I almost named today’s blog ‘The Impossible Possibility’. This is what we’ll be discussing, dates that are supposedly impossible, but accurate.
We’re going to be talking about Carbon-14. There is Carbon-12, Carbon-13, and Carbon-14, the only difference being the number of neutrons. These three are isotopes that decay into a more stable element. Carbon 14 is a parent element that decays into Nitrogen-14, the stable daughter element.
Carbon-14 has a half life of 5,730 years, which means that nothing over 100,000 years old should show any detectable signs of it when tested. This is why it is not a reliable means for dating rock, and that rock does not contain carbon, thus it has none to decay.
What can you date with radiocarbon dating? Creation scientists have been sending samples to reputable labs for years now and their findings are amazing. Whether it is 40 million or 300 million-year-old coal samples when tested they all had detectable amounts of carbon 14 in them. Most radiocarbon dating labs have recorded carbon 14 in coal, limestone, and even fossils. Shells from rocks 120 million years old were tested and also came back with detectable amounts of Carbon-14.
These samples often give a similar age, tens of thousands of years rather than millions. Understanding that the Earths magnetosphere was stronger in the past, they can make calculations on how it would affect the rate of radiocarbon decay. This brings the scientists to the conclusion that the current rates of decay are faster than they would have been in the past. This explains why they see rates that are inflated, after making the proper adjustments the dates come back as 4-5 thousand years old. Thus we can not assume the present is key to the past.
To all this research the secularist has one thing to say in response. The samples were contaminated, without doing any research into the matter. So creationists radiocarbon dating on the hardest substance they could find, one that could not be contaminated, diamonds. Keep in mind that diamonds are, according to evolutionism, 1-3 billion years old. Yet, when tested for Carbon-14 they came back with ten times the detectable limit.
If the Earth were billions of years old, or even millions, there shouldn’t be Carbon-14 left at all, yet scientists have found it in fossils, coal, shells, and diamonds. It would seem that this would be the nail in the coffin for evolution and deep time. However, as I’ve stressed many times before, the evidence is not the problem.
The problem is sin, and that those who refuse to acknowledge God suppress the truth in unrighteousness. The world view of evolutionism is merely the desire not to be held accountable by God, and the deep desire to maintain some sort of control over their lives. The evidence is fascinating, and we need to have an answer when someone questions these things, but we can never assume the evidence will change hearts. Only God can change a heart from stone to flesh.