How Old Is The Earth?
There are four great questions every one is trying to answer in life.
There is a war in progress with two opposing world views, or the way that one looks at the world. Your belief will determine how you are going to behave. If you believe the evolutionist world view, that says man is just an animal and that we got here by blind random change, your answers to these four great questions are different from the creationist world view. Who am I? Well, if you believe in evolution, you are nothing important. You are just a bit of protoplasm that washed upon the beach a couple of million years ago. Where did I come from? If you are an evolutionist, you came from a cosmic burp about 20 million years ago. Where am I going when this life is over? Donít worry about it. You will just go back to star dust.
The Bibleís answer is considerably different. Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Now, if God created it, then He is the boss. He makes the rules. If God wants to say in His written word that women should dress modestly then he has the right to say that. If you go to the beach in Pensicola, Florida you will see that it is "bare season" all the time there. Just because there is a little sand and water around, it doesnít make it right to dress immodestly. The Bible says a lot of things, like, "Children, honor your father and mother." If the Bible is the word of God, then we are in a lot of trouble. God is the boss. He is the creator.
Apparently, the devil has always been rebellious against Godís authority. In Genesis 3:1, Satan came to Eve in the garden of Eden, and the first sentence out of his mouth was, "Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" It is interesting that the first statement out of his mouth ended in a question mark. Number one, he tried to make Eve doubt the word of God. The second thing he said was in Genesis 3:4, "Ye shall not surely die." After he got her to doubt the word of God, he used outright denial. Now the third thing is in verse 5. The devil said, "...ye shall be as gods..," He wanted Eve to think, if she ate of that tree, she would become like God. The sentence, "...ye shall be as gods..," is the whole philosophy of evolution in a nutshell. The devil wants you to believe that we are improving or progressing. He wants you to believe that we are headed to Godhood. He wants you to believe that we started off as an ameba, and that we are getting bigger and better, and stronger and smarter, and some day we are going to sail around the universe and discover new life forms like Star Trek.
People ask me all the time, "Dr. Hovind, do you think that there is intelligent life on other planets?" I tell them, "No, I taught high school for 15 years; I donít believe there is much intelligent life here on this planet." The Bible says that Eve is the mother of all living. The Devil is a liar! He told Eve that she would be just like God.
When I was about six or seven, I came running to the breakfast table. I was the first one there, and I got the last banana out of the bowl. Itís just a Hovind tradition; you get out a banana, slice it and put it on your cereal. Pretty soon my two big brothers walked in. Now, my brothers are much bigger than me. They are both nearly six feet five inches and they are older than I am. They have always been older than I am. They said, "Hey Kent, is that the last banana?" I said, "Yep, and I got it!" How many of you have an older brother or sister, and you know that wonderful feeling when you finally pull one over on them? They pick on you all of your life. I had them that morning. They wanted the banana. Were they going to beg little brother for that banana? No. Do you know what they did to me instead? They lied to me. They said, "Kent, do you know how bananas are made?" I said, "No." You see; I was only about six or seven. Itís been demonstrated in laboratory tests that the brain doesnít even start to grow until kids are between 18 to 20 years old. How many of you parents can verify that? I said, "No, how are bananas made?" They said, "Down in South America there are these spiders and they have these big long legs, and when they die, they hang up in a tree and all their legs fold up; then mold grows on those dead spider legs." They said, "Bananas are really dead spider legs." I said, you guys are just lying to me so that you can get my banana." They said, "No, we wouldnít lie to you brother. Cut it in half and you can see where the legs were." So, I cut the banana in half, and sure enough there was those black spots in there. They said, "Are you going to eat those moldy spider legs?" I said, "I donít believe I want them." I didnít eat bananas for nearly three years.
Have you ever been lied to before? Has somebody told you a lie? The devil is a master liar. He lied to Eve and heís been lying for the past 6,000 years. He wants to destroy your life. Now, itís an awful thing when somebody lies to you and steals your banana, but the devil has bigger plans than that. He wants to lie to you and steal your soul. He wants you to go to Hell. Now, if you are already saved, he canít get you to go to Hell. However, he is going to keep lying to you, and try to still your life. Day by day he is going to try to get you to invest your life in things that are dumb and unimportant so that when you get to Heaven, you will have nothing to show for your life. What are you doing with your life that is going to matter a thousand years from now? You may say, "Well, Iím memorizing all the names of all the football teams." Who is going to care a thousand years from now? Who won the Super Bowl seventeen years ago? Do you know? Does anybody care? It doesnít matter does it? All those men out there, fighting over that ball, and they can all afford to buy their own football. Iím not saying that this is bad, but when you look at it from the perspective of where you will be a thousand years from now, itís a waste of time to invest all of your life in things like that. What are you doing for the Lord? The devil is very successfully wasting Christians lives; heís a liar!
Adolph Hitler said, "If you tell a lie long enough, loud enough, and often enough, the people will believe it." The secret to get someone to believe a lie is constant repetition. Just tell it over, and over, and over again. That is what they have done in advertising. Itís classic to look at the way different products are advertised. Marlboro cigarettes, for example, have been advertised with cowboys for years ó as if there is some kind of connection. Nobody stops to think, "Now wait a minute, what is the connection between smoking Marlboros and cowboys?" Do all cowboys smoke? No. Do you have to smoke to be a cowboy? No. If you start smoking Marlboros, do you automatically become a cowboy? No. You may smell like a horse, but you are not a cowboy. Actually, you may be surprised that it has been demonstrated in laboratory tests that nobody in the world smokes. The cigarette smokes. The person is the sucker; thatís all.
