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Is Carbon Dating Reliable?

Aug 29, 2008
As is the case with radiometric dating methods, Carbon Dating is not a reliable means of verifying that the earth is millions or even billions of years old as long claimed by Darwinian scientists.

Both radiometric dating methods and Carbon Dating rely on unfounded assumptions which corrupt the reliability of the dates that these methods obtain. I will get to these unfounded assumptions in a moment.

Looking at abundant strata and fossil evidence observable around planet earth, real science verifies that while specific dates are not likely to be valid, Carbon Dating actually supports a young earth viewpoint, which is that the earth's strata layers can only be a few thousand years old and were laid down during a global flood.

How can this be?

The following discussion of Carbon Dating will demonstrate the validity of what the observable evidence indicates.

In Carbon Dating the amount of Carbon-14 in organic remains is measured. Carbon-14 is produced in the earth's atmosphere and during the process of photosynthesis plants take in CO2, which contains trace amounts of Carbon-14. When an animal breathes in air, or eats a plant, it also takes in trace amounts of Carbon-14. Once the plant or animal dies it stops ingesting additional amounts of Carbon-14. Since Carbon-14 decays away over time, the less Carbon-14 found in an item the older will be the age assigned to that particular item.

To derive the age of an item based on Carbon Dating, several wild guesses, which are referred to as assumptions, must be made. It is these assumptions that completely corrupt the integrity of the Carbon Dating method.

For example, a scientist using the Carbon Dating method in order to ascertain the age of an organic remain must assume that the rate of Carbon-14 decay has always remained the same. Since no one was there to test, study or observe that the rate of decay has always been the same, this single wild guess, if incorrect, will cause the supposed age obtained by this particular dating method to be completely in error.

Furthermore, scientists seem to agree that measurable Carbon-14 should decay away in less than 100,000 years. Therefore, Carbon Dating cannot age an item older than 100,000 years since there would be no Carbon-14 left to measure if the item is actually that old, or older.

This is of particular interest because secular teachings claim that the Cambrian layer, the lowest stratified rock layer with appreciable amounts of fossils in it, is supposed to be up to 580,000,000 years old, which is 5,800 one-hundred-thousand-year periods. Yet scientific studies have revealed that all fossil-bearing layers, down to the supposedly 580-million-year-old Cambrian strata layer, still contain Carbon-14. This by itself proves that the earth's strata, from which all old-earth beliefs have been derived, can only be a few thousand years old!

Of even more interest is that the range of amounts of Carbon-14 found in all the fossil-bearing strata is in the same range from the top layers all the way down to the bottom layers. Since Carbon-14 decays away over time, this proves that all the earth's stratified layers were formed during a single event. Only a global flood can viably account for this.
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Russ Miller is author of The GENESIS Report Series. Register at http://www.new-earth-thought.com to receive FREE his 50 Facts vs. Darwinism e-mail series.
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