Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Does Carbon – 14 dating prove billions of years?

First let’s explain what carbon dating is. Certain atoms called carbon 14 atoms are taken in by all plants and animals. One way animals take in C14 (carbon 14) and C12 (carbon 12) is through eating and breathing. When a plant or animal dies the C14 slowly turns into Nitrogen 14. That means that over time the bones of an animal have less and less C14. Evolutionists know at what rate C14 decays. So they attempt to date bones by calculating how much is left, and how fast C14 decays. But does this prove evolution?

Let’s find out what evolutionists do know. As you see by the diagram below not all three facts are known. Since no one was there to measure the amount of C14 when the animal died, scientists need to find out how much C14 has decayed. To do this, scientists use the main isotope of carbon, carbon-12 (C14). Because C14 is a stable isotope of carbon, it will remain constant; but, the amount of C14 will decrease after an animal dies. So the ratio of C14 to C14 in living animals will be the same as in the atmosphere. This ratio is normally about one C14 atom for every trillion C12 atoms. Scientists use this ratio to help determine the starting amount of C14.

The assumption used in C14 dating has to do with this ratio. Scientists assume that the ratio of C14 to C12 has always been 1 to 1 trillion. If this assumption is true, then C14 dating will work up to about 80,000 years. If this assumption is not true, then the dating method will give wrong dates. If how much C14 is being made in the world is not the same as how much is being removed, then the ratio of C14 to C12 is not 1 to 1 trillion anymore. And that would make the C14 dating method useless.

Before I close I must show how Carbon 14 dating actually seems to help the case of Creation by the God of the Bible. Mr. Ken Ham says in his book The New Answers Book:

“The Production Rate of C-14 is known to be 18.8 atoms per gram of total carbon per minute. The Decay Rate is known to be only 16.1 disintegrations per gram per minute.” What does this mean? If it takes about 30,000 years to reach equilibrium and 14C is still out of equilibrium, then maybe the earth is not very old.”

If you would like any more information on Ken Ham visit http://www.answersingenesis.org/ If you would like more information on Carbon 14 Dating in The New Answers Book see: www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/does-c14-disprove-the-bible

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Creation of Stalactites and Stalagmites


Stalactites and Stalagmites are amazing mineral formations that God creates using water and minerals. A stalactite is an icicle-shaped mineral deposit, often calcite or aragonite, hanging from the roof of a cavern, cave or structure, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water. A stalagmite is similar to a stalactite, except it is formed on the floor of the cavern, cave or other structure. You may have seen a sink with some hard water deposit stains on the bottom. These deposits are caused by high mineral water dripping out of the faucet and onto the sink for months or even years. As each drop of water falls a small amount of the mineral in the water is left behind and attaches itself to the sink. After time the minerals that are left behind will start to form a stalagmite.

You may have been in, or seen pictures of, caves or caverns with Stalactites and Stalagmites growing in them. Usually these formations are made of limestone. I enjoy seeing God's handywork as He creates these formations. But the one thing I do not like about them is how some men and Satan have used them to teach people that the Earth is millions of years old.

If you happen to visit one of these caves you may be told or see a sign that says Stalactites and Stalagmites take millions of years to form. Evolutionary scientists say that some stalactites take more than 1000 years to grow 1 inch. But just how long do these fantastic features take to grow?

Located in Chattanooga, Alabama are the Sequoyah Caverns. Discovered in these caverns are fast-growing stalactites and stalagmites. To study the rate of growth, the director of the caverns, Mr. Clark Byers, installed a clear plastic panel in front of some stalactites in April of 1977. In less than 10 years the stalactites grew about 10 inches (or about 1 inch per year). On the ceiling of the cavern are animal tracks and inside the caverns are fossils of many marine creatures. Mr. Byers believes these fossils are a result of Noah's Flood.

The above picture is from the basement of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial was built in 1922. The picture was taken in the 1960's. As you can see in the picture, rainwater seeping through the marble floor has formed stalactites up to five feet long in just 40 years. There are many other examples of stalactites, stalagmites and flow cones forming rapidly under buildings recently created.

As we look at the world we can see God's hand of design and engineering all around us. The Bible, in Psalms 8:3-4, says, "When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that Thou visitest him?"