It is a lie! They want you to think if you smoke Marlboros, youíre a cowboy. Now, the connection takes place in the mind. There really is no connection, but psychologically people start thinking there is some kind of connection, and if they start smoking, they start walking around thinking, "Hey, Iím a cowboy." Something happens; they have been sold a product by associating it with something else. The same thing happens when they try to sell beer. Beer wouldnít sell buy itself; so, they have mixed it in with sportsóas if there is some kind of connection. They always get some big football player holding his can of beer. He has his Buddummer, or Budstupid, or what ever it is called. Somebody said they call it Budwiezer. Have you seen them when they are finished drinking that stuff? They are not wiser!
He has his Buddummer or his Miller Low Life, and he says, "Man, you ought to be a football player. Drink Bud!" Wait! Hold on a minute! Stop the train! Do you want your football player full of beer when heís out there calling the plays? Is there any connection between beer and sports? Fill your defensive end full of beer before the game. "Heeey, anybody seen number fouuurteeen, or was it thhirteeen?" There is no connection between sports and alcohol, but theyíve been associated for so long that people have started to think they belong together for some reason. Itís classic to watch those commercials.
Take the Indianapolis 500 for example. You will see the guys racing around the track at 200 mph. A flash of the sign says, "Drink Bud." Wait, wait, wait! Donít drink Bud when you are going 200 mph. Do you know what? It sells the product. Itís a very affective advertising technique to take something useless and mix it in with something good. People want the good; so, they will take the useless right along with it. They think somehow the two are associated. Folks, that is exactly what has happened in the teaching of evolution.
Evolution is a religion. It is not science. It has nothing to do with science! It has been mixed in with science for so long that people think it belongs there for some reason. I collect public school textbooks. I have scores, and scores of them. The Merrill Science- First Grade Science Book, states: "Earth has changed, since its formation four and a half billion years ago." Wait a minute. Is the earth four and one half billion years old? No, it is not, but if you tell kids in the first grade this, theyíre going to believe you. You see; first graders believe everything that you tell them. They believe that bananas are moldy spider legs, if you tell them that. Now, if you tell kids this when they are in the first grade, and you make sure to tell them again in the second grade, they will believe it. The second grade textbook, Changes On Earth, states, "Since its formation four and a half billion years ago, earth has changed." Now, they add a new element a paragraph later, "Life too, has evolved on earth." Oho! Life has evolved on earth? Oh yes, boys and girls. If repeat that in the first, second, third, and fourth grade, and continue that lie for 18 or 20 years in a row, heís going to believe you. Itís Adolph Hitlerís technique. If you tell the lie long enough, loud enough, and often enough, the people believe it.
We have millions of people that have accepted the theory of evolution as factual. This is because evolution has been mixed in with science throughout their educational processes. Now, science is wonderful! I taught science. I love science, but evolution has nothing to do with science! It has nothing more to do with science than beer has to do with football. There is no connection at all! By its own, it would not stand.
First Law of Thermodynamics
The best thing for a kid to learn in order not to be drawn into these crazy ideas of evolution is for him to learn some real science. The First Law of Thermodynamics tells us that matter cannot be created or destroyed. Now, obviously, there is a world here. We can all agree that there is a material world, so this leaves two choices. Now, this is going to be deep. This is going to be hard to understand. Since the world is here, there are only two choices. Somebody made it, or it made itself.
If you can think of another, one please let me know. However, these are the only two choices: Somebody made this place or this place made itself. Now, the devil does not want you to believe, "In the beginning God created..." He doesnít want you to believe that; so, he has very successfully attacked the first verse of the Bible with his big bang theory. How many of you readers have heard of the big bang theory?
Years ago, I was flying from San Francisco. Actually, I was not flying at all. I was sitting on the plane, and the plane was doing the flying. I happened to sit next to a professor from Berkeley University. Berkeley is not a Bible collage by any stretch of the imagination! Anyway, we begin talking about, inevitably, evolution and creation. I told him that I was a science teacher, and that I was working on my Ph.D. in education. By the way, I finally got it, and I found out that it stands for Post Hole Digger. He said, "Great! What are you doing your paper on?" I said, "Iím doing my research on evolution, and what effect it has on teaching it to kids. If you teach a kid that he is an animal, what effects can you expect?"
We began to talk more on evolution and creation, and he said that he believed in evolution. I said, "Then, I have a question. How did the world get here? Obviously the world is here. How did it get here?" He said, "Well, it came about by the big bang. Surely, youíve heard of the big bang?" I said, "Oh, yes, yes. Iíve heard of the big bang. I teach science. Iíve taught it for years. Matter of fact, I believe in the big bang, but Iím sure that my big bang is a lot different from your big bang. Would you please tell me about yours?" He said, "Oh, I would be glad to. About twenty billion years ago," -- which is just what the textbooks state.
The Prentice Hall General Science Book states: "Eighteen to twenty billion years ago all the matter in the universe was concentrated into one very dense, very hot region that may have been much smaller than a period on this page." All the matter in the universe squished into a dot smaller than a period on a page? Thatís one crowded dot folks to include all of the planets, stars, and people. How many of you remember that you couldn't breathe all squished and crowded together. It was awful, wasnít it?
