differed in the past.
Mitochondria: organelles in the cell that
convert energy to produce ATP (site for cell respiration)
The mitochondria, in the cytoplasm of
the cell, have DNA. They are the energy
factories of the cell. There is also
DNA in the nucleus that mutates much slower.
This is sensational evidence that life is
young but it has been virtually ignored.
Dalrymple claims no changes in the decay
constants have been detected, but he admits puzzling irregularities in decay.
In fact, when the nucleus gets excited,
it takes time for it to settle down.
This means that rates of decay may have been faster for some time after
Supernovae produce pulsars.
Note the ring structure and beams of
radiation coming out from the poles.
This is an X ray picture.
We have evidence that supernovae
occurred near the earth in the past.
I wonder if this supernova will have
some influence on last day events on earth.
I believe the Vela pulsar is still the
largest source of gamma radiation in the night sky. It’s a “smoking gun.” Jueneman was the first to suggest a link between
this pulsar and an acceleration of decay (Industrial Research, about 1972).
Note the ring structure and a beam of
radiation along a diagonal. This is an
X ray picture.
A diagram of the location of the Vela
pulsar and its relation to Earth.
Comets are essentially
frozen mud. When a comet is heated by
the sun some
of the water vaporizes and dust escapes.
This is what makes comets visible to us.
Each time a comet orbits close to the sun, it loses 5 to 10 % of
its material. Astronomers have even
seen them break
up into pieces as they go around the sun.
At this rate they couldn't last more than 100,000 years. Some of the short-orbit comets couldn't last
more than 10,000 years old. If so, how
be any comets left after 5 billion years?
The Kuiper belt is the supposed origin
of the short period comets. The Oort cloud
is also believed to originate comets.
Perhaps the asteroid belt was a planet
that broke up when decay accelerated during the Flood, and is the origin of
Geologists have found a puzzling
correlation between heat flow out of the ground, and the presence of
radioative elements near the surface.
This should not be so if decay has proceeded slowly for millions of
years. A better explanation is that the
pulse of heat from an interval of accelerated decay, has not entirely
The ages given for several adjacent
geological periods using squashed Polonium haloes are nearly identical.
The creation message is part of the last
day message that reaches the world before Jesus comes again. Jesus also said in Matthew 24:14 that the
gospel would go to all the world before Jesus comes. I believe that this new evidence will give
power to the gospel message and hasten the return of Christ.