Evolution assumes that man dropped out of the trees 1 to 5 million years ago and became fully human approximately 100,000 years ago. Yet archeological records show civilization arising only about 5000 years ago. In other words, by evolutionary reasoning, it took mankind 95,000 years after becoming fully human to figure out that food could be produced by dropping a seed into the ground!
It has been estimated by evolutionary anthropologists that the earth could have easily supported 10 million hunter/gatherer type humans1. To maintain an average of 10 million people, spread over the entire planet, with an average life span of 25 years, for the last 100,000 years … would mean that 40 billion people had lived and died. Archeological evidence clearly shows that these “stone age” people buried their dead. Forty billion graves should be rather easy to find. Yet only a few thousand exist. The obvious implication is that people have been around for far less time.
Another indication of both a young earth and a confirmation of the worldwide flood is the scarcity of meteors in sedimentary rock layers. Meteors are easily identifiable, and many thousands have been identified and recovered from recent impacts on the planet’s surface. If most of the rock layers were laid down rapidly during the one year period of a worldwide flood, you would not expect to find many meteorites buried in only one year. However, if the sediment was laid down over billions of years, there should be multiple billions of meteorites buried within this sediment. The fact that we find so few is evidence for the rapid accumulation of the sedimentary layers and a young earth.
Suppose you walked into an empty room and found a smoking cigar. You could assume that the cigar was very old and that it had only recently burst into flames, but the more logical conclusion would be that someone had recently been there to light it. The universe is full of similar “smoking cigars”:
• All planetary rings still exhibit intricacies which SHOULD HAVE long ago disappeared.
• All known comets burn up their material with each pass around the sun and SHOULD HAVE a maximum life expectancy of 100,000 years.2
• The outer solar system planets should have cooled off long ago.
• The spiral galaxies SHOULD HAVE unspiraled long ago, and the uneven dispersion of matter in the universe SHOULD HAVE dispersed long ago.
Scientists working from the preconception that the universe is 10 – 20 billion years old have suggested controversial and complicated possibilities for how these type of transient phenomena could still exist but their explanations are based more on faith, not science. The simpler explanation is that these “smoking cigars” are smoking because they are young.
What about dating methods which do seem to indicate that things are very old? As seen in the first article on dating methods, assumptions are everything. For instance, carbon-14 dating assumes that there has never been a major shift in the total biomatter on our planet and that the carbon-14 generation rate has never significantly changed. This method does not date the age of the earth but understanding it can have a profound effect on our interpretation of the “ice age” and the “stone age”. A recent worldwide catastrophe would have caused an enormous change in the total amount of carbon in earth’s biosphere. This event would completely invalidate one of the basic assumptions of the carbon-14 dating method (a known carbon-14 to carbon-12 ratio throughout the measurement period) and lead to excessively old dates for organisms alive shortly after this flood. This problem with carbon-14 dating assumptions will be described in detail in another article.
1. E.S. Deevy, “The Human Population”, Scientific America, (9/60) 194-204.
2. William Stillman, “The Lifetime and Renewal of Comets”, Proceedings of 2rd International Conference on Creation, 1990.