The professor said, "Oh yes, about 20 billion years ago all the dust in space started drawing together into this little bitty dot, and it was spinning real fast. Finally, it exploded out into space. Caa-boom! The big bang!" I said, "Sir, now wait a minute. Let me see if I got this straight. All the dust in space started drawing together, squishing together, spinning around, and exploded. Boom! And the pieces that flew off became the galaxy, and the sun, moon, stars, etc.. Is that what you are telling me?" He said, "Thatís it. Youíve got it." I said, "Sir, can I ask you a couple of questions?" I love asking questions to evolutionists; itís one of my favorite things to do. He said, "Sure, go ahead. I have plenty of time." I said, "Sir, question number one. Where did all of this dust come from?" He said, "Well, we donít know that one for sure. It might have come from a previous explosion. It might be an oscillating universe. You know, exploding and imploding." I said, "Okay, but you are evading the question? Originally, where did matter come from? Who made matter? The world is here. Matter is here. Where did it come from?" He said, "Well, we donít know that for sure." I said, "Okay. No problem sir. You told me all of this stuff, and you donít know where it came from. All of it somehow got together. What made it get together?" He said, "Well, gravity man. All particles have an attraction for one another." I said, "I understand that. I teach physics. I know about the invert square law, particle attraction acceleration due to gravity. I can tell you the gravitational constants on all of the planets and some of the asteroids, but that doesnít explain where gravity comes from. What is gravity? Who made it? Give me a jar of it and paint it red while you are at it. What is gravity? Who made the laws that govern this universe? Gravity, centrifugal force, inertia, all these laws that are governing these particles, who made the law?" He said, "Well, I donít know." I said, "Okay, let me see if Iíve got all of this straight now. All of this dust is in the universe, and you donít know where it came from; it all got together, and you donít know why it got together." He said, "Thatís correct." I said, "Okay, then it was squishing real tight into this little bitty egg, a dot smaller than a period on a page, and it was spinning around until finally it exploded out into space."
I then said, "Sir, question number three. Doesnít it take energy to make something move?" He said, "Yes." I said, "Who supplied the energy? Who squished it, spun it, and exploded it, and who bought the gas to run this machine anyway? Where did the energy come from? He said, "Well, I donít know, but I know that it happened because we are here." Wow! Thatís brilliant logic! How do you deal with that? What more proof do you need? I said, "Wait a minute sir, let me see if Iíve got this straight. All of this dust squished together, exploded out in space. It had to happen. We are here, and thatís proof of it. Sir, can I ask you another question?" He really didnít want to take another question by then.
He was 0 for 3. I could tell he was becoming tired of this question business. He said, "Yes! Go ahead!" I said, "Sir, does Berkeley, where you teach, have a merry-go-round?" He said, "No, we donít have a merry-go-round at Berkeley University." I said, "That is unfortunate. You can teach kids a lot of science on a merry-go-round." I began to explain the experiment, and it goes something like this. Put six kids on a merry-go-round, and get the high school football team out there to push them. Get them to push the merry-go-round clockwise just as fast as they can. Now, if you have a digital watch, you may not know what clockwise is. Itís doesnít mean, BLINK, BLINK. You will find that the kids will go through four phases. The kids start off in phase one, screaming and yelling, "This is fun, go faster, go faster!" When you get up around 30 mph, the kids enter phase two. Phase two is where they stop screaming and become quiet; theyíre just concentrating on trying to hang on for dear life. Somewhere around 50 to 60 mph, they enter phase three. Phase three is where they start screaming again, but now they are screaming, "STOP! STOP! SLOW DOWN!" Somewhere between 80 and 100 mph, inevitably you will enter phase four. Phase four is where the kids began to fly off the merry-go-round. Now, there is an interesting phenomenon of science that takes place here.
In a frictionless environment, if a spinning object explodes, something happens to the pieces that fly off. Take the merry-go-round experiment for example, if the merry-go-round is going clockwise, the kids that fly off will be spinning clockwise. This is call the Conservation of Angular Momentum. One of the laws says in a frictionless environment, if pieces fly off a spinning object they tend to spin the same direction, because the outer part is already spinning faster than the inner part. The Berkeley professor said, "Oh yes, Iím familiar with the Conservation of Angular Momentum." I said, "Would you explain something to me? If this whole universe started from a big bang, everything should be spinning the same way. If our little solar system is a microcosm of the macrocosm everything should be spinning the same way. However, everything is not spinning the same direction." The professor said, "I donít know how that happened." I said, "Okay, maybe you can explain this one." He is 0 for 4 in the questions now. I said, "These planets are not only going around the sun, the planets are also spinning around themselves. Each one revolves in its own day. Some are longer than others. Out of the 9 planets that we know of, at least 2 of them, Venus and Uranus, spin backward. Sir, if it all started with a big bang, how did 2 planets get to going backwards?" He said, "Well, thatís interesting." I said, "Oh, thatís more than interesting. Thatís pretty hard on your theory. You had better get a new one." He said, "I donít know." I said, "No problem, maybe you can explain this. Some of these planets have little moons going around them. There are 60 known moons in our solar system. Out of the 60 known moons, Mercury and Venus do not have any. Earth only has one of them. Out of the 60 known moons, at least 11 of them are spinning backwards, 4 of them are traveling backwards, and 2 planets have moons going both directions at the same time. Would you please explain that? Why do we have all of this retrograde motion in our little solar system, plus who knows what else in space? If it all started from a big bang, it should all be going the same direction." He said, "I donít know. How do you think it happened?" I said, "Very simple sir, in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth, and God did that it way on purpose just to make the big bang theory look stupid." It is stupid! It is not science!
I continued, "Now, I must caution you, I do believe in the big bang. I believe very strongly in the big bang. However, my big bang is a little different than your big bang. II Peter 3:10 talks about the big bang. It says, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." There it is, big bang! You see, there is going to be a big bang, but it hasnít happened yet." So, you kids in school, the next time your teacher asks you if you believe in the big bang say, "Oh yes, I do teacher, and you better get saved and ready for it, because itís coming." The world is going to end that way, but it did not start that way.
Second Law of Thermodynamics
Letís learn some more science here. The second law of thermodynamics says: everything tends toward disorder. In other words, if you leave something alone for a while, it will rot or rust or die or break down or fall apart. Everything becomes chaos after a while. Go home and take a look at your bedroom; youíll see a classic example of what Iím talking about. Better yet, ladies, look at your hair-do when you wake up in the morning. Everything tends toward disorder. Fellows, I canít figure this out. Iíve been married 20 years; my daughter is 14 years old; maybe someone can help me. Why does it take the girls an hour of hard work in the morning in order to look natural. If you try to be natural, you donít need a mirror. You just get up and go to work. Thatís natural. You donít want them to look natural, and I donít either.
This idea of: "If you leave something along long enough, itís going to get better," is bologna! Nothing gets better, left to itself! The textbooks all teach, "Oh yes, boys and girls, man is improving, progressing, ye shall be as gods." This is the same lie that the devil started 6,000 years ago. He wants you to think that we started off as an ameba, and we progressed up through all of these stages, and that we are improving, in spite of the second law of thermodynamics.
The public high school textbook, Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1989, shows a picture of a fossilized starfish on the right (figure 1-4.) Look over to the left of the picture to read what it says about this starfish. It says, "3.4 billion years old, the remains of the early ancestors of modern human beings." Ancestors of human beings are starfish? Wow! Iíll bet he could pick cotton! Now, I didnít write this. This is what the textbooks are stating. Thatís... Grandpa.
Please donít laugh at this next picture (figure 1-5.) It is a picture of my brother when he first wakes up in the morning - after he has had a cup of coffee. Look what it says, "About 30 million years ago, these primates evolved. They are ancestral to both humans and modern ape." Ancestors to humans? Grandpa? What big eyes you have! Look, folks, they canít seem to figure it out. For 30 or 40 years now our public school textbooks have been teaching our kids nothing other than that they are an animal. They canít figure out why most of them act like animals today.
Now, many public school teachers, principals, and school board members are frustrated to death by what is happening, and there are some good, godly ones out there. We need to help them, and encourage them. Iím telling you that the textbooks currently used have become increasingly atheistic and communistic. Evolution is taught as if it is a fact. It is no longer taught as if it is a theory, and that ought to be against the law. If you are going to teach one side, you ought to have to teach both sides. Some of you ought to run for the school board, and change that, like many counties are doing across this country. There is an unbelievable grassroots movement. Christians are getting on the school board and turning this around by ordering textbooks that do not teach this garbage.
If I told you, "If you kiss a frog, it will turn into a prince," you would say, "No, frogs donít turn into princes. Do they?" How many of you ladies got your husbands by kissing a frog? I think that we all can agree, this idea that, if you kisses a frog and it will turn into a prince, is a fairy tale. Frogs donít turn into princes. Go ahead and try it all that you want to. However, in the textbooks, they are still teaching this fairy tale, but now they have transferred it into science, and they teach it as fact. You may ask, "What textbook says that a frog turns into a prince?" Every biology book in the public high school says this. Our textbooks will tell you that we started off as an ameba, and we have progressed up through fish, amphibian, reptile, and finally up to modern man. Ohoo! guess who is the ancestor of modern man? A frog. This is the same fairy tale; a frog changed to a prince, but they have changed it a little bit. Instead of a kiss, they have come up with something a little more complicated than that. This magic ingredient to change a frog into a prince is billions and billions of years. Time, right?
How many of you have heard that the world is billions of years old? You will see it on all of the TV programs like Marty Stoufferís Wild America. Itís on Carl Paganís (I mean Seganís) show, Cosmos. "Billions of years ago..." We are bombarded with it. You see it in National Pornographic (I mean Geographic.) They talk about, "Billions and billions of years ago," as if it is some kind of fact! Now, just slow down a minute.
Is the world billions of years old? You might say, "Everybody believes that the world is billions of years old." In the first place, everybody doesnít believe that. In the second place, even if they did, it wouldnít make it right. Majority does not make it right! The majority is frequently wrong. Do you know for many years they thought that the earth was in the middle of the solar system and that everything went around the earth? Thatís what everybody thought. The majority believed it, but it certainly didnít put the earth in the center. Majority of opinion is meaningless in an argument. They could all be wrong. For many years, they taught that heavy objects fall faster than lighter objects. Gallileo proved that teaching wrong. Did you know that this teaching was universally taught for 2,000 years? Everybody believed that heavier rocks fall faster than lighter rocks. Itís true that a lot of people believe that the world is billions of years old, but it doesnít make it billions of years old just because the majority believes it.
For years they taught that, if you are sick, you have bad blood. George Washington was bled to death by his own doctors in 1799. He was sick, and they said, "Oh! Call the barber quick, the President is sick!" Call the barber? Yes, back in those days, you went to the barber if you were sick. He had a razor. Thatís why the barber pole has a red strip around it today. He would let blood for you if you were sick. They cut Georgeís wrist and drained out some blood. Of course, they had to keep him balanced, so they cut the other wrist also. They drained blood out of both sides of his body to keep him balanced, and he got worse. So, they bled him again. He got worse than before. They bled him a third time, and he died. They said the same thing that they say today when a patient dies, "Well, we did the best that we knew to do." Yes, he was standing at deathís door, and they pulled him through, or pushed him through.
This idea of majority of opinion being right is crazy. Those doctors that killed George Washington were sincere men. They were highly educated, intelligent, and dead wrong in what they believed. We have professors and teachers today that are very sincere and highly trained. They are sincerely motivated. I donít question that, but they are wrong when they teach that the world is billions of years old. The earth is not billions of years old!
Iíll give you an analogy to show you how this works. If you went scuba diving and found a sunken ship, an old Spanish Galleon, and on board that ship you found a treasure chest, you would open the chest up and say, "Ohoo! Wow! Gold coins! Yea! Weíre rich!" Well, wonderful, but before you become excited about that, letís think about it for a minute. If I asked you the question, "When did the ship sink?" you would say, "I donít know;, I didnít see it; I just found the box." I say, "Okay, letís see if we can figure out when the ship sank. If the coins in there have dates on them, and there is a coin in there dated 1700, right away you know the boat sank after 1700." That would make sense, wouldnít it? Certainly, it did not sink before 1700 or there wouldnít be a coin in there with the date of 1700. If you find another coin in there from 1600, that doesnít mean anything. We still know from the other coin that the ship sank after 1700. If you went through the chest and you found the youngest coin, it would be the limiting factor as to when the ship sank, not the oldest coin in the chest.
There are many ways to try to find out the age of this earth, but if just one of them shows it to be young, then it has to be young. I could take my Casio Data Bank watch, and carbon date the plastic, and say that it carbon dates at 14,000 years old, and that proves that it is 14,000 years old. No, it doesnít! You should find the youngest factor, not the oldest factor. This business of taking the age of the earth and proving it is billions of years old by looking at carbon dating, uranium lead, potassium argon, and rubidium, is all backwards. There is a lot of ways to PROVE that this world IS NOT billions of years old.
Letís look at what the Bible says in Matthew 19:4. Jesus said, "And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female." He is talking about Adam and Eve. Jesus said the creation of Adam and Eve was the beginning. Wait a minute! If the world is billions of years old, then Jesus was clearly wrong, because it wasnít the beginning when He created Adam and Eve. Mark 10:6 says the same thing, "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female." Romans chapter 5 says there was no death until Adam sinned. Therefore the creation of Adam and Eve had to be the beginning, so this business of the pre-Adamic civilizationóthe gap theory, is clearly unscriptural, unscientific and unnecessary as we will see. The world is not billions of years old!
The Bible says that Adam lived 130 years and begat a son named Seth. Seth lived 105 years and begat Enos. Enos lived 90 years and begat Cainan. Cainan lived 70 years and begat Mahalalee, and on, and on, and on. Itís idiot proof. Itís all explained right there in Genesis chapter 5. By the way, the Bible says that Adam lived 800 years after he begat Seth, and begat sons and daughters. Sons and daughters? People always ask, "Where did Cain get his wife?" He married his sister. Calm down! In the first place, there was no other choice. In the second place, there would not be a problem. There was no genetic load, and you wouldnít have deformed children, because both genetic gene pools were pure. It wasnít so bad to marry his own sister. Adam married his own rib. I could agree with that for one or two generations. It happens in the animal world all of the time with very little consequences. By the way, it also says that Adam lived 800 years after he begat Seth. That would have been long enough for Adam to have known his great great great great great great great grandson, Lamech. Noahís daddy knew Adam (see Longevity Chart Adam To Joseph in Appendix A on page A-8). Adam almost got to meet Noah. Could you imagine a family reunion back in those days? "Okay kids, letís get on the camel, because we are going to go visit great great great great great great grandpa Adam, and he is going to tell us what it was like to live in the garden of Eden before the first woman ate the first man out of house and home."
If you add up the dates given in the Bible, you will find that the world is about 6,000 years old. Now, Iím not one of these guys who puts an exact date on it, and says it was 4,004 BC, April 3, at 2:00 p.m. I donít believe that one can get that close in Scripture, but I do know that Adam was created in the afternoon, because it was just before Eve. I think I know why God made Adam first. I cannot prove this, but I think that he made Adam first because He did not want any advice on how to do it. Thatís just my theory. I canít prove that. The dates in Scripture add up to about 6,000 years, not millions and billions. Somebody is wrong!
Letís look at some facts from science. As we examine another coin in the chest, letís see if the Bible is right. The longevity chart shown in figure 1-6 illustrates the population of the earth. In 1985, we crossed the 5 billion mark. Now, if you donít know what a billion is, donít worry about it because congress doesnít either. In 1977, there were 4 billion people in the world. In 1962, there were 3 billion. In 1930, there were 2 billion. Here is an interesting thought. Most of the people born in 1930 are still alive. They are only 65 years old. Now, it has been said that there are more people alive today than there are people that are dead today. We might have more people alive than have ever died from Adam to the present. This is an interesting concept. The population growth curve is pretty fascinating. In 1800 there were only 1 billion people in the world. Back in the year 0, during the time of the birth of Jesus, there was only 250 million people in the world. The population growth curve looks as if the whole thing started 4,400 years ago.
Now, right or wrong, good or bad, the Bible says that about 6,000 years ago (4,000 BC) God created the heavens and the earth. About 4,400 years ago there was a flood that destroyed the world, and eight people survived. Starting from eight people, you could easily generate a population of 6 billion in 4,400 years.
If you believe in evolution and that man has been here for millions of years, you have a serious problem and donít realize it. If man has been here for millions of years, there would be a lot more people. The fact that we only have five and one half billion people helps to prove the Bible is correct. Jesus said that the book is correct. He believed it from cover to cover. Itís been 4,400 years since the flood, thatís what the Bible says. Keep those numbers in mind, 6,000 years for the creation, and 4,400 years for the flood. Those are important numbers.
Sun Shrinkage Rate
Letís look at some more facts from scienceóanother coin from the treasure chest. The sun is burning! How many of you knew that already? As the sun burns, the sun is shrinking. Boyle Observatory in England has been keeping careful records of the sunís diameter for 300 years. It oscillates a little bit, but the general trend is that the sun is shrinking 5 feet every hour. That has been the case for the 300 years that it has been observed. Dealing with science that is observable, testable, and demonstrable, the sun is shrinking. Now this is going to be complicated. If the sun is shrinking that means it used to be what? Thatís right; it used to be bigger. Five feet per hour is the shrinkage rate; so, if you were to go back in time to an hour ago, the sun would have been 5 feet bigger. If you go back a few thousand years ago, there would be no problem. If you want to tell me that the earth is millions of years old, then we have a problem. Twenty million years ago the sun would have been very big at the current shrinkage rate assuming that it is a linear progression, or that it might be geometric, or logismic. I understand all of that. I taught mathematics and science. Either way, it puts a time limit on this model. If you excel 20 million years ago at todayís shrinkage rate the sun would have been so big that it would touch the earth. This of course would have made life very uncomfortable.
If you want to tell me that the dinosaurs lived 70 million years ago, they would have fried. They would have been charbroiled. They would have been inside the sun. The world cannot be millions of years old. You will have to alter your theory to fit within a shorter timeframe than that.
Existence of Comets
Letís take a look at some additional facts of science. Comets fly around the solar system, and comets are constantly losing material. You canít just keep losing and losing because pretty soon you will have a problem. Itís kind of like your checkbook. You see; the Bible is very plain: if your out go exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall. Astronomers guess that comets only last about 10,000 years and then they break apart. Now, that brings up a very good question. Why do we still have comets? They should all be gone! People ask me, "Hey that is a very interesting concept. Why do we still have comets?" Iím just a high school science teacher, but here is my theory. I believe the Bible. I believe about 6,000 years ago God created the heavens and the earth, and that is why we still have comets. Our universe is only about 6 or 7 thousand years old. Simple! That explains the comet. That explains the shrinking sun. It also explains the population.
Scientists say, "It takes thousands of millions of years for stars to evolve from red giants to white dwarfs." You had better study your history. All of the ancient astronomers said that Sirius was a red star. Today it is a white dwarf. This occurred within 2,000 years not millions of years. Stellar evolution needs to be rethought. They say that it takes millions of years for these planets to cool off. Wait a minute! Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus are all hot, and yet they are rapidly cooling off.
If we walked into a room and found a cup of coffee on the table that was boiling hot, I would say, "Donít touch that, itís hot." You would say, "Whose is it?" Then I would say, "I donít know. Itís been sitting there for 4,000 years." Itís so hot, yet it has been sitting there for 4,000 years. Donít you think that is a little far fetched? The planets are not billions of years old.
Saturnís rings are still expanding, and they are not billions of years old. They are still separating the particles by the Pointing Robertson Effect. They are not billions of years old.
Distance To The Moon
The moon goes around the earth. As the moon goes around the earth, the moon is getting further and further away. We are slowly losing the moon a couple of inches a year; no big deal; it's nothing to worry about. This is going to be complicated; so, read very carefully. If the moon is getting further and further away from the earth, that means that it used to be closer. Scientists will agree with that. Now, wait a minute! A couple of thousand years ago that wouldnít make a big difference. If you want to tell me that the earth is millions or billions of years old, you had better get your calculator because it makes for a serious problem. If you bring the moon back in closer, it would cause trouble because the moon causes the tides. If you bring the moon back in a couple of million years ago, the tides would have been so high that it would have drowned everything on earth twice a day. Everybody knows that you can only drown comfortably once a day. If you want to tell me that the dinosaurs lived 70 million years ago, then I know what happened to them. They got sick of drowning twice a day! Man, they quit! They gave up! They said, "This evolving is too hard; Iím not going to do this anymore!" The simple fact is: the earth cannot be billions of years old.
The porthole of the Mercury Space Capsule is so scratched that you cannot clearly see through it. The dust in space impacts the glass, and if you are going 18 or 20 thousand mph, the dust scratches the glass. There are little pits all over the glass. You see; outer space is full of dust. The Berkeley professor was right. The space capsules came back all dented. That proves it. Scientists have calculated the approximate volume of dust in space, and there is a lot of discrepancies. Everybody is coming up with a different number, but there is a lot of dust out there.
As the moon goes around the earth, it runs into the dust. Therefore, the moon is collecting dust on the surface, kind of like the way your windshield collects bugs certain times of the year. The dust on the moon is getting thicker, and thicker, and thicker. It is widely estimated as to how much. In 1954, Isaac Asimov calculated that there would be at least 54 feet of dust on the moon because the moon is billions of years old. They calculated the accumulation rate to be 1 inch of dust every 10,000 years. July 20, 1969, we landed on the moon. Before that, the surveyor probes went up and checked things out, so they knew that the dust wasnít there, but Armstrong proved it dramatically when he stepped on it. In 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped off the Lunar Lander Module, and he said, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Everybody cheered, but nobody heard the next two words that he spoke. The next two words that he said were: "Itís solid!" The moonís surface was solid. The depth was only three-fourths of an inch thick. Well now, wait just a minute! If it takes 10,000 years to produce one inch of dust, and the dust is only three-fourths of an inch thick, that means that the moon is not 10,000 years old yet. So the evolutionists at NASA were thinking, "Where is the dust on the moon? Iíll bet those Christians went up there and cleaned it just to make us look stupid." They donít need any help to look stupid; theyíre doing fine own their own.
I can tell them where the dust is on the moon. Itís very simple. Do you know why the dust is only three-fourths of an inch thick on the moon? It is very simple. You see; about 6,000 years ago God created the heavens and the earth. Itís only about 6,000 years old. It is certainly not millions of years old. The dust accumulation proved that to them, but they didnít catch on.
They brought rocks back from the moon and tested them. They used eight different methods to see how old they were. They used uranium lead, potassium argon, etc., to find out how old these moon rocks are. They got eight different numbers; so, they threw them all out since they didnít match, and they picked the number that they wanted anyway. They donít know the age of the moon by carbon dating it, or by potassium argon dating.
Earthís Magnetic Field
The earthís magnetic field is getting weaker and weaker with time. It cannot be millions of years old. The magnetic field, by the way, is one of the things that they are not taking into consideration when performing carbon dating; because, the magnetic field is one of the things that prevents the formation of carbon 14 (C14.) If the magnetic field is weakening, then we are getting more C14 than they had 5,000 years agoóso it throws everything off.
An excerpt from an article I read says, "On New Years Eve, 1990 at midnight, wait 1 second before you ring in the New Year." You need to add a tick to the clock, because earth is slowing down. The earth is spinning. How many of you knew that? As the earth is spinning, it is gradually slowing down one thousandth of a second. A one thousandth of a second per day is no big deal. You probably didnít notice it last night when it slowed down one thousandth of a second. If you do that for 1,000 days in a row, you will now have 1 second and 1,000 days, which is about two and one half years. Therefore, every two and one half years you will have to add 1 second to the clock. June 1992 is two and one-half years after midnight of 1990. The June issue of Astronomy Magazine announced, "Be sure to add a second to the clock. Earthís rotation is slowing down. At midnight, we are going to have leap second." Leap second? How many of you have heard of leap year before?
Most people do not realize that every two and one half years we leap a second, because the earth is slowing down. Now, this is going to be complicated. If the earth is slowing down (and, it is,) that means that it used to be going faster. If you go back in time 6,000 years, Adam and Eve's day was 36.5 minutes shorter than ours. If you want to claim that the earth is millions of years old, you have a problem. Get your calculator and check it out. You want to tell me that the dinosaurs lived 70 million years ago. If they did, I know what happened to them. They were blown off the surface of the earth. The winds were 5,000 mph from the Coriolis Effect. The earth was flattened out like a pancake. The days and nights were about 20 minutes each. No, you are mistaken. The earth is not millions and billions of years old. The slowing rate of the earth proves that; it puts a time limit of some kind on it. Wake up, and smell the coffee. It canít be billions of years old. Now, you may need billions of years to make your theory to look reasonable. The scientific facts say: "No, it is not billions of years old."
The continents are eroding into the sea; they are just melting away. At the present erosion rate, they will be gone in 14 million years. The oceans are filling in with sediments. Both of those numbers are much less than the 4.6 billion years they tell us for the age of the earth. It is not billions of years old. As the water runs off the earth, it brings salt into the oceans; therefore, the oceans are getting more salty every day. A simple one to watch and to clearly verify is the Dead Sea in Israel. It is easy to calculate the salt washing into the Dead Sea, and the volume of salt that is already in there. The calculations show the Dead Sea is about 13,000 years old. Wait a minute! If the world is millions of years old, why isnít the Dead Sea even saltier? See, the Bible has the best answer. About 6,000 years ago, God created the heavens and the earth. There are saltwater vents in the bottom of the Dead Sea, adding more salt than they realized. It is only now being recalculated to show 4,000 to 5,000, maybe 6,000 years oldónot millions of years old. It is the same thing with the salts in the ocean. They are a little harder to calculate.
The Mississippi River is dropping sediments at the rate of 80,000 tons per hour into the New Orleans Delta. Wait a minute! They can measure the size of the Delta divided by the sedimentation rate. It comes out to be 20 or 30 thousand years for the whole Louisiana Delta. Hold it! If the world is millions of years old, why isnít the whole Gulf of New Mexico filled in with mud by now? It should be all full of mud. You may say, "Wait a minute! You said the world is only about 6,000 years old. The Delta is 20 or 30 thousand years old. Doesnít that prove that the Bible is wrong?" Absolutely not! You see; it is very simple. Here is my theory. I believe about 6,000 years ago God created the heavens and the earth. About 4,400 years ago there was a world wide catastrophic flood. As the flood waters went down, about three fourth of that mud washed out there in the first 20 minutes. So the Delta only looks 30,000 years old based on todayís sedimentation rate. They forgot to allow for one big flood. II Peter 3 warns us that there are going to be scoffers that will not take into consideration the creation or the flood.
Oil Under Pressure
Sometimes people drill down into the ground and hit oil. An interesting fact is oil is frequently under pressure. There have been oil wells found that have 20,000 pounds per square inch (psi). Put that in your car tire and watch what happens to it. The geologists say that the rocks should have cracked and the pressure leaked out long ago. The maximum for the oil pressure is 10 to 15 thousand years. Now, I have two obvious questions? Where did the oil come from? They will say, "Oh, it come from plants and animals that were crushed and buried." Okay, why is it still under pressure? They say, "Well, this oil is slowly seeping into these high pressure zones." Hold on! Oil is seeping into a high pressure zone? When did that start happening? How come my car tire goes flat instead of filling up? Nothing goes into a high pressure zone.
I have a theory concerning where the oil came from and why itís under pressure. Iím just a high school science teacher, but honestly I think it is very simple. I believe that about 6,000 years ago God created the heavens and the earth, just like the Bible says. About 4,400 years ago there was a flood. In that flood, many plants, animals, and people drowned. They were buried under the mud and rocks. After the rocks, the mud got 3 or 4, and sometimes maybe even 10 thousand feet thick on top of them. It got pretty heavy as the mountains eroded after the flood, the mountains actually arose (Psalms 104), and this created more pressure that squished them into oil.
Scientists can take a ton of garbage and squeeze it into a barrel of oil in about 20 minutes in the laboratory. The oil is down there as a result of the people and animals that drowned in the flood, and it has only been there for about 4,400 years. That is why it is still under pressure. Stop and think about that for a minute. When you drive to work, you drive over some of your ancestors. Next time you are at the gas station pumping them in you can say, "By grandpa. You should have gotten on the Ark, and you wouldnít be having this problem." That is where the oil came fromóthe flood caused it. God didnít create the oil, the coal, and the natural gas just to be deceitful to humanity. It was caused as a result of the flood. Think about the judgment of God on sin every time you use any oil or natural gas or drive down a black-top highway.
The oldest tree in the world is the Methuselah tree in southern California. Dating trees is a funny science. You can get all sorts of answers. The textbooks state that the oldest tree is 4,300 years old. Now that is interesting. If the world is millions of years old, why donít we have a tree some place that is 20,000 years old? Is it just a coincident that the oldest tree is 4,300 years old? I have a theory on that. I believe about 6,000 years ago God created the heaven and the earth. About 4,400 years ago there was a flood that destroyed the world. Therefore, to find a tree that is 4,300 years old fits fine with my theory. If you believe in evolution, it creates a little bit of a problem. If it is millions of years ago, show me an older tree.
Erosion Of Niagara
Niagara Falls is eroding rocks off the edge, and it has been eroding for about 10,000 years according to textbooks. Why do they say that? They know that Niagara Falls causes rocks to break off the edge and it moves back. Until most of the water was diverted for a hydroelectric plant, the Falls were moving 4 or 5 feet every year. They know that. The Canadians even built a big concrete wall on their side to prevent it from eroding Canadian soil. They want to make sure that it erodes on the American side and not the Canadian side. Fly over it and see it for yourself. Itís only 12 miles from where it started. At 5 feet a year, you can move about 12 miles in about 10,000 years. I have a question. If the world is millions of years old, why hasnít Niagara Falls eroded all the way back up into Lake Erie or clear over to California for that matter? Why is Niagara Falls where it is? I have a theory on that. Here is my theory. I believe about 6,000 years ago God created the heavens and the earth. About 4,400 years ago there was a flood. As the flood waters went down, half of that river probably washed out in the first ten minutes because there was a lot more water moving through soft sediment. Today it is hard rock and itís just a trickle compared to what it used to be. Therefore, 10,000 years for Niagara Falls really translates to 4,400 years plus one flood. They forgot the flood; thatís the problem. The simple fact is: the earth is young. It is not billions of years old. Now, if you need billions of years for your religion, Iím sorry; get a different religion. Itís not billions of years old. The facts are against that.
What concerns me the most is the effect that this one theory of billions of years has done to the church and everyone else. It has been devastating. Crawford Toy was engaged to marry Lotty Moon. Have you ever heard of Lotty Moon? Southern Baptists have their Lotty Moon offerings every Christmas. Crawford Toy was a brilliant seminary professor who claimed to love the Lord and love the Bible. In 1880, he became convinced that the world was millions of years old because that was what everybody was teaching. Crawford became confused about that and he swallowed it. He said, "Okay, if the world is billions of years old then the Bible is wrong." He said to his class one day, "The Bible intends to teach a plain six day creation. The Bible is simply in error at that point!" Crawford, the Bible is in error? If you believe the world is billions of years old, you cannot believe the Bible is true from cover to cover. SOMEBODY IS WRONG!
You may ask, "You mean the world is not billions of years old?" No! "Well, what about the dinosaurs? When did they live? What about the cave men? What about carbon dating? What about star light? How does the light get here from the stars that are billions of light years away? What about the Grand Canyon; didnít it take millions of years to form the Grand Canyon? What about the geologic column, you know, Cenozoic, Mesozoic, Paleozoic, Archeozoic, what about all of that stuff? What about the ice age?" We will cover these topics in the following chapters.